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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:editor@rabble.ca]editor@rabble.ca[/url]. The [i]rabble.ca[/i] editorial team promises to read them all, and publish our favourites.

Blog - The Views Expressed January 7
President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders' Summit on November 30, 2018. Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr
Gordon Laxer | The new agreement, USMCA, is subject to review every six years. When it dies, Canada and the U.S. will revert to an old agreement with an energy clause that would kneecap any future climate action.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 10
Anti-Brexit march in London on March 23, 2019. Image: Puckpics/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | By laying bare uncomfortable latent prejudices in our society, the Brexit referendum has turned a much-overlooked peripheral pain into a national tragedy.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 4
Tunney's Pasture LRT station in Ottawa. Image: Sean_Marshall/Flickr
Ed Finn | Uncontrolled global capitalism can be considered the ultimate outcome of the Peter principle, which theorizes the development of business and political incompetence.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 27
View from interior of transport truck. Image: AILAFM/Flickr
Ed Finn | Nearly 2,000 Canadians are killed every year and another 10,000 seriously injured in highway crashes, most of them involving collisions between cars and heavy trucks.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 15
Poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. Image: Tjololo Photo/Flickr
Matthew Hayes | For some, Don Cherry was fired on Remembrance Day for defending the troops. For others, Don Cherry's bigoted language recalls the evil enemy we defeated at great sacrifice in 1945.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 14
Tyne Cot Cemetary in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. Image: Thomas Quine/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | Remembrance poses uncomfortable questions with no easy answers. Do we treat war as an aberration in human history, or as the darker shadows of our better spirits that we need to continuously counter?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Paul Gorbould/Flickr
Abdul Nakua | All wars are fought twice, "the first time on the battlefield, and the second time in memory." What is often forgotten is the memory of those who were oppressed, exploited and unrecognized.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 7
Elections Canada sign at an advance polling station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 11, 2019. Image: Coastal Elite/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | The inherent unfairness of Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system has been displayed many times in previous federal elections, but never so blatantly as in the recent voting farce.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Gordon Laxer | If he truly advocates for Albertans, Kenney will embrace the future by joining with Ottawa to manage a rapid phase-out of the tar sands in ways that support oil workers and their communities.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Ed Finn | Albertans should not be piling all the liability for their current malaise on the federal government and environmentalists. Their own political leaders should at least shoulder some of the blame.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 1
Image: IFEX
Annie Game | Imagine a world without impunity, where everyone is free to exercise their right to freedom of expression and information and able to access, generate and share ideas in any way they choose.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 31
Angela with her mom and puppy. Image: Angela Bischoff
Angela Bischoff | As a lifelong activist, this has perhaps been my sweetest campaign, parenting my parent. In providing a loving home for her, we've allowed her beautiful spirit to rise up.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 29
Flaming tires on February 11, 2019, in the streets of Hinche, Haiti.Image: Voice of America/Wikimedia Commons
various | The undersigned call on the Justin Trudeau government and Canadian state to stop backing a corrupt, repressive and illegitimate president that Haitians massively reject.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 18
Paul Taylor. Image: Sandro Pehar. Used wth permission.
Paul Taylor | The research identifies that the higher prevalence of food insecurity among households with Black respondents is simply because they are Black. It's not caused by anything else.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 17
Image: Jyrki Huusko/Flickr
Andrea Loken | The energy consumption of data transmitted wirelessly is immense and growing rapidly with the increased use of expanding wireless networks.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 16
Image: Jim McIntyre from Citizens for Public Justice via United Church/Flickr
Alexandra Zannis | What does it mean to say we want to end poverty in Canada? More than an act of charity, this is a question of basic rights.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 15
Still from debate livestream. Image: YouTube
Ed Finn | The depletion of tax revenue through profligate business bounties is a cunningly devised strategy, giving political leaders the excuse that they simply don't have the means to improve social services.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 10
National Assembly of Quebec. Image: Paul VanDerWerf/Flickr
Ed Finn | The furor over Bill 21 caused a brief stir during the opening weeks of the election. But the issue has since faded and is not likely to affect the voting outcome for any of the parties.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 10
Former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Image: Chiloa/Wikimedia Commons
Abdul Nakua | Reflecting on the divisive debate in Quebec about religious symbols and the passing of Bill 21, I remember an epiphany which reveals how old battles are influencing new ones.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 9
Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Ed Finn | If the NDP holds the balance of power over a minority Liberal government, it could force Justin Trudeau to actually keep some of his promises this time, and even adopt key progressive proposals.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 27
Global Climate Strike in London, March 2019. Image: Garry Knight/Flickr
Ed Finn | We are directing our wrath against the wrong perpetrators of climate change. It's not the world's governments; it's the world's multinational corporations, to whom governments have become subservient.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 25
Parliament of Canada. Image: QUOI Media Group/Flickr
Manfred Bienefeld | Canada's election comes at a time when democracies around the world are being eroded and destabilized -- all ultimately linked to an explosive growth in inequality, economic insecurity and debt.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 20
rabble staff | We strike because anything less than all out system change means jeopardizing the future of our planet.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 19
People wait outside Schoenfeld Theater in midtown Manhattan to see Come From Away. Image: Ajay Suresh/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | The Broadway musical "Come from Away" has sublimely exposed non-Newfoundlanders to the province's uniquely hospitable and heartwarming culture.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 4
Satellite image of fires burning the Amazon rainforest on August 11 and August 13, 2019. Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr
Ed Finn | The outbreak of thousands of fires in the Brazilian rainforest starkly exposes the refusal of the world's business and political leaders to take the threat of climate change seriously.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 1
Image: Ewe Neon/Flickr
Fred Wilson | This Labour Day it is a time for reflection and an urgently needed jump start towards a new kind of union movement.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 30
Diana Yoon, Ian Borsuk | The Canadian government should show leadership and halt trade negotiations with the Mercosur Bloc (which includes Brazil) to stop an unprecedented acceleration in deforestation of the Amazon.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 23
Alex Potter designed and led a concert featuring musical versions of the Song of Songs as part of Early Music Vancouver's Bach Festival at Christ Church Cathedral. Image: Jan Gates/Early Music Vancouver/Facebook
Hadani Ditmars | As Eid al adha and Tisha b'av coincide and news from the Holy Land -- not to mention America -- seems as grim as ever, it seems a fitting time to ponder another side of the religious experience.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 16
Reflection on Dal Lake. Image: McKay Savage/Wikimedia Commons
Shama Naqushbandi | While the move taken over the last week to forcibly impose Central Indian rule under complete blackout may seem like the beginning of an end, in truth, Kashmiris have been here many times before.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 14
Opening ceremony, Canada Day Toronto Blue Jays game. Image: Ken Whytock/Flickr
Deborah Mebude | At its worst, populism exploits weaknesses in democracy, playing off tensions within society. At its best, it could produce increased democratic inclusion and provide a platform for everyday people.

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