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Blog -'s staff blog May 25
rabble staff | Join us in welcoming Lidia Abraha, recipient of the 2020 Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 23
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Maya Bhullar | Help for workers to make sense of their benefits and stay safe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 22
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Archana Rampure | Seniors in long-term care facilities are dying of COVID-19 in the thousands. Ultimately, the well-being of residents in these facilities depends on the well-being of the staff who work there.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 22
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro during a COVID-19 press briefing on May 4, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More than a month has passed since the UCP promised a $2-per-hour coronavirus-crisis top-up to Alberta's lowest-paid health-care workers. There's still no sign of it.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
The UN Security Council chamber from the vantage point of the president of the council. Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr​
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute | Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
A pile of anti-choice placards at the 2016 March for Life in Ottawa. Image: Ross Dunn/Flickr
Sandeep Prasad, Alba Onofrio | The "March for Life" rally may not seem like a major problem in the short term. But its supporters have a broad agenda aimed at promoting Christian supremacy and marginalizing vulnerable groups.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 21
Palestinians crowd into checkpoint "cattle pen," Checkpoint 300, Bethlehem. Image: David Kattenburg
David Kattenburg | By conflating boycotts and other pro-Palestinian activities with anti-Semitism, as it does in its 2019 audit of anti-Semitic incidents, B'nai Brith Canada undermines the fight it claims to champion.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
Jason Kenney celebrates his victory in the United Conservative Party leadership race in October, 2017. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Conservatives always thought they could afford some rebellion to open the Overton window further to the political right. The NDP's Rachel Notley proved them wrong in 2015.
Blog - David Suzuki May 19
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image: NIAID/Flickr
David Suzuki | We have a lot to learn still, but COVID-19 can teach us ways to address a crisis with many unknowns, whether it's a pandemic, a rapidly heating planet or accelerating biodiversity loss.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 19
Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry during a COVID-19 press briefing on May 15, 2020. Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Robert Hackett | While thousands of B.C. businesses have closed and millions of British Columbians are urged to stay at home, fossil fuel-related expansion projects continue as if they are "essential services."
Blog - Brent Patterson May 19
A Lockheed Martin F-35 jet on display in Germany in 2018. Image: Lutz Blohm/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Global spending on arms could decline due a drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and the imperative of a Green New Deal. How does Canada's plan to buy fighter jets by 2022 fit into this?
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 19
A crowded shelter. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | It took a lawsuit at the Superior Court level to push Toronto to commit to enforceable physical distancing in shelters.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 19
Democratic presidential candidate, former vice-president Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia at Booker T. Washington High School, March 1, 2020. Image: NSPA & ACP​/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called sinking $7.5 billion into the Keystone XL pipeline "a solid bet." But the investment is not likely to benefit Alberta's taxpayers.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 18
The crowd at the January 9 "fair deal" panel town hall in Fort Saskatchewan. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Friday before a long weekend is commonly viewed as the traditional time to publish information governments would like voters to forget about. What does this say about the so-called "fair deal" panel?
Blog - The Views Expressed May 15
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Jeff Shantz | Prisoners across the country have raised concerns about the conditions they are experiencing and expressed their frustration, anger and fears over the health risks they face.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 15
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Ernie Lightman | In the last 25 years, there has been an increase in the proportion of long-term care beds provided by for-profit corporations that are primarily interested in cutting costs and maximizing profit.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 15
Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Alberta Health Services president Verna Yiu and Ernst & Young spokesperson John Bethel at the release of the AHS review report on February 3. Image: Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | If ever there was a time to recognize that privatization of health-care services, in particular public-sector long-term care, is a bad idea, the current pandemic is that moment.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 15
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David J. Climenhaga | Twitter users were quick to point out to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Aaron Wudrick that any horse hoping to defraud Ottawa of CERB funds would need a valid social insurance number.
Blog -'s staff blog May 14's new labour beat reporter, Chelsea Nash. Image:
rabble staff | We're thrilled to announce that Chelsea Nash will be joining the team as our labour beat reporter for 2020.
Blog - Taking Sides May 14
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Philip Lee | A recent Angus Reid poll showed that 48 per cent of Canadians do not trust the news media to provide accurate information about COVID-19.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 14
Jason Kenney with Jack Mintz in 2015. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | University of Calgary Professor Jack Mintz, appointed in March to lead Jason Kenney's "emergency economic panel," has joined other right-wing commentators in calling for public-sector rollbacks.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 14
Land defender Freda Huson. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Video Screenshot/YouTube
Brent Patterson | Does the Trudeau government want a seat on the Security Council enough to follow a resolution from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 13
Cypress-Medicine Hat United Conservative Party MLA Drew Barnes. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The timing of Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes's tweet was especially bad, since public-sector workers are currently on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 13
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John Miller | The federal government promised $595 million to support Canadian newspapers 18 months ago, but so far that program has not paid out any funds to struggling publishers.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 13
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Nicholas Erwin-Longstaff | As things stand, we face a future where we are asked to choose between a nationalist right and a liberal centre. The left must present a compelling and plausible alternative to these paths.
Blog - David Suzuki May 12
An Asian giant hornet, photographed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture on February 7, 2020. Image: Washington State Department of Agriculture/Flickr
David Suzuki | While the fear factor in the hornet story has drawn our attention to hornets and honeybees, most people don't know a honeybee, hornet or wasp from the more than 800 species of wild bees in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 12
An oil sands plant in Fort McMurray, Alberta, in 2012. Image: kris krüg​/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | A new report finds that the 'big five' oil sands producers shipped $8 billion to their mostly foreign shareholders in the first three quarters of 2019.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 11
A streetcar passes through a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. Image: La Citta Vita/Flickr
Ed Finn | We cannot afford to return to a business-as-usual economic model that kills many, impoverishes millions and fuels global warming.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 11
A doctor participating in a protest calling for a faster response to the spread of COVID-19 in the homeless shelter system. Image: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's UCP has chosen the pandemic as an opportunity for an assault on physician pay and an ugly attack on the Alberta Medical Association.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 8
Anti-war protesters during one of the first Mother's Days in history. Image: bravenewfoundation/Video Screenshot/YouTube
Brent Patterson | This Mother's Day let us recall the radical origins of the day and the women who proclaimed it to be a day to challenge war and militarism.