rabble.ca raises a ruckus and launches its new site today

    News site also announces partnership with the Council of Canadians,
    United Steelworkers, and Douglas Coldwell Foundation

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - rabble.ca, Canada's most widely read independent
news media site, introduces three new strategic partnerships today and
launches its newly designed website: you can find it at beta.rabble.ca.
    "We're very proud to be introducing new community partnerships together
with this relaunch," said rabble.ca publisher, Kim Elliott. "In these
challenging economic and political times, we are very pleased to introduce a
new strategic partnership with Canada's most influential activist-based
organization, the Council of Canadians."
    "rabble is a crucial resource for achieving media democracy in Canada in
this era of increasing corporate media centralization," says Maude Barlow,
national chairperson of the Council of Canadians and outspoken advocate for
media democracy. "That's why the Council of Canadians supports rabble."
    Also announced today are new partnerships with the Douglas Coldwell
Foundation, partner on the soon to be released on-line Activist Toolkit, as
well as with the United Steelworkers, who join rabble today as the sponsor of
rabbletv - rabble's cutting edge new media component featuring live and
pre-recorded online video.
    rabble.ca's new website, which can be viewed at beta.rabble.ca, offers
visitors an opportunity to provide feedback on the newly redesigned website,
and introduces state of the art interactive features including the live
streaming capacity of rabbletv, Canada's largest progressive podcast network,
and other interactive and sharing tools.
    The new website is built on an open-source platform. "rabble.ca is happy
to contribute back to the open source community it has been built upon,"
explained Elliott. "rabble.ca developers have released modules back to the
drupal community for other organizations to make use of and to promote
democratic media tools."
    Building on their acclaimed and popular election blog, rabble will also
be introducing regular blogs on the website. "With the election blog, for the
first time, I felt like progressives in Canada had a real daily alternative to
mainstream media analysis," explained Derrick O'Keefe, editor of rabble.ca.
"We intend to build on that and make rabble the 'go to' place for common sense
analysis devoid of corporate media spin in this time of economic crisis and
minority government."
    rabble.ca chose to relaunch on Media Democracy Day, a day founded to
challenge media concentration in Canada and to recognize the power of
alternative media. Media Democracy Day activities take place throughout the
day today at the University of Toronto, and conclude this evening with a
roundtable debrief on the federal election, featuring Maude Barlow,
Murray Dobbin, Jessica Yee, Anne Lagacé-Dowson and Duncan Cameron, and a
celebration with LAL, Mraya (with Maryem Tollar) and Lorraine Segato at the
Steamwhistle Brewery in Toronto Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Kim Elliott, (647) 477-8534 or (613) 282-0410;
Derrick O'Keefe, (604) 803-6927

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