Feel Good Friday roundup: Long weekend edition

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 1:13pm
Friday, October 10, 2014 Happy Feel Good Friday! Here's all the good news you can handle.

Happy Friday everyone!

It's the long weekend in Canada for some (and probably not for others), but I hope you are having a great week regardless. In the states, it's also the long weekend. How... strange.

There's good news all over the place: Canadian mining companies getting rejected, Christopher Columbus getting rejected, man spread getting rejected. It's grand!

So wherever you are, whatever you're doing and whatever you choose to celebrate or not, have a great Friday and beyond!

Happy reading.

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Suncor sneaks tar sands tankers into St. Lawrence and Great Lakes

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:27pm

Suncor is setting a precedent around the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin with its new shipments of bitumen on the St. Lawrence River.  On September 24, the first ever tanker to ship bitumen on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin left the port of Sorel-Tracey in Quebec. The tanker, the Minerva-Gloria, carried an estimated 700,000 barrels of bitumen to Sardinia, Italy which arrived on Tuesday at 4:22 p.m. local time.

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New study shows the post office should offer financial services

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:20pm

A recent study shows that 45 per cent of post offices outside of Canada's big cities are in communities with no bank or credit union and that many others have banks or credit unions which are only open very limited hours.

This new information based on a survey of Canada's 3,300 rural post offices contradicts what Canada Post Corporation has been saying about one of the main reasons why Canada Post will not bring in postal banking services; because, according to its President, Canada "is well covered" by financial institutions.

More than 78 per cent of post offices answered the survey.

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From 2001 to today: The never-ending War on Terror

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:00pm
Friday, October 10, 2014

On October 6, 2014, a U.S. judge decided to make information public about the horrific force-feeding of Abu Wa'el Dhiab, a Guantanamo detainee.

The news didn't make the headlines on CNN or Fox news. The treatment was not denounced over and over by every big or small Muslim organization, as they have done when it comes to the treatment of minorities and journalists by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In some media outlets, the news was portrayed as a victory for transparency and government accountability.

The new war in Iraq isn't really a war on ISIL or their barbaric methods. It's the third part of an ongoing War on Terror, to recapture of what is left of the Middle East after two disastrous wars.

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Breitbarting to be legalized in Canada?

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:14am

The Harper government wants to legalize theft -- the appropriation of newsclips without permission for political advertising.

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The Right pushes more austerity, despite surplus

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 8:35am
Thursday, October 9, 2014

Last week, Germany completed its plan to provide free university tuition to all its students. It's an idea that no doubt would excite the hopes and dreams of young people in Canada -- which explains the need to snuff it out before it catches on.

Certainly, it's the kind of big idea that powerful interests here are keen to keep off the radar as Ottawa finds itself flush with surplus cash -- $6 billion next year, with bigger surpluses expected in future years.

Tax-slashing has been the pattern in Canada for decades. No wonder we can't afford European-style social programs. Public revenue has been vanishing into the pockets of corporations and the very rich.

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Community literacy programs: The first rung on the education ladder

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:51am

A wealth of evidence -- both global and local -- confirms the value of literacy, and the importance of programs that promote literacy. This is especially the case for low-income individuals and communities, for whom gains in literacy can be transformative.

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Reproductive rights under attack: Texas imposes restrictions on abortion

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 7:15am
Thursday, October 9, 2014

SAN ANTONIO -- In Texas, how far women have come can be measured by how far they have to go. Scores of medical facilities have been shuttered in Texas, stranding almost a million women hundreds of miles from a health-care facility that they might need. The reason? These facilities provide, among other services, safe, legal abortions. Last week, the U.S. Appeals Court for the 5th Circuit affirmed Texas state restrictions on abortion access, closing 13 more clinics overnight. Overall, 80 per cent of Texas abortion clinics have closed since the law went into effect.

Texas state restrictions on abortion access means that 80 per cent of abortion clinics have been closed. Pro-choice activists call them "TRAP laws" -- "Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers."

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Welcome to Alberta, where, baby, these are the days of miracles and wonders…

rabble news - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:04am

It is no longer a metaphor when we say Alberta's conservative politicians are performing miracles and wonders.

Leastways, yesterday, Premier Jim Prentice announced his intention to perform an actual, literal miracle -- to create 230 new schools in five years, which is a rate of very close to one new school every week!

