Progressives need to step up to the plate

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:51pm

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best ones. Unfortunately, though, Canada's extreme concentration of corporate power often precludes the solutions from ever seeing the light of day.

The first step towards resolution of this problem is nomenclature. We need to free corporate-fashioned words from their false meanings.

Here are some examples. Trade deals, including the so-called "free trade" deals which have crippled North American manufacturing, are more accurately described as "corporate empowerment" deals. Invariably, these deals empower transnational companies to relocate where wages are low (or in the case of prison labour, non-existent), where collective bargaining doesn't exist and where unions are impotent or non-existent.

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Remembering the evils of the Rwandan and Armenian genocides

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:39pm
The 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, this month, reminds us how quickly ordinary people can become mass murderers. Anniversary of Rwanda and Armenia cold reminder of evil ordinary people can do
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The nurses' strike is over but the issue of patient care is not

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 1:57pm

The battle is over. It ended shortly after seven Friday morning when a marathon legislature session culminated with passage of the reassuringly entitled Essential Health and Community Services Act, forcing 2,400 Capital Health District nurses back to their stations.

With its passage, the larger war for the future of labour relations in this province was joined.

The new law blanket-covers close to 40,000 health and community services workers, including nurse-members of both the NSGEU and the NSNU, other hospital employees, those who work in homes for seniors, youth and people with disabilities, paramedics, even 911 operators.

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In Quebec: Same old, same old -- or a historic upset?

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:12am

People may not recognize the name of Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin, a nineteenth-century French politician and revolutionary, but they will have heard of his famous comment: "There go my people, I must find out where they are going so I can lead them."

It's like that in Quebec today, provincial election day. The electorate is moving -- the pollsters and pundits detect the movement -- but where the people are heading, where they will end up, and who will lead them is almost anyone’s guess. The situation reminds me of the 2011 federal election and the New Democratic Party's "Orange Wave," led by the late Jack Layton. The NDP came out of nowhere, literally, to capture 59 of Quebec’s 75 seats in Parliament (and 103 of 308 nationally).

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Fact Sheet: Violence against Women in Canada

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:09am
Fact Sheet: Violence against Women in Canada Violence against women and girls continues to be widely tolerated in Canada. This fact sheet is a compilation of the most recent research and statistics on women’s experience of violence.
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Wage slavery, the commons and the future of our planet

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:59am

Who runs your workplace?

For most of us the answer is a boss, who reports to a higher boss, who reports to an even higher boss, who reports to a ... all the way up to the "owner" of the enterprise. This is called a chain of command.

The words "chain" and "command" are both suggestive of a fundamental truth: Today's rules about the power of bosses and workers evolved from a time of masters, servants and slaves. While many norms and expectations have changed over the years the fundamental truth that bosses give orders and workers are required to obey remains the same.

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Community to file suit for restoration of lands as Goldcorp refuses dignified terms at Los Filos Mine

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:57am
Community to file suit for restoration of lands as Goldcorp refuses dignified terms at Los Filos Mine The permanent assembly of the Ejido Carrizalillo has decided to bring a lawsuit before the federal agricultural tribunal against a subsidiary of Goldcorp, to immediately restore ejidal lands.
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Elections Canada may never release fraud report because of 'Unfair' Elections Act

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:45am
Elections Canada may never release fraud report because of 'Unfair' Elections Act As a result of the Unfair Elections Act, Elections Canada’s report on the widespread deceptive phone calls in 2011 might not be released until after the 2015 election, if ever.
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Media case study: Why did our TTCriders Sardine Awards campaign get so much media?

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 9:47am

Last month, the awesome folks at TTCriders organized a photo competition, where TTC users were encouraged to take a photo of their overcrowded commute (hence the sardines reference) and send it to us.  We then chose the best photo and converted it into an award to give to MPP Glen Murray for failing to fix transit in Toronto. Well, we actually chose four, because we couldn't decide which one was the best.  

See below for one of the winning photos. This photo was one of four award winning photos.

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Ontario's labour market: Part-time gains, long-term pain

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:14am

Friday morning's job numbers from Statistics Canada report that Ontario created 13,400 net new jobs in March. That's the largest gain in seven months -- a fact that masks a loss of 6,500 full-time jobs in exchange for 19,900 part-time positions.

The good news is the employment rate for prime-aged workers increased by 0.1 percentage points. The youth employment rate increased by almost 1 percentage point. At the same time, the participation rate of prime-aged workers decreased as 15,000 prime-aged workers left the labour force.

