Bloggers

rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Bloggers are ordered by those who most recently posted. For an alphabetical list please see the directory.

Brent Patterson

Brent Patterson is a political activist and writer. He has worked in solidarity with revolutionary Nicaragua, advocated for the rights of prisoners in jails and federal prisons, taken part in civil disobedience actions in Toronto's financial district and at the Ontario Legislature, and participated in street protests at the Battle of Seattle and at UN climate summits. He supported cross-country activism at The Council of Canadians for almost 20 years. Brent has a BA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan and an MA in International Relations from York University. He lives in Ottawa on the traditional, unceded and unsurrendered territories of the Algonquin nation.

rabble.ca's staff blog

This is [i]rabble.ca[/i]'s staff blog. Visit this blog regularly for updates about rabble, comments and observations from staff members, and occasional visits by board members and volunteers.

A change is gonna come

Sam Cooke's song, "A Change Is Gonna Come," offered hope during the Civil Rights Movement. Today, it reminds me that it's a long, slow, sometimes tiring walk to freedom and I need to remain focused on the goal -- an equitable world.

Campus Notes

Some of the most exciting thinking and doing in Canada is taking place at the country's colleges and universities, where young people of different backgrounds, interests and politics come together to debate and learn about our world. Campus Notes examines issues confronting higher education through our students, teachers, workers and graduates.

Brad Hornick's blog

Brad Hornick is a perpetual student now doing a Ph.D. studying the relationship of climate science to political activism. He is a socialist and Quaker, presently active with peoplesclimateconvergence.org, parisclimatejustice.org and systemchangenotclimatechange.org. He has worked for many environmental non-governmental organizations in various communications roles and has a special interest in graphic design. He has lived and travelled through much of Latin America. His particular interest in this blog is to mobilize the grand traditions of Western radical political theory in the service of understanding present environmental politics, particularly in the British Columbia context.

Bound but not gagged

Bound but not gagged is the rabble book lounge blog where you'll find news and views about progressive authors, publishers, bookstores and just about anything books! To read our reviews visit http://rabble.ca/books

What's the plan?

John Cartwright is the President of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council, representing 200,000 union members in Canada’s largest urban centre.

Open Media's blog

[url=https://openmedia.org/]OpenMedia[/url] works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate and empower people to safeguard the Internet. Follow us on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/OpenMediaOrg]@OpenMediaOrg[/url].

KAIROS Witness

In this monthly blog, KAIROS explores the social and ecological justice issues related to the extractive industry and watersheds, the rights of Indigenous peoples, women and migrant workers, and how to build movements of change. KAIROS brings awareness and offers insights on Canadian and global issues that are too often ignored.

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.

Activist Communiqué

Krystalline Kraus is an intrepid journalist and veteran reporter for rabble.ca since its 2001 beginnings. She needs neither a red cape nor safety goggles to fly into her latest political assignment. She often live-tweets from events -- almost exclusively First Nations and environmental issues. You can follow her on Twitter @krystalline_k.

The Journalism Doctor

From media executive to media critic, John Miller has seen journalism from all sides (and he often doesn't like what he sees). He draws on his 40 years in news, including five years as
deputy managing editor of the [i]Toronto Star[/i], and 10 years as chairman of the
School of Journalism at Ryerson University. His 1998 book [i]Yesterday's News[/i]
documented how newspapers were forfeiting their role as our primary information
source. This column originally appeared on John's blog, www.thejournalismdoctor.ca.

Policy Note

Policy Note delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect British Columbians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, provincial budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the B.C. Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The views expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA. Visit the CCPA's Policy Note blog at [url=www.policynote.ca]www.PolicyNote.ca.[/url]

Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers delivers timely, progressive commentary on issues that affect Canadians, including the economy, poverty, inequality, climate change, budgets, taxes, public services, employment and much more. Contributors include staff and research associates from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).The views expressed on this blog are those of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the CCPA. Visit the blog at Behindthenumbers.ca.

