What have you done to keep the rich richer lately?

rabble news - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:30pm

One of the pleasures of each new year is the promise of the latest dissection of Canada's 1% by Hugh Mackenzie. Mr. Mackenzie is one of Canada's most creative economists, who regularly offers a new and depressing twist to illuminate Canada's yawning inequality gap. Last January 1, for example, he showed that Canada's top 100 CEOs would, by 1:11 p.m. on January 2, make as much as the average Canadian would earn in the entire year.

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Picking our targets wisely: How progressives should frame freedom of speech

rabble news - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:26am

When I was in journalism school, a professor offered me a valuable piece of advice: "Half of the struggle of being a good columnist is choosing the best target."

It's a useful reminder for leftists too. We have to be intentional and intelligent when choosing in which struggles to engage. We have finite resources and time. Our choices are  political acts in and of themselves.

I suspect there was a huge swath of progressives these past two weeks who didn't agree with the amount of attention given to the murders at Charlie Hebdo by other leftists. Surely, as many have pointed out, the Charlie Hebdo murders shouldn't overshadow the murder of thousands in Nigeria, for example.

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Watershed and climate protection raised at Ontario hearings on Energy East pipeline

rabble news - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 9:04am

The first of the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) public consultations on the Energy East pipeline took place in Kenora and Thunder Bay last week. People in attendance raised questions about the impacts of the pipeline on water and the climate.

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The Council of Canadians Thunder Bay chapter was at this meeting and encouraged others to attend through their newsletter.

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Harper's promotion of pipelines and cuts to science harms oceans

rabble news - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 8:11am

The Energy East, Trans Mountain and Northern Gateway pipelines would add hundreds of export oil supertankers on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere, further worsening planetary climate change.

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Living Art: Creating common beauty

rabble news - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 10:05pm

It's winter, and winter wonderlands bring to mind evergreens and warmer climes -- for me, at least! So this blog is focused on Living Art -- projects to do with your school or community that engage everyone, are stunningly beautiful, functional, and full of science and history exploration opportunities.

What the heck is Living Art?

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Can teachers save civilization?

rabble news - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:00pm

[T]he task is to articulate…an alternative worldview to rival the one at the heart of the ecological crisis -- embedded in interdependence rather than hyper-individualism, reciprocity rather than dominance, and cooperation rather than hierarchy. …Because in the hot and stormy future we have already made inevitable through our past emissions, an unshakeable belief in the equal rights of all people and a capacity for deep compassion will be the only things standing between civilization and barbarism. (This Changes Everything, page 462)

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No Chelsea morning for hypocritical world leaders in Paris

rabble news - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 7:23pm
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When a former U.S. army private awoke in her jail cell just over a week ago -- some 17 months into a 35-year jail sentence -- she could have been forgiven for thinking, in the immediate aftermath of the terrible Paris magazine attacks, that the commutation of her punitive sentence for exercising freedom of speech and conscience was about to be placed on President Obama's desk. Obama, like many world leaders, had just issued stunning, passionate statements about freedom of the press, human dignity, and all the great things that make countries like Canada and the U.S. just so undeniably terrific.

In the wake of the Paris shootings, as voicing uncomfortable truths becomes increasingly risky, governments get set to introduce more repressive measures that mock freedom of expression.

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Terror as wedge issue: Anticipating PM Stephen Harper's 'anti-terror' legislation

rabble news - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 1:35am

It remains to be seen what Prime Minister Stephen Harper will do with his new "anti-terror legislation," announced in the emotional aftermath of the shooting on Parliament Hill as the story of the murderous rampage in Paris was still unfolding.

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# 230 -- The Duno Awards

rabble news - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 7:53pm
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When feeling indecision or doubt, some things to remember, and a way to do so.

With appreciation for you following Living on Purpose and supporting 10 years of the rabble Podcast Network.

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A message from the Lone Star State to the Lone Tar Province: Assignment of blame is everything

rabble news - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 3:04pm

It's not their fault. It's our fault.

It's not Jim Prentice’s fault. It's your fault.

Have you got that, fellow Albertans?

