rabble series November 18
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Zaid Noorsumar | Canadian janitor Lyle Skrapek talks about injuries, the physical toll working takes on his body, and the invisibility of his job.
rabble interview November 14
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Vincent Ternida | The Toronto-based author speaks about stories of belonging, home, and the in-between in her debut collection.
rabble series November 8
Natalie Guitead (left) and Lyle Skrapek (right). Images: Used with permission
Zaid Noorsumar | The physical challenges of custodial jobs are hard to overstate. Lyle Skrapek says that sometimes at the end of the day, he feels like he has played a game of hockey.
rabble news November 7
Protesting against the Ford Conservatives' planned cuts to education. Image: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Zaid Noorsumar | CUPE represents approximately 55,000 support staff in the province including special needs assistants, early childhood educators and custodians.
analysis November 6
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Alex Cosh | Early excitement about the possibility of the NDP and Greens winning meaningful concessions from the Liberals was quickly tempered by Trudeau’s first policy announcements.
analysis November 5
Elizabeth May at a Trans Mountain pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Elizabeth May/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | Given the built-in biases of our electoral system, it is a minor miracle that the Greens managed to win any seats at all in the House of Commons.
rabble series October 31
Enrique Turnainsky (left photo) and Martin Echevarrieta (right photo). Image: Zaid Noorsumar
Zaid Noorsumar | Unions have improved job conditions for many janitors, but spiralling costs of living require people in the low-wage sector to work themselves to exhaustion and forgo time with their families.
analysis October 28
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Alex Cosh | The Greens' pan-ideological approach might partly explain why the party struggled to make new gains in an NDP-dominated area like Vancouver Island.
analysis October 22
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Karl Nerenberg | To give his weakened party a greater measure of legitimacy, Trudeau might want to govern in such a way that takes into account all progressive voters, not just those who voted Liberal.
analysis October 21
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Alex Cosh | A recent surge in support for leader Jagmeet Singh has improved the NDP's chances of winning seats in some key Liberal-held ridings.
opinion October 20
Climate strike activists in Edmonton. Image: Paula E. Kirman
Paula E. Kirman | Greta Thunberg helps amplify, but is not the true centre of protest.
analysis October 19
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Alex Cosh | If there is any riding in this year's federal election that warrants strategic voting by left-leaning electors, surely it's the Conservative leader's district of Regina-Qu'Appelle.
rabble news October 18
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Zaid Noorsumar | The NDP is the only federal party promising to establish national standards -- although it will face an uphill task in that endeavour.
analysis October 18
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Karl Nerenberg | Although the NDP and the Greens tried to put wealth and income inequality on the election campaign agenda, most mainstream media coverage has focused elsewhere.
analysis October 17
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | Governing from second-place position is not common in Canadian history, but there is nothing untoward or abnormal about it.
rabble interview October 17
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: 2017 Canada Summer Games/Flickr
Hans Rollman | Author Martin Lukacs speaks about his new book, "The Trudeau Formula," which argues that progressive branding has played a huge role in Liberal party operations.
rabble news October 15
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Zaid Noorsumar | Deteriorating working conditions in long-term care combined with poor wages have led to a severe personal support worker shortage -- making the situation even worse.
analysis October 12
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Karl Nerenberg | Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came into his own, gamely defending himself on one of the most dubious parts of his time as prime minister: the SNC-Lavalin affair.
analysis October 12
Maxime Bernier. Image: Maxime Bernier/Twitter
Alex Cosh | The campaign period has been marked by a dwindling of civility and pitting communities against one another through vilification and marginalization, says hate crime expert Barbara Perry.
analysis October 10
Pearson Airport in Toronto. Image: h_w/Unsplash
Graeme Truelove | Police put far more resources into targeting Muslim extremism than they do white supremacy, even though far-right groups have been responsible for more attacks than every other group combined.
analysis October 8
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh before the leaders' debate. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | The purpose of a debate should be to force leaders to go beyond slogans, zingers and prepared lines. The voters want to hear party leaders explain in detail what they would do in government.
rabble news October 8
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Alex Cosh | The former MP and the first openly gay MP in Canadian history is running again as the NDP candidate for Burnaby North-Seymour.
rabble news October 8
A Tim Hortons in Cochrane, Ontario. Image: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr
Zaid Noorsumar | The only Tim Hortons in the small northern Ontario town of Fort Frances unionized this year.
analysis October 5
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | As they prepare for the next round of debates, all of the federal party leaders are fighting their own demons.
arts/media October 3
Christina Turner | Campaign soundbites don't always capture the bigger issues at play in an election. We've rounded up six books that dive deeper into major issues in the 2019 federal campaign.
analysis October 2
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Image: Screenshot/Andrew Scheer/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | For the Conservatives, overseas development assistance, like immigration or Canada's stance on the Middle East, is a political punching bag, designed to attract votes by spreading fear and resentment.
rabble news October 1
Madeleine Sauvé and some of her campaign team. Image: Madeleine Sauvé/Twitter
Alex Cosh | The NDP's Madeleine Sauvé is one of several candidates carrying a left-leaning platform deep into B.C.'s right-wing heartlands.
analysis September 27
Image: Greta Thunberg/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | When it comes to per capita emissions, only three countries exceed Canada's: Australia, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
arts/media September 26
Jordan and his mother, Virginia Anderson. Image: Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger
Humberto da Silva | "Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger" reminds us of the battles that continue to be fought by Indigenous communities to assure a future for their children.
rabble interview September 26
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Alexandra Valahu | The writer and performer speaks with Alexandra Valahu about her new book, "I Hope We Choose Love."

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