Alberta Diary

David Climenhaga, author of the Alberta Diary blog, is a journalist, author, journalism teacher, poet and trade union communicator who has worked in senior writing and editing positions with the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. His 1995 book, A Poke in the Public Eye, explores the relationships among Canadian journalists, public relations people and politicians. He left journalism after the strike at the Calgary Herald in 1999 and 2000 to work for the trade union movement. Alberta Diary focuses on Alberta politics and social issues.

Policyfix

Policyfix is a blog of the [url=http://policyfix.ca/]CCPA Manitoba office[/url], providing thoughtful analysis of current issues and viable alternatives to government policy.

Roger Annis's blog

Roger Annis is a lifetime socialist and union member and activist. He began his political activism with the Young Socialists of the day while at university in Nova Scotia. Since then, he has lived in most regions of Canada, including in Montreal where he became fluent in French. He is a retired aerospace worker living in Vancouver. He writes regularly on topics of social justice, peace, and on issues concerning Haiti. His personal blog can be found at http://www.rogerannis.com/. He is a founding editor in October 2014 of [url=http://newcoldwar.org/]The New Cold War: Ukraine and beyond.[/url] In 2004, he helped to found the Canada Haiti Action Network and continues to co-edit its [url=http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/]website.[/url]

Progressive Economics Forum

The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 200 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement and activist research organizations. Visit our website [url=http://www.progressive-economics.ca/]here.[/url]

Wayne Roberts's blog

Wayne Roberts is best known for his leadership of the Toronto Food Policy Council during the years from 2000 to 2010. He serves on boards of several food charities and non-profits, is a visiting scholar at the University of Toronto's New College, and is the author of two books on food: [i]The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food[/i] and [i]Food for City Building; A Field Guide for Planners, Actionists and Entrepreneurs[/i]. Follow him on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/wrobertsfood]@wrobertsfood[/url]!

Our Warming World

Our Warming World looks at the everyday ways environmental change is impacting Canadians. From the effects of global warming on tourism to aquatic osteoporosis in Canada's lakes, this series looks at all the little ways in which we interact with our changing natural world.

Yves Engler's Blog

Dubbed "Canada's version of Noam Chomsky" (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), "ever-insightful" (rabble.ca) and a "Leftist gadfly" (Ottawa Citizen), Yves Engler has published nine books. His latest is A Propaganda System: how Canada's government, corporations, media and academia sell war and exploitation.

David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 26 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.

Gerry Caplan's blog

Gerald Caplan has an MA in Canadian history and a Ph.D. in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. He is an author, teacher, media commentator, and social and political activist with a lifelong commitment to African development. He is preoccupied with genocide and genocide prevention, particularly the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, about which he has frequently written. He has been a consultant on African development issues to many United Nations agencies as well as to the African Union. His latest book is called The Betrayal of Africa. He writes a weekly online column for the Globe and Mail.

Nora Loreto's blog

Nora Loreto is a writer, musician and activist based in Québec City. She is the author of [url=https://www.policyalternatives.ca/demonized-organized][i]From Demonized to Organized, Building the New Union Movement[/i][/url] and is the editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media. She writes regularly for blogs and magazines, and wrote a chapter in [i]Canada After Harper[/i], released by Lorimer Publishers in August 2015.

Stephen Kimber's Blog

Stephen Kimber is is an award-winning writer, journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of one novel and nine books of nonfiction, including the best-selling [i]Flight 111: The Tragedy of the Swissair Crash[/i] and [i]Sailors, Slackers and Blind Pigs: Halifax at War[/i]. He teaches creative non-fiction at the University of King’s College in Halifax where he has served as Director of the School of Journalism on three occasions. His latest book, [i]What Lies Across the Water: The Real Story of the Cuban Five[/i] is published by
Fernwood Publishing. He is currently a weekly columnist with [i]Halifax Metro,[/i] senior features writer for [i]The Coast[/i] and a contributing editor for [i]Atlantic Business Magazine.[/i]

Reflections

Ehab Lotayef is a writer and poet from Montreal. He is a Muslim Canadian of Egyptian origin. By training, Ehab is an electrical engineer working at McGill University. Ehab has been socially and politically active for decades: as the chairperson of the Egyptian Canadian Coalition for Democracy, a coordinator with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, a VP of the Canadian Arab Federation among other involvements in civil society. His writings span from political analysis, opinion and commentaries to fiction, theatre and poetry.

