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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 22
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Sophia Reuss | 2017 is over. Almost. For those of you who, like me, need a bit of a memory jog as we enter the new year and continue to reflect, reassess, and resist... let's recap.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 21
British High Commissioner Howard Drake
Yves Engler | The parliamentary association system reflects inequities in global power and wealth.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 20
Deepwater Horizon BOP extraction. Image: Deepwater Horizon Response/flickr
Andrea Harden-Donahue | BP, the company responsible for the Deepwater Horizon spill, wants to explore offshore drilling in Nova Scotia.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 20
B.C. premier John Horgan at the press conference announcing the government will complete Site C construction. Photo: Government of British Columbia
Salman Zafar | There are times when you think the NDP has changed. But then you get a stark reminder that it hasn't.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 19
Image: Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | A Traffic Court Commissioner concluded MLA Derek Fildebrandt couldn’t prove he was elsewhere at the time of a hit and run in the parking lot of his Edmonton condo.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 18
Screen shot of the vote by Toronto City Council to not ask the Ministry of Defence for the armouries. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Even the federal government recognizes we need the armouries. It's called disaster relief.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog December 15
Maya Bhullar | According to statistics, at this time of year many of us donate to charitable organizations. This list includes ideas to help build progressive change.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 15
Photo: Richard Amasia/Flicker
Ed Finn | With more than a million Canadian kids living in poverty, giving them food and toys over the holidays is not enough.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 15
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's widely forecast by-election victory yesterday formally concludes the double-reverse hostile takeover of Alberta's conservative parties.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 14
Nuclear test in Nevada in 1953. Image: National Nuclear Security Administration/Wikimedia
Dennis Gruending | The Trudeau government claims to support abolition of nuclear weapons ban but voted against just such a treaty at the UN.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 14
Derek Fildebrandt & Jason Kenney (from Kenney's social media)
David J. Climenhaga | The Independent MLA and errant marksman's expected return to the bosom of the UCP may depend on Leader Jason Kenney's margin of victory in today's Calgary byelection.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 12
Photo: Tupak Huehuecoyotl​/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Arthur Manuel was the Nelson Mandela of the international Indigenous movement. It will take many to replace him and his limitless efforts.
Blog - David Suzuki December 12
Image: patrick janicek​/Flickr
David Suzuki | It's no time to be complacent. We must show that we shine brighter. Knowledge, kindness and solidarity can overcome ignorance and fear.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 10
Larry Hubich
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Brad Wall has until Jan. 27, when his resignation takes effect, to try to skate through this mess. After that, some other Sask Party premier will have to carry the can.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada December 10
Judy Haiven | By recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the U.S. further isolates itself, as it becomes the only country in the world to do so.
Blog - On The Other Hand December 8
Penney Kome | The November attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt and Erdogan's crackdown in Turkey both signs that Canada should recognize Sufis as an oppressed religious minority and grant them refugee status.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 8
Image: Rachel Small
Rachel Small | Today marks the 142nd day that a continuous 24-hour vigil has been maintained outside of the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada office in downtown Toronto.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 8
Brad Wall. Photo: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | At 52, Brad Wall is still a young man. So he'll probably find a way to continue to be a public nuisance.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 7
Photo: Canadian Pacific/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Petition E-1228 redesigns the citizenship study guide and exam to acknowledge Indigenous history.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 7
Council of Canadians staff members. Image: Council of Canadians/flickr
Brent Patterson | To call on the Trudeau government to scrap the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, please sign our online petition.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog December 7
Photo: Heryka Miranda
Heryka Miranda | The answer to that question is not easy. As a condition of employment, migrant workers have the right to public health care, however, whether they have access is a more complicated question.
Blog - Common Frontiers December 7
Pemex gas station. Image: Matthew Rutledge/flickr
Raul Burbano, Gordon Laxer, Anna Zalik | The proportionality rule was folded into NAFTA. It obliges Canada to make available to the U.S. over half of our natural gas output, 74 per cent of our oil, and 11 per cent of our electricity.
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog December 6
Photo: L'École Polytechnique
Judy Rebick | Remembering the killings at L'École Polytechnique at a time of renewed mobilization to fight violence against women.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 6
Photo: wiredforlego​/Flickr
Mercedes Allen | By telling their stories and asserting themselves as authorities on their own experiences, trans* people have already changed the debate. As a result, opponents have weaponized free speech.
Blog - David Suzuki December 5
Photo: Ryan L. C. Quan/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | If we're the cause of the problems, then we must stop blaming "nature" or "God." We have to take responsibility and tackle them with the urgency they require.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog December 5
Bonnie Burstow | This article is a conversation about a daring new novel "The Other Mrs. Smith." In it we see electroshock emerge as violence against women and we make the acquaintance of truly fascinating souls.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 5
Alberta Democratic Renewal and Labour Minister Christina Gray. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 32 and previous NDP legislation may not get the "dark money" out of politics, but it will expose it to enough illumination it can hardly be called dark any more.
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 5
Grassy Narrows Rally in Toronto, 2016. Image: Leadnow Canada/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | The Ontario government knew for twenty years how badly the land and water had been contaminated by mercury spills.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 4
Welcome to the land of freedom
Jade Saab | What three years in the ubiquitous "West" has taught me.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 4
Photo: Adobe Stock, with modification by author
Mercedes Allen | There's a duplicitous game of sleight-of-hand that is taking place in discussions about freedom of speech in academia and the public square.