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[l] at 9/30/21 2:52pm
September 30, 2021Truth and Wreckonciliation This national day of truth and reconciliation is far from adequate compensation against intergenerational trauma and ongoing addictions and self-harming issues faced by First Nation communities.
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[l] at 9/29/21 3:12pm
September 29, 2021What National Truth and Reconciliation Day is not: a guide for settlersThe day is not a day off. If you work in one of the few sectors that are closing their offices on September 30 -- do something with it.
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[l] at 9/28/21 10:57am
September 28, 2021Greens still have strong assets despite loss of Annamie PaulGreens can take heart from the fact that despite their internal party squabbling and embarrassingly low vote count theyve got themselves two strong members in the current House of Commons.
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[l] at 9/24/21 1:01pm
September 24, 2021How the new Parliament can enact an ambitious progressive agendaWhen the Liberals take a good look, with fresh eyes, at the governments balance sheet, taxing the rich might not seem so outlandish. Indeed, it might start to look like an economically sound idea.
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[l] at 9/22/21 3:16pm
September 22, 2021Low voter turnout for meaningless election signals need for electoral reformThe low voter turnout for this years election indicates that all is not well with democracy in Canada. We need a thoughtful and detailed study of alternative electoral systems.
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[l] at 9/22/21 3:16pm
September 22, 2021Low voter turnout for meaningless election signals need for electoral reformThe low voter turnout for this years election indicates that all is not well with democracy in Canada. We need a thoughtful and detailed study of alternative electoral systems.
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[l] at 9/21/21 8:49am
September 21, 2021De-facto voter suppression came to Canada yesterdayThe truth is that the Trudeau government decided to call an election in the midst of a pandemic knowing full well that campaigning and voting would be more difficult than in normal times.
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[l] at 9/21/21 8:49am
September 21, 2021De-facto voter suppression came to Canada yesterdayThe truth is that the Trudeau government decided to call an election in the midst of a pandemic knowing full well that campaigning and voting would be more difficult than in normal times.
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[l] at 9/20/21 4:02pm
September 20, 2021Canada: a nation of renters?Unless there are substantial reforms to the National Housing Act and the Banking Act, wealthy elites will continue to use our financial system to game the housing market and take more workers money.
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[l] at 9/20/21 4:02pm
September 20, 2021Canada: a nation of renters?Unless there are substantial reforms to the National Housing Act and the Banking Act, wealthy elites will continue to use our financial system to game the housing market and take more workers money.
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[l] at 9/20/21 8:28am
September 20, 2021Heres what you need to know before you voteSo youve decided to vote, perhaps for the first time. Heres what to expect.
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[l] at 9/20/21 8:28am
September 20, 2021Heres what you need to know before you voteSo youve decided to vote, perhaps for the first time. Heres what to expect.
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[l] at 9/17/21 6:36pm
September 17, 2021Time is running outSeptember 20th is around the corner, and voting has already started. There is no time left to waste on the status quo -- not in politics, nor in the media.
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[l] at 9/17/21 6:36pm
September 17, 2021Time is running outSeptember 20th is around the corner, and voting has already started. There is no time left to waste on the status quo -- not in politics, nor in the media.
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[l] at 9/17/21 10:30am
Yves EnglerJustin Trudeau regularly boasts about supporting the international rules-based order (IRBO). As is to be expected, reality can be quite different from what the prime minister tells us. Let us count some of the ways the Liberals have failed to support international accords that strengthen an IRBO:  1.     According to the National Observer, Canada is refusing to support a draft resolution to advance a global agreement to curb plastic pollution. The treaty would compel countries to "better track plastic production, use, and disposal, alongside potentially requiring them to reduce their consumption of new plastics and developing better recycling and waste management systems." With nearly three million tonnes of plastic waste thrown away annually in Canada and about two hundred million tonnes polluting oceans around the world, plastic production and waste is an ever growing international problem. An agreement to curtail plastic pollution would be a sensible expansion of the IRBO yet the Trudeau government refuses to sign on.  2.     