Blind Man with a Pistol

Michael Stewart is the blogs coordinator for [i]rabble.ca[/i]. BMWAP is a blog about culture and capitalism. Damn right, it's confusing; it's a gas, baby, you dig. Follow him on twitter: [url=https://twitter.com/m_r_stewart]@m_r_stewart[/url].

On The Other Hand

Award-winning author and journalist Penney Kome has published six non-fiction books and hundreds of periodical articles, as well as writing a national column for 12 years and a local (Calgary) column for four years. She was Editor of Straightgoods.com from 2004 - 2013.

Education in the Age of Climate Change

For the past 18 years Lizanne Foster has taught the humanities in secondary schools in Surrey, B.C. Education in the Age of Climate Change is a blog about public education in B.C. Follow her on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/MovingParadigms]@movingparadigms [/url] or visit her blog www.teachteens.org.

Indigenous Nationhood

Dr. Pamela D. Palmater is a Mi'kmaw lawyer and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She teaches Indigenous law, politics and governance at Ryerson University and heads their Centre for Indigenous Governance.

Pulpit and Politics

Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based author, blogger and a former Member of Parliament. He has worked as a print and television journalist and a CBC Radio host. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Great Canadian Speeches. He has written biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney. In his Pulpit and Politics blog, Dennis examines the connections and collisions between religious faith and politics. Prior to serving as an MP in the late 1990s, Dennis spent four years as Director of Information for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Pulpit and Politics examines the connection, and frequent collisions, between religious faith and politics. His blog can be found at: www.dennisgruending.ca

Council of Canadians' blog

The Council of Canadians is Canada's largest citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Dr. Dawg's Blawg

John Baglow is a former VP of PSAC, currently a writer and researcher, public policy consultant, occasional academic and poet. He blogs at [url=http://drdawgsblawg.ca/]drdawgsblawg.ca[/url] and no longer tweets.

Stories from the COP 21 Canadian Youth Delegation

This blog will follow the Canadian Youth Delegation, made up of 18 young people from across Canada, as they set out to attend the COP 21 UN Climate Negotiations this December in Paris. We'll work to shed light on the continued inaction of world governments, but particularly the Canadian government, on climate change and climate justice.

Common Frontiers

Common Frontiers is a multi-sectoral working group that organizes research, educational campaigns and political action on issues related to hemispheric economic social and climate justice.

Northern Plains Drifter

The Northern Plains Drifter is veteran teacher educator Paul Orlowski. After growing up in east-end Toronto, he spent 25 years on the west coast. He now wanders around the northern plains searching for the ghost of Tommy Douglas. Paul believes that the main tenets of social democracy are the best way to fight against the double scourge of neoliberalism and social conservatism. Civil Society is something worth striving for. Follow Paul on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/npdrifter]@npdrifter[/url].

Shenaz's blog

Shenaz is a former producer and writer with Al Jazeera English, BBC News, and CBC Television. Her writing has appeared in [i]The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, Timeline, rabble.ca[/i] and [i]Muftah magazine[/i]. She holds an MA degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the U.K. and she teaches journalism at Humber College. Visit her website [url=www.shenazkermalli.com]shenazkermalli.com[/url] or follow her on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/mskermalli]@mskermalli[/url].

Christopher Majka

Christopher Majka studied at Mount Alison and Dalhousie Universities, the Pushkin Institute in Moscow and was a guest researcher at the Edward Gray Institute at Oxford University. He has written extensively for many national and international publications. His scientific work includes over 150 scientific papers and contributions to nine books. He is a review editor for two international publications, a collaborator of the Kaltenbach Lab and director of Democracy: Vox Populi. Majka was a recipient of the Tom Brydges Award from the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network, and was included as one of Canadian Geographic's Environmental Scientists of the Year in 2010.

