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.

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.

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.

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.

Making Waves

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

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.

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.

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].

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.

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!

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]

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

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].

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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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

Code Pink Canadian Delegations to Gaza

In the latest efforts to break the siege on Gaza, Col. Ann Wright shares her observations in this blog as she an eight shift flotilla aiming to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza, and to open the borders.

Following on the successful delegation of March 09 (which included rabble publisher, Kim Elliott), more than six further Code Pink delegations, including a delegation of Canadian Members of Parliament, traveled from Cairo to Gaza this summer to pressure the opening of Rafah border, and an end to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The border has effectively been closed since July 2007, when Israel imposed a blockade. Delegation members Kim Elliott, Sandra Ruch, Ehab Lotayef, Medea Benjamin, and Libby Davies have shared posts in this blog. For more on Code Pink's initiatives on Gaza, see: http://www.womensaynotowar.org/ . In December 2009 Code Pink and other activists joined the Gaza Freedom March. Canadian delegates David Heap and Wendy Goldsmith blogged on rabble while joining more than a thousand activists from around the word in an international action to open the borders to Gaza. For details of this initiative see: www.gazafreedommarch.org

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Donald Gutstein's blog

Donald Gutstein is an adjunct professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University and co-director of NewsWatch Canada. His book on Stephen Harper and think tanks will be published this fall. His website is [url=http://www.donaldgutstein.com]www.donaldgutstein.com.[/url]

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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].

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/

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

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.

Lewis Rifkind's blog

Lewis Rifkind is a Whitehorse-based part-time environmentalist. His work centres on Yukon mining issues. When he is not skiing, hiking or mountain biking, he collects stamps and spoils cats. He can usually be found most mornings holding court in the trendier downtown Whitehorse coffee shops.

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”!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Parkland Institute's blog

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

Dionne Brand's blog

Dionne Brand is a poet, novelist and poet laureate for the city of Toronto.

Free Expression Watch

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. Rooted in the field of journalism, we promote a free media as essential to a fair and open society. CJFE boldly champions the free expression rights of all people, and encourages and supports individuals and groups in the protection of their own and others' free expression rights.

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.

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