The Liberals have refused to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits rich countries from exporting waste to poor countries. The amendment became binding in late 2019 after it was ratified by 97 countries.  3.     Despite repeatedly promising to do so, the Liberals have failed to ratify the United Nations' Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). Ninety countries have signed OPCAT, which established a mechanism to inspect detention centres.   4.     The Liberals have failed to sign the American Convention on Human Rights, which established the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.   5.     The Liberals have not signed the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries.  6.     The Trudeau government voted against holding the 2017 UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination. They then boycotted the meeting that negotiated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which two-thirds of the world's countries attended. Nearly 90 countries have signed the TPNW, which came into force in January.  7.     The Liberals have largely ignored international efforts to restrict corporate abuses. The government has shown little interest in the OECD's work to curtail "transfer pricing" and other forms of corporate tax avoidance.   8.     Canada has been "largely absent," notes Oxfam Canada's Ian Thomson, from a UN Human Rights Council initiative to develop a legally binding treaty to hold companies accountable for human rights abuses. Launched in 2014, the Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises project has met annually and Canada was again absent during the sixth round of negotiations in October.  9.     The Liberals have failed to ratify dozens of conventions of one of the oldest parts of the IRBO. They haven't signed the International Labour Organization's Domestic Workers Convention, which sets minimum conditions for domestic work and recognizes domestic workers' rights to freedom of association. Nor have they ratified the ILO's Violence and Harassment Convention or Indigenous rights convention No. 169, which is legally binding unlike the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  10.  Then there are climate accords, which are essential to an IRBO worth its salt. Unlike his predecessor, Trudeau hasn't sabotaged international climate negotiations. But he has openly flouted his commitments under the December 2015 Paris Climate Accord. Canadian greenhouse gas emissions have grown since the Paris Agreement was signed, with this country doing worse than every other G7 nation. From 2016 to 2019 Canadian GHG emissions grew 3.3 per cent while U.S. emissions increased 0.6 per cent and the five other G7 countries' emissions declined between 4.4 per cent and 10.8 per cent.  On hundreds of occasions Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and other Liberal officials have claimed to support the "international rules-based order," "international order based on rules," "international system based on rules," etc. Global Affairs website's No. 1 priority is "revitalizing the rules-based international order."  It appears Liberal IRBO rhetoric is little more than branding, or what may be better defined as party propaganda. In reality, Canada has failed to support many critical elements of an international rules-based order during Trudeau's six years in power.  Yves Engler is the author of 12 books. His latest is Stand on Guard For Whom? -- A People's History of the Canadian Military.  Image: UN Photo/Kim Haughton/Flickr
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[l] at 9/17/21 10:30am
Yves EnglerJustin Trudeau regularly boasts about supporting the international rules-based order (IRBO). As is to be expected, reality can be quite different from what the prime minister tells us. Let us count some of the ways the Liberals have failed to support international accords that strengthen an IRBO:  1.     According to the National Observer, Canada is refusing to support a draft resolution to advance a global agreement to curb plastic pollution. The treaty would compel countries to "better track plastic production, use, and disposal, alongside potentially requiring them to reduce their consumption of new plastics and developing better recycling and waste management systems." With nearly three million tonnes of plastic waste thrown away annually in Canada and about two hundred million tonnes polluting oceans around the world, plastic production and waste is an ever growing international problem. An agreement to curtail plastic pollution would be a sensible expansion of the IRBO yet the Trudeau government refuses to sign on.  2.     The Liberals have refused to ratify the Basel Ban Amendment, which prohibits rich countries from exporting waste to poor countries. The amendment became binding in late 2019 after it was ratified by 97 countries.  3.     Despite repeatedly promising to do so, the Liberals have failed to ratify the United Nations' Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). Ninety countries have signed OPCAT, which established a mechanism to inspect detention centres.   4.     The Liberals have failed to sign the American Convention on Human Rights, which established the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.   5.     