in their own words May 3
Annie Game | We need to support a free and independent media; efforts to undermine them are on the rise, and we need to hear a diversity of voices and opinions more than ever. Check out our 2018 campaign.
arts/media May 2
2017 Paddle for the Peace. Photo: Louis Bockner
Rita Wong | A review of "Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley's Stand Against Big Hydro."
opinion April 27
Athabasca oilsands. Photo: Shell
Gordon Laxer | Consumption can be challenged by carbon taxes, but our fossil fuel emissions challenge comes from bitumen production.
analysis April 27
Paula Fletcher and Jonathan Ahee at Toronto Film Board meeting on April 23. Photo: Rosemary Frei
Rosemary Frei | There is little or no discussion of how much public funding is in play, whether there is good value for subsidies, and whether other industries could provide as much or more economic return.
analysis April 26
Environment commissioner Julie Gelfand. Photo by Karl Nerenberg
Karl Nerenberg | In her spring report, federal Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand takes the federal government to task for failing to adequately regulate and supervise the salmon farming industry.
opinion April 25
Karl Nerenberg | Shortly after the horrific events in Toronto, some folks took to social media complaining about our "weak" government. They claimed the suspect belongs to a group they distrust and fear.
modest proposal April 23
Photo: Jacob Bøtter/Flickr
Brian Arden, Ed Finn | Follow these and the promise of Mammon is yours.
rabble news April 19
Photo: Jamie McCaffrey
Karl Nerenberg | Ontario's three provincial parties have chosen very different strategies for portraying themselves to the voters. For some of them, one has to hunt around to find anything of substance.
opinion April 18
Protesters marching in Toronto against Islamophobia and Trump's ban on Muslims entering the U.S. Photo: J_P_D/flickr
Amira Elghawaby | Canadians are exposed to the views of racist extremists day and night, with our own politicians occasionally fuelling fear and suspicion of Muslims.
satire April 17
Hadani Ditmars | Could snappy show tunes step in where diplomacy has failed?
opinion April 14
Michael Stewart | Loreto's suggestion that empathy for Humboldt victims be extended to others elicited death threats and vitriol, and the mainstream media was only too happy to go along.
analysis April 13
Photo: Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | With an Ontario election coming, all major parties still refuse to consider abolishing the costly and archaic denominational school system, even though others did so long ago.
rabble news April 9
Gerry Rogers, the MHA for St. John's Centre, is the new leader of the NDP in Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo: NL NDP
Cory Collins | St. John's Centre MHA Gerry Rogers aims to grow the party for 2019.
analysis April 6
Photo: Glotman Simpson/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The government and Catherine Tait have committed to making local programming a priority for CBC. That will be hard, given the devastation local services have suffered over a number of decades.
rabble news April 5
Photo: Joe Brusky/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | In 1968 when an assassin killed Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader was becoming more radical. Today, prisons are at the heart of a new Jim Crow.
analysis April 3
Photo: Toronto Police Chief Mark Stewart at a Black Votes Matter event in 2015/OFL Communications Department
Phillip Dwight Morgan | Strategic silences, Twitter feuds, and poor accountability mark the Toronto Police.
rabble news March 30
Squamish Nation member Clarissa Antone at Camp Cloud at the Kinder Morgan protest site. Photo: Megan Devlin
Megan Devlin | 'A good reminder of why you're doing it': Ceremonies and teaching followed a week of demonstrations where 173 people were arrested in Burnaby.
book review March 29
Christina Turner | A clunky novel with a compelling premise by Ausma Zehanat Khan, it is a thriller set in the world of a refugee camp in Greece.
analysis March 28
Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Polls show Doug Ford's Conservatives winning big in Ontario. A majority victory would not be all his doing, however. It would largely be a product of the electoral system.
analysis March 22
Karl Nerenberg | The NDP leader spoke to reporters on Wednesday and said he is against political violence, without qualification. He also affirmed that he supports peoples' rights to self-determination.
rabble news March 21
Photo: Deoridhe Grimsdottir Quandry/Flickr
Ed Finn | How can we work our way out of muddled language conundrums, especially with English?
rabble news March 19
Photo: Humans of UWaterloo/Facebook.
Phillip Dwight Morgan | No degree is worth the loss of another student, say U of Waterloo students following the school's latest suicide.
opinion March 16
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh during a meet and greet in Nanaimo earlier in March. Photo: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | In a series of media interviews the NDP leader finally condemned the mastermind of the Air India bombing. But he refused to categorically condemn violence in support of the Sikh cause.
analysis March 14
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson greets Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., on February 8, 2017. Photo: U.S. State Department/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Rex Tillerson was Trumpian in his disdain for the foreign service and support of America First. But he was willing to listen to allies and diplomats. By contrast, his successor looks like a fanatic.
rabble interview March 13
Photo: James Laxer/Twitter
Matt Fodor | A 2014 interview with the late political thinker, academic and writer on the NDP, the Waffle, and social democracy in Canada.
analysis March 9
Photo: Leonid Mamchenkov/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Voluntary guidelines for reduced sodium in food have been a failure. The government is now working on better labelling. The real problem may be that we have become inured to massive quantities of salt
analysis March 8
Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Ed Finn | A prolonged cessation of growth, without government bailouts, would eventually morph into capitalism's demise.
modest proposal March 7
Advance poll at the 2015 federal election. Photo: Cathryn Atkinson
Rusa Jeremic | A reminder that good words can make good political responses -- and lead to better political possibilities
arts/media March 6
Photo: Emily Neufeld with Cease Wyss, common place (detail), 2018. Huckleberry, little mountain hemlock, salal, licorice, fern, oxalis, nurse log, soil.
Tania Ehret | Vancouver art series explores how artists' projects in public spaces aim to ask the difficult questions about the supports necessary to sustain public art and common space.
opinion March 2
Photo: Canada Post
Phillip Dwight Morgan | While the celebrations of Black culture in Canada are welcome, other events in February reminded us there is much improvement still needed.