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From the Toronto election to the Jack Layton Fellowship: weekly news roundup

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Advance voting began in Toronto this week, where Premier Doug Ford's recent upheaval of the political landscape has roiled candidates and voters alike.

As the city hurtles towards election day on October 22, we invite you to take a more in-depth look at the progressive candidates and issues, as reported on by rabble's inaugural Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellow, Phillip Dwight Morgan, in our "Toronto Votes" series.

Key highlights from the series include Morgan's interview with progressive candidate Saron Gebresellassi, a young human rights lawyer with a strong background in community organizing. Gebresellassi envisions building a city that prioritizes the right to housing, transit, employment outside of the downtown core, access to mental health services, accessibility, and diversity in governance.

Morgan spoke with  mayoral candidate D!ONNE Renée's about her platform which offers an inclusive vision for Toronto, one that would ensure its citizens live and thrive. Morgan also reported on the CBC's cancellation of the televised municipal debate, and in his latest article, examines the perils of strategic voting. As the Toronto election campaign heads into its final days, follow all of our coverage here.

In other rabble news

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on a 2013 legal challenge to the federal government's cuts to environmental protection laws brought by the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta, that federal cabinet ministers do not have a duty to consult with Indigenous peoples before introducing legislation that could affect treaty and constitutional rights. Karl Nerenberg reports how in the decision, two dissenting judges emphatically supported Indigenous rights while the majority waffled, and Brent Patterson details the Mikisew Cree's response to the ruling.

A new UN report released this week outlines, in deadly detail, the impact that a global temperature increase over 1.5 degrees will exact over the course of the next century should governments fail to adequately stymy climate change. Parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg looks at why the media rewards climate-denying rhetoric from Canadian politicians like Jason Kenney and Doug Ford with more coverage than scientific reports that deal in facts and figures. In other climate change news, Brent Patterson condemns corporations for "social murder" and Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan report on Hurricane Michael in Florida.

Sophia Reuss is rabble's Assistant Editor. 

Image: City of Toronto/Flickr

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