The Liberals have not signed the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries.  6.     The Trudeau government voted against holding the 2017 UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Leading Towards their Total Elimination. They then boycotted the meeting that negotiated the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), which two-thirds of the world's countries attended. Nearly 90 countries have signed the TPNW, which came into force in January.  7.     The Liberals have largely ignored international efforts to restrict corporate abuses. The government has shown little interest in the OECD's work to curtail "transfer pricing" and other forms of corporate tax avoidance.   8.     Canada has been "largely absent," notes Oxfam Canada's Ian Thomson, from a UN Human Rights Council initiative to develop a legally binding treaty to hold companies accountable for human rights abuses. Launched in 2014, the Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises project has met annually and Canada was again absent during the sixth round of negotiations in October.  9.     The Liberals have failed to ratify dozens of conventions of one of the oldest parts of the IRBO. They haven't signed the International Labour Organization's Domestic Workers Convention, which sets minimum conditions for domestic work and recognizes domestic workers' rights to freedom of association. Nor have they ratified the ILO's Violence and Harassment Convention or Indigenous rights convention No. 169, which is legally binding unlike the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.  10.  Then there are climate accords, which are essential to an IRBO worth its salt. Unlike his predecessor, Trudeau hasn't sabotaged international climate negotiations. But he has openly flouted his commitments under the December 2015 Paris Climate Accord. Canadian greenhouse gas emissions have grown since the Paris Agreement was signed, with this country doing worse than every other G7 nation. From 2016 to 2019 Canadian GHG emissions grew 3.3 per cent while U.S. emissions increased 0.6 per cent and the five other G7 countries' emissions declined between 4.4 per cent and 10.8 per cent.  On hundreds of occasions Justin Trudeau, Chrystia Freeland and other Liberal officials have claimed to support the "international rules-based order," "international order based on rules," "international system based on rules," etc. Global Affairs website's No. 1 priority is "revitalizing the rules-based international order."  It appears Liberal IRBO rhetoric is little more than branding, or what may be better defined as party propaganda. In reality, Canada has failed to support many critical elements of an international rules-based order during Trudeau's six years in power.  Yves Engler is the author of 12 books. His latest is Stand on Guard For Whom? -- A People's History of the Canadian Military.  Image: UN Photo/Kim Haughton/Flickr
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[l] at 9/17/21 6:55am
September 17, 2021Down to the wire: join rabble.cas live election panelrabble.cas national live-politics panel, Off The Hill, returns TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EDT with host Robin Browne, and guests Libby Davies, Chuka Ejeckam, Rachel Snow, Karl Nerenberg, Diana Yoon.
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[l] at 9/17/21 6:55am
September 17, 2021Down to the wire: join rabble.cas live election panelrabble.cas national live-politics panel, Off The Hill, returns TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EDT with host Robin Browne, and guests Libby Davies, Chuka Ejeckam, Rachel Snow, Karl Nerenberg, Diana Yoon.
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[l] at 9/16/21 3:38pm
September 16, 2021For candidates who are also parents, the timing of this election couldnt be worse: Lisa RobertsA former Nova Scotia NDP MLA is hoping to take back a seat long-held by the party in Halifax, but being a working mom during back-to-school in a pandemic is an undeniable hurdle.
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[l] at 9/16/21 3:38pm
September 16, 2021For candidates who are also parents, the timing of this election couldnt be worse: Lisa RobertsA former Nova Scotia NDP MLA is hoping to take back a seat long-held by the party in Halifax, but being a working mom during back-to-school in a pandemic is an undeniable hurdle.
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[l] at 9/14/21 3:47pm
September 14, 2021How to strategically vote for the climate "The only wasted vote is a vote against your own interests."
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[l] at 9/14/21 3:47pm
September 14, 2021How to strategically vote for the climate "The only wasted vote is a vote against your own interests."
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[l] at 9/13/21 3:11pm
September 13, 2021The labour shortage no one is talking aboutThe job vacancy rate in health care and social assistance increased 39 per cent from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, with almost 99,000 jobs needing to be filled.
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[l] at 9/13/21 3:11pm
September 13, 2021The labour shortage no one is talking aboutThe job vacancy rate in health care and social assistance increased 39 per cent from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021, with almost 99,000 jobs needing to be filled.
