Opponents beyond PC ranks start to take aim at Alberta leadership candidate Jim Prentice

rabble news - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 2:18am

Jim Prentice, you're in the crosshairs now (metaphorically speaking).

And if you manage to win the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party next Saturday -- which everyone except this blogger thinks is exactly what's going to happen -- in the crosshairs is where you're going to stay.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation fired a shot at Prentice on Friday evening, releasing more than 3,000 pages of his expense records from back when the front-running Tory leadership candidate held the federal Conservative Government's Indian Affairs and Northern Development portfolio.

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Power to the PINAYs: Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program

rabble news - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 10:18pm
On the work of Montreal-based organization PINAY, which is led by Filipinas, including women working as migrant workers.

An organizer with the all-Filipina and all-volunteer run, Montreal-based organization PINAY, speaks about their work to empower Filipinas residing in Quebec, and in particular Filipina/os working as live-in caregivers. Not unlike some of her fellow PINAY organizers, this women had worked as a live-in caregiver for almost six years and is currently living in Montreal. In this interview we take a look at how Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP), one of Canada's four temporary foreign worker programs, is in a period of great change, how the current status of the LCP pertains to people working as live-in caregivers in Quebec, and several campaigns that PINAY is working on.

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Safety Board final report on Lac-Mégantic disaster is sharply critical of railway regulation, but federal gov't unmoved

rabble news - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 11:13am

Canada's Transportation Safety Board issued a 181-page report on August 19 detailing the breakdown in application and enforcement of federal rail safety regulations that caused the deaths of 47 people in the oil train disaster in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec on July 6, 2013. (Read the 12-page executive summary here.)

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Labour and class politics in New Zealand/Aotearoa

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 8:23pm
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Labour news from the Asia Pacific. Interview about labour and class politics in New Zealand/Aotearoa with Joe Carolan, UNITE union organiser and candidate for the MANA party in the upcoming elections. Asia Pacific Currents is produced at 3CR radio by Australia Asia Worker Links.

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Legal Clinics Mergers - An Addendum

Toronto Media Coop Featured - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 5:53pm
In writing yesterday's article on the future of the GTA's community legal clinics, there was an area I wished to touch on, but could otherwise not within the bounds of an already quite expansive article.   In our interview, Jack de Klerk--speaking on behalf of himself and Majorie Hiley--communicated as follows in response to my final interview question. My intention here was to provoke introspection and perhaps field some counter-arguments to those made by opposition. de Klerk's response on these matters, however, rested on other forms of rebuke for their critics--as can be found below.   TMC: After attending a recent community meeting regarding the process and some opposition to it, do you have any thoughts or reflections on any issues with the process so far or the nature of that opposition in the community?   Hiley and de Klerk: Formal opposition from within the community legal clinics at this point has been limited to one clinic. Our position with respect to their position has been articulated to them and in on our website. There has been other opposition, for instance the “stopclinicmergers” group. However as was clear at the meeting you referred to no one seemed prepared to take ownership of this group and one leading participant acknowledged she had no real interest (other than perhaps an intellectual one) in community legal clinics. More recently OPIRG Toronto has stated its opposition to the Project as has the Law Union of Ontario. Both these organizations have objected in part to our process (allegedly lacking sufficient consultation) and we have asked both of them to explain their own process in coming to their conclusions. There are many Law Union members who do not share the opinion expressed in the Law Union’s public letter and who had no opportunity to discuss the matter. With respect to OPIRG Toronto, they have no apparent history of dealing with legal aid matters and seem to have come up with a strong opinion on a complex matter without any back ground information. Neither group talked to us about their concerns.   We appreciate that not everyone is going to accept the vision that we are articulating. However just as we have gone to some lengths to explain why we are proposing what we are, we expect opponents to do more than simply assert an opposing position. We are prepared to dialogue with anyone interested in doing so.   Photo by Jackman Chiu, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic 
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Another CBC exercise in propaganda over Ukraine

