opinion September 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter/Screenshot
Philip S. S. Howard | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for wearing blackface when he was a teacher and a student. Individualizing blackface incidents overlooks the larger problem of anti-Black racism.
analysis September 19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in an armchair discussion at the 2019 CBTU Legislative Conference. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | Long before 2001, most of us knew that imitating other cultures or ethnicities was not acceptable. Why didn't the young Justin Trudeau not know as much many years later?
analysis September 19
An oil pipeline in Alaska. Image: Gillphoto/Wikimedia Commons
Diane Pinch | Activist and advocacy groups have been sounding the alarm on fossil fuels for generations, so what can be learned from the campaigns of the past?
rabble series September 17
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Olivia Robinson | Amid an opioid crisis that claimed 4,460 lives last year in Canada, some libraries are arming themselves with naloxone in an effort to save their patrons' lives.
analysis September 16
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Karl Nerenberg | Scheer wants to present a reassuring and non-threatening face to voters; Singh stays on message; and May speaks her mind.
analysis September 16
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Alex Cosh | Although there is no single reason as to why the Greens are gaining traction on Vancouver Island specifically, some have suggested that most of the support is coming from former NDP voters.
book review September 12
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Jessica Rose | "Three Women" and "Just Pervs" each imagine a world in which women claim their sexuality.
analysis September 11
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Karl Nerenberg | Now that we're in a new election campaign, it might be instructive to look back and see which promises the Liberal government kept.
rabble series September 10
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Olivia Robinson | To move forward with reconciliation in the library, more Indigenous librarians are needed at higher levels to create spaces for the revitalization and renaissance of Indigenous cultures.
rabble news September 10
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Zaid Noorsumar | Injured workers' groups and advocates say that women workers are often most marginalized by the system as they tend to be over-represented in the uncovered service sector.
rabble news September 4
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Zaid Noorsumar | Toronto workers discuss the importance of #UniteAgainstRacism and what it means to them.
analysis September 4
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh at a Labour Day parade in Toronto. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | History teaches that parties can survive all kinds of internal strife and turbulence to do quite well when the voting actually starts.
rabble series September 3
Jared Tailfeathers sits at a table in the Elders' Guidance Circle at the Calgary Public Library. The piece is one of several furnishings called "Tina Dik’iizh | clear road or clear trail," created by Glenna Cardinal, a Saddle Lake Cree Nation member. Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
Olivia Robinson | Canadian libraries are trying to reconcile the institution's colonial history and how to address the needs of patrons previously neglected by the library -- including Indigenous peoples.
rabble news September 3
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marches with The Labourers International Union of North America during the Labour Day Parade in Hamilton, Ontario. Image: Filomena Tassi/Twitter
Zaid Noorsumar | While the jobs of most Canadians are governed by provincial law, some advocates believe the federal standards could set a new precedent for the provinces to emulate.
arts/media August 29
Christina Turner | We've compiled a list of 10 new books about work to peruse over the long weekend.
rabble series August 27
Aly Velji (left) and Rahma Hashi (right) participated in a packed panel discussion at the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference in January 2019. Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
Olivia Robinson | The Toronto Public Library is continually looking to extend its reach beyond its four walls to connect with people, including those who may never have stepped inside the library before.
rabble news August 26
Locked-out USW workers picketing in Sudbury, Ontario. Image: USW
Zaid Noorsumar | Health and safety is a critical issue for personal support workers who face risks at work, but can't fall back on sick days in the event of an injury.
rabble news August 22
The Mearns Centre at the University of Victoria. Image: Page DeWolfe/Flickr
Zaid Noorsumar | Job security is the main goal for the 450 sessional lecturers and music instructors currently in negotiations with the university.
rabble series August 20
The new central branch of the Calgary Public Library is 240,000 square feet and has more than 600,000 items in its collection. Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
Olivia Robinson | Public libraries are changing how they serve vulnerable and marginalized patrons -- and proving that they're home to more than just books.
rabble news August 15
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Cathy Crowe | In this excerpt from her new memoir, Cathy Crowe recounts how, in the late 1990s, she and fellow Toronto housing activists fought homelessness by erecting prefabricated housing on undeveloped land.
analysis August 14
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Photo: Obert Madondo/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Many Canadians perceive our system to be more socialized than it actually is, because they think of health care only as doctors' visits and hospitalization.
rabble series August 13
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Olivia Robinson | As libraries across Canada face mounting challenges and funding cuts, the question asked by skeptics is the same: does the public library still matter?
rabble news July 31
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Zaid Noorsumar | Spokesperson says that while non-profits and municipal homes invest money back into homes and better employee pay, private homes use surplus funds for profits.
rabble news July 26
Farm workers, care workers, migrant rights groups and anti-racism activists marched in June to call attention to the plight of Canada's temporary foreign workers. Photo: Marites Sison
Marites N. Sison | Hundreds of farm labourers, care workers and anti-racism activists marched on the streets of downtown Toronto to call attention to the plight of all migrant workers across Canada.
rabble news July 25
Downtown Vancouver. Photo: Magnus Larsson/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The big takeaway is that a society cannot count on the private sector alone to provide rental housing. The government must play a major role.
in their own words July 24
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May at a Trans Mountain pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Elizabeth May/Facebook
Elizabeth May | The stakes are too large for a typical political cop-out. Greens will never agree to support any government that fails to address the climate emergency.
analysis July 22
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Before voters take her seriously, the Green leader must be frank and clear about what her newfound willingness to partner with the Scheer Conservatives would mean in practice.
rabble news July 12
Locked out janitorial staff. Photo: Zaid Noorsumar
Zaid Noorsumar | Employer demands concessions from low-wage workers. Their last contract expired on March 31.
rabble news July 9
Canada Post delivery truck. Photo: Open Grid Scheduler/Flickr
Zaid Noorsumar | Read what happened last week in the Canadian labour movement in rabble's roundup for July 9, 2019.
rabble news July 4
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Zaid Noorsumar | The Green New Deal is premised on the need for rapid and far-reaching changes. There is no choice but to take bold action -- and to transform the way the Canadian government functions.