rabble news January 12
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Chelsea Nash | All travellers coming to Canada must obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure, but the requirement means migrant workers must pay hundreds for the test out of pocket.
analysis January 8
Pro-Trump supporters at the U.S. Capitol. Image credit: Brett Davis/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | On the very day violent extremists seized the U.S. Capitol Building, our federal government warned us about the rise of far-right extremism here in Canada.
politics January 5
Prime Minister Trudeau attends question period in September 2020. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | Here we are, a mere year and a quarter from the last federal election -- and in the midst of a frightful and deadly pandemic -- yet, believe it or not, Ottawa is full of election talk.
opinion December 18
Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne (Image: Francois-Philippe Champagne​/Twitter)
Karen Rodman | Perhaps the Canadian government needs to be reminded that Canadians and the world are watching, and sees Canada's complicity in crossing "the red line" in blatant disregard for international law.
analysis December 18
Commonwealth heads of government lunch with Queen Elizabeth II, Jun 6, 2012. Image: Adam Gasson/Commonwealth Secretariat/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | "The Crown" never mentions Canada, but in real life, Canada and its prime minister played a crucial role at the 1985 Commonwealth meeting dramatized in an episode.
opinion December 17
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Reem Bahdi | The rule of law and justice, as minister Chrystia Freeland has stated on many occasions, is not a "smorgasbord" from which one can pick and choose. The same applies to Palestinian human rights.
analysis December 17
World Bank Group president David Malpass and IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva at a March 3 press conference addressing the economic challenges posed by COVID-19. Image: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr/Simone D. McCourtie
Karl Nerenberg | A new and well-documented report from Oxfam details the highly unequal distribution around the globe of COVID-19-related social protection.
rabble news December 15
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Karl Nerenberg | Politicians should not forget their pledge to enact and make real both of these long-promised measures.
opinion December 14
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Evelyn L. Forget | The Canada Emergency Response Benefit was not a basic income, but it demonstrated that such a program is possible right now.
opinion December 11
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Svend Robinson, Robert Hackett, Tom Sandborn | The NDP should present a motion at an upcoming opposition day that calls on the government to cease TMX construction and end other corporate welfare to fossil fuel industries.
rabble news December 11
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Chelsea Nash | If the city were to mandate special licensing for Uber and Lyft drivers, then labour organizers could more easily identify a bargaining unit.
opinion December 11
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Stacey Hannem, Christopher J. Schneider | Sweeping changes are necessary to protect survivors within a rapidly changing technological environment. Such changes could be achieved with personal copyright protection.
opinion December 11
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Jade Guthrie | Mutual aid projects care for the people made vulnerable by unequal conditions, while also advocating for changes to dismantle the systems that produce that vulnerability in the first place.
analysis December 10
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Karl Nerenberg | Profitable corporations do not need even more Canadian taxpayer assistance than they have already received during the pandemic. Laid-off workers do need the help.
analysis December 8
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Karl Nerenberg | Conservation authorities have long had a central role in regulating development in Ontario. The Ford government's 2020 budget bill eviscerates their power.
rabble interview December 7
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Lauren Scott | "Hope Matters" author Elin Kelsey questions the singular doom-and-gloom narrative, arguing that "evidence-based hope" can help advocates find solutions and push harder for climate justice.
opinion December 4
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Pam Palmater | The RCMP, and federal and provincial governments have known about the long-standing and widespread problems of racism, misogyny, homophobia and violence within the RCMP for many decades.
opinion December 3
RCMP sign in Surrey, B.C. Image: Waferboard/Flickr
Christopher J. Schneider | Any further expenditures on police body-worn cameras should cease until the public has clear information on how the cameras will definitively contribute to transparency and accountability.
analysis December 1
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Image: Chrystia Freeland/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | The government's 2020 fall economic statement is sweeping and ambitious in its rhetoric, but more modest when it comes to details. If the measure loses in the House, we will have a pandemic election.
rabble news November 27
Minister Steven Guilbeault in Parliament yesterday. Image: Steven Guilbeault/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | Minister Steven Guilbeault was on the right track when he pointed out that the CBC operates with considerable autonomy. He went off track when he spoke of journalistic independence.
analysis November 27
Caribou near Old Crow Yukon. Image: whatsupyukon.com
Karl Nerenberg | With time running out, the president is pushing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling process forward, hoping to make it irrevocable.
rabble news November 26
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Chelsea Nash | If health-care workers had whistleblower protections, we may have known more about dangerous COVID-19 conditions sooner.
analysis November 25
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Karl Nerenberg | The COVID-19 crisis has exposed catastrophic weaknesses in Canada's patchwork system for housing and caring for the elderly and disabled. The government needs to act.
opinion November 24
F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 lands on the flight deck of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (Image: U.S. Pacific Fleet/Flickr)
Yves Engler | While background issues and polling suggest campaigners are well placed to mobilize the public against the federal government's $19-billion fighter jet purchase, there is still a huge hill to climb.
opinion November 20
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Krystalline Kraus | "The Witches" is a fantasy, but the potential for Anne Hathaway's portrayal of the Grand High Witch to cause real-life pain for people with disabilities is still there.
analysis November 20
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Karl Nerenberg | Bill C-10's major initiative is to give more scope and power to the CRTC to regulate broadcasters who use the internet, not the traditional airwaves.
opinion November 19
Vancouver renters picket a building. Image: contributed photo
Mazdak Gharibnavaz | During the last three and a half years, the B.C. NDP had the opportunity to show leadership on the bold, systemic changes that renters needed. Instead, the opposite has happened.
rabble news November 18
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Chelsea Nash | The provincial government is recruiting unemployed workers from retail and other sectors to fill staffing gaps in long-term care.
analysis November 18
NDP finance critic Peter Julian. Image: Peter Julian/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | MP Peter Julian has introduced a private member's bill to create a national prescription drug benefit for all Canadians, in conjunction with the provinces.
opinion November 16
Palestinian flags outside of Queen's Park. Image: Courtesy of Just Peace Advocates
Karen Rodman | Bill 168, if passed into legislation, would require the government of Ontario to be guided by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's controversial working definition of anti-Semitism.