Cacouna port dead: What does this mean for opposition to Energy East?

rabble news - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:20am

As anticipated, TransCanada has pulled the plug on the controversial Cacouna port that really should never have seen the light of day. 

Massive export port beside (endangered) beluga whale habitat, with massive tankers plying the St. Lawrence? Nope.

Taking a page out of their leaked Edelman PR strategy (the two have now parted ways), TransCanada's response in their blog says their decision was not based on some so-called "well funded" opposition groups, "want[ing] to deny Canadians the right to benefit from a reliable domestic supply of energy that ensures Canadians enjoy the quality of life they've come to expect in this country every day."

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Red Head is 'end of the line' for Energy East

rabble news - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 9:03am

Cacuna stopped it. South Portland stopped it. Now it is Red Head's turn to stand up against the tar sands pipeline.

As attention on Energy East now focuses on New Brunswick and the Bay of Fundy, the residents of Red Head are well into their second month of planning for the large "End of the Line March" on Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m.   

Why is the line in the sand being drawn at Red Head? The numbers speak for themselves:  

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What will it take for the U.S. to end capital punishment?

rabble news - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 8:50am
Thursday, April 9, 2015

A jury in Boston has returned a guilty verdict on all 30 counts against the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Now the jury must deliberate on the punishment, which could be either life in prison or death. Capital punishment is outlawed in Massachusetts, but Tsarnaev was tried in federal court, where the death penalty is allowed. The jury will have to decide whether he lives or dies. The case provides a new reason to take a hard look at capital punishment, and why this irreversible, highly problematic practice should be banned.

The deliberations on the Tsarnaev case bring new, heightened attention to the death-penalty debate in the United States. The time for a moratorium on executions is now.

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Just who is Jim Prentice calling an extremist? Peter Lougheed?

rabble news - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 1:02am

I can’t really say I knew Peter Lougheed, but I met the man, and I can assure readers this much: he was no extremist.

So what's with Jim Prentice calling out our beloved -- sainted, even -- first Tory premier for his "extreme ideas and ideology?"

I refer, of course, to Prentice's accusation yesterday that the province's New Democrats are extremists for their belief, famously spoken in the 1970s by Lougheed and repeated by the first Progressive Conservative premier until right before his death in 2012, that we Albertans should treat our resources as if we are their owners.

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Human cost of mining industry

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:17pm
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The mining industry threatens the lands and lives of indigenous peoples all over the world. Chandu Claver is a doctor and activist from the Philippines who had to flee after an attempt on his life. He was one of the speakers at the recent State of Extraction conference in Vancouver.

Chandu Claver speaks with Redeye host, Jane Williams, about the series of events that led him to leave the Philippines.

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The cult of the entrepreneur

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:39pm
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Alan Sears argues that a belief in the transformative power of entrepreneurship has seeped into the pores of our culture to such an extent that it's seen as the answer to all our economic woes. Alan Sears is a professor of sociology at Ryerson University and editorial associate of the New Socialist webzine. He talks with Redeye host Jane Williams about his recent article in Briarpatch magazine titled "The Cult of the Canadian Entrepreneur."

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The problem is the media, not false rape accusations

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 4:41pm

When I was in journalism school I was told, not just to find the story, but a compelling narrator to tell that story. We were to personalize issues so that, I suppose, the audience could or would relate. This bothered me, not just from a political perspective, because individualizing systemic issues is not always helpful in terms of addressing the larger systems, contexts, and issues at play, but because I generally find that kind of reporting to be kind of, well, cheesy. It's also the kind of reporting journalists are encouraged to do by most mainstream outlets.

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How the Day of Pink sold out trans youth: Having Laureen Harper as a spokesperson

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:47pm

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When Laureen Harper showed up as a spokesperson for anti-bullying Day of Pink, Ariel Troster couldn't help but call out hypocrisy. On International Day of Pink, 2015, here are her thoughts as she composed them last night.

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We would do better to memorialize the victims of capitalism, not communism

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:40pm

When I was 18 going on 19, I became a passionate democratic socialist. In the next two years I also became a fierce anti-Communist. I still embrace both these positions.

What influenced my abhorrence for communism me is clear: two events and three books. First were the shocking revelations about Stalin's long tyrannical rule by his own successor. Second was the brutal crushing of the 1956 Hungarian revolution by the Soviets. Third were the books I still vividly recall: The God That Failed, Darkness at Noon, and Homage to Catalonia.

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10 things to know about homelessness in Canada's North

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:40pm
Nick Falvo discusses the state of homelessness and housing in Northern Canada. Here are 10 things you need to know. 10 things you need to know about homelessness in Canada's North
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Londoners vow to keep door-to-door mail delivery

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:13pm
Thursday, April 9, 2015 London, Ontario is home to a strong campaign resisting cuts to Canada Post. Here, we deliver the story direct to you.

Ever since Canada Post Corporation announced its plans to eliminate door to door mail delivery to five million households over the next five years, postal customers and letter carriers have been campaigning hard to stop the implementation of community mailboxes (CMBs). In Ontario alone CMB conversion has already been implemented in Oakville, Kanata and Petawawa. This year Canada Post plans to convert additional communities, including London, Milton, Whitby and St. Thomas.

