what's up August 17
Camp out in Ontario's Alquonquin Park for four days, sharing your campfire with a dozen high-profile guest speakers. It's a sublime setting for a workshop on forms of democracy. The Centre for Social
August 16
To guarantee life-and-limb essential services, governments sometimes limit workers' right to strike. Trade unionists usually accept this trade-off - in critical sectors. On Tuesday, BC's new Liberal
August 15
Three years ago, Canada's ecumenical community issued a sweeping call for social justice and renewal. As the Jubilee Initiative wraps up, a new article from Citizens for Public Justice reflects on it
August 13
When the New Politics Initiative (NPI) announced plans to create a new left party, many folks asked the same question: How will this be any different from the NDP? Part of the answer may be a new str
August 9
A bakery worker died of heat stroke Monday in Barrie, Ontario. Kim Warner, 44, died on the job at the Weston-owned Crissa Bakery. Warner's union is advising workers throughout South-Central Ontario t
August 8
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico agreed on July 31 to increase the "transparency" of tribunals that hear complaints pressed by corporations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Calling t
August 3
The CRTC yesterday renewed broadcasting licenses for television stations controlled by CTV and CanWest Global. In doing so, the CRTC accepted the media conglomerates' plans to merge television and ne
August 1
More than 75 activists continue to occupy an abandoned three-story building near Montreal's finer hotels. Calling for more affordable housing, the squatters say they're in for the long haul.
July 30
What's sweeter than tasting the summer's first tender ears of corn? The month of August brings Lammas, a Celtic celebration of the first harvest. It's a time to reflect on abundance. It's also a time
July 26
Four Canadian organizations have joined the ranks of <I>rabble</I>'s supporting partners this July. You can expect to hear more in this space from the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies,
July 23
Collective bargaining and striking are workers' democratic rights. Governments can limit those rights in order to ensure life-and-limb "essential services" like policing and firefighting. In a fright
July 19
Today marks the launch of a new online bookstore devoted to popular education. Featuring secure online transactions, "Reading the World / Reading the Word" is a service of the Catalyst Centre, one of
July 17
Doctors in some provinces are advocating private surgical clinics where they can offer faster service - to people who can pay a fee. They say this approach can cut waiting times for everyone. But doe
July 13
The strike is over at the National Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Feeling they'd finally been shown some respect, 200 striking workers ratified a new collective agreemen
July 12
Many Canadians are proud to come from a country that ranked "best place to live" for seven straight years. In this year's UN Human Development Index, released Tuesday, Canada slipped to third place,
July 11
World leaders converge on Qatar this November for the first WTO Minsterial Conference since Seattle. The meeting could spawn a new round of negotiations to massively liberalize trade. And once again,
July 6
The new high-tech economy may be ushering in whole new "paradigms" of production and communication. But when the road gets rough, management still takes care of its own. And workers still feel like p
July 5
The Greater Vancouver Regional District has shelved its scheme to privatize a planned water filtration plant. More than 1,000 citizens attended consultations in June to oppose handing the plant to an
July 3
Decades of struggle for equality have yielded some modest results for Canadian women. Women's incomes, however, still lag behind men's. And that gap is much wider than you might expect, according to
June 28
Labour groups say it's one of Nova Scotia's darkest moments. The province's Tory Government has rammed through legislation to get its way in a dispute with health-care workers. Bill 68, passed Wednes
June 27
Born into Montreal's elite, she chose a domestic path: powerful husband, several kids, a large home to tend. But something clicked in her 30s, and she sprang into public life. Carine Wilson (1885-196
June 26
In 1995, Ontario's then-Education Minister was caught on tape promising to "create a crisis" to build support for changing the system. A recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
June 22
Canada Post has turned an $84 million profit - in its sixth consecutive profitable year. Of that, $19 million goes to the federal government as a dividend, bringing the total payout since 1996 to $26
June 21
Support is building for more than 200 striking museum workers at the National Gallery and its allied Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The workers call their demands modest - and say that
June 19
The World Trade Organization (WTO) and its corporate boosters have a PR problem. Grassroots resistance is building against negotiations to expand the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). C
June 18
Relief rained on Saskatchewan on Friday as more than 12,000 striking health-care workers returned to their jobs. After a marathon bargaining session, CUPE's Health Council thanked the province's NDP
June 15
Is fresh water a product that's best traded on open markets - pollution and depletion by damned? Or is water a common resource and basic human right? An international coalition spearheaded by the Cou
June 14
Civil liberties took a beating this April during Summit of the Americas protests in Quebec. And many commentators are chasing questions about Canadians' democratic rights. But what about the Summit i
June 12
More than 12,000 Saskatchewan health care workers walked off the job Saturday morning. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says the employer won't budge on priority issues - workload, pens
June 11
The Canadian Auto Workers have moved a step closer to reconciling with Canada's broader labour movement. On June 4, the Canadian Labour Congress Executive Council voted to lift sanctions applied agai

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