rabble interview January 3
Image: Albert Banerjee
Zaid Noorsumar | The neoliberalization of Ontario's long-term care system has resulted in all the contradictions and inefficiencies associated with for-profit health care delivery.
rabble news December 24
The Ontario Health Coalition released the report "Caring in Crisis: Ontario's Long-Term Care PSW Shortage,", developed in partnership with UNIFOR in a press conference at the Ontario legislature. Image: Ontario Health Coalition/Facebook
Zaid Noorsumar | Workers are leaving the industry due to demanding working conditions, poor compensation, high rates of injury and abuse, and lack of full-time work.
analysis December 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | The SNC-Lavalin affair, which cast a shadow over 2019, highlighted the Trudeau government's ambiguity, if not outright double talk, on both democratic reform and Indigenous rights.
arts/media December 19
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rabble staff | Climate change, the federal election, #MeToo, the rise of the right: our staff's favourite books from 2019 touch on all of these important issues and more.
analysis December 17
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Karl Nerenberg | It is hard to imagine a viable leader of any major party who could not campaign vigorously and convincingly in both official languages.
analysis December 12
Andrew Scheer speaking at Alberta's United Conservative Party annual general meeting in November. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The Conservative party leader's resignation signals that in Canada, opposition to same-sex and reproductive rights is now an out-there, fringe position, well beyond the mainstream.
analysis December 12
The corner of Russell and St. George streets in Toronto, near the former location of Praxis's office. Image: City of Toronto Archives/Flickr
Paul Weinberg | In December of 1970, the offices of anti-poverty organization Praxis Corporation were broken into and set on fire. Who was responsible?
analysis December 11
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in 2017. Image: Raul Mee/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | For the first time ever, NATO has acknowledged outer space as what it calls the "fifth domain" of warfare. The other warfare domains are land, air, sea and cyberspace.
in their own words December 6
Image: L'École Polytechnique
Judy Rebick | Thirty years later, remembering the killings at L'École Polytechnique and what came next.
rabble news December 6
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Diana Vela Almeida | This fall, Ecuador erupted into massive protests against neoliberal economic reforms. Protesters orchestrated a unified national shutdown and spurred an international movement against neoliberalism.
analysis November 29
Evo Morales in 2017. Image: Ministério das Relações Exteriores/Flickr
Medea Benjamin | With the control that the right-wing coup leaders have consolidated in record time, and the intimidation and fear felt by opponents, it is hard to see how free and fair elections can take place.
analysis November 29
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Karl Nerenberg | If Canada aspires to be a global leader, we are going to have to step up our game on greenhouse gas emissions reductions. To achieve that, all of us will have to start considering our own choices.
rabble news November 28
Image: Mona Hjort
Zaid Noorsumar | The union is asking for better wages, paid sick days and safer working conditions.
analysis November 25
Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberals have abandoned any pretence to the idealistic and aspirational spirit of reform that -- at least rhetorically -- informed their first mandate.
rabble series November 21
Image: Natalie Guitead
Zaid Noorsumar | Ottawa janitor Natalie Guitead works three jobs; moonlighting as a nanny and an event planner to make ends meet.
analysis November 20
Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns in July 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The Alberta premier’s aggressive manner, coupled with the rise of a fringe western separatist movement, have too many Ottawa insiders overly worried.
rabble series November 18
Image: Lyle Skrapek
Zaid Noorsumar | Canadian janitor Lyle Skrapek talks about injuries, the physical toll working takes on his body, and the invisibility of his job.
rabble interview November 14
Image: Michele Comeau
Vincent Ternida | The Toronto-based author speaks about stories of belonging, home, and the in-between in her debut collection.
rabble series November 8
Natalie Guitead (left) and Lyle Skrapek (right). Images: Used with permission
Zaid Noorsumar | The physical challenges of custodial jobs are hard to overstate. Lyle Skrapek says that sometimes at the end of the day, he feels like he has played a game of hockey.
rabble news November 7
Protesting against the Ford Conservatives' planned cuts to education. Image: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Zaid Noorsumar | CUPE represents approximately 55,000 support staff in the province including special needs assistants, early childhood educators and custodians.
analysis November 6
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Alex Cosh | Early excitement about the possibility of the NDP and Greens winning meaningful concessions from the Liberals was quickly tempered by Trudeau’s first policy announcements.
analysis November 5
Elizabeth May at a Trans Mountain pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Elizabeth May/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | Given the built-in biases of our electoral system, it is a minor miracle that the Greens managed to win any seats at all in the House of Commons.
rabble series October 31
Enrique Turnainsky (left photo) and Martin Echevarrieta (right photo). Image: Zaid Noorsumar
Zaid Noorsumar | Unions have improved job conditions for many janitors, but spiralling costs of living require people in the low-wage sector to work themselves to exhaustion and forgo time with their families.
analysis October 28
Image: Green Party of Canada/Twitter
Alex Cosh | The Greens' pan-ideological approach might partly explain why the party struggled to make new gains in an NDP-dominated area like Vancouver Island.
analysis October 22
Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Karl Nerenberg | To give his weakened party a greater measure of legitimacy, Trudeau might want to govern in such a way that takes into account all progressive voters, not just those who voted Liberal.
analysis October 21
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Alex Cosh | A recent surge in support for leader Jagmeet Singh has improved the NDP's chances of winning seats in some key Liberal-held ridings.
opinion October 20
Climate strike activists in Edmonton. Image: Paula E. Kirman
Paula E. Kirman | Greta Thunberg helps amplify, but is not the true centre of protest.
analysis October 19
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Alex Cosh | If there is any riding in this year's federal election that warrants strategic voting by left-leaning electors, surely it's the Conservative leader's district of Regina-Qu'Appelle.
rabble news October 18
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Zaid Noorsumar | The NDP is the only federal party promising to establish national standards -- although it will face an uphill task in that endeavour.
analysis October 18
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Karl Nerenberg | Although the NDP and the Greens tried to put wealth and income inequality on the election campaign agenda, most mainstream media coverage has focused elsewhere.