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[l] at 9/10/21 5:20pm
September 10, 2021Five reasons to ditch anti-terrorism and national securityThe words "terrorism" and "threats to national security" have become an effective tool for the state to discredit and/or repress any group or person, especially those challenging the status quo.
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[l] at 9/10/21 1:13am
September 10, 2021Leaders debate inadequately addresses climate changeWhile the climate crisis was featured among the six debate topics, it continues to be presented politically as an issue on its own, rather than something that crucially informs every other issue.
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[l] at 9/9/21 5:27pm
September 9, 2021Second French debate draws clear battle lines as campaign heads into home stretchClimate change was but an afterthought in a debate that focussed on child care and finally -- long-term care was addressed.
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[l] at 9/8/21 3:59pm
September 8, 2021Violence against Trudeau a consequence of not taking hate seriously: Hawa Y. MireNDP candidate says Trudeaus security concerns over protestors a concern facing racialized communities every day.
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[l] at 9/7/21 4:01pm
September 7, 2021The labour movement wants a just recovery. Why arent they talking about housing?Canadian unions once played a critical role in housing advocacy. Our future depends on revitalizing that work.
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[l] at 9/3/21 1:55pm
September 3, 2021Trudeau and OToole play defence during first French TV debateThe NDPs Jagmeet Singh relied too much on rehearsed rhetoric.
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[l] at 9/3/21 10:38am
Chelsea Nashrabble radioSeptember 3, 2021ElectionsPolitics in CanadaTHE RUNDOWN Hello and welcome to rabble radio, the proud reemergence of our weekly audio magazine. Rabble radio has its finger on the beat of the issues that matter to you. This week, we're talking about the issues that are conspicuously absent from the federal election thus far. And, we're talking youth voting. After that I'll take you through last week's headlines in a segment called "in case you missed it." But it's been a busy week -- so don't be too hard on yourself. That's what we're here for!  BTW, if you like what you hear, remember we here at rabble.ca cover and produce a lot more timely news, commentary and even events online. You can find it all at rabble.ca. STUDENT VOTING Our national politics reporter Stephen Wentzell joins us to talk about his story about how students feel their vote isn't valued. You can keep up with his reporting on the site, and be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you never miss a beat. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Here are some stories you might have missed on rabble.ca this week. Joyce Nelson breaks down why we should be paying more attention to military spending this election. The federal government is set to award a $5-million contract for drone procurement this fall, in addition to the upfront cost of $19 million for the 88 new fighter jets it is proceeding with purchasing (the No New Fighter Jets Coalition pegs the full life-cycle cost of these jets at $77 million.) All this spending–in addition to a recent joint statement from Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan and his American counterpart -- could signal that Canada is planning to participate in the U.S. ballistic missile shield -- the purpose of which is to create a North American shield to enable to U.S. to wage a "winnable" nuclear war. And, Rachel Snow laments that this federal election -- much like the 43 before it -- will not advance the interests of the First Nations peoples. Instead, the Canadian electorate is focused on "first-world problems," she writes. "We live within a shadow world of structural and economic apartheid that is so ingrained that many no longer question it," Snow notes of the living conditions of many First Nations. Snow observes that talk about reconciliation during this election is all about platitudes, politics, and public perception. Take the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, for instance, the first observance of which will take place on September 30. Rather than make reparations with Indigenous folks or address systemic challenges like clean water supply and living conditions on reserves, Trudeau "stepped out in front of the parade" and created a symbol. "The catastrophic state of Indigenous communities sits in the balance as Canadians ponder which party has the more progressive policies for some future, amorphous 'reconciliation,'" she writes. Plus, Aidan Simardone writes much of the same but about the Liberals' approach to Islamophobia. The Liberals' modus operandi towards Muslims is centred around "fairness," he writes. "It means opposing direct discrimination–hate crimes, slurs and exclusion from the halls of power. Rather than being systemic, it suggests that discrimination is the fault of individuals." The solution to Islamophobia (and to reconciliation) is not found in supplying each group with equal