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The Views Expressed

The Views Expressed here showcase a variety of progressive voices from critics, writers, thinkers and activists across Canada. You'll find ideas and commentary on politics, cultural happenings, activist actions and more! Submissions can be sent to [url=mailto:editor@rabble.ca]editor@rabble.ca[/url]. The [i]rabble.ca[/i] editorial team promises to read them all, and publish our favourites.

Blog - The Views Expressed August 23
Alex Potter designed and led a concert featuring musical versions of the Song of Songs as part of Early Music Vancouver's Bach Festival at Christ Church Cathedral. Image: Jan Gates/Early Music Vancouver/Facebook
Hadani Ditmars | As Eid al adha and Tisha b'av coincide and news from the Holy Land -- not to mention America -- seems as grim as ever, it seems a fitting time to ponder another side of the religious experience.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 16
Reflection on Dal Lake. Image: McKay Savage/Wikimedia Commons
Shama Naqushbandi | While the move taken over the last week to forcibly impose Central Indian rule under complete blackout may seem like the beginning of an end, in truth, Kashmiris have been here many times before.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 14
Opening ceremony, Canada Day Toronto Blue Jays game. Image: Ken Whytock/Flickr
Deborah Mebude | At its worst, populism exploits weaknesses in democracy, playing off tensions within society. At its best, it could produce increased democratic inclusion and provide a platform for everyday people.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 13
Photo: Carolina Ödman/Flickr
Philip Lee | Genuine communication is all about creating relationships and building trust. When members of a community listen to each other's views and opinions, they gain greater understanding.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 6
Dialogue with civil society representatives. Photo: Patricia Leiva/OAS/Flickr
Philip Lee | The shrinking of civil society spaces has become a topic of intense debate, increasingly flagged by activists, academics, and rights advocates who discuss its causes and impacts.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 2
Leo Gerard speaks at a Capitol Hill trade deal protest in 2010. Photo: AFL-CIO America's Unions/Flickr
Leo Gerard | As he retires from his job as president of the United Steelworkers, Leo Gerard looks back at his half century in the trade union movement and makes the case for why unions are needed more than ever.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 10
Green Party canvasser in B.C. Photo: Vancouver Ghost/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | It's possible that neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives will win a majority in this election. Many former Liberal supporters may decide to "go Green" instead of voting NDP or Conservative.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 9
Photo: ibourgeault_tasse/Flickr
Samer Elniz | With the passing of Bill 21 into law in Quebec last month, members of several communities are reeling over the decision by the CAQ government to limit freedoms for its citizens.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 5
New citizens in Prince George take the Canadian oath of citizenship. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Stephen Kaduuli | This week, CBC News released the results of their pre-election online survey. It gives an inaccurate and highly problematic picture of public opinion on Canadian immigration.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 21
Crowd ripping up hatred sign at Ford Fest annual picnic in 2014. Photo credit: Elizabeth Littlejohn
Roy Mitchell | Right now, we're all rainbows and celebration, but this time of year will pass and we won't see rainbows splashed over logos and flying from flagpoles the rest of the year.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 20
NYC ShutItDown People’s Monday march for Berta Cáceres in 2017. Photo: Alec Perkins/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | There is no shortage of money in Canada. Our per-capita GDP has more than doubled over the past 50 years. But its dispersal has been ruthlessly skewed to favour the most opulent among us.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 18
Photo: Mpelletier1/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Conservative politicians and pundits are questioning the feasibility of adding pharmaceutical coverage to Canada's public health-care system, but they are asking the wrong question.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 14
Photo: Mike Gifford/Flickr
Mel Watkins | The Waffle, a product of the '60s, didn't last. But left nationalism, progressive nationalism, was what the world needed and needs. In that sense, the Waffle was prescient.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 14
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Catherine McKenna take part in ministerial meeting on climate change in Montréal. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Gordon Laxer | Why would a government so publicly committed to climate action throw more good money at a dodgy pipeline expansion, especially when Alberta has torn up its side of the climate understanding?
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Grapefruit half. Photo: Push Doctor/Flickr
Ed Finn | Rather than a health-care system fixated on "treating" sickness and searching for elusive cures, it would be far better to have a system that puts a priority on helping people avoid illness.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 28
Group of men laughing. Photo: David Bergin/Flickr
Ed Finn | As I approach my 93rd birthday while still remaining in good health, the requests increase that I divulge the "secret" of my longevity. One is to maintain as much as possible a good sense of humour.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
Fast food. Photo: SteFou!/Flickr
Ed Finn | The big corporations that grow, process, refine, salt-and-sugar-stuff, calorie-maximize, and sell the foods that make us sick derive enormous profits from doing so.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 17
Street sign with mother and child crossing the street. Image: barnimages.com/Flickr
Svea Vikander | As the holes in our social safety net widen, societies and governments task mothers with near total responsibility for the safety and well-being of their children.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 15
Nakba graffiti in Nazereth. Photo: PRA/Wikimedia Commons
Robert Massoud | Around the world, May 15 is commemorated as Nakba Day. It is the simmering conflict which has tainted 70 years of the world's evolution and interfered with the resolution of many of its problems.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 14
Image: Climate Justice Edmonton/Facebook
Emma Jackson, Paige Gorsak | As young people living in Alberta, we know what it feels like to be forced to cast a ballot for an unlivable future. And we refuse to do it again.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 17
Bank of Canada. Photo: d.neuman/Flickr
Ed Finn | Most Canadians are not aware that, prior to 1975, the construction of major public facilities, as well as the provision of social programs, were funded by interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 11
Protesting against the Ford Conservatives' planned cuts to education. Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Jason Kunin | The government's announcement that it will raise average class sizes in secondary schools is a variation on an old trick: distract people with one hand while you pick their pocket with the other.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 10
Equipment in doctor's office. Photo: Morgan/Flickr
Ed Finn | As long as cancers are profitable and health unprofitable, prevention will be neglected, confined mainly to advising patients not to smoke or gain weight while they continue to be assailed by toxins.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 4
Image: Mr.Kitsadakron Pongha/Flickr
Justin Piché | While Ontario kids are facing an avalanche of austerity, Doug Ford is set to follow through with previously announced infrastructure projects that will expand the province's human caging capacity.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 3
Statue of Giordano Bruno in Campo dei Fiori. Photo: Livioandronico2013/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Today's corporate hierarchy fears those who challenge its "free market" ideology, but the "church" of the modern ruling elite has no need for the stake. Its version of the Inquisition is more subtle.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 28
Photo: Jody Wilson-Raybould/Facebook
Michelle Weinroth | Political truth has been a casualty in the Jody Wilson-Raybould affair, rendered virtually inaudible in the midst of the media-staged drama that has consumed us over the past few weeks.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 28
Early photograph of Hornsea Lifeboat. Photo: Bradford Timeline/Flickr
Ed Finn | The passengers in a leaky lifeboat can't logically be divided into winners and losers. Either they all win, or they all lose.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 27
Prime Minister Trudeau speaks with journalists during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Peter Rosenthal | The more we learn about the SNC-Lavalin affair the more important it becomes to investigate the possibility that the PM and others committed criminal offences in the course of protecting SNC-Lavalin.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 19
Candles outside the Al Huda Mosque, New Zealand. Photo: Mark McGuire/Flickr
Azeezah Kanji | In the Christchurch massacre and its aftermath, two forms of racism have been put on display: a far-right Islamophobia that kills Muslims and a mainstream Islamophobia that normalizes the deaths.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 8
Miranda Gallo | Amidst revelations of alleged political interference on the SNC-Lavalin file, and the bullying of former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, our "feminist" PM's true colours are beginning to show.