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Mick Sweetman is a rabble.ca contributor. His articles and photos have also been published in Alternet, Basics, The Calgary Straight, Canadian Dimension, Clamor Magazine, Industrial Worker, Linchpin, The Media Co-op, New Socialist, Northeastern Anarchist, They call it struggle, Vox Magazine and ZNet. He calls Toronto home and is unabashedly a supporter of Toronto FC. You can follow him on Twitter at Mick Sweetman.

May stands out in first election debate, Harper, Mulcair steady as Trudeau stumbles

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May schooled her opponents in the first leaders debate of the federal election on Thursday, and it's a good thing she did as, so far, it's the only one that will see her debate the other major party leaders.

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Tory elected mayor of Toronto, Chow urges 'keep the faith'

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John Tory will be Toronto's next mayor with almost 395,000 votes while Doug Ford racked up over 330,000 votes. Olivia Chow, placed third with almost 227,000 votes.

"As your new mayor, I will work with the council that you elected tonight in moving Toronto not left, not right, but forward. I will be a balanced and accountable leader and we're going to do this together. Tonight is not a victory for any one person. It is a victory for Toronto -- all of us who love this city and care about its future," said Tory in his victory speech.

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Watch B.C. teachers and parents share photos of their kids with #thisismystrikepay

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Today teachers and parents in British Columbia have been sharing photos of their own kids on social media using the hashtag #thisismystrikepay.

The trend was started originally by Kate Coglan who posted a photo of her 11-month old daughter Isla.

Not only is Coglan a parent, she's also is the wife and daughter of B.C. teachers and wrote about the possible strike on her blog The Little Farmhouse.


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Liberals stop Hudak, win majority government

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It was fear over fear as Ontario voters rejected the possibility of a hard-right Tim Hudak Conservative government and chose instead to re-elect Kathleen Wynne's Liberal Party, which produces more scandals than a FIFA referee and is currently under investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police.

Wynne won a majority Liberal government with 59 seats, while Hudak's Progressive Conservatives (PC) were reduced to 27 seats and the New Democratic Party (NDP) stayed even at a total of 21.

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What are people saying at the door in one of Ontario's closest ridings?

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"Bastards!"

The anger of the middle-aged woman at her door in Toronto's Davenport riding is palpable when asked about the Ontario election.

Olga, who did not provide a last name, is speaking to Green Party candidate Daniel Stein and is furious about the Liberal's gas plant scandal saying "they did it to save their jobs." She also says that "the NDP are totally bonkers" and that "Canada is becoming the biggest hypocrite country in the world."

Stein says she's a natural fit for the Greens and asks if she'll put up a sign -- she gives him a tentative "maybe."

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Left hooks thrown between NDP and Liberals in Davenport riding

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A padded chair in the front row sits broken in a stuffy and dimly lit school auditorium at Oakwood Collegiate in Toronto. A large fan whirrs beside the stage trying to keep the room of locals and partisans ventilated on an unseasonably warm and muggy evening. The moderator from the local residents' association thanks the crowd for coming out for what might normally be a mundane all-candidates debate, if it wasn't in the battleground riding of Davenport.

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Faculty union report slams colleges and calls for academic freedom

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A report published by the union that represents faculty at Ontario's 24 colleges sets out their case in the lead-up to this summer's collective bargaining and a possible strike.

The "Report on Education in Ontario Colleges" was researched and written by Kevin MacKay, a professor at Mohawk College who is also the local president of the OPSEU faculty local there.

The report identifies a combination of under-funding of the college system by successive provincial and federal governments, in particular the deep cuts in spending in the 1990s, as the fundamental reason for what the report calls a "crisis" in Ontario colleges.

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| May 10, 2013
| May 7, 2013

No one should have a friend die on the streets

Some people choose to live on the streets of Toronto throughout the winter.

That's right, I said they choose to live on the streets. But the choice they make is a Hobson's choice between the overcrowded, bed bug infested and dangerous conditions of the city's shelter system or the hard, cold streets.

 John Clarke from the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) posted a photo on Twitter snapped by a shelter worker in February showing what he says is blood on a wall inside Seaton House.

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