Rethinking social protections in the age of contractors

rabble news - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 9:09am

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Vancouver Chapters closing: What does this mean for the big-box books business?

rabble news - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:38am

It was announced last month that the Robson Street Chapters in Vancouver will close on June 30, 2015. The "department store for book lovers" has closed stores in various locations across Canada including Toronto's John St. and Richmond St. W. and Bloor West locations last May year. The Robson flagship store is just another closure to add to Chapters' growing list.

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Canadian troops in Ukraine? The Minsk II Agreement says they need to be pulled out right now

rabble news - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:29am

Are Canadian troops still serving in Ukraine?

If so, they are now in direct violation of the Minsk II Agreement brokered by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande and signed by the Ukrainian and Russian presidents on Feb. 11.

Either way, Canadians deserve to know whether our soldiers remain in Ukraine.

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The mother of motherhood studies

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 11:55pm
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In the early 21st century, Dr. Andrea O'Reilly began writing, editing, publishing, and organizing around the study of mothering and brought it forward as a new academic discipline. The subject, as old as humans ourselves, evokes controversy in academia, including within women's studies. Among the specific topics are men's mothering and radical motherhood movements. O'Reilly is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at York University, founder of MIRCI (the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement), of Demeter Press, and of the feminist mothers group Mother Outlaws.

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Are Harper Conservatives giving neo-Nazi terror a pass?

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 7:41pm

The news about the alleged plot to shoot up a mall in Halifax is very alarming. First, that anyone could think about doing so. Second, because there may be a white supremacist, neo-nazi undertone to the alleged plot. Third, because Peter McKay assures us that because there is no link to religion (Islam) or culture (Aboriginal people) there is no link to "terrorism".

Gamble's Tumblr blog contains a photo of him holding a rifle, Nazi imagery and pictures from the Columbine High School massacre.... 

Justice Minister Peter MacKay told reporters the alleged plot "was not motivated by terrorism."

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Across Canada ceremonies remembered stolen sisters

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 6:03pm
Monday, February 16, 2015 As calls for an Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women continue, activists across the country gathered on February 14 to remember the women who are gone.

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Women's Memorial Day March in Vancouver. This event exists to commemorate the lives of women who have gone missing or were murdered in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES). In recent years the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has begun to gain more attention from the Canadian public, international community and authorities. Yet the problem persists.

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Troubled times ahead with new anti-terror legislation

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 5:27pm
Monday, February 16, 2015

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Just in time for an election campaign in which Stephen Harper is positioning himself as a war-time prime minister, Bill C-51 (Anti-Terrorism Act 2015) was recently introduced to play a dual role: granting extraordinary new powers to already hyperactive and unaccountable state security agencies, and baiting as "soft on terror" anyone who questions the bill's necessity and the human rights violations it will further legitimize.

Bill C-51 grants new powers to already hyperactive state security agencies, and baits as "soft on terror" anyone who questions the bill's necessity. Here is a primer on key provisions in the bill.

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James Alan and Mike Close on wonder in the 21st century

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 9:45am
James Alan and Mike Close

James Alan is a magician based in Toronto. He is the producer of James Alan’s Magic Tonight, a live dinner-theatre-style magic show performed in Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, and Pickering. He has produced two acclaimed one-man shows;The Uncertainty Project and Lies, Damn Lies & Magic/Tricks. Check out some of thereviews from Magic Tonight.

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Photos: 10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 9:30am

Over 1,200 people gathered outside police headquarters in Toronto to demonstrate against the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and girls.

Click here to see more photos from the 10th Annual Strawberry Ceremony in Toronto.

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Stephen Harper's dog-whistle: Islamophobia and Canadian politics

rabble news - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 12:14am

It is rare that a politician, elected or otherwise,  openly admits that he or she is capitulating to the bigoted and "irrational" fears of his or her constituents, but that is exactly what Shawinigan, Que. Mayor Michel Angers did on Friday.

