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16 May 2014

Hey rabble readers!
Did you know that young labour leaders abound in Nova Scotia? In our UP! labour series, Rebecca Rose writes about Nova Scotia's young labour leaders, and what keeps the movement vibrant. Check out her article here.
There's also exciting climate justice work underway in Nova Scotia. In the latest from our Revolution 101 series, Robin Tress writes about the climate movement in Atlantic Canada, with important lessons for organizing. You can find her reflections on recent actions that have taken place in Halifax right here.
On May 22, the newly launched Tommy Douglas Institute is hosting the conference "Critical Pedagogy and the Citizen-Student: A Just Society is Possible" at George Brown College in Toronto. Presented by the Community Worker Program and sponsored by rabble, the day will include sessions and a keynote address by Judy Rebick. Read all about the inspiration for the conference, including Judy Rebick's writing on progressive mobilizations, in Thomas Ponniah's latest column. Find out more about the event and how to sign up here!
May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and after the year we've had on Canadian campuses, the timing could not be better. If we agree that rape culture is systemic, then we have to look at the actual system and its mechanisms, especially in Canadian universities. In an important piece, Julie Lalonde looks at what's needed to correct the system.

This week's top news

Connecting the need to survive to social justice activism
Ngoc Loan Tran is a prominent organizer in immigrant, queer and trans communities, and this work reminds them of their mother's identity and how it fits into "the struggle" and their own politics.
By Ngoc Loan Tran
Revisiting the Harper government's health record
The Canada Health Accord ceased functioning on March 31. The Harper government cut $36 billion from health care beginning after the 2015 election instead of renegotiating the terms of the Accord.
By Justin Panos
UP! Young workers take the helm in Nova Scotia's labour movement
Young labour leaders abound in Nova Scotia. Not so in the rest of Canada. Rebecca Rose writes about Nova Scotia's young labour leaders, and what keeps the movement vibrant.
By Rebecca Rose
Communities show that the people are bigger than pipelines
Canadians showed up on Saturday May 10 and stepped up to demand real climate action and a different future from our leaders.
By Jason Mogus
Fighting for garment workers' rights in the wake of Rana Plaza
"We want these jobs with dignity," said organizer Kalpona Akter to an audience at the CLC convention as she spoke about worker safety and needs in Bangladesh in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse.
By H.G. Watson
Rape culture on campus: How do we correct the system?
If we (can) agree that rape culture is systemic, then we have to look at the actual system and its mechanisms, especially in Canadian universities.
By Julie S. LaLonde

This week's top blogs

Harper's assimilation agenda just collided with First Nations resistance -- and lost
This has been a difficult month for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in terms of Crown-First Nations relations. The First Nations Education Act has met fierce resistance.
By Pamela Palmater
Fairbairn firing at the University of Saskatchewan must not go unanswered
The firing of Dean Fairbairn for "insubordination" is the clearest evidence yet that something has gone terribly awry with how public universities are being conceived of and run in Canada in 2014.
By Carolyn Sale
Andrea Horwath vows to create cabinet position for the Hon. Scrooge McDuck
ONDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced today that she would appoint a "Minister of Savings and Accountability" charged with finding "new savings" from the Ontario budget. Is this what counts as bold?
By Michael Stewart
How Hassan Yussuff won the CLC presidency
Larry Savage, Director of the Brock University Centre for Labour Studies, discusses why Canada's labour movement opted for new leadership and the multiple factors at play.
By Larry Savage
In Syria, life goes on despite everything
Despite the Syrian conflict that brings car bombings, checkpoints and general unrest, quotidian life goes on in the shops, in the streets and in their homes.
By Eva Bartlett
On Bud Osborn: A poet never dies
Am Johal remembers poet and activist Bud Osborn whose contributions to Vancouver's DTES community and Canadian poetry landscape remain forever important.
By Am Johal
What does a 'representative' sex worker look like?
Is there such thing as a 'representative' sex worker? No. Therefore, legislators need to include all experiences and perspectives from sex workers when drafting new sex work legislation in Canada.
By Celine Bisette

