Parliament was supposed to resume on Monday, September 16 -- that is, until Stephen Harper decided to prorogue Parliament, again. The House of Commons will now be quiet until October. In the meantime, we're fundraising to keep our reporter on Parliament Hill -- click here to support Karl Nerenberg on the Parliament beat for rabble.ca!
We plan to stay on top of the issues even while Harper has shuttered Parliament. There are lots of issues Harper would probably rather just avoid. On that note, here's our poll question this week:
Why do you think Stephen Harper prorogued Parliament this time?
On Friday reports emerged from the G20 Summit in Russia that Prime Minister Harper had written a formal letter to President Obama:
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, trying to win U.S. backing for the Keystone XL pipeline, sent a letter to President Barack Obama proposing joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector...
What do you think of Harper's offer?
Everything about the new union Unifor is big. This weekend, the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP) officially dissolve themselves and launch a new super union -- the biggest industrial union in Canada with over 300,000 members. rabble.ca has wall-to-wall coverage of the convention, leading into Labour Day and a week of feature articles about the future of the labour movement.
What does the labour movement need to focus on most, in order to grow and gain strength?
A U.S.-led campaign of bombing Syria appears to be imminent, although there is much debate about the specifics and duration of the expected strikes.
Today, Stephen Harper spoke with U.S. President Obama and said they agreed a "firm" response was required in Syria.
Should Canada join in and support the bombing of Syria?
Earlier this week, Arianna Huffington announced that the Huffington Post would no longer accept comments from anonymous users. While HuffPo's decision will reignite what has been a long-standing conversation about online use since the Internet's Usenet days, rabble.ca users on our online discussion forum babble have always had intelligent things to say about the issue.
Currently, rabble.ca allows anonymous users and commenting (although it might more accurately be called pseudonymous commenting). We employ two part-time moderators who scan the discussion board daily for trolls and spammers -- and who do their best to uphold babble's unique board policy, which tries to ensure babble is not a place where "the basic and fundamental values of human rights, feminism, anti-racism and labour rights are to be debated or refought." This goal has presented a challenge to users and moderators since its inception in 2001.
What do you think, should rabble.ca ban anonymous comments?
For more on this issue, see our staff blog.
In the wake of global outcry over Russia's contemptible anti-gay legislation, there have been calls made to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from Sochi, Russia. One petition, supported by actor George Takei, has over 100,000 signatures, and calls for the Olympics to be moved from Russia back to Vancouver, the host city of the 2010 Games.
For background, read former Vancouver City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth's piece on homophobia and the Olympics, and Michael Stewart's critical assessment of Vancouver's Olympic 'legacy.'
What do you think: Do you support calls to relocate the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia back to Vancouver?
Earlier this week, TransCanada announced plans to go ahead with new west-to-east tar sands pipeline plans. The project has yet to get regulatory approval. Do you support TransCanada's west-to-east pipeline?
Recent comments by Justin Trudeau making the case for the legalization of marijuana in Canada has sparked renewed media attention and public debate on this issue. The NDP advocates for decriminalization, while the Harper government favour the status quo.
What do you think: should marijuana be legalized in Canada?
This week, one of the big stories in Canadian politics involved briefing notes for new Cabinet Ministers that included an 'enemies list.' The government has refused to release this list of 'enemies of the State.' What do you think about the Harper government's Enemies List?