Better recognize, Harper is transforming Canada for the worst

rabble news - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 8:04am
Why isn't there more widespread awareness and opposition to how Stephen Harper is transforming Canada to conform to his narrow ideological agenda? A cynical view of Conservative politics and voters
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Hope for a New Year: Four resolutions for Manitoba in 2014

rabble news - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 7:59am

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A new year brings hope and the possibility for a healthier, happier and more just province for all Manitobans. As the holiday season draws to a close, let us carry forward the feelings of good will towards all into this New Year. This is within easier reach than it seems; here are four actions governments and citizens alike can do to make change for the better.

1. Stand with Aboriginal people and support decolonization

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How private clinics lengthen wait times for all of us

rabble news - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 7:39am

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Have you ever asked yourself or been asked, isn't a two-tiered health-care system a good thing if it shortens wait times? If the rich want to pay out-of-pocket for their health care and free up space in the wait line for public care, shouldn't we let them? It sounds logical, right? It isn't.

I'm going to try and explain how private clinics lengthen wait times for the 99 per cent of us and I'm going to do that by using the example of the grocery store.  

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Ted Cruz: For God (and country's) sake: Talk to Conrad Black before you shred your Canadian passport!

rabble news - Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:46am

It's said here that Calgary native Ted Cruise needs to make an appointment to have a serious chat with Conrad Black before he makes any rash and irrevocable decisions to run his Canadian passport through the shredder.

Cruz is now the junior Senator from Texas and a favourite of the Tea Party, a group that would like to keep foreign-born people like Cruz, especially foreign-born people with Hispanic parents like Cruz's father, out of the United States.

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Video: Idiot Capitalism

rabble news - Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:44pm

In the video below Ernie Peshkov-Chow explains how and why capitalism tries to turn us into idiots.

Ernie, an avatar of the international working class is the author of the New Commune-ist Manifesto — Workers of the World, it Really is Time to Unite. The book is an attempt to start a discussion about the future of the Left and unions. 

Ernie has some fundamentally important things to say.

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CUPE: Make 2014 the Year of the Organizer

rabble news - Sat, 01/04/2014 - 11:16am

CUPE declared 2013 the Year of the Young Worker. There were campaigns, new graphics and special conferences that brought together young workers to identify how the labour movement can better support them.

By the time the national convention gathered in Québec City this past October, it was clear that the Year of the Young Worker hadn't produced concrete solutions to organize young workers for debate at convention.  

The Year of the Young Worker ended at the same time that news broke that the largest public sector union was dropping an organizing drive among residence workers at Carleton University.

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Alberta Health minister's flu-jab count: thoughtful response to a health problem or quick fix to a political crisis?

rabble news - Sat, 01/04/2014 - 1:59am

Alberta Health Minister, Fred Horne, who nowadays doubles as the unofficial chief executive officer of Alberta Health Services, held a news conference in an Edmonton drugstore yesterday and told the respectfully gathered media that not enough Alberta health care workers are immunized against influenza.

Indeed, he claimed, only an alarming and startlingly precise 46 per cent of them have had the flu jab!

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The Jackpine Mine expansion: Justified for whom?

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:55am
Friday, January 3, 2014 Who will the Jackpine Mine expansion justify in the end? Though 700-plus jobs may be created, are they enough to justify complete environmental degradation of Indigenous land?

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Are pipeline politics undermining Canada's democracy?

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:01am

For the last two years, I have been intensely following the review process and the wave of opposition to Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would extend from Alberta to Kitimat, British Columbia. Unfortunately, I have also seen what appears to be an erosion of democracy in Canada.

During this time, we have seen the federal majority Conservative government gut Canada’s environmental laws through omnibus bills and streamline the review process for future major resource projects all in what would appear to be an attempt to roll out these projects regardless of the risks and objections. Now we hear the feds want to cut $100 million from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

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Unlucky, lazy, or just female? Why there aren't more women in the top 100

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:36am

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Imagine finding $7.96 million in your stocking on Christmas morning. For Canada's top 100 CEOs, that happy day has arrived. These 100 Canadians earn more than 99.9 per cent of the working population of Canada. But if you are a woman, odds are you are not on that happy list. Not now, not ever.

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A cynical view of Conservative politics and voters

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:08am
Friday, January 3, 2014

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January 2014 marks eight full years of power for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, years filled with sweeping attacks on a host of things that Canadians value dearly. He and his Conservative government have damaged or weakened Canada's health-care system, social welfare programs, women's equality and human rights initiatives, First Nations rights, environmental protection, science and evidence-based policies, our international reputation as peacekeepers, and our very democracy.

Why isn't there more widespread awareness and opposition to how Stephen Harper is transforming Canada to conform to his narrow ideological agenda?

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New project builds movement against violence against Indigenous women

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:01am
Audrey Huntley and Krysta Williams talk about a new community-based database project that is part of working against the violence experienced by indigenous women and towards decolonization. Naming, understanding, challenging violence against indigenous women
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Karl Kraus: What a century-old literary critic can teach us about journalism

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:25am
Friday, January 3, 2014

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Karl Kraus won't quite go away. He was a literary and journalistic figure in Vienna a century ago. For 37 years, starting in 1899, he published and basically wrote The Torch, 922 issues overall. At its height it had just 30,000 readers but they included Kafka, Brecht, Freud, Wittgenstein, Thomas Mann and Walter Benjamin.

Today newspapers aren't the dominant journalistic force they were in Karl Kraus's Vienna. But they can still play a vile or almost angelic role in the grand drama of public life and debate.

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Supreme Court ruling stirs national debate on sex work

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 6:41am
Friday, January 3, 2014

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This case is a victory because it recognizes that the current legal regime of prostitution in Canada has penalized and caused harm to the very individuals it was supposed to protect.

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Why I voted for Jim Coutts in 1984 and probably would again, a lesson in retail politics

rabble news - Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:29am

I only met Jim Coutts once, almost 30 years ago, and only for about 30 minutes, but he left an impression that has proven indelible and taught me a couple of worthwhile lessons about retail politics in the process.

So I was very sorry to hear from all the usual news sources the night before last that the influential aide to Liberal prime ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau -- another link to a happier and more positive time for Canadians -- had passed on.

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