The best of rabble news in 2014

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This year, continued its work to report activist and progressive news along with misreported and underreported stories across the country.

From new discussions about sexual consent and workplace harassment, to talking about systemic racism through the tragic events that have led to the #BlackLivesMatter protests, has been bringing progressive news to our readership and beyond.

We've gathered together some of our most-read articles here for you. We hope that the analysis, opinions, struggles and victories you read about here are 15 articles to will inspire you for the progressive work to come in 2015:


The smoking gun... Harper's plan to privatize Canada Post 

This year, secret documents showed that, despite Harper's denials, the Conservative government's postal cuts are just much preparation for privatizing the postal service.


Harper and Couillard: A dangerous combo for Quebec 

The anti-austerity protests in Quebec at the end of November were just the beginning. The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) will keep fighting for equality as election 2015 approaches.


PEI: An island without safe legal abortion 

PEI is the only province in Canada that does not offer access to safe, legal abortion. Recently, it has become quite clear this is a result of political interferences. What can we do?

Further reading: Abortion restriction in New Brunswick lifted but access still a problem


Harper Government attacks non-profits to muzzle dissent 

Canadian non-profits are really seeing love from the Harper government: increases in postage will damage their long-term financial viability and audits cost money and will distract from their mission. 


Death by hijab? The morbid obsession with Muslim women's clothing 

The islamophobic response to the death of Naima Rharouity by some media outlets and the reference to the Quebec Charter of Values, has led some to question the obsession with Muslim women's clothing.


Question! What is really happening at the DFO libraries? 

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans science library recently consolidated 11 locations to four. What does this say about the Harper government, the actions at DFO and the future of libraries?


Voices for change: Reflections on the 25th anniversary of December 6 

This year marked a quarter-century since the Montreal Massacre. With the anniversary coming, as it did, in the wake of ever more allegations of gender-based violence and harassment, we asked prominent women's rights activists to reflect on how far, or not, women's right to live safely has come over the last 25 years.

Further reading: From 14 to thousands: Remembering victims of femicide


Canada: The land of jobless immigrants 

Welcome to Canada. We lied about the opportunities. This piece reflects on what migrants can expect when it comes to finding work in Canada does some serious and important myth-busting.

Further reading: No safe haven: Canada's 'managed migration'


Without Libby Davies, what course will the NDP chart? 

This year, Libby Davies announced she will not run again in 2015. This puts one of the NDP's most secure seats in play, and leaves a gaping hole on the portside of the NDP.


Jian Ghomeshi and the bystander effect 

The Jian Ghomeshi allegations of sexual abuse have rocked Canada and beyond and lead to one big question: How did he get away with it for so long? Here's what you can do to call out sexual harassment. in conversation with Glenn Greenwald 

Glenn Greenwald spoke at an event in Ottawa. Before his lecture he was interviewed by's Amira Elghawaby. Here's their conversation.


Eight reasons why Israel is under rocket attack 

The Israel media machine may have you believe it is justified in its attack on Gaza and has the right to defend itself. But why are rockets being fired into Israel in the first place?

Further reading: Gaza: What a destructive and unnecessary war!


New research helps advocate for a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women 

Advocates for an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls can now use a compendium of reports and recommendations. Will this finally spark action from the government?

Further reading: Why are we hesitant to name white male violence as a root cause of #MMIW?


Changes to Agricultural Growth Act patently absurd

The Agricultural Growth Act, Bill C-18, is before Parliament. The potential changes vastly increase corporate control of seed and will result in higher seed costs for farmers in the future.


Nunavummiut speakout to feed their families 

Is it really $28 for cabbage and $99 for a whole fish in Nunavut? Yes. About 70 per cent of households are food insecure in Nunavut and we need to speak out about how hunger affects these families. 


This is just a small sample of rabble's coverage through the year. We also have a reporter on Parliament Hill. You can read more from him here. If you like what you've read, watched and listened to at in 2014, you're going to love 2015.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year.

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