This week on rabble.ca blogs, Kyla Jamieson discusses rape culture at universities. Jamieson recounts her experience in the Explore program at Université du Québec à Trois Rivières where program staff performed a comedic date rape drug skit during an assembly. Jamieson discusses why rape is not a joke and calls for change in policies on sexual assault in universities.
For many years, the Conservatives and the Liberals have accused anyone criticizing Israel's behavior as being anti-Semitic. Tyler Levitan argues that this is not true. Levitan says that holding Israel to account for the ways that they have violated the rights of Palestinians is not anti-Semitic.
Why is finding quality and affordable child care still an issue in Canada? Martha Friendly says that getting good child care is ultimately a game of luck for Canadians. Throughout the years of action and change in establishing equal access to the workforce for mothers, Friendly says action to improve child care has been seriously lagging.
Jesse Bauman explains "how a $15 minimum wage reduces poverty and saves us all money" in his latest blog post on rabble.ca. Bauman met with Karen Maleka, a part-time personal support worker who works full time hours without full-time employee benefits. Bauman says Maleka's story is common. Read about Maleka's story and Bauman's recount of the reasons why minimum wage is expensive here.
Did you know that Canada is experiencing a major housing crisis? According the United Nations, Canada's state of housing and homelessness is a "national emergency." Cathy Crowe says, "Our governments have created this crisis." Crowe details the housing and homelessness situation in Canada and urges Canadians to take action in her blog post here. The Globe and Mail on the other hand, suggests "hacking" the Vancouver housing crisis by living in your car. rabble.ca's blogs coordinator, Michael Stewart has the details here.
The video of a Conservative supporter lashing out at reporters this week during Stephen Harper's press conference has made its' rounds on the Internet. David J. Climenhaga reflects on the Conservative heckler's outburst and determines that the "foul-mouthed Conservative learned his attitudes about the media from the party he supports."
Elections, elections, elections! The federal elections campaign season is upon us and the bloggers at rabble.ca have progressive content and coverage on the elections that you won't find on mainstream news publications anywhere. Michael Butler says, "It's time we talked about health care this election." Heather Menzies says culture is and elections issue. Gerry Caplan says, Stephen Harper is "a dead parrot." And Pierre Beaudet discusses, "the Quebec left and the federal election."
Finally, if you are committed to changing Canada then consider committing to rabble.ca. Michelle Gregus, rabble.ca's managing editor explains why independent media is especially vital during the federal elections campaign season. Also, supporting rabble.ca with a donation of $25 or more gets you entered in draw for sweet prizes!
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Lenée Son is a freelance multimedia journalist living in Metro Vancouver and the rabble.cablogs intern. Follow her on Twitter @LeneeSon
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