At a press conference he held to explain his council's frankly inane decision not to allow the minor rezoning of an industrial park so that a small mosque could be built there, he bluntly acknowledged that, in opposition to his own beliefs, pressure from people "across the province" had motivated them.

While it is nice to see honesty from our political class, it makes the decision of him and his council no less gutless.

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Law and Order and Exploitation: This week's Blogs roundup

rabble news - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 7:30pm

Oh, Harper, Harper. He’s at it again with his so-called ''anti-terror bill,'' a brand-new piece of legislation that will expand the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s powers, and make it illegal to “advocate” terrorist activity online. John Baglow tells us how Harper's election-year political wedge promoted a culture of fear.

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New ceasefire in Ukraine, but the war parties are still in power in Kyiv and Brussels

rabble news - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 1:33pm

A new ceasefire agreement is supposed to come into effect in eastern Ukraine within 24 hours. It replaces the ceasefire of September 5, 2014. That agreement was systematically violated from the get-go by the regime in Kyiv.

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Physician assisted death: Supreme Court rules, faith groups respond

rabble news - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 11:27am

The Supreme Court of Canada has struck down a law that makes it a crime for physicians to assist in the death of individuals who are grievously ill. The court’s unanimous decision pleases many Canadians, alarms others and leaves religious leaders and politicians in a most delicate position. An Angus Reid poll in November 2014 indicted that 80 per cent of respondents in Canada support allowing a doctor, at the request of a competent, fully informed, terminally ill patient, to assist that person to die.

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Photos: Toronto 'World Love For Dolphins Day'

rabble news - Sat, 02/14/2015 - 9:09am

On Friday, February 13, Sea Shepherd showed Japan just how much the world reveres dolphins with peaceful “World Love for Dolphins Day” demonstrations across the U.S., Canada and overseas.

Sea Shepherd chapters hosted demos at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. and Japanese consulates in cities across the nation, in solidarity with Sea Shepherd’s volunteer Cove Guardians currently on the ground in Taiji.

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Canadian Labour Congress

rabble news - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 7:59pm
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Victory for workers in the Philippines, at Tae Sung factory in Export Processing Zone

rabble news - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 7:07pm
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Labour updates from the Asia Pacific Region.

Interview with Arnel from the Labour Party of the Philippines about organising workers in an Export Processing Zone, and the recent victory at Tae Sung.

Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links.

Asia Pacific Currents is produced at 3CR Radio in Melbourne, Australia.

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Water issues may be the key to stopping Enbridge's Line 9, say activists

rabble news - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:11pm
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 The National Energy Board has softened its stance on water protection for Enbridge's Line 9. Is the deal done? No, far from it, says Canada's activist community.

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On February 5, Enbridge moved a step closer to reversing and increasing the capacity of its Line 9B pipeline, running from North Westover, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec.

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Why the tar sands' clock is ticking

rabble news - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:53pm

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Yesterday my friends from Toronto350.org and I raised a banner in front of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) trading board inside the Exchange Tower that read "Don't Bank on the Tar Sands: Divest Fossil Fuels Now." The Exchange Tower was locked down after our demonstration.

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Harper's 'anti-terror' bill may turn Indigenous activists into terrorists

rabble news - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 2:30pm
Experts and commentators have called Harper's new anti-terror bill, which will create a secret police force, terrifying, illegal, unconstitutional, dictatorial and totalitarianism. Harper may have just turned Indigenous activists into terrorists
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What do you think about the Sun News Network shutdown?

rabble news - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:45pm

Sun News Network announced on Thursday that it would be shutting down Friday February 13.

The network employed 200 people, most infamously, media personality Ezra Levant. It was often dubbed "Fox News North" because of its heavy right-wing tilt.

What do you think about the Sun News Network shutdown?

Choices Seeing job loss in Canada is rough no matter the company. I feel for the workers. Sun News Network spread dangerous lies and propaganda and I'm glad it's gone. Ha! Harper's going to have a hard time spreading his message this federal election. Ding, dong! Ezra Levant is gone! ...am I the only person who's going to miss it? None of the above.
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