Confusing source code rule in TPP creates long-term risks

rabble news - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:50am
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Confusion about the scope of the provision and worries about what it might mean longer term are just two of the concerns with the source code rule in the TPP.

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Problems? Oh, the Trans-Pacific Partnership has a few! Read about them all in the new series The Trouble with the TPP.

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Fighting anti-Black racism in Canada: Past, present, future

rabble news - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 8:37am
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On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, I speak with Akua Benjamin and Rinaldo Walcott. They are prominent activists and scholars, and founders of the Anti-Black Racism Network in Toronto.

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Uniting the right: Is Wildrose leader starting to wonder, 'With friends like these, who needs enemies?'

rabble news - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 3:13am

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All of a sudden, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean seems less than enthused by some of the people who are jumping onto his party's "unite the right" bandwagon.

On Monday, the Alberta Opposition leader sent an email to Wildrose supporters reminding them of his oft-expressed wish to "unite the right people and the right ideas" on the right side of the province's political spectrum.

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Deepa Mehta stirs up controversy again with new film

rabble news - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:56am

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Day 10: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of the American Psychological Association convention. Also: A note on intentions

rabble news - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:37am

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Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial this month. And so, in a way, do Canadian women. This trial is not only about a man who violated the four women pressing charges, but about whether we, as a society, trust women who tell. 

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Lawrence Hass on mystery, failure and art

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:39pm
Lawrence Hass on Mystery, Failure and Art.

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Biography

Lawrence Hass, PhD, is Professor of Humanities at Austin College and the Associate Dean of the McBride Magic and Mystery School in Las Vegas. In 2010 he retired early from college teaching to pursue magic full-time as a performer, teacher, author, and publisher.

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It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest's grizzlies

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:23pm

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The prosecution in the Ghomeshi trial isn't incompetent. The game is rigged.

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:43pm

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All month long, Marie Henein has been giving a masterclass in "whacking," the controversial technique where defence attorneys aggressively undermine an alleged sexual assault survivor's credibility by any means necessary.

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Tweeting to excess: The trial coverage of #bosma and #ghomeshi

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:35pm
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Over the past week or so I've been following the coverage of the Tim Bosma murder trial on social media. Well, specifically, on Twitter. 

For those of you who don't know, Dellen Millard, 30, and Mark Smich, 28, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Bosma, a 32-year-old father who lived in Ancaster, Ontario. Both have pleaded not guilty. 

The stenographic, bathetic coverage of the Bosma and Ghomeshi trials only amplifies what's wrong with Twitter in the courtroom. Trials are reality, not reality TV.

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Indigenous women fastest-growing inmate population in Canada, says report

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:55pm
As the growth in the Aboriginal prison population comes under scrutiny, past recommendations are echoed once more. Indigenous women fastest-growing inmate population in Canada, says report
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In the wake of budget cuts and cancelled programs, the humanities need gender studies more than ever

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:07pm

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After we heard about the budget cuts to the Mount Allison University Women and Gender Studies program, a friend asked me why gender studies mattered. While he was being deliberately hyperbolic -- I have been teaching and writing about women's and gender studies issues for years -- it got me thinking.

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TPP imposes controversial limitations on Canada's cultural policy options

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:18am
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 The intersection between the TPP and Canadian cultural policies is likely to emerge as one of the more controversial aspects of the TPP.

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In a time of media meltdown, the Chronicle Herald is the last of news as we know it

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 10:27am
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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We in the media, who report and comment on the world, are not so good at reporting and commenting on ourselves. But here goes.

The media world, the newspaper business in particular, are in something resembling a full-bore meltdown.

We in the media, who report and comment on the world, are not so good at reporting and commenting on ourselves. But here goes.

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Let's talk about a national pharmacare program

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:37am

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Since we've been talking about seniors' pharmacare, perhaps it's time to change the modifier and resume a longstanding conversation about universal pharmacare.

Canada is the only industrialized country in the world that boasts a universal health-care program but offers no parallel national scheme so those who need prescription medications can actually get them.

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BCGEU signs solidarity accord with First Nations against Northern Gateway pipeline

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:30am
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 BCGEU and its 65,000 members have signed a solidarity agreement with First Nations opposing the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal and other tar sands projects in their territories.

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The B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) has signed a solidarity accord with Indigenous nations opposing pipelines in their territories.

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Will the NDP take on corporate power? It's time to choose.

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:58am
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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Across Canada, NDP federal riding associations are meeting in preparation for an April 8-10 Edmonton convention, where there will be a leadership review.

In a January 22 statement, Tom Mulcair said the party needs to focus on income inequality.

The NDP has a choice. It can stress social democratic measures to fix inequality, or it can go further and attack the unjust, failing economy, and expose the choices directed by corporate power.

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Day 9: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of my sleazy restaurant boss and his creepy friend

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:11am

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Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial this month. And so, in a way, do Canadian women. This trial is not only about a man who violated the four women pressing charges, but about whether we, as a society, trust women who tell. 

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Will simply uniting Alberta's right add up to victory over the NDP? Not necessarily

rabble news - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 12:42am

Will simply uniting the right add up to instant victory over the NDP the next time Alberta marches off to the polls? Not necessarily.

Longtime Progressive Conservative strategist Susan Elliott recently asked this question in a thoughtful post on her blog, From the Conservative Kitchen, raising some interesting and important questions Alberta's PCs in particular really ought to be asking themselves.

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