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Could there be a new vision for a rebuilt Fort McMurray? | May 6 2016 | Karl Nerenberg | Like most northern Canadian resource towns Fort McMurray was built on the suburban sprawl model. There was no coherent urban plan to foster community, and inadequate transport in and out of town.
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Canada’s 'innovation agenda' isn’t just tech --it's social | May 6 2016 | Tonya Surman, Victoria Lennox | Canada’s "innovation agenda" has to go beyond high-tech companies and attempting to replicate Silicon Valley. "Day on the Hill" brings message to Parliamentarians.
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Mother's Day was born as a cry for protest and peace. Let's honour that history. | May 6 2016 | Phyllis Creighton | "Disarm, Disarm!" declared the original Mother's Day Proclamation in 1870. "The sword of murder is not the balance of justice." This Mother's Day, let's abolish nuclear weapons.
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This Mother's Day make the time to see 'The Apology' -- and yes, take your mother | May 5 2016 | Doreen Nicoll | 'The Apology' showcases the strength, love, beauty, power, resilience and quiet determination of women who survived a living hell on earth and triumphed despite being blamed.
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Skip the rhetoric: The selective free-market principles of the Wall government | May 5 2016 | Simon Enoch | Given Premier Brad Wall's hands-off approach to the economy and the private sector, it surprised many when the government announced a $3-million subsidy to the food delivery service Skip the Dishes.
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While fires burn, environmentalists remain hopeful about Trudeau's team | May 5 2016 | Karl Nerenberg | While most political leaders, excluding Elizabeth May, do not want to address the connection between the Fort McMurray fires and climate change, it doesn't seem to matter to environmentalists... yet.
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'Angry Inuk' doc makes case for sustainable seal hunting in Canada | May 5 2016 | Laura Brightwell | With "sealfies," humour and honesty, a Canadian documentary portrays the Inuit side of the seal hunt debate.
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We're hiring! rabble.ca seeks B.C. Evening Editor | May 5 2016 | rabble staff | Are you a B.C. news junkie who knows the keyboard is more powerful than the sword? Do you understand the power of media in making change? You may be our next B.C. Evening Editor!
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'Three Amigos' summit likely to focus on trade and climate change | May 5 2016 | Brent Patterson | The next so-called "Three Amigos" summit between North American leaders will take place in Ottawa on June 29. So what will the summit be about?
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Ten things to know about the 2016 Alberta budget | May 4 2016 | Nick Falvo | On April 14, the Alberta government tabled its 2016-17 budget: Alberta Jobs Plan. Here are 10 things to know about it.
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New cheerleading doc subverts convention and celebrates failure | May 4 2016 | Laura Brightwell | A new Canadian documentary finds that, win or lose, redemption can be found in the everyday trials and joys of life.
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Climate change, not terrorism, is the world's biggest threat | May 4 2016 | Gerry Caplan | The stats don't lie. So why don't our policies reflect them?
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What change will Manitoba's new PC government bring? Four policy areas to watch | May 4 2016 | Molly McCracken | The recently elected Progressive Conservative (PC) party in Manitoba ran on a call for change. While there are many policy areas to monitor, here are four to watch as they begin their mandate.
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Evacuation order issued for Fort McMurray as wildfire threatens area | May 4 2016 | Brent Patterson | A huge wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta., destroyed an entire neighbourhood and burned homes and businesses in several others Tuesday, and continues to rage out of control.
Mercedes Allen's picture
Here's how you can help as the Fort McMurray fires continue to rage (updated) | May 4 2016 | Mercedes Allen | Our thoughts are with everyone who has evacuated the region.
Nora Loreto's picture
The politics of 'too soon' rarely apply to the rich and powerful | May 4 2016 | Nora Loreto | Fires raging in and around Fort McMurray have polarized some progressives who want to talk about climate change and others who argue that it's much too soon.
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St. Albert Catholic school board has spent more than $367,000 to defend firing of transgender teacher | May 3 2016 | David J. Climenhaga | Whatever the Roman Catholic Church's doctrine is on whether people ought to transition from one gender to another, this hardly seems like a good use of tax dollars!
karl nerenberg's picture
Péladeau's departure gives PQ an opportunity to redefine itself | May 3 2016 | Karl Nerenberg | Pierre Karl Péladeau was an outlier among leaders of the party founded by René Lévesque. He was further to the right and more hardline on the national question. Which way will the PQ turn now?
David Suzuki's picture
Divest from damage and invest in a healthier future | May 3 2016 | David Suzuki | Banks and advisers are warning clients about the dangers of fossil-fuel-related portfolios, noting climate agreements, government regulations, reduced demand and market volatility make them risky.
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It's never been easier to get the public to accept privatizing our schools | May 3 2016 | Lizanne Foster | There are a few ways you can prime parents and the public into accepting privatization in schools. (This is satire folks.)