By 1:18 p.m. on this date most workers had just finished lunch on the first working day of the year, but Canada's highest paid 100 CEOs had already pocketed the equivalent of the average wage in Canada, $45,448. BTW: The CCPA's 2013 CEO pay clock is still ticking. (Source)
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A Harper majority. Stifling anti-union legislation. Provincial unrest and austerity across the country. At a glance, it seems like activists don't have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. However, in these trying times, organizers, Indigenous people, workers, youth and ordinary citizens have come together for the common good.
Inspiring actions have touched communities and emboldened movements with historic victories. Here are our top 10 activist successes in 2012 -- and the tools they used to get there.
1. Creative labour actions
Over the holidays we will continue to have new videos, podcasts, blogs and discussions on our live forum babble, but our articles and book reviews will return in the New Year. We hope you enjoy this review of 2011's most memorable news, opinion and feature stories out of the almost 400 original pieces published in the news & features section of rabble alone this year. It was a profoundly eventful year.
And we'd like to hear from you over the break -- what were your favourite stories, videos, podcasts or babble threads on rabble.ca in 2011? Add your thoughts in the comments below.
All the best of the season, and a peaceful and productive 2012 to all our readers.
At rabble.ca, we were already planning ahead for the election.
It's been a busy year in the lounge! This year's highlights include comedy for contrarians, vegan dieting, dissent deconstructed, revolutionary memoirs and books that undermine Harper's omnibus crime bill.
Here is a month by month look at rabble's top reviews from 2011. Click the book titles to view the full review.
Harper's Team by Tom Flanagan
Harperland by Lawrence Martin
Reviewed by Am Johal
Over the holidays we will continue to have new videos, podcasts, blogs and discussions on babble but our feature stories and book reviews will return in the New Year. Enjoy a few of 2010's most memorable news stories published on rabble.ca.
We'd like to hear from you over the break -- what were your favourite stories, videos, podcasts or babble threads on rabble.ca in 2010? Add your thoughts in the comments.
A look back at the books reviewed in rabble's book lounge this past year reveals that it has been a diverse year for progressive books. Topics covered included poetry by and for activists, radical economics, environmental activism and foodscapes to community resistance in New Orleans, Gaza and the media. Here is a month by month look at rabble's top reviews from 2010. Click the book titles to view the full review.
Reviewed by Frank Preyde
Books are meant to be taken off the shelf and looked back on. So as we head into the last weeks of 2009 it’s time to take a look at all the progressive books released this year. The Book Lounge held a diverse array of literary works this year. Books this year explored foods leading to our demise, Canadians who have built our progressive movement, and reasons you may not want to take that cruise vacation. Take a look, there may be a book to enjoy some tea by this holiday season.
January :Christina McCall:'Feminist in arms'
Reviewed by Jessica Rose