The smoking gun... Harper's plan to privatize Canada Post

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:16pm
Friday, July 11, 2014 Secret documents show that, despite Harper's denials, the Conservative government's postal cuts are just much preparation for privatizing the postal service.

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Which original rabble series caught your eye?

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:41am

It's the last week of rabble's fundraising drive and we're blown away by all the support! We're so close to reaching our goal, and want to say thank you! And, if you haven't donated you still can.

In the last six months, we've been busy. We've launched A LOT of special series delving into issues that matter to our readers. And, with the continued support from our readers, we look forward to launching many more!

Which original rabble series caught your eye?

 

Choices Revolution 101: This series on activism continues to inspire me! Public schools, corporate profits: Exposing the corporatization of Canadian universities is so needed. Follow the Money: Donald Gutstein's investigative reporting was fascinating! UP! Canadian labour rising: Defending the Canadian labour movement in these anti-union times is necessary. The Rockefeller Files: The link between Canadian politicians to Big Oil is eye-opening! Too many good ones! I love 'em all! None of the above.
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Temporary Foreign Worker Program changes: Who do they help?

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 10:26am

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The Conservative government's Minister of Employment and Social Development, Jason Kenney, announced on June 20, 2014 a draft of changes to the federal Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP). The program has attracted controversy since at least 2006, most recently when the CBC reported that MacDonald's outlets in Victoria were favouring temporary foreign workers over Canadians in hiring decisions and the allocation of hours.

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A page from Rosemary Sexton's book shows diaries get closest to lived life

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 9:23am
Friday, July 11, 2014

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I hardly know what to say about Rosemary Sexton's book, Home Before Dark, and that's a rare gift from an author. It's a rambling, riveting, often trivial diary of her life between 1998 and 2002. Why that span? No particular reason.

What to say about former society columnist Rosemary Sexton's book, Home Before Dark, on Wealth and Power in Canada? It's a rambling, riveting, often trivial diary of her life between 1998 and 2002.

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Lean In: A fairy-tale in a fantasy land

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:39am
Friday, July 11, 2014

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After reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I couldn't stop comparing myself to her. After all, Sheryl Sandberg is almost my age. We were both born in 1969. We grew up in a middle-class family and went to business school.

But perhaps the similarities stop there.

In her book "Lean In," Sheryl Sandberg is talking to a small, restricted "girls' club." Although it's a fine discussion, it forgets all the other women who are in another world.

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Israel, Canada and struggles for decolonization

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:08am
Friday, July 11, 2014

"Nonstop. No breaks. A pregnant woman, the child in her belly and her two year old were killed in one of Israeli bombings on a house in Gaza… Also how an elderly woman was killed while she was having her iftar at Maghreb prayer by bombing her house. She died holding the spoon in her hand, an image that will need a lot of time to leave my head." -- Omar Ghraieb, writing from Gaza

In the face of relentless impunity, an articulation of Israel as a settler-colonial state with deep ties to other settler-colonial states like Canada can compel and embolden meaningful allyship.

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The horror! MP Brent Rathgeber on the nightmare of too few TFWs

rabble news - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 1:19am

St. ALBERT, Alberta

I have a challenge for Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber, the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce and all the other hysterics wailing about the disaster wrought by the federal government when it imposed some modest limitations on the Temporary Foreign Workers Program, some of which don't apply to Alberta anyway.

Show me one -- just one! -- Alberta company that's had to go out of business because of a shortage of TFWs.

Rathgeber and the local chamber here in the Edmonton bedroom community of St. Albert were in full flight last week about the horrors that await us if the TFW spigot isn't turned back to full, posthaste.

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Feel Good Friday roundup: rabble <3's you edition

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 7:11pm
Friday, July 11, 2014 Guess what? rabble loves you. A lot. Ask you to prom, hold a boombox above our head, kiss you on the pitcher's mound, kind of love. So here's a lovely Feel Good Friday.

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Hey there!

Guess what? rabble loves you. We really do!

Without all of you, we'd just be a bunch of people, sitting at computers, living in different areas, making fun of each other. Don't get me wrong, we are that, but because of you, we're so much more.

