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The Views Expressed

The Views Expressed here showcase a variety of progressive voices from critics, writers, thinkers and activists across Canada. You'll find ideas and commentary on politics, cultural happenings, activist actions and more! Submissions can be sent to [url=mailto:[email protected]]editor@rabble.ca[/url]. The [i]rabble.ca[/i] editorial team promises to read them all, and publish our favourites.

Blog - The Views Expressed May 29
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Ed Finn | An alternative model, to be effective, would need to impose far better levels of care and staffing for residents, along with frequent oversight and enforcement.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 27
Screenshot from video filmed from inside workers' living quarters at a farm near Leamington, Ontario. Image: Video Screenshot/j4mw/YouTube
Jade Guthrie | The pandemic has shown just how essential agricultural workers are. Permanent status must be extended to ensure their safety, particularly as they risk their lives working on the front line.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 26
Image: KMR Photography/Flickr
Toby Sanger | Even in a pandemic, many fortunate Canadians will still be able to file their taxes with virtual support. Low-income Canadians who don't have access to these resources will have a much harder time.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 22
Image: Bournemouth Borough Council/Flickr
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 - 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 - 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 - 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
Image: Andrea Leon/Unsplash
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
Image: Elien Dumon​/Unsplash
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 - The Views Expressed May 13
Image: marke1996/Flickr
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 - 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 - The Views Expressed May 7
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a public address on the COVID-19 crisis on March 16, 2020. Image: CanadianPM/Video Screenshot/Twitter
Ken Stone | Trudeau cannot ignore the damage he is doing to the efforts to fight the novel coronavirus in 20 of the world's poorest countries by maintaining sanctions.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 7
Image: klimkin/Pixabay
Fiona Whittington-Walsh | Everyone has the right to live in a community setting receiving whatever levels of support they might need. After 150 years, it is time to end the institutional model.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 6
Image: cat's_101/Flickr
Abdul Nakua | Faith communities should focus on promoting inclusion, sharing wisdom, and building robust coalitions and cross-sectorial collaborations that address the inadequacies of the economy.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 5
Image: Stock Catalog/Flickr
Adam R. Houston | The Access to Drugs in Exceptional Circumstances pathway allows a jurisdiction to temporarily import a drug or vaccine not approved by Health Canada, but approved in the U.S., the E.U. or Switzerland.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 4
John Roberts of Fox News at a budget town hall for Congressman David Schweikert at the Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center in Phoenix, Arizona in 2013. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Matthew Hays | Fox News has been accused of toxifying public discourse for many years, and now faces a lawsuit for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Roberts lends a false veneer of credibility to the network.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 1
Views of inundated areas in New Orleans following breaking of the levees surrounding the city as the result of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans, Louisiana. September 11, 2005. Image: NOAA Photo Library/Flickr
Khadijah Kanji | From the slow anguish of asthma to the fast fury of flood, from Canada to Congo, eco-grief is a centuries-long condition of existence for those without the privilege of proximity to "grievability."
Blog - The Views Expressed May 1
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image: NIAID/Flickr
Jim Harding | During this pandemic, the planet is getting a deserved rest. But once lockdowns are lifted, we must restore biodiversity, reduce emissions and shift from an economy that promotes endless growth.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 30
Image: Shannon/Flickr
Neela Hassan | It's time for Canada's COVID-19 response plan to include asylum seekers. Nothing should excuse governments from their legal and moral obligations to protect those who are forced to flee their homes.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 29
Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Naomi Lightman, Ted McCoy | When labour is feminized, it is structurally undervalued and even delegitimized. The COVID-19 crisis further exposes the ways that this process puts workers in harm's way.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 28
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gives a COVID-19 press briefing on April 27, 2020. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Video screenshot
Heather Stewart | Many international students are financially vulnerable. The federal government should be willing to support international graduate students who were encouraged to come to Canada to study.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 24
Empty shelves at a grocery store in La Vern, Southern California. Image: Russ Allison Loar/Flickr
Khadijah Kanji | Hoarding and price gouging are foundational to a capitalist system, one governed by the logic that the limitless capacity to accumulate is the impetus for human innovation and productive activity.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 24
Paul Taylor in the FoodShare Toronto warehouse, where the organization stores and packages fresh produce for delivery. Image: Sandro Pehar, used with permission
Paul Taylor | The COVID-19 crisis has thrown into stark relief just how many of us are a paycheque away from using a food bank. But the Greater Vancouver Food Bank is throwing up barriers for those in need.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 23
A New Jersey National Guard airman provides traffic control at a COVID-19 testing site in Holmdel, N.J., March 23, 2020. Image: The National Guard/Flickr
Jeff Shantz | Some governments are using the context of COVID-19 to make a range of moves that are explicitly authoritarian, exerting controls over communities that are struggling to get by.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 22
Temporary bike lanes in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 12, 2020. Image: Dylan Passmore/Flickr
Joel Harden | With the same solidarity and collective action that we used to fight this virus, we can build a better future for everyone, and for the planet on which we all depend.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 22
Image: Bournemouth Borough Council/Flickr
Mark Hancock | We need to recognize long-term care for what it is: health care. It needs to be properly funded, with clear and consistent standards across the country.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 22
Image: PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay
Fiona Whittington-Walsh | This pandemic warns us again about the horrors of warehousing people in institutional model facilities. We must create inclusive communities where everyone receives the support they need.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 20
Image: KMR Photography/Flickr
Greg Dwulit | Even before the pandemic, there was a growing global consensus for cracking down on tax havens. Now it's time to make the rich and corporations pay their fair share.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 17
Water towers at sunset. Image: Chris Diroll/Flickr
David McDonald | No public service will ever be perfect, but a system of public services without the distraction of profits is our best security against the next crisis that will inevitably come our way.