Ontario's labour market: Part-time gains, long-term pain

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:14am

Friday morning's job numbers from Statistics Canada report that Ontario created 13,400 net new jobs in March. That's the largest gain in seven months -- a fact that masks a loss of 6,500 full-time jobs in exchange for 19,900 part-time positions.

The good news is the employment rate for prime-aged workers increased by 0.1 percentage points. The youth employment rate increased by almost 1 percentage point. At the same time, the participation rate of prime-aged workers decreased as 15,000 prime-aged workers left the labour force.

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Fixing what ails nurses in the health-care system

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 8:04am
Monday, April 7, 2014

Here we are again. Another government, another nurses' crisis. First, let's understand this: labour relations are just the tip of the iceberg. It's another spasm in the stress of our health system and, with health gobbling up greater and greater chunks of the provincial budget, a societal and political problem beyond the hospitals.

Once the dust settles, here's what's needed. A third-party review of the role of nurses in relation to the entire system, in the same way that the John Ross report four years ago related emergency care to the entire system, triggering improvements and pointing the way for more. True, one is reluctant to ask for more reviews, but there must be judgment above government and unions butting heads.

Here we are again. Another government, another nurses' crisis. First, let's understand this: labour relations are just the tip of the iceberg. It's another spasm in the stress of our health system.

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Two new films explore colour and culture

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:44am
It is getting to be film festival season. This month Amira Elghawaby reviews two new films: one animated, one docudrama which explore issues of colour and culture. Now playing in progressive film: Two new films explore colour and culture
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Feminism is the new misogyny: On 'Belle Knox feminism' and the new backlash

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:35am

This just in from the backlash: everything is feminism's fault and we are the real woman-haters.

You knew that, didn't you? That it was not men, but women -- and not just women, but feminists -- who were responsible for things like violence against women and sexual repression. It's a pretty good trick, actually, because guess who gets off scot-free? Men. Also, oppressive systems of power. With women busy attacking other women for their own oppression, who has time to fight the real enemy?

As illogical as it sounds on paper, this phenomenon actually makes a lot of sense.

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Democracy North: Interview with Arundhati Roy and protecting medicare

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 2:08am

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Sister Spit Ramblin' Roadshow Part 2

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:59am

WARNING: This show contains swearing and sexual content.

The F Word airs performances from the Sister Spit Ramblin Roadshow in Vancouver, B.C., featuring Chinaka Hodge and Virgie Tovar. Sister Spit is a queer feminist spoken word and performance art collective from San Francisco.

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

WARNING: This show contains swearing and sexual content. 

WARNING: This show contains swearing and sexual content. The F Word airs performances from the queer feminist spoken word and pe
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Say what? After 36 years, secret Alberta Tory slush fund comes to light

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:41am

So, there's this law in Alberta that allows the ruling Progressive Conservative Party to have a possibly huge and definitely secret slush fund, but makes it illegal for any other party to do the same thing.

What's more, the fund’s been around for at least 36 years and no one's uttered a squeak of protest, presumably in the case of the public, the press and the opposition because they didn't know about it.

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Being working class

rabble news - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:39am

Carissa Ropponen speaks with Jenna MacKay about being working class, coming into a class consciousness, and their struggles accessing university as working-class women. Also aired is a powerful spoken work piece called "For the Red States" by queer, working class, femme, poet and activist Tara Hardy. 

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

Carissa Ropponen speaks with Jenna MacKay about being working class, coming into a class consciousness, and their struggles acce
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Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:34pm

Ellie Gordon-Moershel's story about Canadian artist Allyson Mitchell's 
Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House

This haunted house is a play on traditional Hell houses, which are typically run by American, Christian churches. They depict sin, the torments of the damned in Hell, and usually conclude with a depiction of heaven. And are usually open in the days preceding Halloween.

The F Word seeks to facilitate feminist dialogue and use media as a foundation for positive social change. For more information on The F Word, please visit our website at: www.feminisms.org or email: feminisms@gmail.com

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Ellie Gordon-Moershel's story on Toronto's Killjoy's Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House. Explicit content.
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Anniversary of Rwanda and Armenia cold reminder of evil ordinary people can do

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 11:09pm

Could you, under any circumstance, be a merciless torturer, a serial rapist, a mass murderer? This month, which marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and the 99th anniversary of the genocide of the Armenians, is as good a time to ask as any.

