Workers stand tall against Harper's fear and prejudice

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:18pm
New bill under Harper stirring up fear and prejudice to build Conservative political advantage. John Cartwright calls for workers to stand up to Harper's inflammatory rhetoric. Harper stirs prejudice against Muslims, but workers stand tall
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CSIS briefings on Northern Gateway protests prompts further concerns about C-51

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:41am

News reports are heightening concerns about how C-51, the Harper government's so-called "anti-terrorism" legislation, could be used against people protesting against its extreme resource extraction agenda of tar sands expansion and pipelines.

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Protecting water on Bottled Water Free Day and World Water Day

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:31am

On Bottled Water Free Day, communities are promoting public water services and calling for governments to implement the human right to water.  Since 2010, the Coalition for Bottled Water-Free Communities has spearheaded Bottled Water Free Day, a Canada-wide and international day of action to challenge the bottled water industry and encourage clean and strong public water systems.

In Canada, there are over 90 municipalities, nearly a dozen school boards and almost 30 campuses that have committed to taking action on bottled water in their sectors.

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Victory for health-care workers in Nova Scotia's Bill 1 deal

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:23am

What better time to declare victory and slink off to bind your wounds than just before cocktail hour on the Friday afternoon before school March break and the eve of another Sunday nor'easter? (It's no coincidence two of the top four Google News search terms modifying "Nova Scotia" Saturday morning were "weather and "storm"; "health care agreement" did not even crack the top 10.)

So Premier Stephen McNeil and his suddenly silent sidekick, Health Minister Leo Glavine, chose that exact moment to announce their new-old deal to end the impasse over which health-care unions would represent which health-care workers.

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The Holocaust

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 9:02am

…is full of lessons for humanity.

But apparently we aren't supposed to say what they are.

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Should Canadians be worried about tyranny or fascism?

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 8:39am
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Seen on the Internet next to a picture of Conservative Stephen Harper: "From 1939 to 1945 we fought fascists, why should we vote for them?"

The Conservative Party of Canada only pretends to be conservative. parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg recently laid out a series of reasons why they are not part of the Canadian Conservative political family.

The Cons and their leader are not fascists either. In fascism, the economy -- labour and capital -- is subservient to the nationalist state. In Canada, as in most Western societies, the state is subservient to corporate capitalism.

These days, portraying Canada's Conservatives as fascists may seem appropriate. That advanced study in political science is required to know why they are not says a lot about Canada today.

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Documentary director Amar Wala on 'The Secret Trial 5'

rabble news - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 1:52am

This audio was first aired on the March 17, 2015 extended edition of The Daily GRRR! and will be the feature on the 19th.

This is an interview with Amar Wala, the director and producer of the award-winning documentary The Secret Trial 5, a film which takes a critical look at Canada's "security certificate" regime.  

The documentary revolves around four of the five men wrongly targeted by the Canadian state, imprisoned for a combined 30 years without charge and without being allowed to see the evidence which led them to be suspected for ties to terrorism. 

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'Intolerable' is the first cast off for Canada Reads 2015

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 8:53pm

So the first day of Canada Reads has come to an end and Intolerable: A Memoir of Extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee has been voted out of the running to be "the book that breaks barriers."

Although Kristen Kreuk defended her position valiantly, it was ulitmately Cameron Bailey's vote that cast her out of the competition.

Who do you think will be next?

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Book: Canoe Crossings

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 8:48pm

The canoe has played a integral role in the lives of people in Canada for thousands of years. A new book takes us from the earliest days of the canoe to its current place in the culture of British Columbia.

Sanford Osler is the author of the book, Canoe Crossings. He speaks with Redeye host, Jane Williams.

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This might be our last chance to stop C-51

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 5:23pm

Stop what you’re doing right now. It’s crunch time: we’re coming down to the crucial deadline for experts to give testimony on the government’s "secret police" bill, C-51.

Since announcing the bill last month, Canadians have had practically no opportunity to provide input on the new legislation, which would dramatically increase our spy agencies' powers while providing virtually no parliamentary oversight.

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Lack of Nation-to-Nation relationship between Canada and Indigenous fishermen causes conflict

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:51pm

On Monday March 9, 2015, a fishing trial began outside a Vancouver Court House.