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Q+A with George Elliott Clarke

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:53pm

A little while ago, I got to speak to one of my favourite poets: George Elliott Clarke. Originally from Nova Scotia, Clarke now lives in Toronto, where he is currently the appointed poet laureate. Clarke has 13 published collections of poetry and is in the process of writing his life's work: a three part epic poem, his version of Dante's hell. An expert in the academic field of black Canadian literature, Clarke puts the study in perspective, and shed some light on the current situation of black Canadian authors and poets.





Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and your work?

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Mike Duffy trial already bad news for Harper

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:55am
Day One of the Mike Duffy trial already spelled bad news for Harper and his office. Day One of Mike Duffy trial is bad news for Harper
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Seeking justice for Jermaine Carby, a Black man killed by Ontario police

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:13am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with La Tanya Grant. She is the chair of Justice for Jermaine Carby, a committee that came together in the aftermath of the killing of her cousin by police in Brampton, Ontario, in September of 2014.

Black people have been facing disproportionate violence and death at the hands of the police in North America for a long, long time. For just as long, Black communities have been working to challenge that violence and transform the racist social relations that underlie it. And in 2014, a new wave of struggle against police brutality and racist police violence led by Black youth swept the continent under the banner of Black Lives Matter.

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Bearing witness: A brief history of livestreaming

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 8:13am
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ironically, when I think about livestreaming video, a handful of events replay in my head.

The first happened on March 26. A fire raged on New York's East Village. Almost immediately food blogger Andrew Steinthal used the just-released Periscope app to livestream the blaze. Periscope turns iPhones into remote TV cameras; a single click, and you're broadcasting and spreading the news socially.

The week previous, another livestreaming app, Meerkat, had taken the technorati party SXSW by storm. But, on March 26, Periscope had its "Airbus in the Hudson" live news moment. And, backed by Twitter, Periscope eclipsed Meerkat, an app that had made livestreaming video cool again.

Easy, mobile live and social video streaming is a remarkable tool for journalists or anyone who can say, "I was there, you weren't. This is what I saw."

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Day One of Mike Duffy trial is bad news for Harper

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 7:37am

On the first day of the Mike Duffy trial, both the prosecution and the defence made arguments that were damaging to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his inner circle.

Crown Prosecutor Mark Holmes said, "Sen. Duffy was probably ineligible to sit in the Senate as a representative of Prince Edward Island."

Holmes added that this trial will not decide that thorny constitutional question. 

But folks in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) must have collectively winced when they heard that assertion from a non-partisan public official.

The PMO had, it seems, made great efforts to establish that Duffy could be a Prince Edward Island resident for the purpose of representing that province in the Senate, but not for the Senate expense rules.

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Marching in a circle for fundamental rights in Montreal

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:54am

A letter the Montreal Gazette has yet to publish and a summary of recent anti-austerity/oil extraction demonstrations in Montréal:

At an anti-austerity protest on Saturday I was arrested, searched, locked in a claustrophobia-inducing paddy wagon and all I got was akin to a traffic ticket. I was accused of contravening Montreal city bylaw article P-6 [prohibiting wearing masks at protests and requiring itineraries in advance. --ed.]. Imagine if the police treated speeding drivers the same way!

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Prentice to Albertans: I've listened. You don't want an election. You're getting one anyway!

rabble news - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:29am

"Choose Alberta's Future?" If you ask me, the Tories should be punished at the polls just for having a slogan that lame!

And here I thought Premier Jim Prentice was going to use his news conference yesterday morning to say something like this: "I've listened to Albertans, and they clearly don’t want an election, so I'm going to wait a year until the fixed election period set out in the law passed by my Progressive Conservative Party back in 2011."

Stop laughing and get yourselves up off the floor!

What Prentice actually said, in effect, was, I've listened to Albertans, and they clearly don't want an election, so I'm going to call one anyway…

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Oiling the machinery of climate change denial and transit opposition

rabble news - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:42pm

Brothers Charles and David Koch run Koch Industries, the second-largest privately owned company in the U.S., behind Cargill. They’ve given close to US$70 million to climate change denial front groups, some of which they helped start, including Americans for Prosperity, founded by David Koch and a major force behind the Tea Party movement.

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The crisis in higher education runs deeper than you think

rabble news - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:30pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Quebec’s CEGEPs offer continuing education classes at night. Great idea? Not when teachers for those classes get half the salary of daytime professors. This is eroding higher education.

Six months ago, almost no one outside academia knew what an adjunct was. Now, after National Adjunct Walkout Day, and strikes at two of Ontario’s largest universities, we know that poorly paid and precarious workers called adjuncts (also known as sessionals) are responsible for more than half of the teaching done at universities and colleges throughout North America. On average, adjuncts are paid just $2,500 for teaching a university-level course in the U.S. and $7,500 in Canada. Their contracts expire at the end of every semester, and they have no benefits or sick days. 

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