Communities show that the people are bigger than pipelines

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:53pm
Monday, May 12, 2014 Canadians showed up on Saturday May 10 and stepped up to demand real climate action and a different future from our leaders.

Despite industry's mad rush to build pipelines in every direction, or maybe because of it, Canadians (and Americans) are stepping up to say no, and demanding real climate action and a different future from our leaders.

Thousands rally at Sunset Beach in Vancouver to say no (again) to Enbridge and Kinder Morgan.

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Photos: Defend Our Climate Vancouver rally

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:11pm
Monday, May 12, 2014 Check out these fantastic photos of the Defend Our Climate Vancouver rally on Saturday May 10.

Last Saturday May 10, the Defend Our Climate rally happened across Canada. People gathered to protest Big Oil, fracking in Canada, Enbridge's pipelines and to demand that Canadian politicians make climate justice a priority.

Check out these great photos from the Vancouver rally!

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UP! Young workers take the helm in Nova Scotia's labour movement

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:53pm
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Young labour leaders abound in Nova Scotia. Not so in the rest of Canada. Rebecca Rose writes about Nova Scotia's young labour leaders, and what keeps the movement vibrant.

I first started attending union meetings, rallies and pickets in Nova Scotia when I was a student organizer. I worked among folks who thought I, at the age of 28, was ancient.

But when it came to organized labour, I was one of the few under 35s in the room. When we would enter, I swear I could hear a collective sigh of relief "oh good, the youth are here."

While the majority of those involved in our unions are still a good decade (or three) older than me, my peers have recently taken on leadership roles. Three of five labour council presidents in Nova Scotia are under 35. What led to this surge in youth leadership has barely been explored.

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New left-wing party in Vancouver joins growing chorus of criticisms against City Hall

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:39pm

The civic left in Vancouver is getting comfy.

The November municipal elections are months away, but the jockeying has already begun. An upstart political party fresh on the scene wants to mend Vancouver's growing inequality, joining Vancouver's traditional progressive voice in attacking City Hall where the mayor appears weakest: his policy.

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Revolution 101: Creative and direct action for climate justice

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:16am

While creativity and direct action have been used in social movements for ages, they're just breaking into the climate movement in Atlantic Canada -- with exciting and important lessons to be learned!

These are one woman's reflections on a few recent actions that have taken place in Halifax, and a few lessons learned through those experiences.

The events

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Ontario job situation still in need of a helping hand

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:11am

Job statistics certainly made headlines last week.

On Tuesday, Canada's Auditor General published a report warning that Statistics Canada's job vacancy data still leaves many people in the dark about the type of skills in demand and the regions with job vacancies present.

On Friday morning, the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey made headlines as economists pointed out the data collected through the survey could be more robust than it currently is.

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More on demographics, demand and Canada's falling employment rate

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 9:51am
Monday, May 12, 2014

My comments last week on the continuing decline in the employment rate in Canada (to below 61.5 per cent in April, barely higher than the low point reached in the 2008-09 recession) has sparked some continuing discussion about the role of demographic change in explaining that decline (as opposed to a shortage of labour demand).

Is the decline in the employment rate due to weak labour market conditions, or is it due to the aging of the workforce (as a result of which a larger share of the working-age population consists of people in older age categories which normally have lower labour force participation and employment incidence)?

Is the decline in the employment rate due to weak labour market conditions, or is it due to the aging of the workforce? The answer, obviously, is "both."

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'Come Worry With Us!' a call to nurture, art and motherhood

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 8:39am
Monday, May 12, 2014

Intuition is an instinct commonly attributed to both motherhood and the artistic process and it's what propelled award-winning director Helene Klodawsky into the world of Montreal musicians Jessica Moss and Efrim Menuck.

Klodawsky, married for 30 years with two children, was beguiled after a friend of hers was hired to be a "tour nanny" for Ezra, the couple's one-year-old child. That hunch, back in 2009, that something interesting would happen, led to her latest documentary Come Worry With Us!

In her new film 'Come Worry With Us!' award-winning director Helene Klodawsky explores motherhood and the artistic process in the world of Montreal musicians Jessica Moss and Efrim Menuck.

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The rise of a super-rich in Canada (and increase in inequality)

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:51am
An immensely rich and powerful class right here in Canada is quietly amassing ever greater wealth and power to hand down to their heirs, who will be still richer and more powerful. Increasing inequality and the rise of a super-rich in Canada
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What do the Harper Conservatives have against seniors?

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 7:43am
Monday, May 12, 2014

You would think that they would love us as a group -- not for our grey hair, but for our votes. In elections, Conservative parties usually gain the plurality of votes from seniors. I make no claim for greater wisdom on the part of the elderly but I would note that we do vote with the highest participation rate of any age group.

You would think that they would love us as a group -- not for our grey hair, but for our votes. In elections Conservative parties usually gain the plurality of votes from seniors.

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Twilight: Hudak, Horwath, Wynne and Ontario's reactionary political farce

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 2:56am

The twilight of the farcical and facile politics of a system in decline?  

The first week of the glorious Ontario election seems to confirm Marx's adage of tragedy and farce. The politics of the early 1990s that this is a reprise of were a tragedy that ended with Harris. This is a farce that may yet end with the austerity apocalypse of Tim Hudak. 

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There is plenty of room under Stephen Harper's bus

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 1:18am

There is no limit to Stephen Harper's throw-them-under-the-bus list. For him and his ministers there is always room for the next victims. The list of those run over in the past eight years is already extensive. But it's clear we've seen nothing yet. Mr. Harper doesn't like to be crossed. His capacity for vindictiveness seems to have few limits. Here are four of the latest losers.

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Missing: Discussion of why Hancock Government attacked enforceable contracts in Bill 10

rabble news - Mon, 05/12/2014 - 12:48am

Amid all the brouhaha in recent weeks over Bill 9, the Alberta Progressive Conservative government's public service pension legislation, very little attention was paid to its private sector companion piece, Bill 10, the Employment Pension (Private Sector) Plans Amendment Act, 2014.

Yet, in some ways, Bill 10 is an even more troubling law, which on its face appears to undermine one of the foundations of modern commerce and orderly society: the legally enforceable contract.

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National Day of Action: No Tar Sands, No Fracking, No Line 9!

Toronto Media Coop Featured - Sun, 05/11/2014 - 9:31pm
Photo Credit: Kevin Konnyu   When: Saturday, May 10th, 1pm What: Rally and Parade! Where: Start at Toronto City Hall (Nathan Phillips Square), march to Queen's Park   From the Facebook Event Page: On May 10th people from coast to coast to coast will be rallying to defend communities from pipelines, dirty energy projects like tar sands and fracking, and runaway climate change, while standing in solidarity with Indigenous communities on the front-line of struggles from BC to New Brunswick. On May 10th at 1pm, rally at City Hall and march to Queen's Park to demand an environmental assessment and join with thousands from across the country to show solidarity with Indigenous struggles, defend communities and the climate, and demand a clean energy future. In doing so we must acknowledge the devastating legacy of colonialism that settler society has inflicted upon indigenous populations and find a new way forward which respects the inherent rights of the original peoples of this land.   #NoTarSands #NoFracking  #NoLine9
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Why women turn down interview requests

rabble news - Sun, 05/11/2014 - 12:20pm

Almost three-quarters of the experts commenting on issues in the mainstream media are men. Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions investigated why women routinely refuse interview requests. Graydon is an award-winning author, educator and women’s advocate with more than 20 years of experience on both sides of the microphone. She speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.

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