With the lack of Nation-to-Nation relationships between the First Nation and the Canadian Government, disputes -- in this case fishing disputes -- must be handled by the provincial courts, even when the provincial court overrides the decisions by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Nations are back at the Supreme Court of Canada in order to secure their Aboriginal rights to fish and sell that fish from their territories on the west coast of Vancouver Island, a deal implemented by the federal government in 2009. That was the plan, anyway.

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Bill C-51 feels like the 'Fair' Elections Act all over again

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:12pm
About 90 per cent of the witnesses who do not work for the government think Bill C-51 is seriously flawed. When the facts on C-51 are against you, insult the witnesses
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Human rights ignored in Omar Khadr's 13 year imprisonment

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 2:09pm
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 The tragedy of Khadr's years of abuse, torture and continued incarceration, is a dreadful reminder of what is at risk when fundamental rights are awarded to some, denied to others.

Those who value human rights, a fair judicial system and the rule of law, find it incomprehensible that Omar Khadr is still incarcerated. Soon he will be reaching out to Canadian courts, which have so often, in his long struggle for justice, ruled in his favour.

In the next few months, a number of legal challenges finally could result in his freedom. With these cases on the horizon, every Canadian committed to basic tenants of justice and democracy is urged to help cover Khadr's mounting legal costs.

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Soundwalking the Bill C-51 Protests

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:46pm

We got so much good sound from Saturday's Bill C51 protests that we're focusing this edition on more of the sounds people heard from across the country.

In this special rabble radio edition, we bring you three locations and protests of three different sizes: a few dozen in Barrie, 400 in Winnipeg and 2,000 in Toronto. When it comes to changing the political landscape, size doesn't matter.

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I am the 1%: How tech nerds can save the world

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:23pm
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I am the one per cent. That is‚ the one per cent of people who are tech nerds. I line up for smartphones on launch day. I listen to gadget podcasts. I know the speed of my SSD drive. I get Dr. Who jokes and put an Apple sticker on my toaster. I am the geek your parents warned you about.

So, I am almost genetically incapable of understanding why everyone didn't back the Scanadu Scout or the Pebble watch on Kickstarter or can't wait to try Microsoft's HoloLens. Tech nerds are jerks about this stuff.

I line up for smartphones on launch day. I listen to gadget podcasts. I know the speed of my SSD drive. I am the one per cent. That is‚ the one per cent of people who are tech nerds.

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We get it. You love And we love you.

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 1:18pm

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Together, we have raised over $30,000 to support's cutting-edge, independent, and progressive reporting. Thank you so much.

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Everything you need to know about the Middle East to keep you safe from Bill C-51

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 12:59pm

Dear Mr. O'Malley, or may I call you Peter?

Thank you for your letter and your highly perspicacious questions. You write:

"Harper has now decided that Canada must play an important role in the centuries-long Shia-Sunni war within Islam. Well okay, but I'm unclear which side we're on. I think we're now Shias, right? 

"Fact is, Canadians need to know the answer here, because under the new laws, if we promote support for the wrong warring Islamic sect, we could be subject to life in prison. 

"Perhaps you could explain exactly why the sect we support is terrific, and why the sect we oppose should die." 

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Harper stirs prejudice against Muslims, but workers stand tall

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:42am


It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The Prime Minister of Canada is deliberately stirring up prejudice against one group of Canadians for one reason only: political advantage. The sad reality is that many Canadians and Quebecois seem to be vulnerable to embracing an anti-Muslim sentiment.

We are all appalled by the brutality of ISIS, with their voyeuristic killing of innocent victims. The tragic murder of two soldiers in Canada has added a sense of vulnerability inside our own country. Stephen Harper's response is to declare that Canada is under attack by "global Jihadists" and introduce sweeping legislation giving new powers to CSIS.

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WINGS #47-14: Hollering for equality!

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:35am

Women all over the world are sick of street harassment and they are hollering back online as well as organizing local chapters of Hollaback! Hear from women organizers from the U.S., Australia, and Canada, and shout-outs from lots of other countries.  Special thanks to Women on the Line, CJSF-FM's Intra-Venus program, and  for use of their audio.

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Poor people can't cook, and other myths, part three

rabble news - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 9:11am

In parts one and two of this series I outlined the relationship between economic and food insecurity (it is strong!) and the started unsettling the idea that we can explain food insecurity in terms of food "illiteracy" (no!). Part three, below.

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