Faux-moral panic and the myth of 'feminization' in dentistry

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:41pm

The Dalhousie scandal, and the subsequent response, not only exposed the misogyny of the "DDS Gentleman's club 2015," but pulled back the curtain on the dentistry profession's wider tolerance of this culture. The posts by the male students against their female colleagues displayed a distaste for women in the profession, and the confidence to use Facebook as a collective platform revealed they felt they could behave this way. There was an undercurrent of permission they felt they had from their instructors (like the one who showed a video of the bikini-clad women), school, and society.

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A poverty reduction plan for Canada

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 3:26pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty released a national plan on the eradication of poverty in Canada this past week, calling for more action by the federal government.

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Approximately 4.8 million Canadians – that’s one in seven – live in poverty.

This week, Citizens for Public Justice and Canada Without Poverty, two groups address issues of homelessness, early childhood education and how to organize around anti-poverty activism, released a national action plan to address income insecurity among Canadians. 

"It is never acceptable for a rich country to do nothing about poverty, and now is certainly not the time," said Canada Without Poverty’s Executive Director Leilani Farha in a press release.

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Restorative justice 101: Thinking about Dalhousie

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:12pm
What does restorative justice actually mean and how will it help with the Dalhousie Dental scandal? Because Dalhousie: A closer look at restorative justice
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Alberta needs a low-carbon plan

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:10pm
Friday, February 6, 2015 As Alberta's economic engine falters, now is a good time to rethink the province putting all its eggs in bitumen's basket.

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As Alberta's economic engine falters, now is a good time to rethink the province putting all its eggs in bitumen's basket.

When their crops failed, Alberta's farmers had the pluck to persevere. There's always next year. That resilience in the face of adversity served them well. But a next-year-country optimism is misplaced when applied to Alberta's unconventional oil. 

Sure the world oil price will eventually bounce back and might lead to another oil boom. But should or can Alberta go down that undulating road again? 

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While Ontatrio Liberals cut health funding, we need to support home care workers

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:30pm

While the Ontario government cuts hospitals and downloads care onto the community, and Community Care Access Centre CEOs give themselves hefty pay hikes, both have forced frontline health workers onto cold picket lines to fight a wage freeze.


Cutting and privatizing healthcare

For years the Ontario Liberals have cut healthcare and closed hospitals, including five planned hospital closures in Niagara. According to the Ontario Health Coalition, "For the last seven consecutive Ontario budgets, public hospitals have faced real dollar cuts to global budgets. Ontario now funds its hospitals at among the lowest rates in Canada."

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Back by popular demand: Net neutrality

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:28pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Net neutrality: The Internet's protection against discrimination.

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The Harper government and evangelical capitalism

rabble news - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:12pm
Friday, February 6, 2015 There's a supposed separation of Church and State. But has that eroded under right-wing evangelical religion's influence on the Harper government?

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We think of right-wing evangelical religion as an influence in American politics, but, unrecognized by the public and mostly unreported, it is a powerful influence on the Conservative caucus. That would explain the destruction of environmental policies and those omnibus bills.

When it comes to religion, most 21st century Canadians are a tolerant lot, with a "live and let live" mentality. We tend to not particularly care about other Canadians' religious beliefs, or lack of religious beliefs, and we expect a similar tolerance in return.

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Supreme Court ruling on Saskatchewan public service labour law has huge implications for Alberta

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:37pm

The Supreme Court of Canada's ruling last Friday that Saskatchewan's "essential services" law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the Charter-protected right of public sector workers to bargain collectively and strike if necessary spells big trouble for Alberta.

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Capitalism must die in order for Indigenous nations to live

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:50pm
February 5, 2015

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"The master laughs at the consciousness of the slave," wrote Frantz Fanon. "What he wants from the slave is not recognition but work." Recorded in the footnotes of his influen­tial work Black Skin, White Masks, this statement by the anti-­colonial Algerian thinker was meant to refute Georg W.F. Hegel's famous philosophical concept of the dialectical relation between master and slave.

The Canadian government's treatment of Indigenous people both historically and presently makes one thing clear: It only wants a relationship of taking land and resources.

