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
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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.
analysis December 10
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Karl Nerenberg | Profitable corporations do not need even more Canadian taxpayer assistance than they have already received during the pandemic. Laid-off workers do need the help.
analysis December 8
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Karl Nerenberg | Conservation authorities have long had a central role in regulating development in Ontario. The Ford government's 2020 budget bill eviscerates their power.
rabble interview December 7
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Lauren Scott | "Hope Matters" author Elin Kelsey questions the singular doom-and-gloom narrative, arguing that "evidence-based hope" can help advocates find solutions and push harder for climate justice.
analysis December 1
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. Image: Chrystia Freeland/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | The government's 2020 fall economic statement is sweeping and ambitious in its rhetoric, but more modest when it comes to details. If the measure loses in the House, we will have a pandemic election.
rabble news November 27
Minister Steven Guilbeault in Parliament yesterday. Image: Steven Guilbeault/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | Minister Steven Guilbeault was on the right track when he pointed out that the CBC operates with considerable autonomy. He went off track when he spoke of journalistic independence.
analysis November 27
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Karl Nerenberg | With time running out, the president is pushing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling process forward, hoping to make it irrevocable.
rabble news November 26
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Chelsea Nash | If health-care workers had whistleblower protections, we may have known more about dangerous COVID-19 conditions sooner.
analysis November 25
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Karl Nerenberg | The COVID-19 crisis has exposed catastrophic weaknesses in Canada's patchwork system for housing and caring for the elderly and disabled. The government needs to act.
analysis November 20
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Karl Nerenberg | Bill C-10's major initiative is to give more scope and power to the CRTC to regulate broadcasters who use the internet, not the traditional airwaves.
rabble news November 18
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Chelsea Nash | The provincial government is recruiting unemployed workers from retail and other sectors to fill staffing gaps in long-term care.
analysis November 18
NDP finance critic Peter Julian. Image: Peter Julian/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | MP Peter Julian has introduced a private member's bill to create a national prescription drug benefit for all Canadians, in conjunction with the provinces.
arts/media November 9
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Steven Heighton | In 2015, Heighton travelled to Lesvos to assist Syrian refugees who had crossed the Aegean Sea from Turkey -- the same crossing made by his mother's people after the Greco-Turkish War ended in 1922.
rabble news November 5
Premier Jason Kenney at a news briefing in July. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
Chelsea Nash | Alberta is taking the most extreme austerity measures in response to the pandemic as it seeks to replace public employees with private industry.
analysis October 30
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Karl Nerenberg | The 2020 U.S. presidential election could see a repeat of 2000 or 2016, where the Republicans win electoral votes in just enough states to carry the electoral college, while losing the popular vote.
rabble news October 28
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Chelsea Nash | Unifor leadership and workers have questions about why police intervened when there was no injunction preventing picketing at a Weston's Bakery location.
rabble news October 27
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Chelsea Nash | Advocates are lobbying for federal legislation that would qualify many app-based gig workers as "employees."
analysis October 27
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel Garner. Image: Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | Members of Parliament are supposed to be more than rubber stamps for the government. It should be possible for MPs to do their job while the crucial work to fight the pandemic continues unimpeded.
rabble interview October 26
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Alexandra Valahu | Although the world Hernandez builds in her new novel "Crosshairs" has been described as sci-fi and dystopian, it looks a lot like the one we live in right now.
analysis October 22
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | The hubris of the federal Liberals and Conservatives brought Canada to the brink of an election, just a year after the last one -- and during the second wave of a pandemic.
rabble news October 21
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Chelsea Nash | Sixty union jobs have been lost in Bowmanville, Ontario, amid a pandemic crisis in long-term care homes.