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Ontario Hydro, negative politicking, the burkini, Salvador, Nestle and urban farming: What's new in the news

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As the summer comes to a close rabble.ca's bloggers continue to write informed pieces on the challenges facing Canadians. From Ontario's hydro plan to urban farming, here are this week's top blog posts.

In Ontario, approval for Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government is waning. This is due in part to their hydro privatization plan which 83 per cent of the province's residents oppose. Fred Hahn writes how the provincial government's recent deal to offer 2.5 per cent of Hydro One shares to First Nations communities at a discounted rate is an attempt to quell this opposition. He says that it ignores struggles many First Nations communities face with electricity and that this share will give leaders of these communities little influence over decisions. 

In federal politics, Linda Leon pens an open letter to Conservative party leader Rona Ambrose about negative politicking. She details the party's history of negative campaign ads, and so-called dog whistles like "family values" and "old stock." She implores Ambrose to reconsider this strategy as it has been known to backfire.

In international news, many are outraged after French police forced a woman to remove her clothing on the beach following a ban on the "burkini." J Baglow writes about how concern over terrorism in the country has led to divisions, misogyny, and racism. He notes that women's bodies are often the sites of struggles when it comes to culture wars. 

In Brazil, Robin Browne details his trip to Salvador and everything he learned there. He paints a picture of the city as he discusses Afro-Brazilian history and his wonderings about who holds positions of power. He concludes that the history and power dynamics are fascinating and complex.

Back in southern Ontario, Mark Calzavara discusses how despite a severe drought, Nestle is buying more groundwater sources. He expresses concern over the fact that they have permission to remove over 20 million litres of water per day. 

Finally, David Suzuki discusses how people are increasingly living cities and there is more interest in producing food where people live. He details the history and benefits of local and urban agriculture.

That's it for this week's blog roundup! Make sure to check out more rabble.ca blogs to find out what's happening in your world.

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