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This week Canadians celebrated Canada Day. Canadian flag lick-n-stick tattoos and fireworks are fun and all, but rabble.ca Publisher Kim Elliot says Canada Day is also a time to "seriously reflect on the state of democracy across the country." Wondering how you can help build a Harper-free Canada? Read Elliot's piece here.
What are you doing on Canada Day? Relaxing? Celebrating? Working? Whether you're at home or elsewhere, July 1 is the day to seriously reflect on the state of democracy across the country. Unlike corporate media when Canada Day rolls around we aren't flashing images of fireworks and flags in front of your eyes. Instead we reflect your values and talk about your issues.
Last week in Charleston, South Carolina, Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton-Doctor, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson all lost their lives in a racially motivated massacre. As hundreds of thousands mourn the victims and call for justice, some reactions are telling of the colonial and racist thinking that still exists today. Gary Shaul reflects on "how conservatives frame the issues of race, gender, and terror."
You know what? Best of rabble, the 2015 edition, is on its way, along with your chance to support rabble and read some of our highlights.
From changes to refugee health care and election regulations, to allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, to the ongoing #blacklivesmatter movement protesting police violence and killings of Black men and women, to examining the issues facing the labour movement through the year, rabble.ca is there.
These stories matter to Canadians and rabble readers. They are the stories that document and change our lives. This year's edition of Best of rabble.ca takes on some of the toughest issues facing society today with the intent of inspiring our readers to action.
Like us, you are no doubt excited that change is in the air. With the Alberta NDP ousting a conservative dynasty that lasted nearly a half century, a federal win for progressives is finally within our reach.
CORPORATE MEDIA WANTS YOU TO LOSE THIS ELECTION
With the backing of the most powerful and wealthiest in the country the current government will stop at nothing to cling to power. Just look at the recent provincial election in Alberta. Every corporate-owned major daily newspaper endorsed former premier Jim Prentice. The Globe and Mail and the other corporate media endorsed Harper in the last elections and they'll do it again.
As a followup to the very successful Peoples' Social Forum, PSF organizers are hosting a forum in Toronto to counter the Pan-American Economic Summit that will bring the heads of Shell, Rockefeller Foundation, Canada's Finance Minister, ex-Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and John Negroponte to Toronto from July 8 - 10, 2015.
Starting July 10, the counter summit will bring together activists, students, unions, Indigenous peoples, youth, environmentalists, and hundreds of ordinary individuals to "oppose the current political and economic direction of this country, and propose a plurality of alternative paths towards a better world."
To the dismay of hundreds of thousands of Canadians, the senate approved Bill C-51 this Tuesday. In the months before Bill C-51 was passed, petitions, rallies, and letters protesting the bill have been rampant. Now that the bill has just been passed, what can Canadians do or say about it? Stuart Trew has a few suggestions. And Krystalline Kraus reminds us that "this is not the end of resistance."
This week on rabble.ca, Scott Vrooman writes why he will be ripping up his degrees if Queen's and Dalhousie don't divest from fossil fuels. Both universities continue to invest in the oil, gas and coal industries despite the devastating impact burning fossil fuel has on climate change. Vrooman has created two petitions in protest, one for Queen's alumni and one for Dalhousie's.
International human rights groups have called the captivity of Omar Khadr a humans rights crisis and now finally, after 13 long years, Omar Khadr is free at last. Supporters of Khadr are celebrating his release and freedom. John Baglow says Harper government and U.S. courts, however, may still have a few cards up their sleeves to prevent Khadr from obtaining justice and complete freedom.
Editor’s note: This article is one part of rabble.ca’s coverage of calls to remove Meghan Murphy’s writing from the site, and a subsequent call for rabble.ca to continue to publish her. If you’re following the story, you can read the petition against Meghan Murphy HERE. You can read the petition in support of her HERE.