The Palestine exception in Canadian academia
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by Yara Jamal
16h ago
Nearly every university in Canada has an anti-racism policy, nearly all have a commitment to address and issue statements on equity and inclusion on their campuses. Saint Mary’s University in Halifax launched a course which is the  first of its kind in Canada, teaching Zionism and Palestine through an academic and critical lens. Zionism refers to the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their biblical homeland and later for the creation of a Jewish State. The Zionist narrative that promoted the state of Israel, arguably did so on historical and biblical grounds. The e ..read more
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Net-zero advisory body shares blueprint to net-zero by 2050
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by Stephen Wentzell
16h ago
As the fight to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 continues, a new report by Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB) has laid out 25 recommendations to help Canada achieve the target critical for avoiding climate catastrophe. The 77-page report contains 25 pieces of advice on Canada’s transition to net-zero emissions by 2050, while also building on 40 recommendations provided in the “Submission for Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan.” Their findings are in line with the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act’s mandate to provide independent advice to the Minister of Environment and ..read more
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The push for Elghawaby’s removal comes from deep-rooted prejudice
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by Junaid B. Jahangir
16h ago
Amira Elghawaby is a journalist and human rights activist, who was recently appointed by the Trudeau government as a special representative on combating Islamophobia. However, based on a column she co-wrote with the former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress, Bernie Farber in 2019, there have been calls for her resignation.  Apparently, she had written that: “Unfortunately, the majority of Quebecers appear to be swayed not by the rule of law, but by anti-Muslim sentiment.” Her comment was written in the context of Bill 21 that forbids public employees like teachers and police officers fr ..read more
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Hassan Diab, trial in absentia
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by Paul Weinberg
16h ago
Since 2008 Hassan Diab has been on a treadmill of arrests, court appearances, detentions, hearings, trials, appeals and at least one extradition (with a second possibly in the offing) in Canada and France.  “I am surprised by the lack of finality. The Diab case has gone on that long. How many judicial minds in the process has the case gone through,” asked Jacqueline Hodgson, a UK law professor at the University of Warwick and an expert in the French criminal process.  Diab is not speaking to reporters on the advice of lawyers assisting his civil suit for wrongful extradition to ..read more
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Workers want anti-scab legislation ASAP after consultation ends
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by Gabriela Calugay-Casuga
2d ago
Federal consultations for anti-scab legislation wrapped up last week and representatives from the NDP and the Canadian labour movement decided to mark the occasion. Led by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), members from Unifor, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), the United Steelworkers (USW) and other labour organizations brought flags, noisemakers and warm lunches to Parliament Hill on Tuesday, January 31 and rallied for the quick implementation of strong anti-scab legislation. “As a union member and a union leader, I have long been frustrated by the lack of anti-scab ..read more
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Firing at AU suggests there are two classes of public board members in Alberta
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by David J. Climenhaga
2d ago
Writing in The Tyee Thursday, Alberta-based investigative journalist Charles Rusnell reported that Athabasca University (AU)’s president was fired Wednesday without a vote of the institution’s entire board of governors.   Three board members representing sections of the distance university’s community told Rusnell that they were not informed of the vote to remove Dr. Peter Scott, who was hired a year ago in January 2022 and had been resisting the United Conservative Party (UCP)’s plan to use the university as a tool for economic development in the Town of Athabasca ever since.   The ..read more
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Echo chambers of the elite
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by Ole Hendrickson
2d ago
On January 18 the House Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates began its study of over $100 million dollars of federal contracts given to U.S.-based multinational consulting company McKinsey. Former McKinsey global managing director Dominic Barton, a Canadian, will be one of the House committee witnesses. As Bruce Campbell explains in a May 2021 rabble.ca article, the Trudeau government “effectively outsourced economic planning” to McKinsey, putting it “in a privileged position to shape government policy.” Campbell calls this the “elite government-corporate power cabal ..read more
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Karl Nerenberg: Will Canada see an election before 2025?
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by Karl Nerenberg
2d ago
In this clip, rabble parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg discusses the supply-confidence agreement between the federal Liberals and NDP and the prospect of a possible election. Karl Nerenberg is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and filmmaker, working in both English and French languages. Karl Nerenberg is rabble’s parliamentary correspondent and a regular panelist on Off the Hill. This is a clip from rabble’s most recent live politics panel: ‘Will 2023 be a year of competing crises? On climate and the economy.’ The panel featured guests MP Leah Gazan, Jim Stanford, Clayton ..read more
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In 2023, we must be vigilant about growing white nationalism in Canada
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by Leah Gazan
4d ago
It’s been one year since the so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ occupation of Ottawa. Since then, anti-hate groups and activists have been calling on policy makers to take action against growing far-right extremism in our country. In this clip, MP Leah Gazan outlines the “deeply troubling” growing white nationalist movement in Canada and condemns the leaders behind it.  “When you have leaders of mainstream political parties fraternizing with white nationalists, fraternizing with residential school deniers, fraternizing with leaders of a convoy [which was] funded, in large part, by the alt-right ..read more
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Former Alberta premier and CMOH – both find soft landings
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by David J. Climenhaga
5d ago
Surely it was mere coincidence that two of the principal actors in Alberta’s COVID-19 drama had soft post-pandemic landings announced Wednesday. Former Alberta premier Jason Kenney, pushed out of office by the schemes of the current premier, former talk-radio host and conspiracy theorist Danielle Smith, has found a presumably plush sinecure at Bennett Jones LLP, the law firm so big it has two head offices, one in Calgary and the other in Toronto.  “We are delighted that Jason has joined Bennett Jones,” said Hugh MacKinnon, the firm’s chairman and chief executive officer. “He brings an ex ..read more
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