Bloggers

rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Bloggers are ordered by those who most recently posted. For an alphabetical list please see the directory.

rabble.ca's staff blog

This is [i]rabble.ca[/i]'s staff blog. Visit this blog regularly for updates about rabble, comments and observations from staff members, and occasional visits by board members and volunteers.

Bound but not gagged

Bound but not gagged is the rabble book lounge blog where you'll find news and views about progressive authors, publishers, bookstores and just about anything books! To read our reviews visit http://rabble.ca/books

Progressive Economics Forum

The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 200 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement and activist research organizations. Visit our website [url=http://www.progressive-economics.ca/]here.[/url]

Council of Canadians' blog

The Council of Canadians is Canada's largest citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Alberta Diary

David Climenhaga, author of the Alberta Diary blog, is a journalist, author, journalism teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions with the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, explores the relationships among Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians. He left journalism after the strike at the Calgary Herald in 1999 and 2000 to work for the trade union movement. Alberta Diary focuses on Alberta politics and social issues.

Syed Hussan's blog

Syed Hussan is an organizer and writer in Toronto working with undocumented and migrant people, in defense of Indigenous sovereignty, and against counter intuitive programs like war and capitalism. He enjoys apocalyptic sci-fi novels, low maintenance plants, not knowing how to drive and reading your comments.

David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 26 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.

John Bonnar's

John Bonnar is an independent journalist covering social justice events in and around Toronto through print, photo, audio, video and slideshows.

You can connect with him on Facebook (John Bonnar) or on Twitter at @johnb98 or on YouTube at johnb98.

Jessica Bell's blog

Jessica Bell is a lecturer on advocacy and government relations at Ryerson University, and a member of the Ruckus Society, and Tools for Change.

John Bennett's blog

John Bennett is the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada. Sierra Club Canada was established in Canada in 1963 and today has five chapters across the country (BC, Prairie, Ontario, Quebec & Atlantic Canada). Sierra Club Canada also has dozens of local groups across the country in communities from Cape Breton to Vancouver! It also has an amazing youth affiliate -- The Sierra Youth Coalition. Major national campaigns include climate change, nuclear energy, protecting biodiversity and transitioning to a sustainable economy. Sierra Club Canada has earned an excellent reputation within its constituency and the broader public for its thoroughly researched positions and for refusing to compromise on its ideals. Sierra Club Canada believes in the power of people everywhere working together to create a better world for all.

Hill Dispatches

Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.

Christopher Majka

Christopher Majka studied at Mount Alison and Dalhousie Universities, the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and was a guest researcher at the Edward Gray Institute at Oxford University. He has written extensively for many national and international publications. His scientific work includes over 150 scientific papers and contributions to nine books. He is a review editor for two international publications, a collaborator of the Kaltenbach Lab and director of Democracy: Vox Populi. Majka was a recipient of the Tom Brydges Award from the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network, and was included as one of Canadian Geographic's Environmental Scientists of the Year in 2010.

Gerry Caplan's blog

Gerald Caplan has an MA in Canadian history and a Ph.D. in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is an author, teacher, media commentator, and social and political activist with a lifelong commitment to African development. He is preoccupied with genocide and genocide prevention, particularly the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, about which he has frequently written. He has been a consultant on African development issues to many United Nations agencies as well as to the African Union. His latest book is called The Betrayal of Africa. He writes a weekly online column for the Globe and Mail.

Maude Barlow's blog

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. More information on Maude Barlow can be found at: www.canadians.org/Maude

Activist Communiqué

Krystalline Kraus is an intrepid journalist and veteran reporter for rabble.ca since its 2001 beginnings. She needs neither a red cape nor safety goggles to fly into her latest political assignment. She often live-tweets from events -- almost exclusively First Nations and environmental issues. You can follow her on Twitter @krystalline_k.

Democracy Watch's blog

Democracy Watch sets out news, opinion, analysis and proposals for change from Democracy Watch, Canada's leading democratic reform, good government and corporate responsibility organization.

Making Waves

Analysis of Canadian water politics by the Council of Canadians' national water campaigner.

Enter Up Left

Tips and reflections for those who do/teach/enjoy the performing arts.