Making Waves

Analysis of Canadian water politics by the Council of Canadians' national water campaigner.

Radha Jhappan's Random Ruminations

Radha Jhappan is a ruminant striving to become the change she wishes to see in the world while avoiding the undertow of conventional thinking.

The Body Politic

Lucia Lorenzi holds a PhD in English literature from The University of British Columbia, where her research focused on representations of sexual violence in Canadian Literature and other media. She is also an anti-violence activist, writer and consultant with a special interest in campus sexual assault. You can follow her on Twitter at [url=https://twitter.com/empathywarrior]@empathywarrior[/url].

The Whole Picture

A blog about and with musings on community spaces, community building, and the struggle to prevent burnout in activist Canada. Have a cool community space or project you would like profiled? Contact Tania at [url=mailto:tania@rabble.ca]tania@rabble.ca[/url] or on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/TaniaEhret]@taniaehret.[/url]

Your Heart's On The Left

Jesse McLaren is a physician, activist and blogger, who like Virchow believes that if medicine is to accomplish its great task, it must intervene in political and social life. He blogs at www.yourheartsontheleft.blogspot.com, and tweets @HeartsOnTheLeft.

Independent Jewish Voices Canada

Founded in 2008, Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. For more information about IJV visit: http://ijvcanada.org/

Voix juives indépendantes Canada, une organisation nationale des droits humains crée en 2008, a comme mandat de promouvoir une résolution juste et équitable au conflit Israélo-palestinien et la mise en œuvre et le respect autant, du droit international que des droits humains.

The Activist Toolkit Blog

The Activist Toolkit Blog is the place to catch up on what's new with the Toolkit. With weekly roundups of newly added tools, highlights of featured tools and extra multimedia content, you'll get up to date info on grassroots organizing. Check out the full activist toolkit at [url=http://rabble.ca/toolkit]rabble.ca/toolkit[/url].

Child Care Canada Now

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit's blog Child Care Canada NOW features commentary by Martha Friendly, CRRU director, other CRRU staff and featured guest writers. Child Care Canada NOW runs the gamut of ECEC topics from the cradle to the cabinet table as it addresses key current ECEC issues and connects the dots that link practice, research, policy and politics. Visit the Childcare Resource and Research Unit's website at www.childcarecanada.org

Publisher's blog

Kim Elliott joined rabble in 2004 and became publisher in 2006. In her publisher's blog she'll explore the world of independent media, discussing both challenges and stories from the frontlines at rabble.ca.

Hill Dispatches

Karl Nerenberg has been reporting on federal politics from Parliament Hill for rabble.ca since September, 2011. In his long career, he has won numerous awards as a broadcaster and documentary filmmaker.

Media Watch blog

Media Watch aims to shine a light on a wide range of media, providing a survey of different news and views from global media, as well as exposing uninformed editorials and inaccurate reporting.

Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May is the Leader of the Green Party of Canada and one of our country’s most respected environmentalists. She is a prominent lawyer, an author, an Officer of the Order of Canada, and a loving mother and grandmother.

Scott Vrooman's blog

Scott has written and performed comedy for TV ([i]Conan, Picnicface, This Hour Has 22 Minutes[/i]), radio ([i]This is That[/i]), and the web ([i]Vice, Funny or Die, College Humor, The Toronto Star, The Huffington Post, iPolitics[/i]). His sketch group Picnicface broadcast 13 episodes of a sketch show, executive produced by Kid In The Hall Mark McKinney, on Canada’s Comedy Network. Scott co-wrote and co-starred in the feature film [i]Roller Town[/i], which is now streaming on Netflix, and he took a lead role in writing the book [i]Picnicface’s Canada.[/i] He was a professional economist at Finance Canada and the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council before pursuing comedy full time. Follow him on Twitter: [url=https://twitter.com/mescottvrooman]@mescottvrooman[/url].