opportunity under capitalism; rather, more radical options are necessary, he writes. Also this week, Kelly Tatham reports from the blockades of Fairy Creek where she is participating in the resistance to and protest of the logging industry cutting back the old-growth forests. Amid increasing police raids, and after witnessing police violence directed to the Black and Indigenous forest defenders, Tatham questions whether any of it is really about the trees anymore–has it ever been? Read her piece to learn about the human cost of Fairy Creek. And, senior politics reporter Karl Nerenberg brings you up to speed on the first parallel look at the five major party leaders' TV performance after Radio-Canada hosted the first such event earlier this week. Jagmeet Singh was surprisingly on top of his game, Nerenberg noted, seeming to give on-top answers in good–if not perfect -- French, and overall giving off an air of amiability. The question remains if he -- as the only party leader who wears a turban -- will be able to overcome the xenophobia he faces in that province. Check out the rest of Nerenberg's analysis at rabble.ca. Candidates to watch This week, national politics reporter Stephen Wentzell profiled Vancouver Centre candidate Breen Ouellette. Ouellette, in his second election campaign against long-time incumbent, Liberal Hedy Fry. In 2019, Ouellette managed to come second, nabbing 23.7 per cent of the vote. His career in politics has not been without its challenges, though: Ouellette told Wentzell he has been subjected to repeated violent threats from anti-maskers while out on the campaign trail. Another candidate to watch this week: Libby Davies profiled Kamloops–Thompson -- Cariboo candidate Bill Sundhu, who sees a realistic path to victory in the BC interior. Conservative Cathy Macleod is not running for reelection there, and Sundhu feels there is Conservative fatigue among voters, giving the NDP a shot at taking that seat. Sundhu -- driven by social justice and informed by his own life experiences with racism, disability services, and much else -- wants the people of his riding to know they should expect more from their Member of Parliament. In cahoots Six human rights and environmental groups are requesting precautionary measures for activists opposed to the Escobal mine in Guatemala, according to Mining Watch Canada. We can't forget: this weekend is Labour Day! UFCW Canada wants to remind you that as we recover from COVID-19, we must ensure that we do not return to the status quo. Worker's rights are a big part of that, as we've seen from this pandemic. Now for our top five headlines, all of which you can find at rabble.ca. 1.    Stephen Wentzell: Student voters decry suspension of Vote on Campus program 2.    Bruce Campbell: Climate crisis cannot be separated from extreme wealth inequality 3.    David Climenhaga: No media welcome: Jason Kenney reappears to answer curated questions on Facebook Live 4.    Yves Engler: Afghanistan and the failure of Canadian 'aid' 5.    David Suzuki: IPCC report could be a legal game-changer for climate THE MUSICAL QUESTION Oh, and the music for this podcast? It’s the jazz stylings of our political boffin, Karl Nerenberg.  END NOTES Stay tuned for more of our special election next week. If you like the show please consider subscribing wherever you listen to your podcasts. Rate, review, send it to a friend – you know the drill. Follow us on social media, @rabbleca on both Instagram and Twitter. Got feedback on the show? I'd love to hear from you. Get in touch anytime at editor@rabble.ca. I can't always promise I'll respond, but I do read everything. Catch more of our election coverage -- including some fantastic, in-depth policy analysis, more candidates to watch, and some radical opinions -- at rabble.ca. Image: Parker Johnson/Unsplash Elections Canadaclimate crisiscanadian federation of studentsCA play pause stop mute unmute Episode 2 rabble radio election edition.mp3
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[l] at 9/2/21 3:33pm
September 2, 2021Why military spending should be a key election issueBy Autumn of 2021, Canada is expecting to receive bids for the $5 billion it is planning to spend on the purchase of armed drones.
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[l] at 9/1/21 8:25pm
September 1, 2021 Debris left behind after the RCMP raided Ada'itsx Fairy Creek headquarters. Image: provided by Kelly Tatham The human cost of defending forests at Ada'itsx Fairy Creek White-centred climate activism blows the whistle in fear of what the future might hold. Indigenous-centred activism maintains that the present is not safe and it is the present we must attend to.
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[l] at 8/31/21 1:50pm
August 31, 2021 Annamie Paul/Jagmeet Singh/Justin Trudeau/Yves Francois-Blanchet/Erin O'Toole/Facebook Jagmeet Singh surprises in Radio-Canada interviews with leaders In this first side-by-side look at five party leaders, Singh was the most affable and relaxed of all the leaders as he dealt with most questions directly and with the appearance of candour.
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[l] at 8/30/21 11:23am
Chelsea Nash rabble radio rabble.ca graphic featuring a photo of Parliament Hill from behind. August 30, 2021 Elections Politics in Canada THE RUNDOWN

