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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 frontline.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 27
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Kim Elliott | Would you take a few minutes to fill out our 2020 reader survey?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 27
The Toronto Star building, photographed in 2010. (Image: petmutt/Flickr)
John Miller | Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, the Star's new owners, say "we believe in news" and that their ownership will ensure a future for "world-class journalism." That remains to be seen.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
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David J. Climenhaga | Canadian nurses have been warning for years about the deteriorating situation in long-term care, and the potential for catastrophe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 26
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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 - David Suzuki May 26
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. (Image: NIAID/Flickr)
David Suzuki | The outbreak is showing us the cracks in our systems, the fault lines. If we begin to address them, we'll be in a better place to respond to the longer-term climate and biodiversity crises.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at left. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can't have protests of more than 15 people," Savage told a podcaster at the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 26
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Matthew DiMera | Will you tune in tonight as we bring you the third webinar in our COVID-19 series?
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice May 25
Pro-choice demonstrators in Bern, Switzerland, in 2018. (Image: jan zuppinger/Flickr)
Olivia De Brabandere | To truly care about women's rights means recognizing the harmful effects that the criminalization of abortion can have on women and transgender people throughout the world.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during a news conference in Calgary on Friday, May 22, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's United Conservative Party will apply for funds from the federal government's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to keep party staff employed.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 25
rabble staff | Join us in welcoming Lidia Abraha, recipient of the 2020 Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 23
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Maya Bhullar | Help for workers to make sense of their benefits and stay safe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 22
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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 - Alberta Diary May 22
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro during a COVID-19 press briefing on May 4, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More than a month has passed since the UCP promised a $2-per-hour coronavirus-crisis top-up to Alberta's lowest-paid health-care workers. There's still no sign of it.
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 - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 21
Palestinians crowd into checkpoint "cattle pen," Checkpoint 300, Bethlehem. Image: David Kattenburg
David Kattenburg | By conflating boycotts and other pro-Palestinian activities with anti-Semitism, as it does in its 2019 audit of anti-Semitic incidents, B'nai Brith Canada undermines the fight it claims to champion.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
Jason Kenney celebrates his victory in the United Conservative Party leadership race in October, 2017. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Conservatives always thought they could afford some rebellion to open the Overton window further to the political right. The NDP's Rachel Notley proved them wrong in 2015.
Blog - David Suzuki May 19
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image: NIAID/Flickr
David Suzuki | We have a lot to learn still, but COVID-19 can teach us ways to address a crisis with many unknowns, whether it's a pandemic, a rapidly heating planet or accelerating biodiversity loss.
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 - Brent Patterson May 19
A Lockheed Martin F-35 jet on display in Germany in 2018. Image: Lutz Blohm/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Global spending on arms could decline due a drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and the imperative of a Green New Deal. How does Canada's plan to buy fighter jets by 2022 fit into this?
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 19
A crowded shelter. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | It took a lawsuit at the Superior Court level to push Toronto to commit to enforceable physical distancing in shelters.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 19
Democratic presidential candidate, former vice-president Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia at Booker T. Washington High School, March 1, 2020. Image: NSPA & ACP​/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called sinking $7.5 billion into the Keystone XL pipeline "a solid bet." But the investment is not likely to benefit Alberta's taxpayers.
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
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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
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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 - Alberta Diary May 15
Health Minister Tyler Shandro, Alberta Health Services president Verna Yiu and Ernst & Young spokesperson John Bethel at the release of the AHS review report on February 3. Image: Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | If ever there was a time to recognize that privatization of health-care services, in particular public-sector long-term care, is a bad idea, the current pandemic is that moment.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 15
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David J. Climenhaga | Twitter users were quick to point out to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Aaron Wudrick that any horse hoping to defraud Ottawa of CERB funds would need a valid social insurance number.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 14
rabble.ca's new labour beat reporter, Chelsea Nash. Image: rabble.ca
rabble staff | We're thrilled to announce that Chelsea Nash will be joining the rabble.ca team as our labour beat reporter for 2020.
Blog - Taking Sides May 14
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Philip Lee | A recent Angus Reid poll showed that 48 per cent of Canadians do not trust the news media to provide accurate information about COVID-19.

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