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Welcome to rabble Brent Patterson!

rabble.ca would like to welcome the wonderful and prolific Brent Patterson to its blog section. As former Political Director for the Council of Canadians Brent tirelessly worked with Council chapter activists to promote social and environmental justice and now, with that body of experience and activism, he's with us!

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Hamilton, Ontario Police Officer Charged With Sexual Assault

Charged with several sex crimes, a Hamilton police officer has been suspended with pay. 

34 year old constable Adam Martini, is facing six counts of sexual assault, two of assault level one and one of voyeurism.

Martini had been recently hired onto the police service just four months prior. The alleged sexual assaults were to have occured between 2012 and 2013.

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Electric Vehicles: Need to Bail out US-based Automakers Again?

China, as the world’s largest vehicle market -- 28.9M in vehicle sales in China in 2017 compared to 17.2M in the US -- is defining an aggressive pace for global automakers to make the transition to electric vehicles with its sales/credit quota system on the minimum percentage of each manufacturer’s sales that must be New Energy Vehicles (NEV) (electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles).  These quotas begin with

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This may be the worst comments section(Disqus administered)I've ever seen on this site

https://disqus.com/home/discussion/rabbleca/how_free_speech_was_used_as_...

 

This was a discussion of what happened at a Halifax Pride meeting, in which straight people took over the meeting to prevent the adoption of an anti-"pinkwashing" motion proposed by a LGBTQ Arab group.

In reaction to it, a Holocaust denier and a supposed "class struggle" supporter have tried to tie the question of dissenting about Israeli treatment of Palestinians to their revisionist(denialist) views on the Holocaust.

 

I've tried to stand up to them, but they won't stop.

Could really use some anti-fascist reinforcements here.

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Neoliberal times make referenda essential

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Neoliberal times make referenda essential

Where governments recklessly refuse to exercise due diligence and flout democratic values the public must insist on its right to referenda.

 

It has been said that democracy is a fragile egg easily broken and there are those more than willing to break eggs persistently.

Democracy is about process and most importantly the integrity of the process.

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Neoliberal times make referenda essential

Open Letters

Neoliberal times make referenda essential

Where governments recklessly refuse to exercise due diligence and flout democratic values the public must insist on its right to referenda.

 

It has been said that democracy is a fragile egg easily broken and there are those more than willing to break eggs persistently.

Democracy is about process and most importantly the integrity of the process.

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How are you going to make reconciliation a reality in 2016?

The final report from The Truth and Reconcilation Commission will be released on December 15.

This holiday season, rabble.ca is  partnering with Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto to provide the tools to make reconciliation a reality in Canada.

We're taking the calls to action from the TRC, and showing how ordinary folks can make them come to life. There were 94 calls to action.

These are the TRC calls to action.

Here is the latest installment, on recommendation #59 - educating about churches' role in the residential school system.

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Austerity as a Neoliberalism tactic to their limited success to cut social programs

Earlier this week I sat through a very two dimensional discussion of austerity politics. I believe we do disservice when we describe neoliberalism as benefit cuts to the social state. I believe it is much more.

I suppose that in the arguments about "austerity" necessitating more cuts is in large part a response to successful challenges in the limitations to access to benefits enacted by neoliberal governments.

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We've already forgotten Lac-Mégantic - Québec election day

This seems like just so much Toronto.  Everyone (including corporations, but why not children or other creatures who depend on us who are at least sentient beings) can choose to meet our reduce-pollution responsibility which we have whether we like it or not and work towards a greener, cleaner life but we must pay more for it thanks to all the corporate bend-overs infesting Canada's government, so it's "I can't afford it" meanwhile they have at least one vehicle making the air cancerous, or it's "why should I pay?" and the middle class waits for the rich to take the lead.  I think it's because not enough people with money have children and so they just don't care if Earth's habitable for humans after they're gone. 

 

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Fair Elections Act (Part ???)

Over the past few weeks the Minister of Democratic Reform has been trying to defend his crappy bill inside parliament as well as out.  Justin Ling who is a freeland reporter has been a thorn in his side writing pointed articles about the flaws and stupidity of the bill.

I guess he was able to interview the Minister over the weekend.

Would have liked to have been a fly on the wall to listen because sounds like it was testy.

Not sure if the Minister will finally listen to everyone else and hold open meetings across the country.

 

 

 

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