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How has the SlutWalk movement progressed?

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:40pm
It has been three years since the first SlutWalk in Toronto. Where has the movement taken us? SlutWalk, three years later. Where has the movement taken us?
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From Simferopol, Crimea, reflections on the war in eastern Ukraine

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 5:19pm

Simferopol, Crimea -- Yesterday, I spent the afternoon walking through central Simferopol, the administrative capital city of Crimea. You may know Crimea as the former region of Ukraine that recently voted to join the Russian Federation. It was a warm and sunny day with a strong breeze blowing.

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Omar Khadr one step closer to justice

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 4:30pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 While we celebrate the latest court victory for Omar Khadr, we need to continue to push for the lawful response of his immediate release from jail. Especially as the government threatens to appeal.

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Omar Khadr has once again been vindicated by the courts. The unanimous ruling by the Alberta Court of Appeals affirms what Omar's lawyers and supporters have maintained since his 2012 repatriation -- that he has been illegally and unlawfully held in a federal prison. For those who value a fair judicial system and the rule of law, it is incomprehensible that despite previous rulings in his favour, Omar is still incarcerated and fighting his way through the courts. 

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Putting people before profit with a price on carbon

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:24pm

My week in late June began by shaking the hand of President Obama. It ended by interviewing First Nations and Métis living in the heart of the Athabasca Tar Sands.

I went from meeting the most sought after person in the world, whose every statement is analysed, to some of the most dismissed people, whose illnesses caused by the tar sands have been downplayed or ignored by government and the media.

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'We must compete': Corporate elite leveraging public universities into private profit

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 2:21pm

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#Notalljohns: Notes from the hearings on Bill C-36

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 1:28pm

The hearings on Bill C-36, the federal government’s proposed prostitution law, continued today. You can watch all of the testimonies, which began on Monday, on CPAC.

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Conservative deficit fear-mongering takes aim at dream of activist government

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:12pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Moody's decision to downgrade Ontario's credit rating last week was manna from heaven to commentators and media pundits bristling at the notion that activist government could be making a comeback.

For years, pundits have kept governments in a straightjacket when it comes to spending, intimidating the public into believing that the deficit gods are vengeful and unforgiving, and that Greece is only a short hop, skip and a jump away.

Moody's decision to downgrade Ontario's credit rating last week was manna from heaven to commentators and media pundits bristling at the notion that activist government could be making a comeback.

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Khaled Al-Qazzaz' torment is an affront to liberal democracy

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:49am

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SlutWalk, three years later. Where has the movement taken us?

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:07am
Friday, July 11, 2014 A lot has changed since 2011. Natalee Brouse attended the first SlutWalk and has been official organizer since 2012. rabble.ca's Steff Pinch spoke with her about how the SlutWalk has changed.

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All sex workers will be harmed by Bill C-36, #yesallsexworkers

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:51am
Friday, July 11, 2014 Bill C-36 disregards sex workers' lived experiences, the Bedford decision and social science evidence and will create more harm. This is how each diverse group will be affected.

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This piece was written in collaboration by the editors and a group of contributors of Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada.

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Elsipogtog: No Fracking Way!

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 10:12am
Is this show currently playing? July 10, 2014 Hear about what happened at the Elsipogtog anti-fracking protest from the voices of those involved in the movement. YouTube screen_shot_2014-07-10_at_10.11.37_am.png

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The RCMP descended on a peaceful anti-fracking protest led by the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog and their allies on October 2013.

Clifton Nicholas captures the voices of some of the people involved in the anti-fracking movement as they talk about what happened, why they took the stand against hydraulic fracturing and how the heavy handed police response has affected their people.

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The Taxpayers' Federation is wrong about SSHRC

rabble news - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 9:44am

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Did you hear about the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation's latest stunt?

Just before Canada Day -- a time when high school graduates are touring university campuses around the country -- the CTF slapped a graduation cap and gown on their ubiquitous pig mascot and held a press conference denouncing "wacky" student research projects that receive public funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

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