Trish Hennessy's Blog

Trish Hennessy is director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Ontario office. Follow her on Twitter: @trishhennessy

Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) is a non-partisan non-governmental organization comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For almost 50 years, VOW has tirelessly advocated for a world without war. VOW women blog about their work and experiences as feminist peace activists.

Dogwood Initiative

Dogwood Initiative is a Victoria-based public interest whose goal is to empower British Columbians to reclaim decision-making power over their air, land and water.

Pierre Beaudet's Blog

Pierre Beaudet, active in international solidarity and social movements in Quebec, is founder of Quebec NGO Alternatives, and Editor of the Nouveaux cahiers du socialisme. He blogs on rabble.ca in English and French.

Sheila Block's blog

Sheila Block is Senior Economist at the CCPA Ontario office. Sheila writes on labour markets and public finance. Follow Sheila on Twitter: [url=https://twitter.com/sheila_m_block]@Sheila_M_Block.[/url]

Conscience of a Keynesian

Unrepentant in his belief that full employment is the only true economic and social goal, Louis-Philippe Rochon is an associate professor of economics at Laurentian University and co-editor of the [i]Review of Keynesian Economics[/i]. 'Conscience of a Keynesian' argues that economics is not the end, but the means by which we realize the fair and just society. Follow Louis-Philippe on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/Lprochon]@LPRochon.[/url]

Judy Rebick's Blog

Judy Rebick is one of Canada's most celebrated and well-known feminist thinkers, critics and writers. She is the founder of rabble.ca.

MiningWatch blog

MiningWatch Canada is a pan-Canadian initiative supported by environmental, social justice, Aboriginal and labour organizations from across the country. It addresses the urgent need for a co-ordinated public interest response to the threats to public health, water and air quality, fish and wildlife habitat and community interests posed by irresponsible mineral policies and practices in Canada and around the world.

Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog

Dr. Bonnie Burstow is best known as a philosopher, a social theorist, an antipsychiatry activist, a feminist psychotherapist, and a prolific author. Deeply informed by anti-oppression and community engagement perspectives, she is the author of [i]Psychiatry and the Business of Madness: An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting[/i] and is a regular contributor to [i][url=http://www.madinamerica.com]Mad in America.[/url][/i] She is also a faculty member in Adult Education and Community Development in OISE at the University of Toronto.

Lewis Rifkind's blog

Lewis Rifkind is a Whitehorse-based part-time environmentalist. His work centres on Yukon mining issues. When he is not skiing, hiking or mountain biking, he collects stamps and spoils cats. He can usually be found most mornings holding court in the trendier downtown Whitehorse coffee shops.

Voices North

With a background in community access media and media training, George Lessard has worked in print, broadcast radio and television and in educational media. He considers himself an artist in electronic and digital media. Born and brought up in Montreal, in Canada, his work has taken him to Toronto, Vancouver, Banff and Calgary; Inuvik, Fort Smith and Yellowknife NWT (where he currently lives); Salluit, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) and Arviat, Nunavut. He's been posted internationally to Beijing, China; Nassau, the Bahamas; La Paz, Bolivia; Butare, Rwanda; Chelyabinsk, Russia and Berhampur, Odisha, India. These days in Yellowknife, he's producing live webcasts and YouTube videos of community events and mentoring young photographers around the NWT.

Time for change

Gary Shaul has been a political "activist" since the 1970s. He has been involved in a wide range of issues inside and outside of his union focused on labour, human rights, First Nations, the environment and proportional voting. Gary leads an annual Jane's Walk in Toronto called "The Steps of Old Lake Iroquois." He is a member of Fair Vote Canada's National Council.

Song of the Watermelon

Song of the Watermelon offers opinion and information that skew towards the green and left sides of things.

Linda Leon's Blog

Yukon is full of artists, thinkers, eccentrics and rabble-rousing political trouble makers. From the windows of her [i]Acting Out Studio,[/i] Linda Leon observes the view from North. Every good artist knows that you have to stand far away to get a full perspective.

