Do you think prescription drugs should be added to health-care coverage?

rabble news - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:40am

A recent poll found that a significant number of Canadians cannot afford their medication and as a result are not taking the correct dosage recommended by their doctor and are skipping or splitting pills or not filling their presecirptions.

The poll also reported that 91 per cent of Canadians support a national pharmacare program.

Do you think prescription drugs should be added to health-care coverage?

Choices Absolutely. Everyone, regardless of income, should have access to the medication they need. Yes. And while we're at it let's overhaul the whole health-care coverage system in general. It is seriously flawed. Yes. But can we make sure the funding comes from increases to corporate taxes, please? Yes. But I think there are higher priority issues right now in our health-care system. No. I think the system is working fine as is. None of the above.
Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

#This isn't quite a coup: What Canadians must learn from Greece

rabble news - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 10:34am

Please support our coverage of democratic movements and become a supporter of rabble.ca.

Outside of Europe, Greece's battle with the Troika has become a spectacular spectator sport. From the referendum to Tsipras's capitulation, this story has all the makings of a once-in-a-generation historic event, and it's far from over.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Who ends up allied with whom in a 'Pizza Parliament'? It may not be as simple as you think

rabble news - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 1:44am

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Today's serious question is this: If Justin Trudeau's Liberals end up holding the balance of power in the next Canadian Parliament, will they tilt toward the New Democrats under Thomas Mulcair or the Conservatives under Stephen Harper?

If the latest polling trends hold -- and they may not, of course -- it seems most likely it will be the Liberals, not the NDP as many of us are still used to instinctively thinking, that will be the third party with a slightly smaller slice in a "Pizza Parliament."

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Progress is a slippery notion in politics and history

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 8:06pm
Friday, July 17, 2015

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Keeping score can be exhausting and confusing. On Thursday morning, we had more golds but the U.S. had more medals. So who's on first? And if you assign points metallically, who's winning then? But I didn't mean the Pan Ams when I started this paragraph, I meant politics and history. Take the past week.

What makes us certain that progress is a thing and that we can keep score of it? As this past week shows, once you start scoring history, others can tote up precisely the opposite results.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

New report reveals American Psychological Association's collusion in torture

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 7:31pm
Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

This month, the American Psychological Association released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

This is not the Canada I once knew

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 2:02pm

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

 

Those were the words of a British member of the UN Human Rights Committee who was taking part this week in the committee's first review of Canada's human rights record in 10 years.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Canada should offer homes to Syrian refugees, not troops for endless war

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:36pm

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

 

Summertime, and the livin' for most Canadians is easy, though not of course if you live in large chunks of Western Canada, where flames are jumping and the fire is high. But most of us don't.

Geography is destiny in other ways as well. Just check any country in Europe or Africa or the Middle East. Most are surrounded on all sides by other countries, which significantly increases the risk of trouble. We have only the menace of the U.S.A. on our border.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Twenty-three jurisdictions across the globe commit to climate action

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:06pm
officials from Ontario and 22 other jurisdictions around the hemisphere came together to share knowledge, explore new ideas, and agree to shared action at the Climate Summit of the Americas. Twenty-three jurisdictions commit to share in climate action at Toronto summit
Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Choosing austerity in Quebec and Canada: What's the price?

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 10:24am

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

In the spring of 2013, we studied the economic trajectories of Canada and Quebec following the 2008 crisis. I decided to update the data from this previous study to see how the situation has evolved.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Welcome to a Harper recession

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:39am

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Short of a miracle, Canada is officially in recession, which I predicted back in January. But this recession was wholly avoidable had Mr. Harper and his government abandoned their wicked policies of austerity in favour of a growth-oriented fiscal expansionary policy. Bottom line: this is a Harper recession.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Best and worst cities to be a woman in Canada: How is B.C. doing?

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:11am

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman In Canada 2015 ranks Canada's 25 biggest cities based on the gaps in how men and women are faring in five key areas:

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

MP Wai Young's lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper government talking point

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:50am

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

It seems likely Vancouver South MP Wai Young fumbled a cynical Harper Government talking point when she claimed last month that Air India Flight 182 and the 329 innocent people aboard would have been saved in 1985 if only Bill C-51 had been in effect.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Liberal dissenter says Conservative senators ignored advice from police in report on preventing terrorism

rabble news - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 1:43am

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Conservative senators on the Upper Chamber's Standing Committee on National Security and Defence were not interested in the strongest recommendation by police and security experts who testified before the panel, its Liberal Deputy Chair told AlbertaPolitics.ca yesterday.

"We heard over and over again from police that the commitment to outreach is very important," said Senator Grant Mitchell of Alberta. He recounted the words of one police witness: "We can't arrest our way out of this problem."

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Writers on writing for rabble.ca and why you should support #WIN2015

rabble news - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:26pm
Three rabble.ca writers are here to tell you why they choose to write for rabble, and why you should choose to support it. One, two, three writers on why you should support rabble.ca and #win2015
Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Economic Inequality: It's Far Worse Than You Think

rabble news - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 9:59pm
rey-2015-07-15a.mp3

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

While everyone knows that the rich have a lot more money than the poor, we appear to have no idea just how big that gap is. A new article takes a look at our misconceptions about inequality. Nicholas Fitz is the author of "Economic Inequality: It's Far Worse Than You Think," published this March in Scientific American. Nicholas Fitz speaks with Redeye host James Mainguy.

Check out our website for more information about Redeye.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Activist Toolkit roundup: Focus on Vancouver

rabble news - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 4:03pm

The Activist Toolkit has been focused on Bill C-51 and the Jobs, Justice and Climate march for the past many months. It is time to focus on and learn from local activism, and so in July and August the Toolkit blog will be highlighting the work done by local activists in cities across the country.

Last month, as our hearts broke as the no vote won in the transit plebicite, a lot happened in Vancouver that is worth supporting.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Robots at the summer movies

rabble news - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 2:48pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

On a recent flight to Vancouver I had a chance to watch a few episodes of the TV show Humans, along with the movie Ex Machina. They both, in their own ways, deal with the time when robots approach, equal and then surpass humans. Their neural circuits become infected, as it were, with a virus that corrupts their logic and renders them aware of themselves, and their possible futures. You know that's going to end badly.

This summer at the movies, it's those in charge against those who need to be charged.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

rabble.ca doesn't just make news. It makes journalists.

rabble news - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 1:39pm
Friday, July 17, 2015 rabble.ca has trained many reporters. Find out how rabble.ca has supported their careers. Be a part of supporting independent journalism, long term. Donate to rabble.ca today.

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

At rabble.ca, we're not just creating content, we're building independent journalism. We work with new contributors and mentor young journalists. We asked some of our former interns how their work with rabble has contributed to their careers in journalism.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Free trade deals: Not sacred cows, mostly just bull

rabble news - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:38pm
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Those who want to put global trade agreements ahead of made-in-Canada solutions are treating trade as a sacred cow, when really is just bull.

Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Trade did not begin when the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed in 1989, and neither will it stop if the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not signed.

read more

Categories: Latest Newsfeeds

Pages