rabble interview July 21
AUPE president Guy Smith. Image: Submitted
Chelsea Nash | In conversation with AUPE president Guy Smith about how his union is handling legislative challenges to union and worker power.
analysis July 16
Justin Trudeau announces the Canada Student Service Grant in June 2020. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | The government will try to tough it out, and hope a couple of apologies do the trick, even as more revelations about the deep involvement of the prime minister and his family with WE emerge.
rabble interview July 13
Chris Ramsaroop (left) and Jade Guthrie (right), organizers with Justicia for Migrant Workers. Images: Submitted
Chelsea Nash | Two activists with Justicia for Migrant Workers say without permanent status, the rest is just a band-aid fix.
rabble news July 8
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Chelsea Nash | This will be the second strike vote for Canadian grocery workers in recent weeks after retailers took away the $2-an-hour pandemic pay premiums.
rabble news July 7
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Chelsea Nash | Reforms to Canada's employment insurance system are necessary, say workers' advocates.
rabble news July 6
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Lidia Abraha | Canada is decades behind in collecting race-based data in the public sector. Advocates have long fought for easier access to disaggregated data from the criminal justice system.
rabble news June 30
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Chelsea Nash | As calls to defund the police mount, police unions are already starting to put up a fight.
rabble news June 25
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Lidia Abraha | Why defunding the police is a crucial and necessary step to dismantling the carceral system.
analysis June 19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | Justin Trudeau has cracked open the door to a path to citizenship, in a way none of his predecessors ever did. Now, those who advocate for migrant workers will have to push hard on that door.
rabble news June 18
Foodora worker and organizer Ivan Ostos. Image: Tess Siksay
Chelsea Nash | Foodora may have left the country, but its former workers can finally say they successfully formed the first certified union of app-based gig workers in Canada.
analysis June 18
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Karl Nerenberg | The NDP leader told reporters he does not believe he owes Therrien an apology, and that both the hand gesture and the act of turning thumbs down on the RCMP-related motion were racist behaviours.
arts/media June 18
Type Books in Toronto. Image: Jeff Hitchcock/Flickr
Nathaniel G. Moore | When you buy from independent bookstores, you're investing in an author's career.
analysis June 15
French economist Thomas Piketty. Image: CEU/Daniel Vegel/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | An international group of economists proposes that all governments impose higher taxes on those massive corporations that dominate their sectors.
rabble news June 12
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Chelsea Nash | Ten taxi drivers working at Pearson International Airport have died since the beginning of the pandemic.
analysis June 11
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Karl Nerenberg | The NDP leader worries punitive measures could have unintended consequences, and could easily sweep up people who simply applied in error.
rabble interview June 11
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Meg Borthwick | A new book, "Uncertain Harvest," explores what needs to change about our global food system to fight climate change and feed everyone on the planet.
rabble news June 8
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Lidia Abraha | Cities across Canada are moving to install more CCTV cameras for policing, but communities in Toronto are fighting back.
analysis June 3
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter/Screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | The prime minister acknowledged the continued scourge of racism in the U.S. and in Canada, but avoided overtly poking the U.S. beast.
analysis June 2
Protesters in Lafayette Square, Washington D.C., May 31, 2020. Image: Tracy Lee/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Aside from outside agitators and opportunists, there is also a strong possibility that police force agents-provocateur have infiltrated the U.S. anti-racism demonstrations.
opinion June 1
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Lidia Abraha | This tragedy is yet another reminder of how police continue to fail our community, and that we can't trust an institution that inherently views Black people as a threat.
rabble news May 28
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Chelsea Nash | Unions across the country intend to leverage current broad public support for grocery store workers to lobby for permanent wage increases.
arts/media May 28
Spartacus books in Vancouver. Image: Allison Jones/Wikimedia Commons
Jessica Rose | Publishers, bookstores and literary festivals have rallied during this period of massive uncertainty for independent publishing.
rabble news May 27
An Ontario Loblaws store. Image: Chelsea Nash/rabble.ca
Chelsea Nash | Canadian grocery store workers and their unions are concerned about the looming prospect of their temporary wage increase coming to an end.
analysis May 26
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | Seems like a great victory, until you remember that Canada is a federal country, and, except for a few federally regulated sectors, most Canadian workers are governed by provincial labour laws.
analysis May 22
Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef. Image: Maryam Monsef/Twitter/Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | The crisis has created a "shadow pandemic" -- violence against women and children. Increased isolation, and the stress it has created, has resulted in more severe violence than ever before.
analysis May 20
Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a March 2020 press conference. Image: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | At this precarious and uncertain stage in the pandemic, it is blue-collar and service sector workers in often insecure and low-paid jobs whom employers and governments want back on the job.
rabble news May 19
Foodora worker and organizer Ivan Ostos. Image: Tess Siksay
Chelsea Nash | The Foodora workers' union drive set a precedent for app-based gig workers in Ontario, but the path to its labour board victory offers a lesson in organizing disconnected workforces.
analysis May 13
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter/Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | One of the many unprecedented aspects of our current crisis is the way the federal party in power has been ready to quickly accept constructive suggestions from opposition parties.
analysis May 7
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Neither the workers, nor their union think the plant has become safe. The UFCW is taking legal action to force a shutdown, until Cargill can absolutely guarantee safe conditions for all employees.
analysis April 30
Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier. Image: Diane Lebouthillier/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | Many major Canadian companies thinly disguise their use of offshore tax evasion schemes by shifting funds to subsidiary or related companies.