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2020 Jul 4 - 6:07am
Politics in CanadaThe rule of law, as Gandhi said about Western civilization, would be a good idea. I thought this as I listened to Justice Joseph Di Luca drone for hours, literally, while ruling on the Therieault brothers' case. I've sat through those rulings (this one was, uniquely, virtual) and it's always similar: you can't guess which way they'll go till the end, when they suddenly jump one way or another. You're up, you're down -- ...
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2020 Jul 4 - 5:08am
July 3, 2020The 'benevolent' policing of social work and mental healthPolice officers carry the name, but don't monopolize the practice. Policing is structurally integral to all of our institutions, and is carried out both "benevolently" and violently.
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2020 Jul 4 - 4:57am
Stepan WoodFor a moment this spring it seemed as if the COVID-19 crisis might lead governments to ease the relentless cycle of displacement of homeless people from the parks, streets, ravines and underpasses of Canadian cities. Some made efforts to secure housing where homeless people could follow COVID-19 guidelines. Others, including in Edmonton, Toronto and Victoria announced suspensions of evictions of some homeless camps during the...
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2020 Jul 4 - 2:29am
Khadijah KanjiEjaz Choudry requested life support and was instead given a death sentence. He joins Rodney Levi, Chantel Moore, D'Andre Campbell, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and hundreds of other deceased victims in the archives of police brutality and neglect -- more proof we shouldn't have needed that police routinely inflict the violence they supposedly exist to counter; that they "serve and protect" the colonial, racial, ableist status quo; and...
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2020 Jul 4 - 1:03am
Lorenzo VargasProtests against racism unleashed by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of police in Minneapolis spread all over the United States, Canada and parts of Europe in May and June of this year.   As the protests spread, so did the practice of toppling statues in public spaces commemorating historical figures associated with the slave trade, the Confederate side of the American Civil War, or European...
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2020 Jul 3 - 11:50pm
Kim ElliottDear rabble rousers, As we are well into summer now, I hope you are having an opportunity to take a break from the intensity that surrounds us all.  rabble is no stranger to what it means to report during hard times. We began publication before the September 11 attacks in 2001. We understand why the world needs independent, progressive media and analysis in the wake of a crisis. We understand that there are views and coverage...
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2020 Jul 3 - 7:27am
US PoliticsPaha Sapa is the traditional name the Lakota people give the sacred centre of their universe. The region is also known as The Black Hills, in South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore, itself named after a gold rush lawyer and speculator. The Mount Rushmore monument features the sculpted heads of four U.S. presidents -- Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt -- blasted out of the ancient granite between 1927 and 1941 by 400...
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2020 Jul 3 - 6:43am
EconomyPolitics in CanadaThe Trudeau government is gearing up to spend billions on new infrastructure as part of its post-pandemic economic plans. What a terrific idea! -- except that it plans to do so in a way that will massively, needlessly drive up the costs and allow some of our prime national assets to be owned by foreigners. The story begins with Justin Trudeau's first bid to become prime minister in 2015. After years of Stephen Harper'...
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2020 Jul 3 - 5:24am
Robert SweenyOn June 17, the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) released a technical report that substantively revises all previous estimates of what it means to be wealthy in Canada. The top 1% own a quarter of all personal wealth in the country, while well over half is held by the top 10 per cent. These findings move Canada from the middle of the OECD pack, to ranking as the fourth most unequal advanced capitalist country, still well behind...
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2020 Jul 2 - 2:30pm
David J. ClimenhagaIt's a true Canada Day political mystery! What happened between 9:03 a.m. and 1:02 p.m. that dramatically changed Jason Kenney's holiday message? At 9:03 a.m. yesterday, a minion on the Alberta premier's staff sent the media the sort of Canada Day message you'd expect from a Canadian premier -- upbeat and anodyne. "As we recognize Canada Day this year, our festivities may not resemble the large gatherings of the past," the...
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2020 Jun 24 - 7:18am
Politics in CanadaJustin Trudeau and his Liberal government have an insurance policy. As the Conservative Party of Canada leadership race demonstrates, the official Opposition is many miles away from establishing itself as a government in waiting. The leadership contestants have been appealing to the CPC right-wing base, recruited from former Reform party members. The CPC candidates failed to express themselves fluently in a French language...
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2020 Jun 24 - 5:06am
David SuzukiThe virus spreading COVID-19 worldwide jumped from non-human animals to people -- as have most new diseases, from AIDS to SARS to Ebola. We may not know the precise origin of this particular coronavirus, but we understand the factors behind its spread to humans. And we've seen the devastation a tiny, mysterious, rapidly spreading virus can wreak on people in a globalized system. This pandemic could be a trial run for how we respond...
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