OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Please join us to celebrate the release of a new book by rabble.ca's parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg – Harper VS Canada: Five Ways of Looking at the Conservative Regime on February 24th at 5:30PM.
The event will be held at 251 Bank Street, 2nd Floor and will feature a panel discussion on the Conservative party record with Mark Bourrie, author of Kill the Messengers: Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know, and Council of Canadians chairperson, Maude Barlow.
The election of a majority government led by Stephen Harper's Conservatives in 2011 ushered in a new era in federal politics. It has been one defined by the Harper government's anti-democratic, anti-union, anti-environment agenda.
rabble.ca expanded its parliamentary coverage over that time. Since 2011, our parliamentary reporter Karl Nerenberg 's work has informed and inspired Canadians to take action during this critical time for our country.
Now rabble.ca has collected his best writings and published Harper VS Canada: Five Ways of Looking at the Conservative Regime. Harper vs. Canada brings together a selection of Karl's work in rabble.ca to shed light on federal politics during Harper's time in majority government – to map out the ways in which Harper, true to his promise, has effectively changed the fabric of the country.
Harper VS Canada: Five Ways of Looking at the Conservative Regime is framed by the shifts in political power and direction that took place after the 2011 election – and the changes for the country that followed.
Background: Rabble.ca launches new book of political coverage from Karl Nerenberg
A bilingual, seasoned journalist with over 25 years' experience, including eight years as producer of the CBC politics show The House, Karl brings a breadth of knowledge and skill to the job. As he puts it, the goal from his first day was "to provide clear, fact-based analysis and historic context." If there is a reporter who can take on the Harper regime and serve as rabble's watchdog on Parliament Hill, it is Karl Nerenberg.
Harper VS Canada: Five Ways of Looking at the Conservative Regime:
The book looks at the Harper regime from five perspectives: Democracy; Foreign Affairs; Environment; First Nations; and Refugees, Migrant Workers and Immigration. While not a complete rendering of Harper's changes in the last three years (or Karl's work covering them), each of these areas encapsulates central policy directions and changes under the Harper Conservatives.
By highlighting the important stories in federal politics, the book shares insight into the often-opaque workings of Parliament and the significance of seemingly removed political proceedings for life in Canada. In his writing on rabble.ca, Karl gets behind the political structures and headlines dominating the mainstream, to report on important stories that would otherwise get overlooked. When other media were focused almost exclusively on expense claims in the Senate scandals, Karl was writing about how Harper's appointments themselves were likely unconstitutional. When other media cover immigrants or refugees it is often around scandals or short-term events. Karl takes a longer view, focusing on the systems of government policy that are inhumane and oppressive.
As demonstrated by the stories in this volume, Karl Nerenberg brings a depth of knowledge and passion to his work. If you enjoy the selections we've brought together here, please read his latest reports which are collected in Hill Dispatches on rabble.ca: http://rabble.ca/features/series/hill-dispatches
Praise for Karl's reporting:
"Karl is providing excellent analysis of public policy issues in Canada based on his many years of experience in the media field." Andrew Sharpe, Economist and Director of the Centre for the Study of Living Standards, Ottawa
"Karl Nerenberg has been the sole, consistent source of factual information on the conditions of Roma persecution in Europe and the prejudice, often racist portrayal of Roma (Gypsy) people in Canada." Gina Csanyi-Robah, Mosaïc Institute and Romani Alliance, Toronto
"Karl is a superb researcher, analyst and communicator on issues of national importance. Bringing rigorous research skills and over 40 years of experience to support his astute observations of social and political issues in Canada, Karl's passionate devotion to his journalistic calling makes him one of Canada's foremost and respected commentators." –– Stephen Knowles, Director, Canadian Study of Parliament Group, Gatineau, Quebec
"One of the most creative and knowledgeable journalists in Canada. Karl's understanding of Canadian Federal politics is second to none."
– Jon Kalina, filmmaker, former CBC Radio Host, Montreal.
"Karl brings the kind of intellect and independence that is too often lacking in the field of journalism and, more generally, new media."
– Lois Ross, Communications Specialist and Writer, Ottawa and Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan
"Great writing: facts that others miss, and a point of view that is always worth serious thought."
– Avrim Lazar, former senior federal public servant and industry association head, policy consultant, Ottawa
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For further information: Kim Elliot, publisher, rabble.ca, Email: [email protected] Phone: 613-282-0410