This week's top columns

Governments deny radiation health risks
We love electrical gadgets, but is the radiation they produce safe? Industry and government say yes -- unless radiation levels are high. But many studies raise doubts, and the stakes are high.
By Ole Hendrickson
On May 22: Judy Rebick, Shirley Douglas, Olivia Chow
The Tommy Douglas Institute's May 22 conference will ask: What is the role of post-secondary education in promoting democracy and citizenship in our era?
By Thomas Ponniah
Tim Hudak, One Million Jobs and the sighting of UFOs
Tim Hudak's job creation plan begins by eliminating 100,000 jobs, leaving him obliged to create even more new jobs -- 1.1 million. Since they're imaginary, this turns out to be easy.
By Linda McQuaig
In praise of looking down
In a video called "Look Up," spoken word poet, Gary Turk, extolls the virtues of ignoring the screen in your hand and enjoying the world, and the people, around you. I beg to differ.
By Wayne MacPhail
Leaking jobs in Canada through our foreign accounts deficits
Canadians looking for a job are being hurt by recent trends in foreign trade. An outflow of spending from Canada indicates weakness in the ability of the economy to generate jobs.
By Duncan Cameron
'Come Worry With Us!' a call to nurture, art and motherhood
In her new film 'Come Worry With Us!' award-winning director Helene Klodawsky explores motherhood and the artistic process in the world of Montreal musicians Jessica Moss and Efrim Menuck.
By June Chua
What do the Harper Conservatives have against seniors?
You would think that they would love us as a group -- not for our grey hair, but for our votes. In elections Conservative parties usually gain the plurality of votes from seniors.
By Pat Kerwin, Retiree Matters
Naomi Klein, Linda McQuaig, Rick Salutin, Duncan Cameron, Wayne MacPhail, Murray Dobbin and others! Read columns...

This week's top podcasts

Twelve Canadians: Social enterprise
Winnipeg's Social Enterprise Centre is boosting skills, generating employment and promoting community in Winnipeg's gritty north end.
By Dave Kattenburg
A climate scientist taking it to the people
Climate scientist Paul Beckwith talks about his research and his work to raise public consciousness about climate change.
By Scott Neigh
Vancouver Dyke March and 10th anniversary celebration
Helen Polychronakos interviews Michelle Fortin and Sam Levy, organizers of the Vancouver Dyke March for its 10th anniversary!
By The F Word
Animal rights activists demand an end to farm factory subsidies
On Monday, animal rights activists gathered at Queen's Park urging the government to put an end to subsidies to the farm factory industry.
By John Bonnar
Why women turn down interview requests
Almost three-quarters of the experts commenting on issues in the mainstream media are men. Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions is interested in why women routinely refuse interview requests.
By Redeye Collective

This week's top rabbletv

Video: Young workers call for $14 minimum wage in Ontario
On May 14, students and young workers set up an obstacle course on the lawn of Queen's Park to demonstrate the hurdles students face juggling rising tuition fees and low-wage work.
By John Bonnar

This week's top books

What is the state of Canada's democracy: Salvageable or broken?
Is our parliamentary system destined to remain broken? 'Tragedy in the Commons' aims to salvage a system that seems beyond repair and asks the question, why are Canadians so disengaged from politics?
By Amira Elghawaby

In this issue

Upcoming events

VancouverMAWO Seminar: Canada in Afghanistan: A Balance Sheet of 12 Years of War and Occupation
Please join MAWO for part two of this three-part seminar, where we will discuss the role of Canada in Afghanistan.
VariousThe Story of The Seed: Working Together for Food Justice in Guelph
Join us to hear how a coalition of community partners in Guelph, Ontario have come together to create The Seed.
OttawaDocumentary: Diversidad – A Road Trip to Deconstruct Dinner
Join us for a documentary about a group of young Canadians who got on their bikes to raise awareness about the impacts of the World Trade Organization and industrial agriculture.
By Octopus Books

This week's top in cahoots

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Canada remains a progressive leader with respect to same-sex marriage laws. However, in the area of gender identity, there is still much work to be done.
By United Food and Commercial Workers
Overhaul Temporary Foreign Worker Program
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) must be replaced, while temporary workers already in Canada should be eligible for open work permits so they can keep their current jobs or seek employment.
By United Steelworkers
Supreme Court hears Grassy Narrows' legal case for treaty rights
The Supreme Court of Canada will hear Grassy Narrows' legal case for treaty rights and against clearcut logging. The case challenges Ontario's jurisdiction to unilaterally award logging and mining.
By Mining Watch

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