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.
opinion April 30
Author image: Jenna Marie Wakani
Sarah Kurchak | Our society consistently ties the value of a disabled person's life to the value we provide -- or fail to provide -- to abled people.
analysis April 27
President Donald Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, at a coronavirus update briefing Wednesday, April 22, 2020, in the White House. Image: D. Myles Cullen/The White House/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Clinical trials are taking place right now to assess the effectiveness -- and potential side effects -- of chloroquine as treatment for COVID-19 patients. None of those trials are, as yet, conclusive.
analysis April 24
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | Don't expect this Liberal government, that likes to be all things to all people, to take on powerful corporate interests, especially at a time of extreme economic emergency.
arts/media April 23
Image: Christina Turner
Christina Turner | The mainstreaming of vegan food has produced a range of helpful cookbooks. Here's how to dive in.
analysis April 22
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House of Commons. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter/Video screenshot
Karl Nerenberg | When a quorum of MPs returned to Parliament on Monday, they unanimously expressed the horror all Canadians feel about the extent of a single man's murderous rampage in Nova Scotia.
analysis April 15
President Donald Trump addresses his remarks during the coronavirus update briefing April 8, 2020, in the White House. Image: D. Myles Cullen/The White House/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | Canadians can breathe a sigh of relief that our federal political system is mostly rising to the occasion of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is not so much the case in the republic to our south.
analysis April 9
President Donald Trump listens and responds to questions from members of the press Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the White House. Image: Andrea Hanks/The White House/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | How will COVID-19 change our world? Some are optimistic it will be for the better, but there are also darker potential scenarios.
rabble news April 3
Image: Mel Watkins
Karl Nerenberg | Colleagues and friends pay tribute to the late Mel Watkins, a towering figure.
analysis March 27
President Donald Trump participates in a governors' video teleconference about COVID-19 on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in the White House Situation Room. Image: Shealah Craighead/White House/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The simple fact is that if there is any plausible danger of the virus spreading from one country to the other, that danger all flows one way -- from the south to the north.
rabble interview March 26
Author image: Jeff Hayward. Background image: Annie Spratt/Unsplash
Meg Borthwick | Meg Borthwick interviews journalist and author Paul Weinberg on his recent book, about anti-poverty research and activism in the 1960s and 1970s.
analysis March 24
President Donald Trump holds a copy of the president's coronavirus guidelines brochure at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing on Monday, March 23, 2020, in the White House. Image: Shealah Craighead/White House/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | On the same day Trump was announcing that the economy takes precedence over people's lives, Trudeau was scolding fellow citizens who refuse to follow strict social distancing guidelines.
analysis March 23
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | Canadians have little appetite for political sniping in the current health crisis -- even Conservatives are now playing nice.
analysis March 20
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | The NDP's main and most urgent request is that the government start taking practical steps to put its emergency fiscal measures into action immediately.
arts/media March 19
Christina Turner | Fiction, memoir, and other reads to keep you busy during this time of social distancing.
rabble news March 17
Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu. Image: Patty Hajdu/Twitter
Karl Nerenberg | Most Canadian workers do not have paid sick leave, and those who benefit from such leave are disproportionately in the upper income category.
analysis March 11
 Fort McPherson (Tetlit Zheh), N.W.T. Image: Tetlit Zheh Gwich'in band council, 2017
Karl Nerenberg | In 2009, when H1N1 attacked Canada, it was Indigenous people, particularly those in the North, who paid the highest price.
rabble news March 9
Thousands of Torontonians celebrated International Women's Day with a march calling for gender pay equity, an end to cuts to education and social welfare, support for universal childcare, and more. Image: Marites N. Sison
Marites N. Sison | Marchers urged resistance to government's cuts in public education, health care, and social welfare in Ontario.
rabble interview March 9
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Zaid Noorsumar | rabble talks to OPSWA president Miranda Ferrier about her efforts lobbying the government to regulate the profession.
book review March 8
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Jessica Rose | Two new books reimagine power structures and the ways women can disrupt them.
opinion March 6
Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliot announcing new legislation for home and community care on February 25, 2020. Image: Government of Ontario/Flickr
Zaid Noorsumar | As the population ages, and seniors experience increasingly complex conditions as they live longer than ever before, home care is projected to expand rapidly. And Ontario is open for business.