Jul 23
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The astronomical cost of J-school and the endless class- and race-privileged opportunities that follow serve as a near-impenetrable barrier to keep marginalized young people out of the media industry.
Jul 22
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The pandemic has exposed and intensified severe hardships, but it is also showing us a path towards healthier ways to produce food.
Jul 20
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
Premier Kenney says he's making "a very strong recommendation" that Albertans wear masks, but there's no way he's going to order them to do it.
Jul 16
Justin Trudeau announces the Canada Student Service Grant in June 2020. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Screenshot
The government will try to tough it out, and hope a couple of apologies do the trick, even as more revelations about the deep involvement of the prime minister and his family with WE emerge.
Jul 15
Then British prime minister David Cameron, giving a speech in 2015. Image: Number 10/Flickr
The persistence of the "big society" concept helps explain Justin Trudeau's preposterous claim the WE Charity was the only organization in Canada capable of running a nationwide program.
Jul 14
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Organic vegetable farmer Brent Preston talks about the work of a new national coalition called Farmers for Climate Solutions.
Jul 9
Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping addressing yesterday's "embargoed news conference" as "red tape reduction minister" Grant Hunter looks on. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
Bill 32 has nothing to do with restoring balance in Alberta's workplaces. It's a wholesale effort to hamstring unions.
Jul 8
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Reforms to Canada's employment insurance system are necessary, say workers' advocates.
Jul 7
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Canada is decades behind in collecting race-based data in the public sector. Advocates have long fought for easier access to disaggregated data from the criminal justice system.
Jul 3
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Police officers carry the name, but don't monopolize the practice. Policing is structurally integral to all of our institutions, and is carried out both "benevolently" and violently.
Jun 30
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As calls to defund the police mount, police unions are already starting to put up a fight.
Jun 25
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Why defunding the police is a crucial and necessary step to dismantling the carceral system.
Jun 24
AUPE president Guy Smith addresses media at the Edmonton Court House this morning as the union's lawyer, Patrick Nugent, looks on. Image: AUPE
AUPE president Guy Smith vowed to fight the UCP's Bill 1 all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, and to "defend any and all AUPE members or staff who are caught in the bill's cross-hairs."
Jun 22
A woman holds a Black Lives Matter sign. Image: Joan Villalon/Unsplash
Manufactured mortality among Black and Indigenous people is a fundamental mechanism by which the world operates. Addressing this inequity requires action on a global scale.
Jun 15
A George Floyd mural in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
As we reflect on George Floyd, it would be a mistake to think that the murder revealed something new to the Black community about the injustice that led to his death.
Jun 12
Is the federal government's delay in delivering its response to the MMIWG report due to plans to infuse it into its pandemic recovery strategy? Recent government actions leave room for doubt.
Jun 10
Police at the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto. Image: Mitchel Raphael
New tools and policies will not resolve the problem that emerges from arming a small group of mostly white men in an unequal, racist society, and giving them the power to defend the status quo.
Jun 9
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Cities across Canada are moving to install more CCTV cameras for policing, but communities in Toronto are fighting back.
Jun 3
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Tools for allies of the ongoing protests against police brutality.
Jun 1
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This tragedy is yet another reminder of how police continue to fail our community, and that we can't trust an institution that inherently views Black people as a threat.
May 28
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Unions across the country intend to leverage current broad public support for grocery store workers to lobby for permanent wage increases.
May 28
An Ontario Loblaws store. Image: Chelsea Nash/rabble.ca
Canadian grocery store workers and their unions are concerned about the looming prospect of their temporary wage increase coming to an end.
May 26
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter/Video screenshot
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.
May 22
Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef. Image: Maryam Monsef/Twitter/Video screenshot
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.
May 21
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In his new book, James Wilt makes a convincing case for why public transit options better serve the most marginalized members of our society at a lower cost.
May 20
Ontario Premier Doug Ford at a March 2020 press conference. Image: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
At this precarious and uncertain stage in the pandemic, it is workers in often insecure and low-paid jobs whom employers and governments want back on the job.
May 19
Foodora worker and organizer Ivan Ostos. Image: Tess Siksay
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.
May 15
Jason Kenney with Jack Mintz in 2015. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
University of Calgary Professor Jack Mintz, appointed in March to lead Jason Kenney's "emergency economic panel," has joined other right-wing commentators in calling for public-sector rollbacks.
May 13
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter/Video screenshot
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.
May 12
A streetcar passes through a suburb of Stockholm, Sweden. Image: La Citta Vita/Flickr
We cannot afford to return to a business-as-usual economic model that kills many, impoverishes millions and fuels global warming.