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Law and Order and Exploitation: This week's Blogs roundup

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Oh, Harper, Harper. He’s at it again with his so-called ''anti-terror bill,'' a brand-new piece of legislation that will expand the Canadian Security Intelligence Service’s powers, and make it illegal to “advocate” terrorist activity online. John Baglow tells us how Harper's election-year political wedge promoted a culture of fear.

The unclear nature of the bill should be a cause for worry for Canadians, and especially for Indigenous activists, who may be forced to limit their expressions of free speech out of fear of being labeled terrorists. Pamela Palmater on Harper's latest infringement on Indigenous rights.

Canadian hockey 'icon' Don Cherry guffawed this week when his co-host Rob McLean asked if he had eaten a seal burger, and responded by asking, ''What are you, a savage, a barbarian?'' Cherry then clarified that he meant no offense by the statement on Twitter, but it's still pretty uncool to equate Indigenous practices to barbarianism and savagery. Michael Laxer breaks it down.

Contract academic faculty have a tendency to be way undervalued at our universities. It's all work and no glory for these ''precariously employed'' folk, but Erin Wunker sees them, and she has some words of encouragement.

Our male allies can be great, but they can sometimes suck. White Ribbon Australia Ambassador Tanveer Ahmed recently nullified years of feminist work in a single, misguided statement. Meghan Murphy on why male allyship is still a problem

Another violation of women's rights played out this week, but from a much more unlikely source: Law and Order SVU. We all know it as the half-baked police procedural that fetishizes sexual violence, but their latest rating ploy may have finally gone too far. Lucia Lorenzi on why real-life victims are not fair game.

We all place our trust in a fractured hospital system and hope that we can the same treatment as the next person -- but if you’re an elderly woman, your trust may be misplaced. Cathy Crowe writes about why sexism and ageism drive our national health care.

Contrary to what some may believe, suicidal tendencies are not contagious -- so why did a suicidal student get kicked out of a dorm at Acadia University because he may negatively impact other students? Anne Theriault on this outrageous story.

In more positive student news, the national divestment campaign is growing steadily and making more gains. UBC, for one, recently voted to divest from fossil fuels. rabble.ca podcast intern Moira Donovan on why divestment campaigns are an investment in young activists. 

 

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