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2020 Feb 18 - 1:47am
Greg DwulitThere are many people who claim teachers are overpaid and enjoy too much vacation time. But what many people don't know is that Canada has one of the strongest education systems in the world.  The OECD published a report in 2018 placing Canada in eighth place in the world in math, science and reading. We beat 76 other wealthy, industrialized countries, including Germany, Finland, Taiwan, Sweden and the United States. In reading...
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2020 Feb 17 - 1:15pm
David J. ClimenhagaThe winters around here are long. Even with social media Canadians need a February holiday. Come to think of it, given what the internet has turned into in the few years since it arrived on the scene with such promise, we need a February long weekend even more than we did in the dark ages before the angry epoch of social media. So thank God for small favours … and for Don Getty! As favours go, Getty, the 11th premier of...
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2020 Feb 17 - 1:26am
Pam PalmaterOn February 14, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer made the shocking statement that protesters and activists need to "check their privilege" and let people whose jobs depend on the railway systems get to work. In this case, it is Scheer who needs to check his own privilege. His comments appear to be racially motivated as the people occupying the rails in Ontario are very obviously Indigenous peoples. Scheer's comments reflect worn out...
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2020 Feb 16 - 5:30pm
February 16, 2020Rail blockades are proving to be an effective non-violent response to state violenceThe rail blockades in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders could be a learning moment for Extinction Rebellion and other social justice movements.
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2020 Feb 16 - 12:39am
Brent PattersonIn the early hours of February 6, militarized Canadian police began a five-day long assault on the unceded and sovereign territory of the Wet'suwet'en people in northern British Columbia to facilitate the construction of a fracked gas pipeline that lacks that nation's consent. Nine days later, Wet'suwet'en land defender Dinize Ste ohn tsiy tweeted that a heavy RCMP presence on Wet'suwet'en territory continues. In response to...
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2020 Feb 15 - 4:22am
Arts & CultureIt feels odd, though perhaps only to me, that Canada lost a sportswriter who also covered more "serious" areas, and wrote books -- Christie Blatchford -- the same week Roger Kahn died, who could be described similarly and wrote, among much else, The Boys of Summer, about the Brooklyn Dodgers of the Jackie Robinson years. Roger was 92, Christie just 68. In the mid-1960s I was doing an MA in religion at Columbia and studying at...
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2020 Feb 15 - 3:27am
Indigenous RightsWorldAn old Arab proverb says "If a camel tries to look at its own hump, its neck might break." Basically, looking at one's own back (or own problems) might be painful, so instead many people decide to look away. In his recent visit to African countries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been trying to convince African leaders that Canada deserves their support. Observers note that African countries increasingly vote as a...
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2020 Feb 14 - 5:41am
US PoliticsFive million. That's the number of times that New York City police stopped people during the "stop and frisk" program when billionaire Michael Bloomberg was mayor. "Stop and frisk" is when police stop a person, usually force their hands against a wall, and aggressively pat them down, looking for a weapon or contraband. This week, the former mayor, now rising in the polls as a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, issued an apology...
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2020 Feb 14 - 5:00am
Ed FinnSome geriatric specialists and health reformers have been claiming for years that a switch from curative to preventive health care would improve and prolong human life, and save many billions now spent on drugs, hospital stays and home care. In the absence of a priority put on prevention in our perverse "illness treatment" system, we are left to fend for ourselves. Those of us who don't smoke, overeat or overindulge in alcohol, and who...
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2020 Feb 14 - 4:26am
Politics in CanadaThe publication in 2018 of Monique Bégin's autobiography came at a useful time in Canadian politics. Entitled Ladies, Upstairs!: My Life in Politics and After​, the part of the book that raises an interesting question about the current minority Parliament has to do with her account of how the Canada Health Act finally came into being in the spring of 1984. I say "finally" because, as she fulsomely reports, it was not a foregone...
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2020 Feb 14 - 4:23am
Kim ElliottDear friends of rabble, Is love in the air? Holidays or not, we are full of love and appreciation. We love our readers, our writers, our supporters and all members of the rabble community from coast to coast (and around the world!). You have kept us running strong for nearly 19 years, and for that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Here are just a few things we love about you:  1. You're not afraid of commitment. Ever...
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2020 Feb 14 - 2:42am
February 13, 2020U.S. commentators should learn about Canadian health care before dissing itAmerican citizens should, at least, be forewarned when politicians and commentators tell bald-faced lies about Canada, especially about our health-care system.
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