profile September 28
Murray Dobbin. Image: Ellen Gould/Provided.
Seth Klein, Shannon Daub | Remembering the inspiring activist and thinker. He was our good friend and comrade.
politics September 28
Annamie Paul announces her resignation on Monday, Sept 27. Image: Annamie Paul/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | Greens can take heart from the fact that despite their internal party squabbling and embarrassingly low vote count they've got themselves two strong members in the current House of Commons.
rabble news September 24
A person holds a cannabis leaf up to a sunset. Image: David Gabric/Unsplash
Joyce Nelson | Instead of spending millions on changing our infrastructure to suit electric vehicles, why not make a simple adaptation to our existing cars so they can be powered by ethanol instead of gas.
politics September 24
Jagmeet Singh pictured in front of Parliament. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | When the Liberals take a good look, with fresh eyes, at the government's balance sheet, taxing the rich might not seem so outlandish. Indeed, it might start to look like an economically sound idea.
opinion September 23
The U.S. Capitol building framed by a makeshift gallows on January 6, 2021 during the siege by Donald Trump supporters. Image: Tyler Merbler/Wikimedia Commons
Shira Lurie | PPC leader Maxime Bernier alleged voter fraud on Twitter early in the campaign. Still, a version of the "Big Lie" has yet to infiltrate Canadian politics in a meaningful way. Key word: yet.
politics September 22
Justin Trudeau visits the Montreal Metro the day after the election. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Stephen Wentzell | Last week, as federal party leaders made their final pitches to Canadians on the campaign trail, national politics reporter Stephen Wentzell spoke to Washington Post columnist David Moscrop.
politics September 21
Justin Trudeau visits his campaign office in Papineau, Quebec on Election Day. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | The truth is that the Trudeau government decided to call an election in the midst of a pandemic knowing full well that campaigning and voting would be more difficult than in normal times.
analysis September 20
A row of tiny red houses. Image: Tierra Mallorca/Unsplash
Matthew Hayes | Unless there are substantial reforms to the National Housing Act and the Banking Act, wealthy elites will continue to use our financial system to game the housing market and take more workers' money.
rabble news September 20
A member of Teamsters Local 879 stands in front of an Amazon warehouse sign holding a Teamsters Canada sign that reads "Amazon needs a union." Image: Teamsters Canada/Twitter
Candice Bernd, TRUTHOUT | While many Amazon workers in Europe have unionized, the company has waged severe union-busting campaigns to fend off union drives across North America. Alberta could be the first to break through.
profile September 17
Dr. Cheryl Matthew, right. Image: votercheryl/Facebook
Stephen Wentzell | Matthew, of the Simpcw First Nation, is running for the Green Party for the first time. She hopes to turn the Vancouver East riding -- long held by the NDP -- green.
profile September 17
Alejandra Bravo. Image: Alejandra Bravo/Facebook
Chuka Ejeckam | A candidate for the NDP in Davenport, Bravo was born in Chile in 1971. In 1973, her family was living in Santiago, a few blocks from the presidential palace, where a coup d'etat took place that year.
opinion September 17
Erin O'Toole smiles with a mug in his hand on day two of the 2021 election campaign. Image: Erin O'Toole/Flickr
Toby Sanger | Erin O'Toole might smile and wave, but underneath, it's the same old party with the same old corporate tax breaks.
opinion September 17
Justin Trudeau approaches a podium at for a press conference held on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual general debate in 2017. Image: UN Photo/Kim Haughton/Flickr
Yves Engler | Canada has failed to support many critical elements of an international rules-based order during Trudeau's six years in power. Yves Engler breaks down 10.
politics September 17
Quebec solidaire Leader Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois poses with a wok in response to being called 'woke' by François Legault. Image: Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | On Wednesday, the Québec solidaire leader decided it was time to shift the focus away from Quebec's widespread sense of grievance and back to the source of the controversy, Law 21 itself.
