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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 October 19
Israeli soldiers pictured in 2016 (Image: Dennis Jarvis/Flickr)
Bianca Mugyenyi | There have been as many as 230 Canadians in the Israeli army at any one time. It is unclear how many of these individuals were recruited in ways that may have violated the Foreign Enlistment Act.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 15
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan, pictured in September 2020. Image: Seamus O'Regan/Twitter
Susan O'Donnell | Now that federal funds are flowing for new nuclear reactors, it is certain that climate activists will be refining their strategies and demands for genuine climate action.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 13
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Finance Minister Travis Toews fired off an intemperate press release last week attacking the nurses' union for refusing to agree to put off contract negotiations until after the COVID-19 crisis.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 11
Stephen Harper with his son, Ben, back in 2015. Image: Stephen Harper/Facebook
David J Climenhaga | The former Conservative prime minister's 24-year-old son landed a job as a "junior policy advisor" in Kenney's office for a cool $100,000 or so a year.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 9
Image: Markus Spiske/Unsplash
Emma Lui | Healing and addressing burnout is the missing piece that will enable our movements to continue to work for the liberation of all in a regenerative way.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 7
Sign at the RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C. Image: Waferboard/Flick
Jeff Shantz | All too often, even minimal details about police killings of civilians are not made public for months. Officers involved in such killings are typically shielded from public scrutiny.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 6
Image: Ryan/Unsplash
Yves Engler | Is it appropriate for the Canadian government to promote arms exports? And why, with its love of scandal, does the dominant media not question this use of taxpayers' dollars?
Blog - The Views Expressed October 2
Algonquin defenders Cheryl Nottaway, Angelique Papatie, Tina Nottaway, Lisa Thomas, Kevin Decoursay, Angie Maranda and Shannon Chief. Image: Jonny Wright
Emma Lui | The Algonquins of Barrière Lake have set up peaceful camps and blockades to enforce a moratorium on moose hunting on their territory at La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 2
Image: Darren Wanliss/Unsplash
Shane Martínez | Why is there a widespread refusal to acknowledge or depict migrant farmworkers in representations about agricultural produce?
Blog - The Views Expressed October 1
Image: KMR Photography/Flickr
Alexandra Zannis | Canada wasn't going to get UBI in the throne speech, but activists and supporters can continue to push for the basic income policies we want and need.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 30
Sask. NDP Leader Ryan Meili gives a press briefing in the lead up to the province's 2020 election. Image: Ryan Meili/Twitter
Jim Harding | Saskatchewan is today known as an "open for business" resource-exporting province, and the Saskatchewan NDP clearly doesn't know what to do.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 29
New Brunswick Green party Leader David Coon speaks at a climate action rally outside the office of Premier Blaine Higgs in Fredericton, September 25. Image: Joan Green​
Susan O'Donnell | Given its legacy of toxic radioactive waste, nuclear energy would not be considered "clean technology" by most Canadians. However the nuclear industry has been working hard to scrub its image.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 25
Image: Marco Verch/Flickr
Adam R. Houston, Srinivas Murthy | Justin Trudeau's assertion that "to eliminate the virus anywhere, we need to eliminate it everywhere" somehow doesn’t feel like the inspirational commitment to equitable access it once did.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 25
Prime Minister Trudeau giving a speech on September 22. Image: Justin Trudeau/Screenshot of Twitter video
Bruce Campbell | The Liberal government will need to be pushed towards transformative change by widespread political mobilization and a paradigm shift as occurred at the end of the Second World War.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 23
Protesters against the TMX pipeline. Image: Sally T. Buck/Flickr
Khadijah Kanji | Part four in a series addressing the myths that conflate multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 23
A street in Moss Park, Toronto. Image: marc falardeau/Flickr
Ken Theobald | This pandemic has coincided with a dramatic struggle for racial and social justice. This struggle gives us confidence that the previous "normal" will no longer be tolerated.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 23
Adelaide Maphangane stands beside an empty water hole in the district of Mabalane, Mozambique. Image: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Flickr
Bianca Mugyenyi | As attention is focused on climate-change-fuelled fires ravaging California and Oregon, a series of "natural" disasters have swept through parts of the African continent.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 22
Doug Ford visits a school this September flanked by Education Minister Stephen Lecce and staffers. Image: Doug Ford/Twitter
Jason Kunin | COVID-19 has undermined trust in the public school system, created mass incentive for private school and homeschooling options, and achieved a level of public acceptance for e-learning.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 21
Construction workers fit solar panels. Image: Science in HD/Unsplash
Karri Munn-Venn, Brad Wassink | "Normal" has fallen apart, and one way or another, Canada will come out on the other side of this crisis a different country.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 21
Image: Michael Herren/Unsplash
Ed Finn | People who eschew science fiction deprive themselves of the most effective stimulant to their imagination.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 18
Image: Dom ./Unsplash
Khadijah Kanji | Part three in a series addressing the myths that conflate multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 17
Trudeau with Marc and Craig Kielburger at a WE Day event in 2017. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Mehdi Rizvi | The alleged corruption charges against WE have destroyed both the reputation of WE and the transparency of government.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 16
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at last year's NATO summit. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Jennie-Laure Sully | Whatever cause we struggle for today in Canada, we have a responsibility to be consistent in criticizing the abuses of power that Canada engages in through its foreign policy.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 15
A photographer looks down a road in Muskoka, Ontario. Image: Justin Main/Unsplash
Gordon Laxer | With the help of the Ontario and federal governments, Muskoka could live up to a new brand as a green vacation area, by cutting carbon emissions and taking better care of its scenic lakes and forests.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 15
Photo taken at a George Floyd rally in May 2020. Image: Anthony Crider/Flickr
Khadijah Kanji | Part two in a series addressing the myths that conflate multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 14
Image: Rod Long/Unsplash
Ed Finn | "Canada's children are worlds apart from the happiest, healthiest children in rich countries and worlds apart from each other due to wide inequalities," said David Morley, president of UNICEF Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 14
Marc and Craig Kielburger at a WE Day event in the U.K. in 2014. Image: Paul Williams/Flickr
Chi Nguyen | Canada has seen the spectacular and quick implosion of one of the charity sector's biggest brands. The Kielburgers are leaving a gaping hole by pulling out of Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 11
Image: Danielle MacInnes/Unsplash
Amy Tan | The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted our ability to grieve lost loved ones properly. To soften the blow of this "complicated grief," it is crucial that we all act as "infection fighters."
Blog - The Views Expressed September 11
Image: Tim Mossholder/Unsplash
Khadijah Kanji | Part one in a series addressing the myths that conflate multiculturalism and anti-racism.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 9
Image: Maxim Potkin/Unsplash
Yves Engler | The revelation that Canadian troops have been stationed in Saudi Arabia for 17 years highlights our military ties to the Saudi monarchy and warfare in the Middle East.

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