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Five types of people who marched on Washington this weekend -- or stayed home | Jan 23 2017 | Ishani Weera | Here are five types of broad perspectives that we noticed on social media over the weekend. Each had something valuable to add to the ongoing discussion on the nature of solidarity and resistance.
djclimenhaga's picture
Is a Pink Revolution beginning in America? This genie will be hard to put back in its bottle! | Jan 22 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | Given the turnout at Women's Marches around the world yesterday, if Trump's presidency has sparked a movement, its signature colour will most likely be pink.
Lizanne Foster's picture
B.C. Women's Marches should spark a movement for justice here, too. | Jan 22 2017 | Lizanne Foster | It felt good to march among fellow British Columbians against Trump, but change is desperately needed here as well.
Scott Piatkowski's picture
The Teflon Donald | Jan 21 2017 | Scott Stager Piatkowski | Why it was so hard for his opponents to put a dent in Donald Trump's support.
djclimenhaga's picture
Athabasca U's future seems brighter as Saskatchewan prof named to conduct sustainability review | Jan 20 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | Ken Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.
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Lobby your MP to take action on mass surveillance, Bill C-51 and press freedom! | Jan 19 2017 | Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | January 23 to 27 is national lobbying week on mass surveillance, Bill C-51 and press freedom. We need you to participate.
karl nerenberg's picture
Françoise David, co-founder of Québec Solidaire, helped turn political debate away from sovereignty | Jan 19 2017 | Karl Nerenberg | Françoise David, who founded the progressive Quebec party Québec Solidaire, has retired from politics, saying she is too tired to carry on.
Campus Notes's picture
Canadian campuses working toward reconciliation have their work cut out | Jan 19 2017 | Emily Blake | Post-secondary institutions have been working to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- but some are concerned if colonial institutions can ever achieve that end.
David Suzuki's picture
Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections | Jan 18 2017 | David Suzuki | If we want to keep health costs from rising, we should focus on keeping people healthy rather than dealing with them after they're sick.
Nora Loreto's picture
13 Conservative leadership candidates show little diversity of opinion in Quebec City debate | Jan 18 2017 | Nora Loreto | The economy, the French language and terrorism were the winners of last night's Conservative Party debate.
djclimenhaga's picture
'Real leader' Brad Wall's government feeds the fluctuations of a boom-bust economy as Alberta stays the course | Jan 18 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to fiscal planning in conservative Western Canadian provinces, all we have to fall back on is the notion the lord giveth and the lord taketh away. Repeatedly.
Penney Kome's picture
The Internet's oldest 'sharing economy' | Jan 17 2017 | Penney Kome | The Hunger Site is a pioneer in globalized non-profit trade with grassroots crafts and fashions.
Wayne Roberts's picture
Rethinking revolution on the centenary of the Russian Revolution | Jan 17 2017 | Wayne Roberts | If I can't eat local, sustainable and slow food, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
djclimenhaga's picture
Alberta Liberals launch leadership race as Tory contest takes an acrimonious turn | Jan 16 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | Also, Alberta NDP lead fundraising results for fourth quarter and full-year 2016.
Making Waves's picture
Supreme Court ruling in Ernst fracking case poses threat to Charter rights | Jan 14 2017 | Emma Lui | Today the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Alberta landowner Jessica Ernst's legal challenge to sue the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for denying her right to freedom of expression under the Charter.
OpenMedia.ca's picture
Top 10 ways you helped save the Internet in 2016 | Jan 14 2017 | David Christopher | As we face the challenges of 2017, let's all be inspired by these amazing examples of how you helped save the Internet last year
djclimenhaga's picture
The Jason Syndrome: Conservative candidate melts down over Hollywood star in bid to derail NDP strategy that's working | Jan 13 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | Thank you, Jane Fonda! Former Harper minister touts celebrity visit to prop up implausible argument that visibly effective NDP climate strategy doesn't actually work.
OpenMedia.ca's picture
Google v. Equustek at the Supreme Court of Canada: Dispatch from the hearing | Jan 13 2017 | Cynthia Khoo | As you may recall, OpenMedia intervened in a landmark Internet and free expression case at the Supreme Court of Canada, Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions. Here's a recap.
karl nerenberg's picture
Trudeau's new immigration minister must tackle Harper's nasty refugee reforms | Jan 13 2017 | Karl Nerenberg | Harper's refugee reform legislation unfairly discriminated against many asylum seekers. John McCallum was ready to make big changes. Now the ball is in Ahmed Hussen's court.
djclimenhaga's picture
Five things you need to know about Alberta's latest Electoral Boundaries Commission | Jan 12 2017 | John Ashton | A useful primer on the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission by former NDP Caucus director John Ashton.