This first episode is the proud rebirth of our weekly audio magazine, rabble radio. Rabble radio tunes in on the issues and actions that matter to you. And, this week, what could be more timely and top-of-mind than a federal election. Well, okay, the Delta variant and Afghanistan, but it's top of mind for us because of the Off the Hill event we hosted last Wednesday night. More on that below.

BTW, if you like what you hear, remember we here at rabble.ca cover and produce a lot more timely news, commentary and even events online. You can find it all at rabble.ca.

OFF THE HILL

Last Wednesday night rabble.ca presented our monthly edition of "Off the Hill" - a panel that takes a look at federal politics from a progressive, grassroots perspective. This month, the theme was "Election 44: No Time to Waste on the Status Quo." Our esteemed panelists included: former NDP MP Libby Davies, climate activist Diana Yoon, Indigenous activist and educator Rachel Snow and rabble's own columnist and policy expert Chuka Ejeckman. Here’s the first twenty minutes of their discussion, hosted by the Ottawa-based Robin Browne.

We bring you the first 20 minutes in this podcast.

If you’d like to hear the full length discussion you can check it out at https://rabble.ca/rabbletv/.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Here's a rundown of this week’s top headlines on rabble.ca.

Introducing rabble.ca's new national politics reporter: Stephen Wentzell profiled Kitchener Centre NDP candidate Beisan Zubi in his rabble debut, speaking with Zubi about how her own experience with housing precarity and the affordability crisis has informed her politics. Keep an eye out for more "candidates to watch" -- a special series profiling up-and-coming progressive candidates who are here to shake things up. 

Economist Jim Stanford warns of coming austerity measures if the Conservatives manage to win a majority next month. "The pandemic proved something progressives argued for years: there is virtually no financial constraint to the ability of governments to mobilize resources in the interests of social and environmental well-being -- if they choose to do so," he writes. This challenges just about everything the Conservatives stand for, and all of the progress made during the pandemic could quickly be undone if O'Toole finds power.

The election issues

In this month's Pro Bono column, lawyer Celia Chandler reflects back on how she seems to be writing about the same thing every election cycle: the housing crisis. Will this time be any different? Street Nurse Cathy Crowe and professor David Hulchanski take readers through how the decades-long housing crisis has manifested. 

Plus, Linda McQuaig makes the case that this election should not, in fact, be about the climate crisis, but instead about curtailing the power and influence of the fossil fuel industry, which at this point, pulls far too many strings. 

Accountability on Afghanistan

Columnist Matthew Behrens wrote a scathing and insightful indictment of Canada's well-documented war crimes in Afghanistan. 

Monia Mazigh joined Behrens in calling for a public inquiry into Canada's involvement in the twenty-year, fruitless war. And, Rick Salutin looked back at what started it all: 9/11. 