You caused this crazy reliance on yo-yo oil prices and insistence on public services. You! It's what you said you wanted.

Well, now you're going to have to take responsibility or face the consequences. Maybe both!

I'm not making this up. That was the message yesterday from Prentice Election 2015 Campaign Headquarters in Houston, Texas.

OK, I did make up the bit about the campaign headquarters being in the Lone Star State. Leastways, the front office and the mailing address will probably be in Calgary, unofficial capital of the Lone Tar Province.

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Leaked documents reveal Transcanada planning dirty tricks campaign

rabble news - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 12:08pm
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Greenpeace has released leaked documents showing that the PR company Edelman plans to set up fake third party groups to support Transcanada's Energy East pipeline project. Keith Stewart is climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. He speaks with Redeye host Jane Williams.

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Ten years of free trade in Central America

rabble news - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:35am
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The Central America Free Trade Agreement was ratified in 2005. Ten years later, most of the signatory countries are struggling with poverty, violence and increased emigration. Manuel Perez Rocha is associate fellow of the Institute for Police Studies in Washington, DC. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh.

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RCMP union: Solidarity forever?

rabble news - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 11:25am

The Supreme Court of Canada has spoken: RCMP officers have the right to form a union. My brothers and sisters in the labour movement are overjoyed. But I cannot join in the celebrations.

No right is abstract and universal: all of them are modulated through context. In this case we need to step back and look at the question of power, and its built-in imbalances.

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African Americans face increasingly militarized police forces

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:42pm
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The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of white police officers have ignited a national debate in the U.S. about police militarization, corruption and impunity from prosecution. Shahid Buttar is executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee. Shahid Buttar speaks with Redeye host Sean Mullen.

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Top 6 ways we came together to save the Internet in 2014

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:12pm

2014 was a banner year for OpenMedia. Our team grew substantially, we moved into new offices, 3D printed an anteater, rescued an air hockey table from the landfill, and… what else... Oh yeah, fought day-in-day-out to keep the Internet open, affordable and free from surveillance.

To celebrate our shared achievements over last year and get us ready for 2015, check out the top 6 OpenMedia moments from 2015:

1. We fought back against TPP secrecy

In April, we sent a hard-hitting message to TPP negotiators in Washington, D.C.

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Addressing institutionalized racism in Canada

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:54pm
What are the five conversations Canada needs to have in 2015? Well apparently one of them isn't on anti-Blackness in Canada. Reviving Canada's conversation on anti-Blackness
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What is the most necessary discussion for understanding the violence in France?

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:22pm

In the wake of the shootings in Paris, many have responded, discussing and dissecting various aspects of the complex situation from freedom of speech to the hypocrisy of governments.

What is the most necessary discussion for understanding the violence in France?

Choices The parameters of free speech and freedom of expression. The progressive viewpoints and options for stopping terrorist acts. The intersection between racism and media coverage. The meaning and application of secularist culture. The hypocrisy of some world leaders and governments. None of the above.
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Who pays the price of sexual violence?

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 2:10pm
News of a lawsuit against the University of Ottawa brings up an important question: what is the cost of sexual violence in our communities, and who is entitled to compensation? UOttawa lawsuit reminds us who pays the price of sexual violence
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Crown drops charges against animal rights activists

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 1:46pm

The Crown withdrew criminal mischief charges on Wednesday against six animal rights activists who had been arrested last November for blockading an entrance to a slaughterhouse in the west end of Toronto.

“It’s never pleasant to have charges hanging over one’s head,” said animal rights lawyer Camille Labchuk, who represented the six defendants, in a telephone interview on Thursday.

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Why I won't be wearing a 'Je Suis Charlie' button anytime soon

rabble news - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:28pm

On Wednesday, three million copies of the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, sold out immediately after going on sale. People waited hours in line to buy a copy of the magazine, which normally sells 60,000 copies each week.

Canadians copies go on sale in stores today across Canada with 1,500 copies available in 135 stores, but already, copies of the first post-massacre edition, known as the "survivor's issues," are selling for several thousand dollars online.

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