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G20 must turn the tide on rising inequality and tackle the Ebola crisis

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Brisbane -- G20 Leaders who met in Brisbane, Australia on the 15 and 16 of November need to focus on the real issues that matter for the world. This means they need to tackle rising inequality head-on or risk leaving millions of people trapped in poverty. They also need to ensure they are all doing their fair share to tackle the Ebola crisis.

The G20 brings together the world's major advanced and emerging economies, represents 90 per cent of global GDP, 80 per cent of global trade and two-thirds of the world's population. It's a powerful group, and its efforts to boost growth and fix the global tax system are important and needed.

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Women take action for institutional change in Vancouver city elections

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We're talking about it -- we've been talking about it for years, in fact. The difference is that not so many people were listening before.

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Group work is key to getting government action on climate change

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Canada’s dismal record on fighting climate change was brought into the spotlight twice this week -- first with a crucial UN report spelling out the tough task ahead for the world’s nations, and second, with the president of France delivering an embarrassing lecture to the Harper government in our own Parliament.

Practically tongue in cheek, French President Francois Hollande, glancing at Prime Minister Stephen Harper, told Parliament on Monday that he had no reason to doubt Canada’s commitment to reaching a global agreement on climate change when the final round of negotiations are held in Paris in December 2015.

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Sexual assault in progressive spaces: Thinking about the Jian Ghomeshi allegations

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Editor's note: Since this piece was submitted to rabble.caNavigator and Rock-it PR have ended their work with Jian Ghomeshi, and more women have come forward with allegations of sexual assault.

[Content Warning: Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women, Rape]

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Toronto election results reveal a polarized city

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Are we fed up yet? Between a seemingly interminable campaign season and a record 64 per cent voter turnout, election-weary Torontonians might be forgiven for being a bit bleary-eyed in the days following, while the reality of an end to the Ford era sinks. But what have we woken up to?

We've woken up to the disappointing reality of a polarized city that is the mirror image of those neighbourhoods that are plagued by social inequity. And the blame for this doesn't necessarily fall entirely on every downtown voter's favourite punching bag -- the Ford brothers.

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The Canada-Honduras trade agreement: A stain on Canada

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On October 1, 2014, Canada legally implemented a Free Trade Agreement with Honduras.

The Conservative government was joined in the House of Commons by the Liberal Party in supporting this measure. The NDP was the only official party in Parliament to oppose it.

In keeping with our long-standing approach, New Democrats oppose signing trade agreements with countries who commit widespread human rights abuses, practice anti-democratic behaviour and foster political violence. We believe that nations who do so should not be rewarded with preferential economic benefits. Rather, they should be required to demonstrate a commitment to meet international norms and make progress toward them as a pre-condition to receiving such advantages.

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After 13 years of war, Canada is shocked that a 'terrorist' attacked its soldiers

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This piece and its updates were first published at The Intercept, and is reprinted here with permission.

TORONTO – In Quebec on Monday, two Canadian soldiers were hit by a car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old Canadian who, as The Globe and Mail reported, "converted to Islam recently and called himself Ahmad Rouleau." 

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Why we must vote: The right place for Black community members on Oct. 27 is at the ballot box

Editor's Note: This piece is composed in response to Why Black People should spoil their ballot in the Toronto Mayor's election, which was published in The Views Expressed in August of 2014.

In September, while attending a standing-room-only Mayoralty debate at the North York Civic Centre, organized by the Black Electoral Alliance, I was pleasantly surprised at the level of enthusiasm for civic politics in that hall. 

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How do we get the real climate action that is needed?

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The 311,000 protestors who took part in the exhilarating Climate Summit march through Manhattan and those who blocked some entrances to Wall Street have returned to their homes.

The leaders of the more than 120 nation states that made pie-in-the-sky, non-binding promises for reductions in carbon emissions at the U.N. meeting and dozens of powerful corporations have moved on.

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CRTC vs. Netflix: Who will win this fight?

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Canadian regulatory hearings are usually relatively predictable affairs with scripted presentations and well-rehearsed speaking lines to most questions. During the recent two-week Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission hearing on the future of television regulation (dubbed "TalkTV" by the CRTC), Chair Jean-Pierre Blais expressed frustration on several occasions with the unwillingness of witnesses to veer much beyond their prepared notes.

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