From our In Cahoots partners this week:

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is filing formal policy grievances against employers, including AHS, for refusing to acknowledge the newly created National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

With September approaching, Ontario's teacher unions believe that everyone working in, or attending a school who is eligible and can be safely vaccinated, should be vaccinated, according to a statement from the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario.

Now, a look at five not-to-be missed headlines:

  1. Rita Wong: RCMP at Fairy Creek blockade ignore the real emergency

  2. David Climenhaga: Where is Jason Kenney? Alberta premier unseen since August 9 as COVID cases rise

  3. Martha Friendly: Conservatives go back to the future for child-care proposals in this federal election

  4. Sara Speicher: Afghanistan: Is digital communication a blessing or curse?

  5. David Suzuki: Federal election requires serious shift on climate, justice and health

THE MUSICAL QUESTION

Oh, and the music for this podcast? It’s the jazz stylings of our political boffin, Karl Nerenberg. Such a polymath.

ENDNOTES

Got feedback on the show? Great. Send it along to editor@rabble.ca. We’d love to hear from you. And you’ll find lots more at rabble.ca. Until next time: Stay informed, stay active and register to vote.

OFF THE HILL PANELISTS

Robin Browne is Off the Hill's co-host. Robin is a communications professional and the co-lead of the 613-819 Black Hub, living in Ottawa. His blog is The "True" North.

Libby Davies is author of Outside In: a Political Memoir. She served as the MP for Vancouver East from 1997-2015, and is former NDP Deputy Leader and House Leader, and is a recipient of the Order of Canada.

Chuka Ejeckam is a political researcher and writer, and works in the labour movement in British Columbia. He focuses on political and economic inequity and inequality, both within Canada and as produced by Canadian policy. Read Chuka's regular column on rabble.ca.

Rachel Snow is Iyahe Nakoda, the daughter of late Reverend Dr. Chief John Snow. She holds a juris doctor from the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan and is an outspoken educator, speaker, writer and co-contact person for the Indigneous Activist Networks. Rachel resides on her ancestral lands in Mini Thni which is west of Calgary, Alberta.

Diana Yoon is a climate and housing justice activist and community organizer based in Toronto/Tkaronto. Diana works as the climate specialist at Toronto Environmental Alliance, a leading environmental advocacy non-profit, while pursuing her Masters. Diana ran in the 2019 federal election as the NDP candidate in Spadina-Fort York and sits as an Ontario Rep for NDP Federal Council.

