If Alberta's Progressive Conservative Party leaders were smart, they'd quickly find a way to send the same message to Craig B. Chandler he just got from Opposition Leader Danielle Smith.
On April 10, Smith, concerned Chandler was suggesting he was just the guy to bridge the gap between her Wildrose Party and the foundering Tories, Tweeted to him: "Your views & how you express them are wrong for Wildrose and Alberta. I would never let you be a candidate for #wrp."
So, tell us Ms. Smith, what do you really think about Craig Chandler?
There has been a lot of attention of late to what moves on Canada's rails. Train derailments, disasters such as Lac-Mégantic and near-disasters, such as the railcars loaded with toxic diluents that were suspended on a crumbling bridge over the Bow River during the June Calgary floods, have focused on the threat of unsafe rail cars and inadequate infrastructure. It really matters to accelerate the complete phase-out of the unsafe DOT-111 cars moving hazardous goods. Tragedies such as Lac-Mégantic must never happen again.
Moves by the Ukraine government to crack down on protests against its rule in the east of the country appear to have quickly faltered and backfired. Protest actions are widening.
For several weeks, protests in eastern Ukraine have included occupations of government buildings and at least one regional declaration of pro-Russia secession. Late last week, the government in Kyiv called the occupations acts of "terrorism" and said it would take steps to forcibly end them. It gave occupiers until yesterday to end their actions, saying it would unleash police and special military units.
But the deadline has come and gone, and the number of cities where protests and occupations are erupting is growing. These include takeovers of police stations and local policing duties.
As Ontario inches toward a potential spring election showdown, Premier Kathleen Wynne is making clear that she wants public transit to become the ballot box question.
That's heartening, because there is majority public support for greater transit investments after too many years of political and traffic gridlock.
But it looks like she's throwing needed new taxes under the bus in the process.
In her most recent announcement, Wynne committed to $29 billion in transit and transportation improvements over the next 10 years.
Forced to find work through a temp agency, Lorraine Ferns has been pushed over and over again into accepting jobs with less pay than permanent employees and without benefits.
"I'm just another precariously employed worker struggling to make ends meet," said Ferns, speaking at a rally of community members and labour activists in Toronto on Monday outside one of Canada's largest temp agencies as part of a province-wide day of action for a $14 minimum wage.
"All which leads to continuous instability."
Click here to see more photos from the rally.
With classes out and students in the thick of their exams, the president of the University of Windsor declared that he plans to block the University of Windsor Student Alliance from accessing their student fees.
The decision was announced to the board of the UWSA in a letter signed by Alan Wildeman and leaked. The UWSA is one of three student unions at Windsor and represents all full-time undergraduate students. The UWSA fee also funds campus media: both the radio station and The Lance depend on it.
Refusing to remit student fees is a popular tactic used to stop the operations of a student union. And, it's relatively easy. It's a decision that exposes just how vulnerable student union autonomy is in Ontario.
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So you've joined our Facebook event, you've googled nutritional yeast and washed all your Tupperware out for wholesome homemade lunches -- you're ready to take this year's vegan challenge! But what does that really mean?
Politicians by nature are not the most introspective of creatures. They do what they think they have to do, or what their leaders tell them to do. It is a rare politician who pauses to ask himself or herself why they are doing it, or to question whether it is the right thing, or best thing, for the country they serve.That said, members of Parliament have an opportunity this week and next week to take stock. The sudden death of former finance minister Jim Flaherty shocked everyone on Parliament Hill and far beyond.
Even within the benighted ranks of the Conservative Party of Canada, Rob Anders stood out: a walking nullity, his every word spoken as though by rote, a person for whom "convictions" were a sign, not of moral strength, but of a complete and utter inability to consider, reflect or question. He looked somewhat like a wax figure of himself, his face unlined, his brow unfurrowed; lacking the fire of inner certainty, he displayed instead the stuporous blandness of a patient under general anesthetic. "In a Commons loaded with lightweights," said one seasoned commentator, "Calgary West's MP almost defies gravity."
Annin, here are the photos I tool from the the 6th annual Four Sacred Colours Pow Wow at George Brown College Waterfront Campus. The event was organized by the Sahikitcheway Student Association.
I decided this year to shoot in a lower shutter speed to maximize the beatiful colour swirls reflected in the regalia - mostly made my hand.
I have to humbly apolize for the delay and I give great thanks to Kim Elliott for her technical skills so I could finally get those photos online as promised.
So please click on this link to view these powerful dancers -- of course, all protocol was followed in taking these shots -- so to see the dancers, click here.
On January 1, 2013, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, became the largest city in the world to make mass transit free for its residents. While the effects of having done this are, of course, specific to the context of the city itself, it has shown that a major city can do it and that it is has been widely popular with its residents. It has also focused attention on a growing international movement of groups, activists and parties who feel that free mass transit in major urban areas is an important social and environmental goal to be worked towards in the near future.
Politics is a messy business, so it is helpful to have clarity now and then.
Certainly, partisan posturing often can muddy the issues and impede progress. On First Nations issues, entrenched positions and a high volume of uninformed rhetoric from both sides doesn’t help either. As a result, before the bill had been tabled many blindly rejected the new education legislation, while others absurdly insisted it should be adopted.
Those early positions were both unfair, but this much is now perfectly clear: unless it is amended before passing, the Bill the government tabled in parliament yesterday is a failure.
"Food is everyone's business," said Dr Vandana Shiva, addressing the 580 people at Public Interest Alberta's Calgary keynote event. As founder of the Navdanya (seed savers) movement in India, Shiva has made a career of challenging major agricultural and pharmaceutical makers -- in the field now called "Life Sciences" -- over their attempts to patent traditional medicines like the Neem tree, to promote Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) products, and to seize control of seeds so that farmers have to pay whatever price they want to charge.
In March, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, a document the Independent labeled an "official prophecy of doom." Among other things, the report predicts that global crop yields will decrease by two per cent per decade over the next 100 years. The predictions of this report are already a reality in many places.
Drawing well over 150 people, the Energy East consultation in Stittsville this week was a boisterous event with a clear majority questioning the project. There were outbursts of applause, communal guffawing and a clear sense that people had a lot to say about this undeniably controversial pipeline.
How going vegan for the environment works
Apr 18 2014
You might have heard that eating a plant-based diet is better for the environment. In fact, it's the most significant thing you can do to lessen your impact on the environment. Here's why.
It's our birthday! 13 years and growing
Apr 17 2014
Happy 13th birthday to us! Imagine: 13 years ago on the Internet, as rabble.ca was gaining its first pageviews, so too were Google and Wikipedia -- both launched the same year.
Documenting my failures during the Vegan Challenge
Apr 16 2014
Participating in the Vegan Challenge is a great way to evaluate my food consumption habits and subsequently embarrass myself because of my food consumption habits. Vegan Challenge, you are my Everest.
Four reasons why veganism supports workers
Apr 16 2014
Being vegan isn't a choice that values animals above humans. It’s actually about valuing food and where it comes from, rather than just believing it magically appears on our plates.