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Sid Ryan on the unstoppable alliance of labour, environment and Indigenous groups

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At the July 5 March for Jobs, Justice, and the Climate, Sid Ryan, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), sat down to discuss the emerging affinities between labour, Indigenous rights groups and environmentalist groups around the climate.

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First all-Indigenous Greenpeace delegation stands up against Big Oil

The first all-Indigenous delegation in Greenpeace history is aboard the ship My Esperanza, sailing along the western coast of Canada. The goal is to connect communities who are opposing pipelines and supertankers from invading coastal communities due to Arctic oil drilling.

Shell is preparing to send its fleet of oil drilling and support vessels to the Alaskan Arctic to begin exploratory drilling July 1 2015.

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How can progressives win the next election? George Lakoff has a few ideas.

How can progressives communicate their values to large populations without reinforcing conservative messaging?

In April rabble.ca and our partners Canadian Dimension hosted renowned cognitive linguist and author of the groundbreaking Don't Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff, in Toronto, who expanded on the concept of political framing and how this can be used in progressive Canadian politics.

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What Canadians need to know about their labour history

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May 1 International Workers' Day, commemoration and protest celebrated around the world, may be behind this year, but the legacy and lessons of the day stay with us throughout the year, particularly as we head into our federal election.

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What is the labour movement doing to prepare for the next election?

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Hassan Yussuff is the president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the umbrella organization which encompasses dozens of affiliated unions and represents over three million workers. In February, the CLC launched its election preparedness campaign, which seeks to mobilize union members to defeat Harper's conservatives in the upcoming federal election.

I spoke with Yussuff about what we can expect from the campaign's second phase, which is set to start in the upcoming weeks. This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Progressives want to win the next election. George Lakoff tells us how.

Why are conservatives so successful in communicating their messages? What do progressives need to do to communicate their values to large populations?

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Making space for civil society groups at government tables: Nigel Martin speaks

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Nigel Martin has spent 45 years trying to turn governments' ears toward civil society voices. In 1998, he founded FIM: the Forum for Democratic Global Governance, an international NGO based in Montreal. FIM both convenes activists from around the world with particular attention to those from the global south and from Muslim sectors, and it has worked to create openings for civil society actors in global governance fora such as the UN, G8, G20, and more recently BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation).

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Exclusive: Chris Hedges on Bill C-51 and the corporate state

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This weekend, protests were held in communities across Canada to protest Bill C-51, a bill that would increase powers for CSIS.

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Public ownership of oil refineries will see Alberta through low oil prices, says AFL President Gil McGowan

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Low oil and gas prices may be benefitting consumers in the short-term, but small victories at the pump come with some grave long-term effects for Canada's economy.

With oil prices 40 per cent lower than they were last year, the Conference Board of Canada predicts that national economic growth will be just 1.9 per cent in 2015, down from 2.4 per cent in 2014.

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Political activist Ken Stone takes CSIS to task for alleged harassment

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What is it like to be targeted by Canada's spy agency? Veteran anti-war and environmental activist Ken Stone knows firsthand and is willing to talk about it.

The retired school teacher is presently taking the legal route: making a formal complaint against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). This action follows the sudden appearance of two agents at his Hamilton home two years ago.

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