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Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Brent Patterson | Jean Charest wants France to back CETA's investment provision, but concerns are raised about the impact that would have on elections to the European Parliament.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 9
 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez canvasses in Sunnyside, Queens on June 26, 2018. Photo: Corey Torpie/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A Generation X political activist asks if there is hope in a renewed collaboration between electoralism and social movement activism.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 8
Kim Elliott | We've raised over $20,000 from readers so far! But we still need your help to take it even further and meet our goal of $50,000.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 8
Voting line-up in Ohio. Photo: Tim Evanson/Flickr
Penney Kome | There's reason to celebrate the new faces, new voices and new perspectives arriving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, the U.S. government begins to resemble the people it governs.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Doug Ford's "open for business" government sees water as a commodity; delaying new permits doesn't equal a commitment to the right to water.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Aerial view of Alberta tar sands. Photo: Dru Oja Jay/Howl Arts Collective/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Last year's aggregate profit for five largest oilsands companies was within spitting distance of total revenues collected from all sources by the Alberta government.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Person hanging their head. Photo: Alex/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | It's very human to feel down about the injustices in the world around us. How do we cope and find the strength to work for a better world?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
Alberta Provincial Legislature Building. Photo: WinterE229 (WinterforceMedia)/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff, kicked out of the NDP caucus, expressed shock and dismay at that entirely predictable outcome in a Facebook post.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Official portrait of Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Chris McAndrew/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn plans to end water privatization with publicly owned companies. Would this put an end to Canadian pension funds investing in for-profit water?
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 7
Person holds sign reading "We are all immigrants." Photo: takomabibelot/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Tangible ways to help organizations addressing the needs of migrants in Mexico.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
 	Protesting Illinois 6th District Republican Congressman Peter Roskam in Chicago. Photo: Charles Edward Miller/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Republicans mostly hitched their wagons to Donald Trump's dark star in the U.S. mid-term elections, and notwithstanding passage of control of the House to the Democrats it has worked well for them.
Blog - David Suzuki November 6
Image: Matthew Allen/Flickr
David Suzuki | If we want orcas and other species to survive, we should look in the mirror and change our own behaviour.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Anne Ehret | During the postal strike, one of the first female carriers reflects on how the job has changed, the progress workers have made and the role the service can still play in communities across Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 6
Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | MLA for Calgary-East Robyn Luff unexpectedly told media yesterday morning she would refuse to sit in the legislature to protest what she described as "a culture of fear and intimidation."
Blog - Brent Patterson November 5
Ontario Proud/Twitter photo
Brent Patterson | The tech-savvy right-wing populist group is marshalling its resources for the October 2019 election. Are progressive social movements prepared to challenge them?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
David J. Climenhaga | There have been enough examples of offensive attitudes about race, religion, gender and science among would-be UCP candidates since last spring to field a soccer team.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog November 4
Device for electroconvulsive therapy. Photo: AntaresGreen/Wikimedia Commons
Bonnie Burstow | Electroshock has been proven to be sexist, ineffective, and brain-damaging. A lawsuit for damages against the shock machine manufacturers has just led to a settlement. What follows is a hunger strike.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 4
Photo:  Devon Buchanan/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Intimate partner violence is not a women’s issue it’s actually a men’s issue – they are the ones inflicting the harm – and it’s a human rights issue.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
David J. Climenhaga | The real question of last night's debate between Steve Bannon and David Frum was summarized nicely by the Beaverton: "Which is better, hate crimes or war crimes?"
Blog - The Views Expressed November 2
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Richard Sharpe | Members of the black community need to be included in the process of assessing how minority students are treated by the school board.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 2
Plastic water bottles. Photo: Ricardo Bernardo/zone41.net/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Water is a human right and should not be treated as a commodity. Tell Ontario Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks to extend the moratorium on new permits to take groundwater for bottling.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 1
A farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Photo by PZFUN via Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Anti-fascists in Ottawa plan a counter-protest to challenge a white supremacist group holding "vigil" for South African farmers.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 31
rabble staff | Scare up some support for our campaign, and as a personal token of gratitude we're excited to offer you our gifts!
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 31
Aboriginal family near Prince Albert, SK, 1919. Photo: Walter Cross/ Musée McCord Museum/Flickr
Pam Palmater | It is long past the time that Saskatchewan take real steps to stem the race-based violence and deaths of First Nations from whose lands and waters every single resident benefits.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 31
Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Wikipedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | Here's what you do, Justin Trudeau. Tell Ralph Goodale, your public safety minister, to call the CBSA right now and tell them to stop Steve Bannon at the border. Easy-peasy.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 31
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rabble staff | rabble's sixth annual labour beat internship offers unique opportunities to develop a grounding in reporting on national labour issues.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 30
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Jesse McLaren | We need to expand paid sick days and police abusive workplaces, not cut paid sick days and police sick workers.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 30
rabble staff | rabble.ca is happy to announce that Brenda O'Farrell has joined the publication as Editor-in-Chief, completing rabble's female-powered editorial team.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 30
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | A KPMG consulting firm report prepared for Parks Canada identifies publicly owned bridges and dams for divestment.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Alberta Advanced Education Minister Marlin Schmidt briefs student leaders about Bill 19 at the Legislature yesterday (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 19, the Act to Improve the Affordability and Accessibility of Post-Secondary Education, is no bad thing, taking reasonable steps to protect students within provincial jurisdiction.

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