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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 10
rabble staff | While we can't have everyone over to show slides of our journey through 2018, we can invite you to peruse our annual report!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro with Premier Jason Kenney at cabinet swearing-In ceremony. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | When it opted to build a $590-million "superlab" in Edmonton, Alberta's former NDP government was relying on sound advice from the Health Quality Council of Alberta.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 10
Mining in Kailo. Photo: Julien Harneis/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Given that coal drove the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, we need to guard against the abuses that could come with the mining of rare earth minerals for the green industrial revolution.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
The anti-reproductive-rights march in Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | In at least some cases, busing costs appear to have been paid by school districts -- as were the costs of substitute teachers to hold classes for students who didn't participate.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 9
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May and Paul Manly. Photo: Paul Manly/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | It's no longer hard to imagine a Green tsunami on the West Coast as voters there, disillusioned by unkept Liberal and NDP promises, shift their support to May's Green Party.
Blog - Making Waves May 9
"Capitalism Isn't Working" Photo: Jonny White/Flickr
Emma Lui | Grassroots groups and the water justice movement will play a critical role in building an alternative post-capitalist economy, one that prioritizes water justice over profit.
Blog - May 8
Two people carry a banner in the streets of Guatemala City that reads, "The march for life: We demand that the Constitutional Court respect our rights." Photo credit: CPR-Urbana. Used with permission.
Valerie Croft | The Xinka Parliament calls on Pan American Silver to cease all interference in the consultation process that will determine the future of the Escobal mine in Guatemala.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 8
Jason Kenney with his "blue ribbon" panel. From left to right: Mike Percy, Dave Mowat, Travis Toews, Janice MacKinnon, Kenney, Kim Henderson, Jay Ramotar, and Bev Dahlby (Photo: Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Brace yourselves, people. Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has announced his "blue ribbon" panel to do a "deep dive" into the province's books and figure out how to get them into the black.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 8
Jerry Dias and Mohamad Alsadi of Unifor visit with Peace Brigades International in Bogota, Colombia in December 2018. Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Peace Brigades International, which sees labour rights as indivisible from human rights, works in countries where union activists face repression and even death.
Blog - David Suzuki May 8
David Suzuki | Although Canada isn't embracing the full policy package needed for significant behavioural change, we're making progress, with commitments to reach 100 per cent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040.
Blog - Activist Communiqué May 7
Protest at Queen's Park, April 2019. Photo: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Instead of hearing the voices of those protesting cuts to social services and programs, Doug Ford's government is making much ado over a political prop at this year's May Day demonstration in Toronto.
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog May 7
Photo credit: Judy Rebick
Judy Rebick | After more than 50 years, Indigenous women are still fighting for gender equality under the Indian Act. You can help.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 7
Photo: WinterE229 (WinterforceMedia)/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The plan in a nutshell: blame Ottawa; say you're doing something; if the problem gets fixed, take credit; if not, assign blame again.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 7
Age Is More: Image: Still from Murray Thomson/YouTube
Brent Patterson | Murray Thomson, who passed away on May 2, co-founded a human rights group that has observed violations of Indigenous rights in Canada and protects human rights defenders around the world.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 5
Murray Thomson. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Dennis Gruending | Revered Canadian peace activist Murray Thomson has died at age 96. Here is a post written at the time of his 90th birthday in 2012.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 5
Former Alberta premier Rachel Notley, now the leader of the Opposition, addresses the Alberta Federation of Labour's convention in Calgary yesterday
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's new Opposition leader did not give the impression of a person who has given in to despair, or who is ready to wrap herself in a blanket and start rewatching Game of Thrones.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 5
The Aga Khan addresses the 2014 London Conference
Penney Kome | If the Pope invited the prime minister's family to visit for the holidays, and sent a private jet to pick them up, would the Opposition be hinting at a breach of ethics?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 4
David J. Climenhaga | On the question of his housing claims while an MP, Jason Kenney has only been vindicated in the way U.S. President Donald Trump was vindicated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 3
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | In 2018, 94 journalists and media workers died in targeted killings, bomb attacks and crossfire incidents. Let us remember their sacrifice and the risks many take to bring us the news.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 2
British Columbia Premier John Horgan speaks to media in the rose garden of the Legislature Building in Victoria. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | There may be an argument for Canadian refineries to buy "ethical" Alberta oil, but giving Alberta governments the opportunity to turn the taps on and off to achieve policy goals sure undercuts it.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 2
Linda Sarsour and Harold Shuster. Photo: Tyler Blashko
Harold Shuster, Sid Frankel | Freedom of expression is central to our liberal democracy. The state has no right to intervene in events like the panel discussion with Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 2
Photo: Zaid Noorsumar
rabble staff | rabble.ca is pleased to announce that Zaid Noorsumar will be joining the rabble.ca team as our labour beat reporter for 2019.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 1
Line of newspaper boxes. Photo: Steve Harris/Flickr
John Miller | Publishers bargained away their most precious commodity -- their professional integrity.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 1
Looking justifiably pleased with himself, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney moments after he was sworn in yesterday (Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
David J. Climenhaga | In the new Alberta premier's defence, he didn't really have any caucus members to pick from in Edmonton.
Blog - David Suzuki May 1
Greta Thunberg at European Parliament. Image: European Parliament/Flickr
David Suzuki | Some federal and provincial political leaders continue to downplay or deny the reality and severity of climate disruption, loudly opposing proven measures to address it.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 30
rabble staff | We need your important opinions and feedback to make sure our election planning includes the voices and stories of our readers all over Canada.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog April 30
Woman in silhouette. Photo: Lord Of Pixels/Flickr
Bonnie Burstow | The story about "electroshock therapy" is overwhelmingly a story about violence against women -- and women are fighting back!
Blog - Alberta Diary April 29
Andrew Scheer and Jason Kenney: Not necessarily as close as you might think … Photo: Andrew Scheer/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Right now we seem to be headed for an intramural game of chicken between Ottawa and Edmonton.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 29
Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Ottawa City Council declaring a climate emergency was a first step, but it needs to pursue a much more ambitious agenda in keeping with the urgency of climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 28
Twitter photo by Yo soy Abelino.
Brent Patterson | Abelino Chub Caal was imprisoned for defending Indigenous rights and Maya Q'eqchi' land in Guatemala from the expansion of a palm oil farm.

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