Left Hook

Left Hook is a project that seeks to bridge the sphere of progressive social/political analysis to the world of amateur and professional sport.

Vegan Challenge for Earth Week

Join rabble.ca in taking the Vegan Challenge from April 22-29, 2015. RSVP on our [url=https://www.facebook.com/events/569526066523486]Facebook event page,[/url] share your ideas and invite your friends!

Indigenous Nationhood

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She teaches Indigenous law, politics and governance at Ryerson University and heads their Centre for Indigenous Governance.

Campus Notes

Some of the most exciting thinking and doing in Canada is taking place at the country's colleges and universities, where young people of different backgrounds, interests and politics come together to debate and learn about our world. Campus Notes examines issues confronting higher education through our students, teachers, workers and graduates.

Nora Loreto's blog

Nora Loreto is a writer, musician and activist based in Québec City. She is the author of [url=https://www.policyalternatives.ca/demonized-organized][i]From Demonized to Organized, Building the New Union Movement[/i][/url] and is the editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media. She writes regularly for blogs and magazines, and wrote a chapter in [i]Canada After Harper[/i], released by Lorimer Publishers in August 2015.

Roger Annis's blog

Roger Annis is a lifetime socialist and union member and activist. He began his political activism with the Young Socialists of the day while at university in Nova Scotia. Since then, he has lived in most regions of Canada, including in Montreal where he became fluent in French. He is a retired aerospace worker living in Vancouver. He writes regularly on topics of social justice, peace, and on issues concerning Haiti. His personal blog can be found at http://www.rogerannis.com/. He is a founding editor in October 2014 of [url=http://newcoldwar.org/]The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.[/url] In 2004, he helped to found the Canada Haiti Action Network and continues to co-edit its [url=http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/]website.[/url]

Dented Blue Mercedes

Mercedes Allen is a graphic designer and advocate for transsexual and transgender communities in Alberta. She writes on equality, human rights, LGBT and sexual minority issues in Canada, and the cross-border pollination of far-right spin. She blogs at Dented Blue Mercedes and operates a trans information website at http://www.albertatrans.org/

Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).The views expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA. Visit the blog at Behindthenumbers.ca.

Scott Piatkowski's blog

Kitchener-Waterloo resident Scott Stager Piatkowski is Vice-President of the Ontario NDP and a former columnist for rabble.ca. He wrote a weekly column for 13 years that appeared in the [i]Waterloo Chronicle, the Woolwich Observer[/i] and [i]ECHO Weekly.[/i] He has also written for [i]This Magazine, Alternatives Journal, Canadian Forum, Our Times, The Toronto Star[/i] and the [i]Waterloo Region Record.[/i] His opinions are his own...but you are more than welcome to adopt them.

Independent Jewish Voices Canada

Founded in 2008, Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. For more information about IJV visit: http://ijvcanada.org/

Voix juives indépendantes Canada, une organisation nationale des droits humains crée en 2008, a comme mandat de promouvoir une résolution juste et équitable au conflit Israélo-palestinien et la mise en œuvre et le respect autant, du droit international que des droits humains.

Open Media's blog

[url=https://openmedia.org/]OpenMedia[/url] works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate and empower people to safeguard the Internet. Follow us on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/OpenMediaOrg]@OpenMediaOrg[/url].

Policy Note

Policy Note delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect British Columbians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, provincial budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the B.C. Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The views expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA. Visit the CCPA's Policy Note blog at [url=www.policynote.ca]www.PolicyNote.ca.[/url]

Trish Hennessy's Blog

Trish Hennessy is director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario office. Follow her on Twitter: @trishhennessy

MiningWatch blog

MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organizations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.

Your Heart's On The Left

Jesse McLaren is a physician, activist and blogger, who like Virchow believes that if medicine is to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life. He blogs at www.yourheartsontheleft.blogspot.com, and tweets @HeartsOnTheLeft.

Ben Powless

Ben Powless is a Mohawk citizen from Six Nations in Ontario, currently based in Ottawa. He works primarily with the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is an avid photographer and sporadic writer.

David Bush's blog

David Bush is a community and labour activist based primarily on the East Coast. Currently he is finishing his Master's in Labour Studies at McMaster University. His blog will be exploring the theoretical and strategic debates facing left-wing activists who are trying to build a better world.