Haiti-Canada Blog

The Haiti-Canada Blog on [i]rabble.ca[/i] is published by two activists with the Canada Haiti Action Network, Roger Annis and Travis Ross. It aims to provide an overview of the political and social situation in Haiti, with special analysis of Canada's presence. Haiti's recovery from the disastrous earthquake in January 2010 has been weak and halting. The political intervention of the big powers continues to block and frustrate the aspirations of Haiti's poor majority.

Eye on the Economy

[url=http://economyatwork.ca/eye-on-the-economy/]Eye on the Economy[/url] is a weekly commentary on a topical economic issue from a progressive perspective. Toby Sanger is the economist for the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He focuses on labour, inequality, public services, public finances, fair taxes, environment and other issues of concern for CUPE members.

Cathy Crowe's blog

Cathy Crowe is a street nurse, author and filmmaker who works nationally and locally on health and social justice issues. She has fostered numerous coalitions and advocacy initiatives that have achieved significant public policy victories. In 1998 she co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee which issued the 1998 homelessness State of Emergency Declaration that declared homelessness a national disaster and resulted in a new federal program to respond to homelessness. Her work is the subject of a moving documentary titled Street Nurse, directed by Shelley Saywell. Cathy’s website is www.cathycrowe.ca. Follow her on Twitter @cathyacrowe.

Scott Piatkowski's blog

Kitchener-Waterloo resident Scott Stager Piatkowski is Vice-President of the Ontario NDP and a former columnist for rabble.ca. He wrote a weekly column for 13 years that appeared in the [i]Waterloo Chronicle, the Woolwich Observer[/i] and [i]ECHO Weekly.[/i] He has also written for [i]This Magazine, Alternatives Journal, Canadian Forum, Our Times, The Toronto Star[/i] and the [i]Waterloo Region Record.[/i] His opinions are his own...but you are more than welcome to adopt them.

Hans Vascht

Jesse Bauman is strong like a bull, smart like a street car. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario, where he works at an emergency food hamper program. He has an MA in political theory from McGill, but doesn’t really speak French. He grew up with his white family on a small organic farm in southern Ontario, where Huron, Wendat, Ojibway and Mississauga peoples probably hunted, gathered and farmed. When he was little, his grandma called him a "hans vascht," which is Pennsylvania Dutch for wily rascal, or 'sh*thead.' Either way, he’s glad it stuck. Follow him on Twitter at [url=https://twitter.com/jessedcb]@jessedcb[/url].

Susan on the Soapbox

Susan Wright is a lawyer with over 26 years of experience in oil, natural gas, petrochemicals and pipelines. She believes that engaged citizens can change the world. She writes a political blog called Susan on the Soapbox. The Soapbox received the 2013 Clawbie award for the best legal blog for a non-legal audience. Follow her on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/susanspbx]@Susanspbx[/url].

Raluca Bejan

Raluca Bejan is a PhD student in Social Work at the University of Toronto. She focuses on immigration and social justice.

Diary of a Lipstick Terrorist

Ramblings from a raging feminist on everything from eating to economics. You can follow her on Twitter @mslauralipstick.

The Muckraker

Kevin Grandia is the President of [url=http://www.spakemedia.com/]Spake Media House Inc.[/url] a consulting firm that helps people who want to change the world communicate powerfully online. Named a "Green Hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the "Top 50 Tweeters"on climate change and environment issues, Kevin is formerly the Director of Online Strategy at Greenpeace U.S.A. and has been writing on climate change and other pressing social issues for more than seven years. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com and he recently helped launch and is a contributor to [url=http://www.desmog.ca/]DeSmog Canada.[/url]

Environmental Defence's blog

Environmental Defence is Canada's most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all. Our vision is to create a world Canadians are proud to pass on to their children. For more information, visit [url=http://environmentaldefence.ca/]EnvironmentalDefence.ca[/url] or follow us on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/envirodefence]@envirodefence[/url].