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[l] at 8/27/21 12:47pm
August 27, 2021 A Canadian Forces flag patch. Image: Latvijas armija/Flickr The secrets they keep: Why Canada fears Afghan interpreters As Canada closes its embassy in Kabul, there is no doubt a great deal of paper shredding going on.
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[l] at 8/26/21 3:16pm
August 26, 2021 Apartment building in London, Ontario. Image: Scott Webb/Unsplash Another election, the same housing crisis In 2015, housing advocates excitedly awaited dollars to flow in numbers to make a real difference to the lives of underhoused Canadians. And we waited. And we waited. And -- nothing.
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[l] at 8/26/21 8:26am
August 26, 2021 A hand with black nail polish supports a baby's feet. Image: Alex Pasarelu/Unsplash Amid climate crisis, should we be having fewer children? Across the world, in countless circumstances, people are robbed of the inherent right to make independent, happiness-seeking choices about procreation, free from pressures in either direction.
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[l] at 8/25/21 2:22pm
August 25, 2021 No time for the status quo. House graphic Join our live election panel TONIGHT: No time to waste on the status quo Talking about the issues that matter: the climate crisis, Indigenous rights, and an equitable post-pandemic recovery.
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[l] at 8/24/21 3:17pm
August 24, 2021 Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole in front of the party's slogan, "Secure the Future." Image: Erin O'Toole/Flickr Erin O'Toole's Conservatives prepare to return Canada to austerity If they form government, Canadians should expect a whiplash-inducing reversal of the extraordinary measures that were implemented during the pandemic.
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[l] at 8/23/21 2:05pm
August 23, 2021 Housing advocates carry a banner. Black words on red read, "Housing for All." Many signs in background say "Social Housing Now." Image: Cathy Crowe/Used with permission Election 2021: Federal failure on housing must come to an end Prof. David Hulchanski and street nurse Cathy Crowe chronicle how the housing and homelessness disaster has been decades in the making.
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[l] at 8/20/21 3:16pm
August 20, 2021 An oil well. Image: BLM Wyoming/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr One big, expensive, avoidable reason why governments won't take action on climate change As things stand, life on Earth is placing second in importance to future corporate profits.
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[l] at 8/17/21 3:46pm
August 17, 2021 Justin Trudeau with his Liberal Party team at a virtual meeting. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter A Liberal majority could mean a more centrist government Consider what Liberals have done with majorities in the past.
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[l] at 8/16/21 8:39am
August 16, 2021 Three social media photos announcing the federal election from Justin Trudeau (left), Jagmeet Singh (centre), and Erin O'Toole (right). Images: Justin Trudeau/Jagmeet Singh/Erin O'Toole/Twitter. What to expect when you're expecting an unnecessary federal election Trudeau pushes for majority while NDP's Singh touts benefits of minority.
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[l] at 8/13/21 4:04pm
August 13, 2021 Palestine protest in Montreal on May 15, 2021. Image: Stefan Christoff/Used with permission Canada's colonialism extends through its foreign policy The reality of the colonialist orientation of the governments in both Israel and Canada underwrites many of the reasons why a trade agreement with the Israeli state was prioritized by Canada.
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[l] at 8/12/21 9:08am
August 12, 2021 A photo of Soleiman Faqiri at a vigil in Toronto in 2017. Image: Justice for Soli/Facebook Soleiman Faqiri and the consistency of cruelty in Canadian jails On Tuesday, Ontario's chief forensic pathologist determined the causes of Faqiri's death after five years of pressure; the injuries he sustained while he was restrained and beaten by guards.
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[l] at 8/10/21 2:47pm
August 10, 2021 A lone firefighter faces a wall of forest fire. Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Flickr On climate, are we past the point of no return? Mainstream media reports on climate change like it is just another story, failing to acknowledge the urgency and danger of the moment we are in.
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[l] at 8/9/21 3:35pm
August 9, 2021 A doctor's office with an exam bed, a stool, and a counter with medical supplies. Image: TheKarenD/Flickr It's 2021 and doctors are still diagnosing women with hysteria Studies have shown that doctors routinely opt to give female patients sedatives as opposed to painkillers, suggesting that their perception of their own pain is presumed to be clouded by anxiety.
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[l] at 8/6/21 2:00pm
August 6, 2021 Jack Layton and Libby Davies. Image credit: rabble staff Be part of Jack Layton's legacy of grassroots activism The Layton Legacy project is offering a unique opportunity to highlight and support grassroots activism with an Activism Award. Find out how to apply.
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[l] at 8/5/21 1:14pm
August 5, 2021 Health Minister Patty Hajdu and Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam. Image credit: Patty Hajdu/Facebook Health Minister Patty Hajdu sends warning to Alberta about COVID-19 measures It's pretty clear the federal Liberals don't mind getting up Tyler Shandro's nose, or his boss Jason Kenney's either. Count on it, there's a political reason for that.
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[l] at 8/4/21 8:18am
August 4, 2021 Books, apple and flowers. Image credit: congerdesign/Pixabay Late summer reads to keep you engaged Summer months are a good time to catch up on reads. Here are a few food-themed recommendations, touching on many new and upcoming Canadian publications.
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[l] at 8/3/21 7:32am
August 3, 2021 Some anti-Site C signage on the Boon family's farm. Image: Ken Boon/Used with permission The environmental racism of Site C The West Moberly First Nations has launched an epic court case seeking to halt the dam which will be heard in 2022. A recent B.C. Supreme Court win by Blueberry River First Nations bodes well.

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