Charlie Angus's blog

Charlie Angus is the Member of Parliament for Timmins-James Bay.

Linda Leon's Blog

Yukon is full of artists, thinkers, eccentrics and rabble-rousing political trouble makers. From the windows of her [i]Acting Out Studio,[/i] Linda Leon observes the view from North. Every good artist knows that you have to stand far away to get a full perspective.

Publisher's blog

Kim Elliott joined rabble in 2004 and became publisher in 2006. In her publisher's blog she'll explore the world of independent media, discussing both challenges and stories from the frontlines at rabble.ca.

FLOSS blog

Bob Chandler has been a labour and social justice activist his entire adult life and then some! He's also a geek with a capital “G”! FLOSS blog focuses on the world of Free Libre and Open Source Software...with an emphasis on the “Free Libre”!

Dogwood Initiative

Dogwood Initiative is a Victoria-based public interest whose goal is to empower British Columbians to reclaim decision-making power over their air, land and water.

The Mainlander

The Mainlander is the Lower Mainland’s go-to online publication for coverage of municipal politics.
Traditionally a working-class city, developers and speculators have transformed Vancouver into North America's most unaffordable resort-town -- but not without a fight. The Mainlander chronicles the daily struggle between residents and capital, a struggle waged from the legal terrain of zoning bylaws, to the halls of resident councils, to the streets of the Downtown Eastside.

Nima Maleki's blog

Nima Maleki is a policy analyst and consultant. His writings focus on international relations and the impact of philosophy on politics and art. Nima is also studying communication, philosophy and politics at the European Graduate School.

Raffi's blog

For millions of fans, Raffi's music was the soundtrack of their childhoods. These "beluga grads" now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the [i]Washington Post[/i] and the [i]Toronto Star[/i] as the most popular children's entertainer in the western world, and Canada's all time children's champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and one of our country’s most respected environmentalists. She is a prominent lawyer, an author, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a loving mother and grandmother.

Steven Shrybman's blog

Steven Shrybman is a lawyer with Sack, Goldblatt, Mitchell LLP. His practice focuses on international trade and public interest litigation, including issues concerning the environment, health care, human and labour rights, the protection of public services, natural resources policy, and intellectual property rights. Steven frequently speaks, and has written extensively, on the impact of international trade law on diverse areas of Canadian policy and law. He has also been involved in drafting and promoting conventions on cultural diversity and access to water as a human right.

Media Watch blog

Media Watch aims to shine a light on a wide range of media, providing a survey of different news and views from global media, as well as exposing uninformed editorials and inaccurate reporting.

The Gaza solidarity blog

The blog was originally set up for Canadian Boat to Gaza, with the aim of keeping readers informed of fundraising and organizing efforts in support of the 'Tahrir', a Canadian boat that was part of the 'Freedom Waves to Gaza'. Check out the Boat to Gaza's website at http://tahrir.ca.

This blog is now following the latest international sea-based mission to free Gaza: Gaza's Ark. Gaza's Ark is trying to break the blockade of Gaza from the inside: by sailing a boat out of Gaza, to international waters. Read about the Ark and how you can help here: http://gazaark.org/

Am Johal's blog

Vancouver Am Johal is an independent writer whose work has appeared in Seven Oaks Magazine, Znet, Georgia Straight, Electronic Intifada, Arena Magazine, Inter Press Service, Worldpress.org, rabble.ca and many others. He has an MA in International Economic Relations from the Institute for Social and European Studies.

Pierre Beaudet's Blog

Pierre Beaudet, active in international solidarity and social movements in Quebec, is founder of Quebec NGO Alternatives, and Editor of the Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme. He blogs on rabble.ca in English and French.

Michel Lambert's blog

Co-fondateur d’Alternatives en 1994, Michel Lambert travaille sur les questions de réseautage et d'alliances entre les organisations de la société civile. Il a dirigé l’antenne d’Alternatives en République démocratique du Congo entre 2002 et 2005 avant de prendre la direction d'Alternatives à Montréal en 2007.

