Sorry Rick Mercer, Energy East won't unite our country but it will destroy our planet

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 2:16pm

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I look up to Rick Mercer and have a huge amount of respect for him, and I've been inspired by many of the rants he's filmed in this alley. But as someone who cares deeply about climate change, I'd like to respond to his most recent rant framing the Energy East pipeline as not only necessary for our economy, but a linchpin of national unity.

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I'm not 'neutral' in my classroom and I don't think you should be either

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:44pm

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I have a lot of conversations in my job.  It comes with the territory; I'm a teacher, and if it was a successful day, I've had meaningful exchanges with lots of people, whether they are students, other teachers, parents, or my administrators.

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Organizing a precarious world

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:36pm
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The work world has changed a lot over 30 years. It used to be the case that most people got a job and stayed there. If not for life, then at least for a long, long time.

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Arguments against Canada's bombing mission exist, but Trudeau hasn't uttered then

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:03pm
Friday, January 29, 2016 Canada's federal government must stand strong in its position to end its combat mission in Iraq and Syria. So why hasn't Trudeau uttered any arguments against the bombing missions?

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Want B.C. to be a climate leader again? Now is the time to speak up.

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:02pm

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For eight years, British Columbia has earned global praise for its carbon tax. But without a reaffirmed commitment to tackling climate change, these years of accolades may be numbered.

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Wages vs. workers: How Canada's minimum rates compare

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 11:58am
Friday, January 29, 2016 In part 1 of rabble's series on the minimum wage in Canada, we examine what the minimum wage is and how it applies to different workers.

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Apocalyptic Alberta, Police oversight, online harassment and more: The best of blogs this week

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 10:01am

This just in: capitalism is a terrible boss. Thankfully, Nora Loreto is giving it a long-overdue performance review. It’s certainly overdue --as Loreto reports, "Canadian media companies are sawing off their arms and legs in a desperate attempt to please their shareholders." Meanwhile, giants like Rogers continue to lay off media professionals while raking in billions in profit. That’s a pretty strong signal that something has got to change.

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Petitions against Kinder Morgan's pipeline delivered to NEB hearings

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:06am
On Thursday, petitions against Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline were delivered to the NEB hearings. Thousands of signatures against Trans Mountain pipeline delivered to NEB hearings
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Thousands of signatures against Trans Mountain pipeline delivered to NEB hearings

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 9:04am
Friday, January 29, 2016 As the NEB hearings continue for Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, activists deliver thousands of signatures opposing the project.

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Outside the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby yesterday, activists delivered petitions with 26,050 signatures calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

While members of the general public are still not allowed into the hearings, a representative accepted the boxes of petitions on behalf of the NEB.

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What happens when public education is destroyed? You get Donald Trump.

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 7:48am
Friday, January 29, 2016

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How did U.S. politics reach this bizarre point, where so many are ready to vote for Donald Trump -- a situation encapsulated in a Daily News shot of Sarah Palin endorsing him, under the headline, "I'm With Stupid."

It's hard to be smart if you've been through a system that forced you to use all your time prepping and taking tests while leaving little space for learning to think and practising thought.

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The capitalist model for journalism is failing

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 5:57am

Let's put corporate media on ice! Support independent media with a donation today!

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Tories' Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:55am

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The Conservative Opposition's threat to use its majority in the unelected Senate to thwart the Trudeau government's plan to repeal two anti-labour laws passed when Stephen Harper was still prime minister is a very telling indication of that party's true commitment to the principles of democracy.

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Dear Mulcair: Fighting income inequality is not just an email petition away

rabble news - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:50am

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Can Ontario's patient ombudsperson cure what ails health care?

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 9:49pm
Friday, January 29, 2016

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There are many tangled threads and competing demands in the life of a patient activist. Within your body, your ethics, your politics. It's a murky cauldron at the best of times.  

The job of Ontario's first Patient Ombudsman will be to hear patient complaints and make recommendations to facilities and the ministry to improve care. Is that enough to help a strained system?

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National study on LGBTQ education finds both support and lack of security for students

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 8:45pm

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Jan. 15 marked the official launch of the final results of a national study on LGBTQ-inclusive education, dubbed the Every Teacher Project. The study --headed by University of Winnipeg professor Catherine Taylor in partnership with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society --is the largest of its kind worldwide with 3,400 participants.

The study is comprised of an online survey, as well as 24 focus groups, with the intention of investigating "Canadian educators' experiences and perspectives on LGBTQ-inclusive education."

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Goodbye longstanding Canadian cultural policy, hello TPP regulations

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:13pm
Thursday, January 28, 2016 The TPP will destroy Canadian culture. How you ask? With its restrictions on policies to support the creation of Canadian content.

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Problems? Oh, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has a few! Read about them all in the new series The Trouble with the TPP.

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Capitalism is a terrible boss: Saving journalism from its industry

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 4:04pm

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Canadian media companies are sawing off their arms and legs in a desperate attempt to please shareholders.

Hundreds of media workers have been laid off in 2016 alone. Halifax Chronicle Herald workers are on strike. The Guelph Mercury has ceased printing.

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Benefits from e-commerce provisions in TPP actually non-existent

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:38pm
Thursday, January 28, 2016 A closer look into the "benefits" from the e-commerce provisions in the TPP reveal they are pretty non-existent. Find out why here.

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Problems? Oh, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has a few! Read about them all in the new series The Trouble with the TPP.

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More of the world's wealth is owned by fewer people -- and our share of the rest of it is collapsing

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 3:00pm

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The just-released Oxfam Davos Report shows that 62 individuals -- 388 in 2010 -- now own more wealth than 50 per cent of the world's population. More shockingly, it reports from its uncontested public sources that this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40 per cent in just the last five years.

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What do you think about the Liberals' interim review process for pipelines?

rabble news - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 2:33pm

The Liberal government announced that it will be launching an interim review process for pipeline projects, which will impose new steps on existing projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Energy East pipelines.

On Wednesday, five principles of the new environmental assessment processed were released, including "decisions will be based on science, traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples and other relevant evidence" and "the views of the public and affected communities will be sought and considered."

Choices It's a little broad, but it's a good first step and leaves me feeling hopeful. If the Liberals continue on the path and make the new assessment rigorous, pipelines will be done in Canada. It's good the federal government is actually admitting the current process is flawed and needs fixing. The new measures still ignore the impacts of when gas and oil are burned and aren't a true climate test. Good start, but not enough. I guess I'll just say I'm "cautiously optimistic." None of the above.

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