Blogs

rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 20
ICAN campaigners protest outside Australia's permanent mission to the UN at Geneva. Image credit: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons/Flickr
Yves Engler | Activists will mark a high this week when the UN treaty banning nuclear weapons enters into force. Why has the Trudeau government not signed the treaty?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 20
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O'Toole. Image credit: Erin O'Toole/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Most Canadians, one suspects, will conclude that with or without Derek Sloan, Erin O'Toole's still-Trumpified Conservative party is a poisoned chalice, from which they would be wise not to imbibe.
Blog - David Suzuki January 20
Wildfire in California. Image credit: Russ Allison Loar/Flickr
David Suzuki | New research shows global average temperatures could stabilize within a couple of decades if we quickly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at left. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you're wondering if the government is on the ropes, or just playing rope-a-dope and letting its opponents tire themselves out, the answer is probably rope-a-dope.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
Economist Jim Stanford addressing an Alberta audience in 2019. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "For the sake of fossil-fuel workers, as well as the sake of the planet, the inevitable phase-out of fossil fuels must be announced and confirmed quickly and firmly." -- Jim Stanford
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan. Image credit: Video still/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to imagine that things are going to get any better if the inquiry's report is ever released.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will rescind the Keystone XL Pipeline permit as soon as he's sworn in on Wednesday, the CBC reports. Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit," says the transition team's briefing note for day one of the Biden administration on Wednesday. Will Alberta finally wake up and smell the coffee?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 15
Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan (Image credit: Government of Alberta)
David J. Climenhaga | The supposedly public inquiry has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors at a cost, so far, of $3.5 million. It is scheduled to report on Jan. 31.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 14
Lesser Slave Lake United Conservative Party MLA Pat Rehn on his recent Mexican vacation. Image credit: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | In a Facebook post published at 8 a.m., Alberta's premier said MLA Pat Rehn "has made no meaningful effort to work in his constituency, or properly to represent his hard-working constituents."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 13
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews speaks to the media in 2019. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews signed an order giving the government's legislated investment manager a veto over anything the Alberta Teachers Retirement Fund instructs it to do.
Blog - David Suzuki January 13
Pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Image credit: Brett Davis/Flickr
David Suzuki | During the pandemic alone, the world's 500 richest people grew their wealth by almost US$2 trillion, while so many others suffered. The world’s wealthiest one per cent now owns half the global wealth.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
Danielle Smith and then-premier Jim Prentice on the day of the shocking Wildrose floor crossing in 2014 (Image credit: Dave Cournoyer/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Former Wildrose Party leader and notorious floor-crosser Danielle Smith's swan song yesterday announcing her departure from right-wing talk radio had a distinctly Trumpian tone.
Blog - KAIROS Witness January 11
Image: KAIROS Blanket Exercise logo
Cheryl McNamara | KAIROS Canada launches a winter series of KBE Teaching and Sharing Circles on January 19.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 11
Line of riot police. Image credit: James Paramecio/Pixabay
Maya Bhullar | Racism in law enforcement and the armed forces has proven deadly countless times and seems embedded in the very fibre of these institutions.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 11
Prescient demonstrators at the White House on a summer night in 2018. (Image credit: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Right-wing Canadian politicians like Alberta Premier Kenney need to find a way to put some distance between themselves and the obvious comparisons to Donald Trump's excesses.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 11
Maya Bhullar, Victoria Fenner, Kim Elliott | There is a wealth of inspiration to be found in Canada's many communities.
Blog - Behind The Numbers January 8
Image credit: EdFinn.ca
Erika Shaker | Ed Finn was a historian, an activist, an adviser, a colleague, a shop steward, a mentor, a pun-master, and a surrogate great-uncle. Erika Shaker pays tribute to an extraordinary man.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 update (Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
David J. Climenhaga | According to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, travel during the pandemic is bad, but it's safe; it's not recommended, but it's facilitated. Is everyone clear on this now?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 7
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Painful though it may be to watch, there's nothing bizarre about what happened in Washington. The U.S. has been perfecting the techniques of "colour revolution" for half a century.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
Palm Springs sign. Image: Randy Heinitz/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Where's the commissioner of the inquiry into "anti-Alberta energy campaigns" when you need him? In Palm Springs, apparently.
Blog - David Suzuki January 6
Image: Book cover of "The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature"
David Suzuki | An economy was once created to serve people and their communities. Today economic rationalists contend that people must sacrifice and give up social services for the economy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 5
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney less than a week ago on New Year's Eve 2020. (Image: Screenshot from UCP video).
David J. Climenhaga | On Friday Jason Kenney praised former municipal affairs minister Tracy Allard for helping keep Calgary-based WestJet in the air. Yesterday, he threw her under the wheels of the airport bus.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
David Climenhaga | Albertans learned last week the grim toll from COVID-19 in the province has now passed 1,000 deaths.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor December 31
The New York Times Building. Photo by Adam Jones CC 2.0
John Gordon Miller | Heads should roll at the New York Times at the highest level.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 21
Kim Elliott | 2021 will be a year of rebuilding, reconnecting, and restructuring systems that have undeniably failed us. Much remains unknown - but we know that we need independent media more than ever.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 21
Panitch in 2019 (Image: Photo by David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Panitch, one of the intellectual pillars of the Canadian left and a leading scholar of the global depredations of neoliberalism, died Saturday from COVID-19.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 20
Doreen Nicoll | Residents are feeling left out of the process after the province invoked a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) in July.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 18
Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne (Image: Francois-Philippe Champagne​/Twitter)
Karen Rodman | Perhaps the Canadian government needs to be reminded that Canadians and the world are watching, and sees Canada's complicity in crossing "the red line" in blatant disregard for international law.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 18
Left to right in background: Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard, Premier Jason Kenney and Justice Minister Kayvee Madu; In the foreground, Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw. (Image: Kaycee Madu/Twitter)
David J. Climenhaga | Justice Minister Kaycee Madu posted a photo of himself with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Premier Jason Kenney and Municipal Affairs Minister Tracy Allard. Only Hinshaw wore a mask.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 18
Protesters hold signs about homelessness in front of the Toronto sign at Toronto City Hall (Image: Photo by Cathy Crowe)
Cathy Crowe | As 2020 comes to an end, homeless people remain severely vulnerable. However, this year has seen some heroes step up.

Pages