Michel Lambert est membre du Conseil International du Forum social Mondial, du Conseil de Gouvernance de la fédération Alternatives International, du Conseil exécutif de l’Association pour le progrès des communications - APC, du Conseil d’Administration de l’Agence québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale - AQOCI et du Conseil de Food Secure Canada.

Child Care Canada Now

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit's blog Child Care Canada NOW features commentary by Martha Friendly, CRRU director, other CRRU staff and featured guest writers. Child Care Canada NOW runs the gamut of ECEC topics from the cradle to the cabinet table as it addresses key current ECEC issues and connects the dots that link practice, research, policy and politics. Visit the Childcare Resource and Research Unit's website at www.childcarecanada.org

The Whole Picture

A blog about and with musings on community spaces, community building, and the struggle to prevent burnout in activist Canada. Have a cool community space or project you would like profiled? Contact Tania at [url=mailto:tania@rabble.ca]tania@rabble.ca[/url] or on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/TaniaEhret]@taniaehret.[/url]

Peggy Nash's blog

Peggy Nash is the former NDP Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park. A lifelong activist, she is known for her tireless work to build a better, stronger, and more equal Canada.

Blind Man with a Pistol

Michael Stewart is the blogs coordinator for [i]rabble.ca[/i]. BMWAP is a blog about culture and capitalism. Damn right, it's confusing; it's a gas, baby, you dig. Follow him on twitter: [url=https://twitter.com/m_r_stewart]@m_r_stewart[/url].

Voices North

With a background in community access media and media training, George Lessard has worked in print, broadcast radio and television and in educational media. He considers himself an artist in electronic and digital media. Born and brought up in Montreal, in Canada, his work has taken him to Toronto, Vancouver, Banff and Calgary; Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife NWT (where he currently lives); Salluit, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and Arviat, Nunavut. He's been posted internationally to Beijing, China; Nassau, the Bahamas; La Paz, Bolivia; Butare, Rwanda; Chelyabinsk, Russia and Berhampur, Odisha, India. These days in Yellowknife, he's producing live webcasts and YouTube videos of community events and mentoring young photographers around the NWT.

Tria Donaldson's blog

Tria Donaldson is a youth activist with roots in the environmental movement, the labour movement, and Indigenous Rights. Tria is a senior Communications Officer at CUPE National, and on the board of [i]rabble.ca.[/i]

Judy Rebick's Blog

Judy Rebick is one of Canada's most celebrated and well-known feminist thinkers, critics and writers. She is the founder of rabble.ca.

Pivot Legal's Blog

Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot's work includes successfully challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. Since 2002 Pivot Legal Society has won major victories for sex workers' rights, police accountability, affordable housing, and health and drug policy. Follow us on [url=https://twitter.com/pivotlegal]Twitter[/url] or [url=https://www.facebook.com/PivotLegalSociety?fref=ts]Facebook.[/url]

Aalya Ahmad

Aalya Ahmad likes to blog about feminism, activism, the labour movement and cultural politics. Her sense of social justice is derived from good books and real struggles.

The Activist Toolkit Blog

The Activist Toolkit Blog is the place to catch up on what's new with the Toolkit. With weekly roundups of newly added tools, highlights of featured tools and extra multimedia content, you'll get up to date info on grassroots organizing. Check out the full activist toolkit at [url=http://rabble.ca/toolkit]rabble.ca/toolkit[/url].

Christine Saulnier's blog

Christine Saulnier is the Nova Scotia director for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. She moved to Halifax in 2003 after completing her doctorate in political science at York University specializing in Canadian Politics and Women and Politics. Christine grew up in rural New Brunswick and is pleased to be back living in the Maritimes. She is currently a board member of the Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network, Adsum for Women and Children, and a member of Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy and the Community Coalition to End Poverty in Nova Scotia.

Time for change

Gary Shaul has been a political "activist" since the 1970s. He has been involved in a wide range of issues inside and outside of his union focused on labour, human rights, First Nations, the environment and proportional voting. Gary leads an annual Jane's Walk in Toronto called "The Steps of Old Lake Iroquois." He is a member of Fair Vote Canada's National Council.

Parkland Institute's blog

Parkland Institute studies economic, social, cultural and political issues facing Albertans and Canadians, using the perspective of political economy.

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