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:40pm

The following letter was sent to the weekday, national newsmagazine program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Current on Aug. 29, 2014

Hello CBC/The Current,

I thought your story today on Ukraine was another exercise in providing a platform to propagandists instead of seriously exploring a complex story. None of your three guests breathed a word of the most important sets of information that listeners require to reach a balanced view of the war being waged in eastern Ukraine. These are:

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Seven reasons to support a Parliamentary Bureau for the rest of us

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:22pm

Here at rabble.ca we strongly believe that Canada needs more independent reporting coming out of Parliament Hill. In 2011, frustrated with the coverage of Parliament and the Prime Minister's Office, we crowdfunded a journalist to report on the Hill for the rest of us. Our readers came through and we sent Karl Nerenberg to do the job. Read his reporting in our Hill Dispatches. Our reporting is not funded by corporations, governments or foundations: we need community support to keep our Parliamentary Office open (you can give your support right here, right now).

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66-meter flag is a symbol of solidarity with those who died in Gaza

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 3:03pm
Friday, August 29, 2014 As part of the Peoples' Social Forum, participants from across the country held a vigil in Ottawa to commemorate those who have died in Gaza.

As part of the Peoples' Social Forum, participants from across the country held a vigil in Ottawa to commemorate those who have died in Gaza.

Palestinian human rights groups that normally hold vigils and demonstrations in their own cities were able to gather in Ottawa and have the opportunity to sign a 66-metre-long Palestinian Flag. Each meter of the flag represents one of the 66 years of struggle the Palestinians have faced since 1948. 

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Is B.C. teachers' strike a case of labour conflict or school reform?

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:24pm
Did the B.C. Liberal government just bluff on that $40 a day voucher plan or do they really want to have that battle over public education now? B.C. today: Labour conflict or school reform?
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B.C. today: Labour conflict or school reform?

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:20pm
Friday, August 29, 2014 Did the B.C. Liberal government just bluff on that $40-a-day voucher plan or do they really want to have that battle over public education now?

Did the B.C. Liberal government just bluff on that $40 a day voucher plan or do they really want to have that battle over public education now?

It was telling that one of the earliest responses to the announcement came from a former top ranking B.C. Liberal. "Hmm. Did BC govt just take the first $40 per day step towards a voucher system for public education?" asked former Attorney General, Geoff Plant on Twitter.

Yes! Was the resounding answer from those who know what a voucher school system is.

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Why did workers kill each other in WWI?

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 2:01pm
Marx and Engels famously wrote: "Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your chains." They should have added: "And if you don't pull together, a lot of you will die in bloody wars." Why did workers kill each other in the First World War?
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America the Beautiful: Deluxe Ferguson Edition

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:44pm

Nothing, repeat, nothing, has been resolved in Ferguson -- or in the America for which Ferguson iconically stands. A grand jury, of three Blacks and nine whites, is presently deciding whether the cop who gunned down unarmed teenager Michael Brown should be charged with anything. Eyewitnesses there are aplenty, most of whom agree that the officer, Darren Wilson, pursued the kid and fired a fusillade of shots into Brown. His body was then left on the street for hours, like lynched Black bodies in previous times left hanging from trees and bridges.

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What do you think should happen with the B.C. teachers' strike?

rabble news - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:36pm

The ongoing B.C. teachers' strike has left many wondering if students will be back in class on Tuesday, September 2. Though the B.C. government and B.C. teachers still seem on opposite sides, some parents are calling on both sides to end the action. 

The teachers are asking for lower class sizes and improved class composition, as well as fair wages. The province says it cannot meet their demands.

What do you think should happen with the B.C. teachers' strike?

 

Choices Teachers should go back to work but for reduced hours -- it is the only way to balance the students' needs and the needs of the workers. What the teachers want is achievable -- the province should work to meet the needs of these very important professionals. If the province won't, teachers should continue their job action. The teachers' action should be suspended for two weeks so schools can reopen. Negotiations can happen with students in class. The teachers' demands are unrealistic and unaffordable. They should go back to work. None of the above
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