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.
analysis October 20
Moderate living fishery fleet. Image: Courtesy Sipeknekatik
Karl Nerenberg | The RCMP has called in reinforcements from other provinces, but will the police recognize that the Indigenous fishers are the law-abiding people here, while their tormentors are the criminals?
rabble news October 16
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro pictured in May 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
Chelsea Nash | Alberta union leaders are in daily communication with one another, something they say is beyond the norm.
rabble news October 14
Minister Marc Miller pictured in June 2020. Image: Marc Miller/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | First Nations communities will be safer when federal and provincial governments adopt a fulsome recognition of First Nations' right to run their own affairs.
analysis October 9
Foodora worker and organizer Ivan Ostos. Image: Tess Siksay
Chelsea Nash | Unions, lawyers and a variety of workers are pursuing different legal avenues to have gig workers' rights recognized under the Employment Standards Act.
rabble news October 7
Amy Greer pictured during this week's press conference. ​Image: Screenshot taken during this week's press conference.
Chelsea Nash | At a press conference hosted by four Ontario teacher unions, epidemiologists warned that autumn will bring higher rates of COVID-19 infection if changes are not implemented.
analysis October 7
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a press conference on October 1, 2020. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | American lawmakers refer to emergency COVID measures as economic stimulus. In Canada, as in Europe, they are more likely to consider such measures to be simply social programs.
analysis October 5
Annamie Paul, the new leader of the federal Green party. Image: Annamie Paul/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | In the current context, a reinvigorated Green party poses the biggest threat not to the Liberals but to the NDP.
rabble news September 25
Photo of this week's speech from the throne. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Chelsea Nash | The labour movement clearly has the ear of the Trudeau government, some observers say.
analysis September 24
Justin Trudeau speaks in a televised address after the throne speech. Image: Video screenshot/PMO​
Karl Nerenberg | Based on the speech, it is hard to believe that there was any need to cut the previous parliamentary session short -- except to put a stop to committees that were looking into the WE affair.
opinion September 23
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Chelsea Nash | "Big labour" paints a picture of power hungry unions who are out of touch with workers. It's a phrase used to separate workers from their collectivity.