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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 20
Image: Amanda Graham/Flickr
Sophia Reuss | With the news that Greyhound Canada is pulling all intercity bus services from Western Canada, we ask: is transportation a human right?
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada July 20
Knesset in Jerusalem, July 31, 2001. Avishai Teicher, via PikiWiki-Israel free image collection project. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Corey Balsam, Sid Shniad | While this new law doesn't change much in practice, it should lay to rest any remaining illusions about Israel's true nature.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 20
Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump in Helsinki. Photo: Website of the President of the Russian Federation, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Penney Kome | Demands rise for Donald Trump to declare which team he's playing for. Part one of a two-part series.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 19
Gerry Caplan | Like the Dude, Capitalism prevails.
Blog - Making Waves July 19
Emma Lui | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just shuffled his cabinet. A Water Minister is needed to coordinate the more than 20 departments related to water and develop an action plan.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 19
Photo: JustLacrosse.com/Flickr
Yves Engler | The campaign to get the Iroquois Nationals to Israel is the latest example of Israel lobby groups' work to thwart those who associate the plight of First Nations and Palestinians.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood July 19
Perry Bellegarde at podium. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | The Assembly of First Nations will hold its election for national chief on July 25 in Vancouver -- and this election feels like a boiling point for Indigenous rights and sovereignty.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 19
Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to believe Derek Fildebrandt does not view his repudiation by UCP Leader Jason Kenney as a deep personal betrayal.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 19
Water fountain. Photo: Martina Yach/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Monday night in a four to one vote Guelph-Eramosa Council refused Xinyi Glass's application which would have extracted 1.6 million litres of water daily.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 18
Detailed view of the "Glwa", Heiltsuk canoe, at the Qatuwas Festival, an international gathering of maritime indigenous nations of the Pacific Rim. Photo: United Nations Photo/John Isaac/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Indigenous artists, get help with your NFB/imagineNative innovative submissions on July 19 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 18
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Maya Bhullar | In the wake of the recent Ontario elections, Briarpatch Magazine, the Council of Canadians, Solidarity Ottawa and the Fight for $15 and Fairness organized panels with grassroots organizers.
Blog - David Suzuki July 17
David Suzuki | Over the past few months, heat records have broken worldwide. Despite the calamity unfolding before our eyes, many people and organizations still cast doubt on climate science and scientists.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada July 17
Jewish Voice for Peace statement on anti-Semitism
Reuben Roth | A critique of attempts by apologists for Israeli state policies to label criticism of Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 17
Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt listens to other bearded men in happier times (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt is not a particularly sympathetic character, but in these circumstances, it's hard not to feel a little empathy for the fellow!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 17
Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance. Photo: Gatis Dieziņš/Latvijas armija/Flickr
Yves Engler | The military goes to great lengths to shape coverage of its affairs and one should expect stories about Canada's mission in Mali to be influenced by the armed forces.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 16
Prab Gill, centre, with coffee and iPhone, along with members of both the NDP and UCP caucuses supporting oilsands pipelines last April (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Another UCP MLA bites the dust: Calgary-Greenway MLA Prab Gill is the latest in a parade of MLAs to leave the Opposition caucus for one reason or another.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 14
David J. Climenhaga | Canadian conservatives who campaign in future U.S. elections are going to need to be prepared to answer hostile questions from their compatriots.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 13
UCP leader Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | As irritating as UCP triumphalism is to supporters of the Notley Government's policies in the wake of yesterday's by-election victories, there is no evidence yet it's not justified.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 13
Sophia Reuss | To delve into the political landscape this week, we're going to get back to basics. The most basic of the basics: the atom.
Blog - Nima Maleki's blog July 12
Image: Modified from original larger comic by Harry Grant/Public domain license
Nima Maleki | There's a particular logic of authorized power at play within most societies the world over. Wage, work and union activity are impacted by it, as shown in recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 12
Images used with permission
Maya Bhullar | More progressive MPPs in Ontario reached out to tell us why they ran and how to help build change.
Blog - Policyfix July 11
U.S. Supreme Court building. Photo: Supermac1961/Flickr
Lynne Fernandez | A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will wipe millions of dollars from public sector unions' balance sheets, adding to the long list of growing challenges unions are facing in the U.S.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 11
Jason Kenney at a press conference in 2012. Photo: Rob Salerno/Daily Xtra/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | With the benefit of hindsight, the prime minister's 2016 remarks about Brexit sound prime ministerial, even statesmanlike. UCP Leader Jason Kenney's rather less so.
Blog - David Suzuki July 10
David Suzuki | Astroturf campaigns aren't new, but they're becoming increasingly widespread and effective as social media and the internet play a greater role in shaping public opinion.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 10
Doreen Nicoll | WWW is planning for the next phase of the Nestle campaign and they're hoping you'll join in on the conversations to strategize and develop tactics to fit working with Doug Ford's government.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
David J. Climenhaga | Adopting a policy proposed by the United Conservative Party would be tantamount to declaring law-free open season on anyone who wanders onto an isolated property.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 9
Doreen Nicoll | With the research and information supplied by environmentalists and actionists from across Southern Ontario, Burlington city staff made changes to protect milkweed.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013
David J. Climenhaga | Will the day come when it is acceptable for a Canadian Conservative politician to give a speech to a "freedom rally" put on by ISIS? Never say never!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 6
Image: Flickr/alexxx-malev
Yves Engler | In response to Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaigning, two NDP MLAs recently convinced the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to withdraw a brand of Russian vodka from its stores.
Blog - July 5
Brent Patterson | Kinder Morgan Canada is fined just $920 for four violations of the Water Sustainability Act. Meanwhile, more than 200 activists are facing criminal contempt charges and hefty fines for direct actions.

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