politics April 12
Jagmeet Singh. Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | New Democrats and Liberals both had their conventions this past weekend. Liberal delegates were more focused on winning the next election and less on policy debates than their NDP counterparts.
rabble news April 1
Adult hands. Image: sabinevanerp/Pixabay
Karl Nerenberg | Long-term care for the elderly is the weak sibling of Canada's health system. If we did not know that previously, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven it conclusively.
rabble interview March 25
Author image: Miguel Tremblay/Wikimedia Commons
Chelsea Nash | Karen Messing's new book is an intervention into the sex- and gender-based challenges of work.
politics March 25
Craig Kielburger Marc Kielburger in 2008. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons
Karl Nerenberg | Craig and Marc Kielburger, the two brothers who founded WE Charity, have decided to play aggressive offence as they push back against the members of Parliament investigating them.
rabble news March 22
Jeremy Corbyn speaks in Manchester, November 2019. Image credit: Jeremy Corbyn/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Jeremy Corbyn spoke with hundreds of Canadians this past weekend, in an online event organized to raise funds for Progressive International.
analysis March 17
Person with Uber Eats backpack. Image credit: Robert Anasch/Unsplash
Chelsea Nash | Uber has invested hundreds of millions into avoiding the reclassification of its workers as "employees" worldwide.
rabble news March 16
Health-care workers in South Africa receive COVID-19 vaccine, February 2021. Image credit: GovernmentZA/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | A new report looking at the inequitable worldwide distribution of vaccines points its finger at Canada as typical of "unseemly and unfair vaccine grabs" by wealthy countries.
analysis March 10
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, riding in a landau (carriage) during their royal tour, Ottawa, 1957. Image credit: Rosemary Gilliat Eaton/BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives via Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Isn't it time we cut the apron strings with the British Empire, once and for all?
politics March 5
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, February 16, 2021. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | The current Liberal minority has arguably been working quite well, especially since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
rabble news March 2
Worker cleans street in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Image credit: Josh Berson/BC Labour Heritage Centre
Chelsea Nash | "COVID Chronicles" is preserving workers' experiences for future historians.
politics February 25
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | The purpose of the NDP's pharmacare bill was to advance a process to which the Trudeau government claims it is fully committed. And yet the governing Liberals voted against it.
in their own words February 24
Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth, Dr. Amy Tan (L-R). Image courtesy of authors
Nili Kaplan-Myrth, Amy Tan | Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth brought together a group of health-care experts and advocates to talk with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about disparities in access to COVID-19 vaccine across Canada.
arts/media February 23
Unveiling of mural of Daisy Sweeney in Montreal's Little Burgundy neighbourhood, 2018. Image credit: Karl Nerenberg/rabble.ca
Karl Nerenberg | A new Heritage Minute marking Black History Month puts the spotlight on jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Before he rose to prominence, the musician had an important early mentor: his sister Daisy.
rabble news February 18
Woman covering face with frosted glass. Image credit: Jamie Street/Unsplash
Chelsea Nash | The sex worker rights organization Work Safe Twerk Safe says the Ontario government's order to close strip clubs while bars remained open was discriminatory.
rabble news February 15
Image: Screenshot from February 9, 2021 press conference given by "Coalition to Defend Collective Bargaining"
Chelsea Nash | A coalition of Ontario unions have filed evidence in their legal challenge against Bill 124.
analysis February 10
Prime Minister Trudeau attends the Speech from the Throne to open the second session of the 43rd Parliament of Canada, September 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | Canada has no governor general, for the time being at least. Does anyone care? Should anyone care?
rabble news February 2
Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling on the federal government to take steps to eventually abolish for-profit long-term care -- and while they're at it, rebuild domestic vaccine production capacity.
rabble news January 27
University Health Network's expanded COVID-19 vaccination centre at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Image credit: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The Public Health Agency of Canada has been struggling to fulfill its role since the onset of the pandemic. That's the shocking conclusion of an internal federal government review.
politics January 21
U.S. Capitol Hill ahead of 2021 presidential inauguration. Image credit: ehpien/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | There is now a chance -- if, perhaps, only a slim one -- the new U.S. government will reform anti-democratic practices that plague the U.S. election process.
analysis January 21
Health-care worker. Image credit: Pathumporn Thongking/UN Women Asia and the Pacific/Flickr
Chelsea Nash | Front-line workers have been hailed as heroes over the course of this pandemic, but who gets to decide who is and isn't a front-line worker?
analysis January 14
Grocery store cashier. Image credit: Russ Allison Loar/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | In a time of pandemic, unpaid leave provisions for workers seem woefully inadequate -- not only for the well-being of workers, but for the safety of the rest of us.
politics January 13
Jagmeet Singh. Image credit: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has suggested the government list the far-right group Proud Boys as a terrorist entity. Both the Liberal and Conservative leaders agree that it's a good idea. But is it?
rabble news January 12
Image credit: World Bank Photo Collection/Flickr
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.
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.
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.
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.

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