A guide to keeping the digital juice alive on vacation

rabble news - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 4:25pm
Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Summer is a time when many of us head to mountains, woodlands and seasides hoping to unwind and recharge. But when we head out on vacation with our smartphones, tablets, cameras and radios we find recharging them daily more challenging than keeping deer flies at bay.

So, here's my advice about how to cope.

When we head out on vacation with our smartphones, tablets, cameras and radios we find recharging them daily more challenging than keeping deer flies at bay. Here's advice about how to cope.

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Attawapiskat youth sing out about community's crisis

rabble news - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:37pm
Is this show currently playing? July 5, 2016 Attawapiskat youth are frustrated that nobody is speaking directly to them, so they have spoken out with song. YouTube

A group of youths in Attawapiskat, working with national Charity DAREarts and Juno-nominated singer Glenn Marais, are telling the story of the crisis in their community directly through song.

Watch this video and share to help spread the message and help them be heard.

 

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Canada Post issues 72-hour lockout notice to 50,000 workers

rabble news - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 12:03pm
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 CUPW president Mike Palecek says the Crown corporation is misrepresenting the numbers around the pension plan and has created the decrease in its own business.

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Posties could be off the job by Friday, following a 72-hour lockout notice issued by Canada Post this morning.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which represents 50,000 employees, has been in contract negotiations with the Crown corporation since November. 

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Trudeau, Obama and neighbourly love

rabble news - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 9:08am
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Hannah Arendt wrote her doctoral dissertation on Saint Augustine and Love. She was taken by his concept of neighbourly love, a third category next to love as desire, and love of God.

Neighbourly love was on display when U.S. President Barack Obama addressed the Canadian Parliament last week. But where is it in the international trade agreements the U.S. is selling?

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Black Lives Matter TO shut down Pride to address anti-Black racism

rabble news - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 8:59am
No, it was not a hostage act, it was an act of civil disobedience. Black Lives Matter more than a police float
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Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow

rabble news - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 2:39am

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Jason Kenney, putative leader of the double reverse hostile takeover planned for the Progressive Conservative Party and then the Wildrose Party, will make his big announcement tomorrow.

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Mocking masculinity isn't mean, it's purposeful (and fun!)

rabble news - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 11:49pm

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Trudeau's Saudi-born foreign policy advisor defends Liberal record in Middle East

rabble news - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 5:39pm

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Omar Alghabra has been called many things; a trusty adviser to the Canadian prime minister, a closet Islamist, and "Political Man-- a cartoon superhero in a suit. 

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Black Lives Matter more than a police float

rabble news - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 11:03am

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On Sunday, Black Lives Matter-Toronto demonstrated how to do civil disobedience properly.

While the Pride parade marched along its route, they sat down and refused to move until Pride Toronto agreed to a set of demands. Pride Toronto's Executive Director Mathieu Chantelois signed them, with a ridiculously gay black plume.

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Free trade! What is it good for?

rabble news - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:44am
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Albertans hear same old same old as fast-food restaurant owners grow hysterical over minimum wage

rabble news - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 1:38am

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Fast-food restaurant owners in Alberta continue to screech that a $15-per-hour minimum wage will put them out of business or, failing that, force them to lay off workers.

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Liberals' 'Sunny Ways' eclipsed by cynical old-style politics

rabble news - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 9:14pm

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"Sunny ways" had me going, too. I'll admit it. All the right moves seemed to be getting made. The Dark Lord was beaten into silence, and has just now left the building.

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Celebrate Canadian democracy, but let's not be complacent

rabble news - Sun, 07/03/2016 - 6:47pm

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Anti-Colonial Action at Kingston's Canada Day Parade

Toronto Media Coop Featured - Sat, 07/02/2016 - 1:26am

A committed group of diverse activists stood this afternoon against the colonial celebration of Canada Day and the "Red and White People Parade" in Kingston, Ontario.  This group displayed a Canadian flag featuring the maple leaf upside-down.  This flag had an inscription that read "Our Home On Native Land/Genocide and Colonialism."  Once the group had been noticed by the people on the streets they then burnt the flag and dispersed.  This action made people in the parade very angry and uncomfortable but we weren't there to make people feel good or to participate in the celebrations.  We were there to confront Canadians with the disgusting genocidal reality of the country they love, and to take a stand for radical decolonization and Indigenous sovereignty and self-sufficiency.  Local backlash to this action also proves the racism Indigenous people and others continue to face in Canada.
 

Local corporate media coverage: http://www.ckwstv.com/2016/07/01/watch-protesters-burn-canadian-flag-during-canada-day-parade-in-kingston/.

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Iranian workers take up fight against the government of Iran

rabble news - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 8:20pm
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Labour updates of workers' struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.

Interview with Farid Partovi, spokesperson from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI), on the repression that workers in Iran face, how they organise against it, hunger strikes in prison, and the value of international solidarity.

Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links

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

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Public schools nurture Canadian values

rabble news - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 6:39pm

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I wonder if it’s because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is actually a teacher that so much of his Canada Day speech today reminded me of all that is good about public education?

For every example he gave of Canadian values, I thought of what those values looked like in the place where I teach.

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Canada needs to find a left wing alternative to right wing populism

rabble news - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:00pm
Friday, July 1, 2016

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This is a populist moment, no doubt of that, and the right has seized it. How? By stoking fears, among those like the former industrial working class and telling them the source of all their troubles is immigrants and racial "others." It worked in the Brexit vote, throughout Europe and for Trump in the U.S. Why mess with success? The question is: will there be a left populist alternative?

Can the Left counter the Right's populist movement with one of its own? Maybe. The question is how says Rick Salutin.

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Saskatchewan schools blindsided by education funding cuts

rabble news - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 11:14am
Friday, July 1, 2016 The $2.2 billion budget allocates less money than the previous year to 13 of 28 schools with nearly $2.1 million trimmed from one of the schools.

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Saskatchewan teachers believe they are being blamed for increasing education costs in the province, the provincial teachers' association says.

Recent budgetary announcements from the governing Saskatchewan Party revealed it had decided against funding the 1.9 per cent raise in teachers' salaries for 2016/17 that had been already agreed upon during bargaining.

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Happy Cana... oh wait.

rabble news - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 9:37am
PM Kevin O'Leary. Prorogies. Vancouver condo market. Wait, are we playing this Tuques up game right? Patriotism isn't funny, but our Canada Day contest just might be
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Criminal justice, Canada Day, Brexit, OHIP for All, and the Canada Post: What's new in the news

rabble news - Fri, 07/01/2016 - 9:29am

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Another week has passed with plenty of interesting Canadian news. From criminal justice to Canada Post here are some of rabble.ca's top blog posts this week.

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