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
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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
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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
Image: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
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
Author image: Agathe Bernard
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
Caribou near Old Crow Yukon. Image: whatsupyukon.com
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.

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