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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 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
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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 In 2016, her passport was revoked.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.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Photo: Paul Downey
Ed Finn | Who benefits from government priorities? Usually just the rich and powerful.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Harvey Weinstein, former chairman, The Weinstein Company. Photo: Thomas Hawk
Peggy Nash | Media attention on Hollywood's abusers will lessen, but the need to take action to end harassment and abuse will not.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 6
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up after Pence addressed the Republican National Convention. Photo: A. Shaker/VOA
Jeff Shantz | A new book by pollster Michael Adams explores data to find out if Canada could succumb to xenophobic populism on a mass scale.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 24
Picture taken from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter of Lac-Mégantic, the day of the derailment, July 6, 2013. Photo: Sûreté du Québec/Wikimedia Commons
Bruce Campbell | The Quebec town's citizens were not protected from unsafe transportation conditions which remain in place today. They deserve justice.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 4
plate 26 of Jerusalem the Emanation of the Giant Albion by William Blake. Photo: Wikimedia
Ed Finn | Creating an anthology of famous and not-so-famous poems on justice for humanity is thought provoking and inspiring.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 20
B.C. premier John Horgan at the press conference announcing the government will complete Site C construction. Photo: Government of British Columbia
Salman Zafar | There are times when you think the NDP has changed. But then you get a stark reminder that it hasn't.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 15
Photo: Richard Amasia/Flicker
Ed Finn | With more than a million Canadian kids living in poverty, giving them food and toys over the holidays is not enough.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 4
Welcome to the land of freedom
Jade Saab | What three years in the ubiquitous "West" has taught me.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 24
Dawn at Lapa Rios on the south end of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Photo: joiseyshowaa/Flickr
Ed Finn | The happiest countries in the world are not necessarily the richest, but those with truly democratic governments.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 17
McGill University campus. Photo: Ken Chaplin
Ehab Lotayef | Was the administration's behaviour revealing interference and intimidation meant to silence dissent?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 10
Ed Finn | ​Secreting wealth in tax havens deprives Canadian governments of massive amounts of tax revenue every year.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 7
Rally4Faculty at Queen's Park on Nov. 2. Photo: @OPSEU/Twitter
Thomas Ponniah | The Ontario colleges strike presents all of us with a fundamental question: what kind of society do we want to live in?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
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Ed Finn | Anyone who makes a living from writing English will come to enjoy the many ways our language can be transformed into clever, ingenious, witty, and pleasurable forms of wordplay.

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