Breaching Atlantica

The rabble podcast network offers an alternative take on politics, entertainment, society, stories, community and life in general. All opinions belong to the podcaster; however, podcasters are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new podcasters -- contact us for details.

Read Stu Neatby's recent article about Atlantica on

Breaching Atlantica: Natural Trade Corridor or Deep Integration in East" Produced by Stuart Neatby, 18 min.

Between June 8th and 10th, hundreds of citizens representing grassroots and labour organizations held three days of protests and workshops in Saint John, NB against a new proposed free-trade corridor, euphemistically titled "Atlantica"; Meanwhile, within a conference entittled "Reaching Atlantica: Business Without Borders" held at the Saint John Trade and Convention Centre, some of Atlantic Canada's wealthiest residents were mapping out what they believe will be an economic model for the region's future.

Encompassing the four Canadian Atlantic Provinces, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland, as well as the New England States of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Upstate New York, Atlantica is described by its proponents as an attempt to create an infrastructural corridor between these regions. However, critics of this initiative believe that Atlantica may involve a much more dangerous agenda, one which proposes to integrate Canadian social, economic, military, security, and immigration policy with those of the United States.

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable. has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.