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Fixing what ails nurses in the health-care system

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:04am
Monday, April 7, 2014

Here we are again. Another government, another nurses' crisis. First, let's understand this: labour relations are just the tip of the iceberg. It's another spasm in the stress of our health system and, with health gobbling up greater and greater chunks of the provincial budget, a societal and political problem beyond the hospitals.

Once the dust settles, here's what's needed. A third-party review of the role of nurses in relation to the entire system, in the same way that the John Ross report four years ago related emergency care to the entire system, triggering improvements and pointing the way for more. True, one is reluctant to ask for more reviews, but there must be judgment above government and unions butting heads.

Here we are again. Another government, another nurses' crisis. First, let's understand this: labour relations are just the tip of the iceberg. It's another spasm in the stress of our health system.

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Two new films explore colour and culture

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:44am
It is getting to be film festival season. This month Amira Elghawaby reviews two new films: one animated, one docudrama which explore issues of colour and culture. Now playing in progressive film: Two new films explore colour and culture
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Feminism is the new misogyny: On 'Belle Knox feminism' and the new backlash

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:35am

This just in from the backlash: everything is feminism's fault and we are the real woman-haters.

You knew that, didn't you? That it was not men, but women -- and not just women, but feminists -- who were responsible for things like violence against women and sexual repression. It's a pretty good trick, actually, because guess who gets off scot-free? Men. Also, oppressive systems of power. With women busy attacking other women for their own oppression, who has time to fight the real enemy?

As illogical as it sounds on paper, this phenomenon actually makes a lot of sense.

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Democracy North: Interview with Arundhati Roy and protecting medicare

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:08am

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Sister Spit Ramblin' Roadshow Part 2

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:59am

WARNING: This show contains swearing and sexual content.

The F Word airs performances from the Sister Spit Ramblin Roadshow in Vancouver, B.C., featuring Chinaka Hodge and Virgie Tovar. Sister Spit is a queer feminist spoken word and performance art collective from San Francisco.

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

WARNING: This show contains swearing and sexual content. 

WARNING: This show contains swearing and sexual content. The F Word airs performances from the queer feminist spoken word and pe
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Say what? After 36 years, secret Alberta Tory slush fund comes to light

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:41am

So, there's this law in Alberta that allows the ruling Progressive Conservative Party to have a possibly huge and definitely secret slush fund, but makes it illegal for any other party to do the same thing.

What's more, the fund’s been around for at least 36 years and no one's uttered a squeak of protest, presumably in the case of the public, the press and the opposition because they didn't know about it.

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Being working class

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:39am

Carissa Ropponen speaks with Jenna MacKay about being working class, coming into a class consciousness, and their struggles accessing university as working-class women. Also aired is a powerful spoken work piece called "For the Red States" by queer, working class, femme, poet and activist Tara Hardy. 

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

Carissa Ropponen speaks with Jenna MacKay about being working class, coming into a class consciousness, and their struggles acce
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Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:34pm

Ellie Gordon-Moershel's story about Canadian artist Allyson Mitchell's 
Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

This haunted house is a play on traditional Hell houses, which are typically run by American, Christian churches. They depict sin, the torments of the damned in Hell, and usually conclude with a depiction of heaven. And are usually open in the days preceding Halloween.

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

Explicit content. 

 

Ellie Gordon-Moershel's story on Toronto's Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. Explicit content.
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Anniversary of Rwanda and Armenia cold reminder of evil ordinary people can do

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:09pm

Could you, under any circumstance, be a merciless torturer, a serial rapist, a mass murderer? This month, which marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and the 99th anniversary of the genocide of the Armenians, is as good a time to ask as any.

Each year, my graduate seminar on Rwanda learns that hundreds of thousands of perfectly ordinary Rwandan Hutu -- peasants, farmers, teachers -- were mobilized by their leaders to carry out the genocide of the country's Tutsi minority. I challenge students to consider this question: Had they been a Hutu in Rwanda at that time, would they have joined the systematic slaughter of some three-quarters of all the Tutsi in the country, perhaps as many as a million souls?

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Surviving sexual assault: Part 1

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:56pm

Surviving Sexual Assault: An in-depth look at sexual assault, its consequences, and the complex reactions and issues that survivors face after being assaulted. Part 1: Nicole Deagan interviews Wendy Potter, the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator with the Sexual Assault Service, a B.C. Women's Hospital-based program.

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

Surviving Sexual Assault Part 1; Nicole Deagan interviews Wendy Potter, the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator with the Sexual
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