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The 2015 debate, increasing minimum wage, and #UnistotenHeals -- This week on rabble.ca blogs

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The first debate for the 2015 Canadian election was held yesterday evening. David Climenhaga and Karl Nerenberg  both have review of the Maclean's debate up on rabble.ca blogs. Climenhaga says there were "no losers except Canadians in last night's ditchwater-dull debate." Looking for a clear informative analysis on the debate? Look no further! Nerenberg has all the details for you.

Stephen Harper suggests that only the Conservative party can keep Canada safe. Paula Mallea says otherwise. This week on rabble.ca blogs, Mallela destructs five myths of Haper's tough-on-crime rhetoric.

But at least Harper is a super cool guy and loves to watch movies and TV shows, right? He's just like us! Harper recently tweeted, "I love movies and TV shows. I'm 100% against a #Netflix tax. Always have been, always will be." rabble.ca has the evidence that says otherwise! Oh, Harper.  

Canadians across the country have been calling for an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The minimum wage is not longer a living wage and Canadians are demanding a change. Frache explains why a "$15 minimum wage is an election issue" and explains why here. Scott Piatkowski also points out that "the Liberal Party is trying to create the impression that the NDP's promise to reinstate the federal minimum wage is somehow misleading." And Doreen Nicholl shares her thoughts on minimum wage and poverty in her piece, "Report you part-time cashier, get a free bad of chocolate-chip cookies."

Also on rabble.ca blogs, Kaylie Tiessen examines the labour market. Tiessen says the Ontario labour market is in limbo and the unemployment rate has dropped. Read Tiessen's review here.

RCMP recently attempted to forcefully intrude on unceded Unist'ot'en territory in Northern B.C. And on July 16, First Nations Anonymous member, James McIntyre was murdered by police on the Site C Dam. The ‪#‎UnistotenHeals rally was held on July 30 in solidarity with the Unist'ot'en camp and in protest of police violence. The Unist'ot'en camp urgently needs your support now. Check out a photo essay from the rally and find out how you can support Unist'ot'en camp here.

David Suzuki discusses the killing of Cecil the lion, trophy hunting of grizzly bears in Canada, and examines the destructive implications associated with the "sport." Suzuki calls killing animals for the thrill barbaric and wasteful and urges the Canadian government to listen to conservationists and First Nations. 


Lenée Son is a freelance multimedia journalist living in Metro Vancouver and the rabble.ca blogs intern.

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