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Watch LIVE February 10: Jeff Halper - Imagining a future for Israel/Palestine beyond fear and violence

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 7:53pm
Is this show currently playing? February 4, 2015 Halper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, will be speaking from Surrey, BC on Feb 10. Watch live on rabbletv. Livestream.com 94b7ff4e-ad2b-4392-a3cc-aff05fa55fd7_170x255.png

Watch live February 10th from Surrey, BC.  Dr. Jeff Halper, a Jewish-American Israeli and founder of the Israeli Committee against Home Demolitions (ICHD), will talk about the changes he has seen in Israel since 1973.  What are his hopes for moving beyond the current violence?

Dr. Halper is making a cross-Canada tour, stopping in many locations across the Country.
To attend in person:  Norwood United Church 8855 156th Street (corner 88th Ave), Surrey

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Kraft dinner tastes differently if you don't have food security

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:39pm
Kraft Dinner 'tastes' entirely different, depending upon whether a given box ends up being consumed in a food-secure or in a food-insecure household. Mo' KD, Mo' Problems
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Because Dalhousie: A closer look at restorative justice

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:38pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 Following the posting of misogynistic Facebook comments by several male dentistry students, Dalhousie University talked a lot about restorative justice. What is restorative justice?

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Restorative justice is one of those terms that manages to evoke without explaining. 

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Energy East carries election issues from Quebec to English Canada

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:35pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 The Energy East pipeline is threatening to tear right through Quebec, but not much noise is being made by English Canada. Why should you care? Here's why.

TransCanada's Energy East pipeline has been catapulted to centre stage in Quebec. It wasn't on the public radar a year ago. But now, after a summer of energetic citizen mobilization against it, a phone survey in October indicated only 33 per cent of the population was in favour of the pipeline being built.

Since then opposition has continued to mount. TransCanada's west to east project has been hitting the tender nerve of Quebec sovereignty, the complex concept of who has the authority to make decisions about what happens there.

TransCanada leaves Quebec out of the loop

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For B.C.'s Raven Coal Mine, the answer is still no

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 2:28pm

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Compliance Energy has just re-submitted an application for its proposed Raven coal mine on Vancouver Island.

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) now has 30 days (until about March 2) to evaluate if the application is complete. If the application is assessed as complete, then a 180-day review process will begin (through to about September 2), which would include a 50-day public comment period.

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Halifax Mayor not shy about tackling big issues shirked by province

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:31pm

When you ask Halifax Mayor Mike Savage what he takes the "most pride in" from his first two years on the job, he doesn't mention the two balanced budgets with no tax increases, the $350 million debt at the time of amalgamation now wrestled to $260 million "while the province has gone from a debt of $8 billion to $15 billion…"

Well, that's not quite true. He does mention them, but as preamble to his claim council  is finally beginning to tackle "matter-to-people" issues -- housing, health, immigration, the arts -- it has traditionally left to other levels of government.

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Canada's inconvenient truth about Mexico

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:41pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 Federal politicians discussing human rights abuses in Mexico as systemic issues? Not gonna happen it seems.

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Canadians love Mexico especially when crystalized ice on window panes trigger thoughts of sandy beach retreats from Canada's punishing winters. Over 1.9 million Canadians turn to Mexico as their getaway destination.

In Mexico, however, thousands are seeking refuge from poverty and the human rights crisis, most recently brought to the fore by the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher's college in Guerrero, Mexico.

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The beginning of the end for Keystone XL

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:03am

On a sweltering hot day in July of 2013, President Obama made a historic speech on climate change at Georgetown University. Speaking to a crowd of students, he warned that the warming of our planet would have disastrous consequences if we failed to act. Unveiling his sweeping new national climate action plan, he said, "I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing."

In his speech, Obama also use his speech to lay out his conditions for the approval of Keystone XL: "The net effects of the pipeline's impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward."

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Cathy Young doesn't understand even the most basic truths about rape

rabble news - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:43am

For some unknown reason, virulent anti-feminist, Cathy Young, continues to be published by otherwise seemingly legit publications. Most recently we saw her trot out an MRA-style list of "guideposts" suggesting ways feminism can "do better" in 2015 for TIME, which included a recommendation that we include men’s rights activists in our "tent" and implied that feminism was guilty of being sexist against men.

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