Now Playing in Progressive Film

It just got easier to host movie night at your place. Amira Elghawaby braves the waves of online media to bring you films you might not have heard about in the mainstream that explore social-justice issues. Ready? Set? Start your popcorn makers!

Pam Frache's blog

Pam Frache is a long-time activist and organizer in the student, labour and social justice movements. She is a committed socialist and her blog will focus on the need for a working-class perspective that both challenges the subordination of oppressed communities and provides us with a crucial weapon in the struggle against neoliberalism. Their side thinks like a class -- it’s time our side did, too. Follow Pam on [url=https://twitter.com/PFrache]@PFrache.[/url]

Pivot Legal's Blog

Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot's work includes successfully challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. Since 2002 Pivot Legal Society has won major victories for sex workers' rights, police accountability, affordable housing, and health and drug policy. Follow us on [url=https://twitter.com/pivotlegal]Twitter[/url] or [url=https://www.facebook.com/PivotLegalSociety?fref=ts]Facebook.[/url]

Tria Donaldson's blog

Tria Donaldson is a youth activist with roots in the environmental movement, the labour movement, and Indigenous Rights. Tria is a senior Communications Officer at CUPE National, and on the board of [i]rabble.ca.[/i]

David Bush's blog

David Bush is a community and labour activist based primarily on the East Coast. Currently he is finishing his Master's in Labour Studies at McMaster University. His blog will be exploring the theoretical and strategic debates facing left-wing activists who are trying to build a better world.

Jerry Dias's Blog

Jerry Dias was elected at the Unifor Founding Convention over Labour Day weekend 2013 as the first National President. Unifor, formed by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union of Canada (CEP), is Canada’s largest union in the private sector with over 300,000 members. You can follow Jerry on Twitter [url=https://twitter.com/JerryPDias]@JerryPDias.[/url]

Maude Barlow's blog

Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. More information on Maude Barlow can be found at: www.canadians.org/Maude

The Gaza solidarity blog

The blog was originally set up for Canadian Boat to Gaza, with the aim of keeping readers informed of fundraising and organizing efforts in support of the 'Tahrir', a Canadian boat that was part of the 'Freedom Waves to Gaza'. Check out the Boat to Gaza's website at http://tahrir.ca.

This blog is now following the latest international sea-based mission to free Gaza: Gaza's Ark. Gaza's Ark is trying to break the blockade of Gaza from the inside: by sailing a boat out of Gaza, to international waters. Read about the Ark and how you can help here: http://gazaark.org/

Mickleblog

Rod Mickleburgh has been a journalist for more than 40 years, including many years on the labour beat, once a regular duty on big city daily newspapers. He managed a few awards and nominations along the way, including co-winning the Michener Award with his highly esteemed [i]Globe and Mail[/i] colleague, Andre Picard, for coverage of Canada's tainted blood scandal. Rod left the [i]Globe,[/i] his reporting home for more than 22 years, in the summer of 2013. Rod is the author of two books: [i]Rare Courage,[/i] containing first-person accounts from 20 veterans of the Second World War; and [i]The Art of the Impossible,[/i] a tale of the wild and wooly 39 months of B.C.'s first NDP government led by Dave Barrett. Co-authored with Geoff Meggs, [i]The Art of the Impossible[/i] won the Hubert Evans Prize for non-fiction at the 2013 B.C. Book Awards.

Jessica Bell's blog

Jessica Bell is a lecturer on advocacy and government relations at Ryerson University, and a member of the Ruckus Society, and Tools for Change.

A Halfbreed's Reasoning

A Halfbreed's Reasoning is a collection of thoughts, ponderings, and musings on Indigenous politics and miscellaneous happenings through the eyes of a twenty-something Métis woman.

Ben Powless

Ben Powless is a Mohawk citizen from Six Nations in Ontario, currently based in Ottawa. He works primarily with the Indigenous Environmental Network. He is an avid photographer and sporadic writer.

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