Rabble.ca/

Michelle Rempel is a feminist. The mainstream media? Not so much.

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

A funny thing happened the other week. After the feminist National Post published a feminist article from Michelle Rempel, feminists everywhere rejoiced.

The level of rejoicing varied: from ecstatic feminists who were happy that their right-wing feminism was receiving national attention from a high-profile feminist, to more critical feminists who praised Rempel with caution.

read more

Péladeau's departure gives PQ an opportunity to redefine itself

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Long before there was any hint he might have political ambitions, Pierre Karl Péladeau, media tycoon, appeared before a House of Commons committee to complain about CBC/Radio-Canada.

Conservative Stephen Harper was prime minster then, and his caucus was full of MPs who had a particular loathing for the public broadcaster.

They relished in describing the corporation as a state, rather than public, broadcaster.

read more

Nova Scotia has a race problem

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Where to begin?

With the too-soon deaths of three young Black men murdered in separate incidents within a week last month?

Or with last Monday's announcement the provincial government is restructuring -- which is to say, eliminating --  a community-based program in North and East Preston, Cherry Brook and Lake Loon that had been helping young African Nova Scotians find jobs since 1983?

read more

B.C. continues to neglect climate recommendations, favours LNG projects

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Trudeau said working with the provinces and territories will be the cornerstone of the climate change approach. But B.C. is ignoring recommendations that could limit carbon pollution. What now?

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

As Trudeau's Liberal government meets its six-month mark of being in office, climate group the Pembina Institute is calling for a clear, comprehensive climate change test for Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) projects.

read more

Tired of waiting for solar energy? Make your own.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

I got fed up waiting for solar energy to show up, so I made my own. You can see it in the photo. Works like a charm.

If a half-baked handyman like myself can get this going, that should tell you something.

First, about solar. Last year the world invested more in it than in coal and gas-fired electricity combined.

The big players -- the U.S. and China -- are doubling and tripling their installations within a year or two.

Ralph Surette was fed up waiting for solar energy to show up, so he made his own. Read on to learn how you can do it too.

read more

Canadians need more than celebrity from Justin Trudeau

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

It was a night for nostalgia, the eighth and last White House Correspondents Dinner for U.S. President Barack Obama. The one-time Harvard Law Review editor and community organizer, a basketball-savvy president with worldwide appeal, was doing his final stand-up before the audience of media, political and Hollywood stars.

Justin Trudeau has shown he handles the communications side of being prime minister with aplomb. But making the government work for all Canadians requires more than showing up with a smile.

read more

Wildrose MLAs abuse members' statements to launch red-baiting attacks on NDP

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

Just when you thought you'd seen it all the Wildrose Official Opposition upped the ante on red-baiting.

They're using Members' Statements, a part of the Legislature's Daily Order of Business, to push their "NDP-are-commies" narrative.

 

Members' Statements 

Members' Statements give MLAs an opportunity to make brief, uninterrupted statements on matters of concern to them and their constituents.

read more

What in the World is The World Social Forum?

world_social_forum_final_rabble_radio.mp3

August may seem like a ways away, but for the organizers of the World Social Forum in Montreal in August, time is ticking away.

Two years ago in August, the city of Ottawa was the site for a warmup to the World Social Forum. The People's Social Forum  was a huge event. The thing about these kinds of Social Forums is that they are very ambitious. Anybody can propose a workshop, or a discussion group. The result of this is an incredible amount of energy in one place, and lots to talk about and think about.

In a lot of ways, Ottawa was a dress rehearsal for the World Social Forum, which will be held in Montreal from August 9-14, 2016.

read more

May Day 2016: Support protesters in Montreal

Publish Date:  May 2, 2016 Summary:  Demand an independent investigation of the police response to May Day protesters and support their demands. Labled for reuse Montreal May Day, youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqrKwkyurXc

In 2015, police arrested 87 people, teargassed protestors and, punched Xavier Amodeo repeatedly while arresting him. Unsurprisingly, an internal police body decided against investigating the rough arrest and police actions.

read more

Airport workers demand fair wages, better jobs on May Day

Monday, May 2, 2016 Toronto airport workers celebrated May Day with a rally demanding equal pay for equal work, $15 minimum wage, sick days and an end to precarious work.

Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming.

It was an afternoon of samba drums, churros and solidarity at Toronto's Pearson International Airport yesterday.

The May Day celebrations, which attracted about 300 workers and labour activists, kicked off around 1:00 p.m. outside the departures block at terminal one.

The crowd marched in support of the Fight for $15 and Fairness along the closed roadway as part of this year's International Workers' Day actions in Canada.

read more

Pages