Each year, my graduate seminar on Rwanda learns that hundreds of thousands of perfectly ordinary Rwandan Hutu -- peasants, farmers, teachers -- were mobilized by their leaders to carry out the genocide of the country's Tutsi minority. I challenge students to consider this question: Had they been a Hutu in Rwanda at that time, would they have joined the systematic slaughter of some three-quarters of all the Tutsi in the country, perhaps as many as a million souls?

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Surviving sexual assault: Part 1

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:56pm

Surviving Sexual Assault: An in-depth look at sexual assault, its consequences, and the complex reactions and issues that survivors face after being assaulted. Part 1: Nicole Deagan interviews Wendy Potter, the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator with the Sexual Assault Service, a B.C. Women's Hospital-based program.

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Surviving Sexual Assault Part 1; Nicole Deagan interviews Wendy Potter, the Education and Outreach Co-ordinator with the Sexual
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Why we shouldn't buy into the smear campaign against the Portland Hotel Society

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:08pm

After Mark Townsend was forced to resign, critics from the left as well as the right were quick to accuse the PHS of corruption. Michael Stewart says that’s exactly what the government wanted us to do. Michael Stewart's blog post The Portland Hotel Society should be defended appeared on March 21. He spoke with Redeye host Jane Williams on March 29.

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Harper's (Un)Fair Elections Act could be a useful crisis of democracy

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 7:17pm
Monday, April 7, 2014

The Harper government seems intent on proving to its detractors and critics that things can always get worse. No matter how many anti-democratic outrages and subsequent unapologetic stonewalling they deliver to Canadians, they can always manage to one-up themselves. This is the case with the truly repugnant and shamelessly anti-democratic farce called the Fair Elections Act.

It has been described as a direct threat to the right to vote and an assault on democracy by the very people our democracy assigns to examine these things. But as is the pattern with this government, it seems likely they will ram it through no matter what critics say.

Perhaps the best possible response of democracy activists to this loathsome piece of legislation would be to treat it as a useful crisis and use it to galvanize the electorate.

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Bracing myself for the next rabble.ca Vegan Challenge -- April 14 to April 21, 2014

rabble news - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 2:12pm

There is even a ToolKit to support those rabbles who wish to pick up tools and armourments to pick up the, "good fight'.

Now who are the eager crusaders of animal rights that will sweep across the nation to belittle to humiliate someone who choice to eat meat -- and also use all the different parts have to offer regarding leather, wool, sinew and items for decoration with Elk's teeth

Never mind the First Nation custom of honouring the animal it has killed with prayers and tobacco....

Onward, Forward, yea Vegan Soldiers

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R.I.P. Windows XP 2001-2014. What can you do now?

rabble news - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 7:06pm

Microsoft's “Windows XP” operating system, first introduced in August, 2001 reaches it's official “end of life” on April 8, 2014.  

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B.C. Ferries Cut the Discovery Coast Route

rabble news - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 4:26pm

Last month B.C Ferries announced they would cut ferry services in British Columbia and discontinue the Discovery Coast Ferry located on the central coast. The Ferry services three routes along BC's northern coast. The cuts will have major consequences for coastal communities, many are First Nations who live and work in the Great Bear Rainforest. Tourism on B.C’s central coast is essential to the region and the cuts will have detrimental effects on those living and working in remote regions of British Columbia. Interview with Petrus Rykes

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Challenge to Poilievre: put Fair Elections supporters in front of House Committee

rabble news - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:17pm

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Volunteer-led Ontario Health Coalition referendum encourages Ontarians to support local public hospitals

rabble news - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 2:07pm

The Ontario Health Coalition has organized a volunteer-led referendum advocating for the public to have their say on the health care system.

Volunteers with the coalition have already been distributing leaflets door-to-door and in workplace votes across the province for the last three weeks.

All citizens of Ontario are encouraged to cast their vote this Saturday April 5 in support of our local public hospitals. 

The results of the vote will be released at a press conference on Monday April 7, 12:15 p.m. at the Queen's Park Media Studio, and in local media events across the province.

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Loss of agricultural land threatens food security

rabble news - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:19pm

The Agricultural Land Reserve was set up in the 1970s to protect prime farming land from development. Now there are rumours that the provincial government is planning to dismantle the ALR. Tom Baumann is a professor at the University of the Fraser Valley and he has been involved in ALR issues for many years. He speaks with Redeye host Lorraine Chisholm.

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