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The Views Expressed

The Views Expressed here showcase a variety of progressive voices from critics, writers, thinkers and activists across Canada. You'll find ideas and commentary on politics, cultural happenings, activist actions and more! Submissions can be sent to [url=mailto:editor@rabble.ca]editor@rabble.ca[/url]. The [i]rabble.ca[/i] editorial team promises to read them all, and publish our favourites.

Blog - The Views Expressed March 19
Candles outside the Al Huda Mosque, New Zealand. Photo: Mark McGuire/Flickr
Azeezah Kanji | In the Christchurch massacre and its aftermath, two forms of racism have been put on display: a far-right Islamophobia that kills Muslims and a mainstream Islamophobia that normalizes the deaths.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 8
Miranda Gallo | Amidst revelations of alleged political interference on the SNC-Lavalin file, and the bullying of former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, our "feminist" PM's true colours are beginning to show.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 7
Cam Fenton, Aurore Fauret, Atiya Jaffar, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Katie Perfitt, Jennifer Deol, Emma Jackson | A Green New Deal for Canada must work in service of real reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while enshrining dignity, justice, and equity for all.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 6
SNC-Lavalin sign. Photo: Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Once saved from both its financial and law-breaking predicaments, surely SNC-Lavalin would have no reason to lay off workers. That was the Trudeau government's implied assumption.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 1
SNC Lavalin Headquarters in Montreal. Photo: Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | SNC-Lavalin had every reason to expect a rescue from a political party whose election campaigns it had so generously funded, and with whom it had developed such a long and cozy relationship.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 25
Image: PowerShift Canada/Facebook
Raagini Appadurai | "Today, I am reminded that 'if you still got breath, it's your time.' And we're coming." Reflections on the youth climate justice movement from a PowerShift convergence participant.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 20
Photo: Rachel Docherty/Flickr
Ed Finn | Corporate barbarism has intensified on a colossal scale, to the point of endangering the very sustainability of human life on the planet. The scourges of poverty and inequality run even more rampant.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 18
Shahroze Khan | If Canada is going to be a progressive leader at the international level, we need stronger and bolder leadership on Palestine. Canada needs an Ilhan Omar -- a prominent progressive voice on Palestine.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 15
Prescription bottles. Photo: Airman Valerie Monroy/U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | If Canadian voters vociferously demand that all the contending candidates and parties make pharmacare an unbreakable priority in the 2019 federal election, it may really become a reality next year.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 4
Photo: Beatrice Murch/Flickr
Yves Engler | From a defeated interventionist resolution at the Organization of American States to the fact the Lima Group was established less than two years ago, news surrounding Venezuela is underreported.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 1
Photo: Tim J Keegan/Flickr
Ed Finn | Rules of corporate governance make moves to slow climate change impossible. Perhaps we can only hope that humankind’s extinction will be forestalled by the too-long-delayed extinction of capitalism.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 31
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Albert Koehl, Michael Black | Many large cities in Europe no longer passively accept the casualty toll inflicted by trucks. They are adopting measures to improve pedestrian and cycling traffic.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 17
Photo: Image from kohl_photographer via Flickr.
Alex Sangha | There is a distinction to be made between being spiritual and religious. But how does God fit in? What unites us and divides us as a people? The concept of spirituality can lead to more caring, compas
Blog - The Views Expressed December 10
Photo: Coastal Elite
Barâa Arar | Statistics Canada’s recent report on hate crimes illustrates the increase in these racially motivated incidents. The challenge now is to develop an approach to combat this hatred.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 10
John Foster | Bitumen from the oilsands is costly to extract, upgrade, and refine, and difficult to clean up. These issues won't go away even if we build more pipelines in Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 7
Ed Finn | Reading is important. It’s that simple. If you doubt it, ask the question: Could a country that had widely read Huckleberry Finn have taken Donald J. Trump seriously for a second?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 26
Christianne Boudreau
Rick Sterling | In 2014, Christianne Boudreau’s son was killed fighting with ISIS in Syria. After his death, she became an advocate for counter extremism. In 2016, her passport was revoked.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 23
Photo courtesy of Raluca Bejan
Open letter | In an open letter, students from St. Thomas University in Fredericton ask government to remedy the housing shortage that is so clearly evident by the tent city that has sprung up in the urban centre.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yogi Acharya | The Ontario government's plan to review social assistance plans and its absurd refrain that ‘the best social program is a job’ are cause for concern.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 12
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Will Dubitsky | Quebec’s new provincial government is proposing shift on many issue -- from immigration to tolerance and the environment -- and not letting a little hypocrisy get in its way.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Anne Ehret | During the postal strike, one of the first female carriers reflects on how the job has changed, the progress workers have made and the role the service can still play in communities across Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 2
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Richard Sharpe | Members of the black community need to be included in the process of assessing how minority students are treated by the school board.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 26
Scene from Birdie Fire in Coconino National Forest. Photo: Heather Provencio/U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest/Flickr
Ed Finn | As devastating as this year's wildfires have been, they are not the only threat to the world's forests. Massive deforestation caused by human activity threatens much of the world's woodlands.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 13
Image: Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr
Tarek Loubani | The problem with careless politicized accusations of antisemitism is, like recent accusations against Dimitri Lascaris, that they undermine the truth: antisemitism is real and it hurts us all.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 13
Child on playground. Photo: Sal/Flickr
Ed Finn | A new report is just the latest account detailing the extent of child poverty and dereliction that has blemished this country's image for a very long time.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 6
Evans Yellow Old Woman | An open letter from a Calgary-based coalition calls on Rachel Notley to commit to meaningful reconciliation after declaring she would "build this pipeline!" at Calgary Pride in the Park.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 5
Buttons from "$15 and Fairness" campaign. Photo: OFL Communications Department/Flickr
Ed Finn | There are sombre facts and figures available that paint a much darker picture of unemployment in this country than the basic statistics alone.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 31
Steelworkers Toronto Area Council on Labour Day 2017. Photo: United Steelworkers/flickr
Ed Finn | The media are now operated like all other big corporations: their overriding fixation is to maximize profits. They see no way of profiting from in-depth labour coverage, so they have scrapped it.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 8
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks at 2017 First Nations Leaders' Gathering. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Joyce Green, Gina Starblanket | The Trudeau government is committed to table legislation on a Recognition of Rights Framework for Indigenous Rights this fall. While not yet finalized, the initial drafts are not encouraging.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 28
Leaving Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Photo: Harry and Rowena Kennedy/Flickr
Ed Finn | Now in his 90s, writer Ed Finn shares an excerpt from his memoir, a look at his grandfather who died in 1937.

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