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rabble's end of the year roundup: 2014 edition

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It's almost the end of 2014, and it has been quite a year. 

We've assembled some of our favourite, most inspiring and powerful posts from across the site in blogs, columns, books, podcasts and news and have, ever so conveniently, rounded up those roundups right here for you.

Please enjoy rabble's best of 2014, and have a great holiday!

 

 

 

Blogging all the way through 2014: The year's best blog posts

As blogs coordinator at rabble.ca, Michael Stewart gets to read the best writing we have to offer. Here are his favourites from 2014.

 

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Year in Canadian labour: Ten important stories in 2014

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'Tis the season for year-end countdowns, and rabble's Labour Beat Reporter is not immune to roundup frenzy!

So, in no particular order, here is the Year in Canadian labour.

 

At the federal level, the zombie-like Bill C-377, rose from the grave.

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The best of rabble news in 2014

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This year, rabble.ca continued its work to report activist and progressive news along with misreported and underreported stories across the country.

From new discussions about sexual consent and workplace harassment, to talking about systemic racism through the tragic events that have led to the #BlackLivesMatter protests, rabble.ca has been bringing progressive news to our readership and beyond.

We've gathered together some of our most-read articles here for you. We hope that the analysis, opinions, struggles and victories you read about here are 15 articles to will inspire you for the progressive work to come in 2015:

 

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2013 leaves behind some major issues to conquer in 2014

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Oh, 2013, you were quite a year! We saw scandal after scandal for the Conservative government, Indigenous communities and supporters fight for justice, the sad passing of legendary activists, historic rulings and not to mention a few others things.

As we say goodbye to 2013, we'd like to look back on some of our great articles as well as some of the issues we think will rise to the forefront in 2014.

 

Corruption in Canadian politics

There isn't much to say about this one -- kidding! There's a lot.

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Parliament, let's look back on the year

rabble.ca asked Parliamentary correspondent Karl Nerenberg to come up with ten articles he thought summed up his parliamentary coverage in 2013. Always the over-achiever, he sent us 11. If you're in the mood for a recap of rabble.ca parliamentary coverage, check out these articles. You can follow Karl's blog, and if you're in the mood you can even donate to keep Karl on Parl. 

Here are his picks for 2013:

Crown-First Nations meeting: Will it result in recognition of First Nations' rights to the lands and resources? 

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10 podcasts that you want to hear this holiday

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This year the rabble podcast network talked to world-changers across Canada and the globe. From activists remembering Nelson Mandela to taking an audio journey through Vancouver’s Chinatown nightmarket, to marking the 10th anniversary of the Insite safe injection site our podcasters were on the scene, talking to the folks making the news and making change.

For your holiday listening pleasure, here are a few podcasts for you to catch up on over the break. There are plenty more where that came from, these are just a few:

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The five top activist tools of 2013

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This year has seen many movements break into mainstream consciousness, take on new digital forums and grow in an ever more volatile political landscape. Now more than ever, using media and social networks is vital to activist organizing. Grassroot struggles have defined 2013. Here are the top tools activists have used to bring their message to the masses.

1. Twitter

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Happy Holidays! Check out our favourites from 2013

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This year, rabble.ca has kept track of progressive politics an activism across North America. From Idle No More protests around the world and actions around municipal politics to demonstrations against the pipeline proposals criss-crossing Canada, we’ve done our best to represent that myriad voices and viewpoints that make up Canada’s progressive movements for social justice. 

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2013's best in rabble columns

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It was an eventful year in rabble columns, with insights and analysis from some of the leading progressive voices in Canada. In 2013 our columnists spoke out about a range issues affecting Canadians, including Indigenous rights, austerity, abortion rights, climate change, Islamophobia, politics and much, much more. Here, we look back at the year in columns and highlight some of the top picks each month. For a complete selection of our columns year-round, check out our columns section!

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The top five labour stories in 2013

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1. Anti-union Bill C-377 stalls in the Senate

Labour critics have long worried that the Harper government would do anything to severely limit the power of unions and, for a short while, it looked the Conservatives were going to get their chance.

Bill C-377 would have increased scrutiny of unions financial information by the Canadian Revenue Agency, requiring them to submit detailed statements for expenditures over $5,000 -- a much lower amount than is currently required.

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