analysis September 16
March and Rally -Saturday April 11th, 2015 in Fort Langley against TMX. Image: Jen Castro/Flickr
Joyce Nelson | The pipeline expansion is only 30 per cent complete. Environmentalists say this is the time to stop wasting both our money and our future by cancelling it.
profile September 16
Lisa Roberts and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh in Halifax. Image: Lisa Roberts/Facebook
Stephen Wentzell | A former Nova Scotia NDP MLA is hoping to take back a seat long-held by the party in Halifax, but being a working mom during back-to-school in a pandemic is an undeniable hurdle.
opinion September 16
A woman holding a baby with a toddler on the other side focuses on her phone. Image: Vitolda Klein/Unsplash
Judy Rebick | The pandemic's effect on women should be front and centre in this election, but so far, there's a lack of substantive debate on social spending, health care, education, long-term care or childcare.
politics September 15
Tria Donaldson. Image: Provided by Tria Donaldson
Libby Davies | Tria Donaldson talks to Libby Davies about the polarization of politics in Canada, voter disengagement in Saskatchewan, and what she's learned about herself during her first federal campaign.
analysis September 13
A sign reading "comprehensive community care" with an elderly man walking in front of it. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Marjorie Griffin Cohen | The job vacancy rate in health care and social assistance increased 39 per cent from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, with almost 99,000 jobs needing to be filled.
profile September 13
Murray Dobbin with his longtime wife, Ellen Gould. Image: Provided by Ellen Gould
Libby Davies, Kim Elliott | Murray's capacity was bottomless and always invigorating. He was a giant of the Canadian left, and had a profound influence on contemporary thinking and action.
opinion September 13
Erin O'Toole social media post from June 2020 about being tough on China. Image: Erin O'Toole/Twitter
Yves Engler | The Conservatives' election platform refers to "China" 31 times and "Chinese" 10 times. By comparison, Saudi Arabia is not mentioned once, which is a far more authoritarian and violent state.
analysis September 10
A memorial for the global war on terrorism in Trinidad, Colorado. Image: Matt Lemmon/Flickr
Anne Dagenais | The words "terrorism" and "threats to national security" have become an effective tool for the state to discredit and/or repress any group or person, especially those challenging the status quo.
politics September 10
Parliament Hill. Image: Naveen Kumar/Unsplash
Stephen Wentzell | So you've decided to vote, perhaps for the first time. Here's what to expect.
politics September 10
Image: From left to right: Annamie Paul/Jagmeet Singh/Justin Trudeau/Yves-François Blanchet/Erin O'Toole/Facebook
Stephen Wentzell | While the climate crisis was featured among the six debate topics, it continues to be presented politically as an issue on its own, rather than something that crucially informs every other issue.
analysis September 9
A red ball cap that reads "Make Alberta Great Again." Image: Make Alberta Great Again/Facebook
Charlotte Dalwood | The Maverick Party is tapping into Western protest politics in an effort to achieve a version of what socialists want: an overhaul of the existing political and constitutional order.
politics September 9
A screenshot of the leader's debate. Image: Twitter/Wab Kinew.
Karl Nerenberg | Climate change was but an afterthought in a debate that focussed on child care and finally -- long-term care was addressed.
profile September 9
A truck drives through a wildfire. Image: Marcus Kauffman/Unsplash
Libby Davies | "It makes it very hard for people to focus on an election when you're talking about daily survival."
analysis September 8
A baby's hand is held by another hand. Image: Aditya Romansa/Unsplash
Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Pat Armstrong | The conditions of work are the conditions of care.
profile September 8
Hawa Y. Mire. Image: Noor Al-Mosawi/Hawa Y. Mire/Facebook
Stephen Wentzell | NDP candidate says Trudeau's security concerns over protestors a concern facing racialized communities every day.
analysis September 7
"NASA Study: First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery Due to Chemicals Ban." Image: NASA/Flickr
Jennifer Cole | World leaders must use the example of past successes in reducing CO2 emissions. Perhaps there, they can find the answers we need for the major economic and environmental shifts required now.

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