What electoral system would you like to see in Canada?

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 6:40pm

This week, the federal government started its review process for ushering in electoral reform to Canada.

Justin Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last election run under the country's current "first-past-the-post" system.

With many factors to consider -- gender balance, Indigenous representation, making every vote count -- what electoral system do you want to see implemented in Canada?

Choices I've said it once, I'll say it again: Canada needs proportional representation. Proportional representation, but more specifically mixed-member proportional. Proportional representation, but more specifically Single Transferable Vote. The preferential ballot system seems best. I'm really confused by all the different electoral systems. None of the above.
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Canada needs a public bank (and we just might be able to get one)

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 5:12pm
The federal review of Canada Post is underway and primarily focusing on reviving home delivery. But what about if it included the prospect of home delivery? In Canada's concentrated banking industry, what we need is a public bank
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How can the government fix the Temporary Foreign Workers Program?

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 3:26pm

The federal review of the controversial Temporary Foreign Worker Program began this week with the committee chair noting that there will be significant changes or the program may be scrapped entirely.

Justin Trudeau released a five-point plan wherein he details how he plans to fix this "broken" system and refocus it on its original purpose of filling jobs on a limited basis.

Choices It is far too flawed and needs to be scrapped entirely and rebuilt, especially to include rights for workers. It needs to be rehauled to include paths for permanent residency for workers and increased oversight measures for employers that exploit the program. How can this program really be altered when our immigration laws remain deeply flawed? First, get rid of the 4X4 rule and worker deportations -- it is harmful to workers and businesses! The problem is with how the employers treat the workers, not with the program altogether. I don't know really, and I don't really care. None of the above.

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The planet won't wait for a cautious transition to renewable energy

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:18pm

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Something that I hear more and more these days is that the transition to renewable energy must be managed. It must be careful and planned and not rock the boat.

As the story goes, we cannot disrupt the economy too much in our enthusiasm to go green. Switching from first to fifth gear, they say, would threaten jobs, cause electricity prices to skyrocket, and generate too much upheaval in our still-fossil-fuel-dependent economies.

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Fossil fuel lobbying reaches staggering levels while Fort McMurray burns

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:43pm

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In this very moment, actions are taking place around the world to break away from fossil fuel dependency. This movement is part of the global Break Free Campaign. From Nigeria to Brazil, New Zealand to Indonesia, Turkey to South Africa, a surge of people power is urging governments to keep oil, gas, and coal in the ground, and embrace a renewable energy future.

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In Canada's concentrated banking industry, what we need is a public bank

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 12:05pm
Thursday, May 12, 2016

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For those with a yacht or a Porsche, banks are warm, welcoming places. But banks are considerably less hospitable to those needing financial services that don't include "wealth management."

Indeed, for hundreds of thousands of Canadians who have no wealth to manage and really aren't richer than they think, banks are increasingly inaccessible places.

While the Trudeau government's review of Canada Post is primarily focused on the issue of reinstating home delivery, the prospect of postal banking may be the more far-reaching and intriguing idea.

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Mines continue to put waterways in B.C. at risk

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:36am

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Major concerns are being raised about the waterways threatened in British Columbia by mining.

The Canadian Press reports:

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The Fight for $15 in Nova Scotia: A bottom-up approach that benefits us all

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 9:17am

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What we need to know about neoliberalism (before it's too late)

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:57am

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This is Part 1 of a three-part series that examines the ideology of neoliberalism and the enormous harm its implementation imposes on people and the planet.

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."
 -- George Bernard Shaw

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If he is truly committed to peace, Obama will listen to Hiroshima survivors

rabble news - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 8:33am
Thursday, May 12, 2016

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The White House announced this week that U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima, the site of the world's first atomic-bomb attack. He will be the first sitting president to go there.

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Workers stand against the new labour law in Cambodia

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:58pm
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Labour updates of workers' struggles from the Asia-Pacific region.

Interview with Sineat Yon, labour activist and founder of a workers co-operative for garment workers, on the reasons why workers in Cambodia are against the new labour law.

Asia Pacific Currents is a program of Australia Asia Worker Links

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A complaint about a former Alberta Tory politician's coal industry advocacy yields more significant results than expected

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 11:57pm

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A complaint to the Alberta Ethics Commissioner about a former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister's advocacy for the coal industry has yielded more significant results than were likely expected, even if they weren't exactly what the complainant had in mind.

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Not Rex: It's time to ask the big questions about the Fort McMurray fire

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:30pm
Humberto "Not Rex" DaSilva delivers an elegy for Fort Mac and urges us to think about why this disaster really happened. Not Rex: Elegy for Fort Mac (and humanity)
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Pain by Numbers: The distributional impacts of federal funding for post-secondary education

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:51pm

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The recently released PBO report, Federal Spending on Postsecondary Education, is a treasure trove of information about education funding, tuition fees, savings schemes and tax credits going back to 2004-2005 and projecting forward to 2020.

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Ontario job market remains on pause

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 4:18pm

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Employment in Canada hit the pause button in April, with job losses in Alberta offset by gains in British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick.

The unemployment rate remained at 7.1 per cent unchanged from March.

Ontario employment remained virtually unchanged, with a loss of about 3,000 jobs.

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An invitation to protest the TPP this week

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 2:56pm

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The House of Commons standing committee on international trade will be in Montreal, Quebec City, Windsor and Toronto this week to hear testimony on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Zombie ideas on pension reform rise again

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 2:44pm

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Trudeau's uneven response to Fort McMurray and Attawapiskat shows tale of two cities

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 1:46pm

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Two Canadian communities are in desperate crisis -- the terrifying wildfires that destroyed Fort McMurray, and the epidemic of attempted youth suicides on the Attawapiskat First Nations reserve.

The question arises: Why are billions of dollars being pumped in to deal with one crisis while the other is all but being ignored?

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If Ottawa wants more women in politics, there's an easy solution

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 1:21pm

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Canada has a democratic deficit that is fairly widely acknowledged. The "first past the post" electoral system denies the majority of people a voice in decision-making. We also know that minority groups are badly underrepresented at all stages of decision making, with marginalized groups, people living with disabilities, and the poor most affected.

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Responding to economic critiques of the Leap Manifesto

rabble news - Wed, 05/11/2016 - 10:59am
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The Leap Manifesto has been called divisive, naïve and economically unsustainable. Christopher Majka says these critiques are rooted in a misunderstanding of what the Manifesto aims to do. Christopher Majka is a policy analyst, environmentalist and writer. He speaks with Redeye host Esther Hsieh.

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