That's a miracle if you ask me, even with a price tag of $2 billion, which is what Prentice's Progressive Conservative government says it's going to spend on making this happen.

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Calling out whiteness in rabble's piece calling out whiteness

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:49pm

Recently, an op-ed was published in rabble.ca's The Views Expressed blog, titled Calling out whiteness at the PSF.  As Indigenous and PoC organizers of the forum we feel a need to speak for ourselves and respond to this "white ally" of ours.

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Reports paint grim picture of youth unemployment in Canada

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:44pm
"Its a pretty scary time for young workers right now." According to new reports, that thought could be an understatement. Vital Signs Reports paint a stark picture of youth unemployment across Canada
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Olivia Chow can win Toronto's mayoral race

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:20pm
Thursday, October 9, 2014 John Tory isn't the only option to beat Doug Ford. If progressive women, people of colour and young people get out to vote, Olivia Chow can win. Here's why Judy Rebick thinks it's worth it.

OK, I get it. John Tory is not a Ford -- but he is a Tory.

I have known John Tory for years and he can be a nice guy but he is a Conservative (large C and small c) through and through. Some will say that he is economically conservative but socially liberal. I will leave aside for a moment whether that is even possible anymore when most inequality is due to the conservative restructuring of the economy, favouring the rich over the rest of us.

It's true that he is not a Neanderthal like the Ford Brothers. He will march in the Pride Parade and he won't be in an international embarrassment, but he also won't be a good mayor.

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Buzzfeed: Whiskey is for men, being a dumb baby is for women

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:19pm

I am unreasonably angry about a video Buzzfeed posted on Monday, called "Women drink whiskey for the first time."

Here is the gist of the video: "LOLLLLLLL WOMEN ARE SO STUPID AND DON’T LIKE OR UNDERSTAND THINGS THAT ARE GOOD. (LOL WOMEN.)" -- Men

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Haiti's tyrant Jean-Claude Duvalier is dead but his legacy lives on

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:11pm

Jean-Claude Duvalier, the tyrant who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, has died in Haiti at the age of 63. His death is a huge moment for political reflection on the part of the Haitian people, including the fact that so much of Duvalier's harsh political legacy remains alive and well in the island country.

A foreign, military occupation force of the UN Security Council has entered its 11th year. It serves to bolster much of the authoritarian, Duvalier legacy, which has always, at its heart, been about excluding the Haitian people from governing their own country.

"President for Life"

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Van Jones Speaks to the Good Jobs Summit

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:09am
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Van Jones says came here up to speak to the Good Jobs Summit because “you've got a crazy dude up here, and it's not Rob Ford.”

He has harsh criticism for our Prime Minister, saying Stephen Harper is more interested in looking good than doing good. Listen to hear the other things he says about Stephen Harper, the global economy and how to shift the power from the corporations and governments to the people.

Van Jones is an American environmental advocate, civil rights activist, attorney, CNN commentator and best selling author. Also an advisor to President Barack Obama in 2009 on Green Jobs, his views on the environment, jobs and the economy are much sought after in the public sphere.

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Dr Hatem Bazian on ISIS and the Western Response

Toronto Media Coop Featured - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:05am
What motivations underline Western Government intervention?

Dr Hatem Bazian is a professor at the University of California – Berkley and in an exclusive interview spoke to News Now’s Arshia Lakhani about his thoughts on the factors leading to the rise of ISIS, how islamophobia contributes to ISIS recruiting efforts and how many muslims word-wide are responding to the brutal rule of ISIS theocracy.

Twitter: @Hatembazian @arshialakhani

 

Photo courtesy Bill Hackwell/Indybay.org

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Watch: Maude Barlow challenges Lone Pine to the Fracking Wastewater Bucket Challenge!

rabble news - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 9:34am
Is this show currently playing? October 8, 2014 Leading up to the Global Frackdown on October 11, National Chairperson of Council of Canadians Maude Barlow nominates Lone Pine Resources for the Fracking Wastewater Bucket Challenge. YouTube wastewater.jpg

Leading up to the Global Frackdown on October 11, National Chairperson of Council of Canadians Maude Barlow nominates Board members Leo Broderick and Leticia Adair as well as Lone Pine Resources for the Fracking Wastewater Bucket Challenge. Lone Pine Resources is suing Canada under NAFTA for Quebec's fracking moratorium.

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