Looks like there has been some controversy with CBC panelists and correspondents "shilling" for Big Oil. Bruce Anderson, who counts Cenovus on his client list, was a panelist on The National discussing Keystone XL and Peter Mansbridge was paid by CAPP to speak at a seminar.
Is it a conflict of interest when CBC personalities are paid to speak?
The Conservatives' 2014 federal budget promises federally controlled schools for First Nations and trained, cheap labour for the extractive industry instead of providing funds to address the socioeconomic crises that exist on many reserves or implementing Aboriginal, treaty and inherent rights.
What is behind the promises to First Nations in the 2014 Federal Budget?
The 2014 Federal Budget landed this week, and boy was it a doozy! The mainstream media will have you believe it is just "ho hum," while rabble writers seem to think it is anything but. So, without getting too fancy, let's just ask this: In one word, how would you describe the Conservatives' 2014 Federal Budget?
The Conservatives' much-anticipated electoral reform bill was introduced this week, and it has caused outrage all across the nation.
What do you find most outrageous about the Fair Elections Act?
This week Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau decided to expel all his Liberal senators from his caucus and declared that there is no longer such a thing as a Liberal senator. He stated that the Senate is broken and needs to be fixed and that the only members of the Liberal caucus will be those elected by the people of Canada.
This move took everyone, including his former senators, by surprise and prompted questions about the motives behind this shocking move. The Conservatives called it a "smokescreen" and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was suspicious given Trudeau had voted against the NDP motion to end partisan activities in the Senate.
What do you think of Justin Trudeau's decision to remove his senators from Liberal caucus?
Oh, Harper's now infamous trip to Israel.
He played Hey Jude, arrived in spectacular fashion and generally cemented his BFF-status with Israel. Noticebly absent from any of his conversations with Prime Minister Netanyahu was discussion of Israel's human rights abuses.
So, what do you think was the purpose of Harper's trip to Israel?
The recent consolidation of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) libraries from 11 to four resulted in a chaotic dumping of books and staff layoffs. Questions arose about the protocol that was followed during the consolidation -- if librarians and staff were able to secure unique documents -- and why this consolidation actually occurred.
The reasons for the consolidation given were low public access, digitization of materials and, of course, saving some money.
What do you think of the DFO library consolidation?
This week, Canadian University Press (CUP) has been hosting its 76th annual national conference, which attracts young journalists from all across the country. When CUP announced one of their keynote speakers would be Sun Media's Ezra Levant -- speaking this Saturday, Jan. 11 -- there was quite a bit of push back from those planning to attend and other concerned individuals.
What do you think of Ezra Levant speaking at CUP NASH76?
As you may have noticed, rabble is in the middle of our annual fundraising drive, aiming to raise $25,000 to help us change the conversation in Canada. Columnist Murray Dobbin thinks we need to change the conversation about consumerism to one of how to "live consciously" (read his column here). What conversation would you most like to see change in 2014?
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled unanimously to strike down three provisions in Canada's prostitution laws. The ruling says that Parliament has one year to develop new legislation.
Three sex workers -- Terri Jean Bedford, Amy Lebovitch and Valerie Scott -- argued their right to security and safety has been violated by Canada’s prostitution laws, which prevented them from working in the safety of their own homes or a bawdy house, and preventing them from hiring drivers.
What do you think of the Bedford decision?