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Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Twitter photo via @pedroultreras
Brent Patterson | An estimated 7,200 people are now walking together toward the U.S. border to flee violence and repression in Honduras.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
Photo by New Zealand Defence Force/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh says the sale of LAV 6s must stop following the murder Jamal Khashoggi.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel speaks as former leader Greg Clark looks on. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | While the Alberta Party has more potential than the FCP, political punters are advised not to bet the family farm, or even a week's pay, on it getting much traction in 2019.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Alberta Order of Excellence recipient k.d. lang tours the Premier’s Office with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | k.d. lang is one of the great talents Alberta has given the world and one of our province's best-known success stories.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
David J. Climenhaga | Dear America: No one here wants to take Manhattan -- Kansas or New York, take your pick -- or even Berlin. If we're coming for you, it'll just be to bring you gummy bears.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 20
Jesse McLaren | If Doug Ford wants to end hallway medicine, he should support legislation promoting healthy wages and paid sick days.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg October 19
Cannabis sativa. Photo: Rotational/Wikimedia Commons
J. Baglow | I'm not celebrating the legalization of cannabis. Here's why.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 19
Refugees entering Europe in 2015, arriving by sea through Greece and Italy. Photo by Jmersina/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | There is no common cause with anti-immigration parties in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany and elsewhere when seeking trade justice.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
David J. Climenhaga | Fossil fuel industry decision makers lean toward a business-as-usual approach to get full value out of their corporate investments, a study of the sector's highly concentrated financial ties suggests.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 18
Extinction Rebellion Facebook photo.
Brent Patterson | Yesterday, environmental activists from a new U.K.-based movement occupied the Greenpeace office in London, with the message: "It is time to rebel."
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 17
Judy Rebick | It's time to make rabble a sustainable organization for future generations. You have been part of that history, we hope you'll be part of the future.
Blog - Policy Note October 17
David Eby launches the How We Vote public engagement at the B.C. legislature. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Seth Klein | Minority outcomes result in more cooperation in our politics. Parties have to put together governing alliances or coalitions that, in combination, reflect the majority of voters.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Hugh MacDonald shortly before his retirement announcement, at the 2011 Edmonton Labour Council Labour Day BBQ (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In opposition, Liberal MLA "Hughie" MacDonald was a scourge of the government. He was sincerely offended by dishonesty and self-interest in high places.
Blog - David Suzuki October 16
David Suzuki | Listening to these politicians could lead people to think global warming isn't an urgent challenge or that the science and its well-known, already observable effects are up for debate.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 16
Protestors block the gates of the Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal in solidarity with First Nations in Canada. Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Canada has already decided that the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built, before ever talking to any impacted First Nations. This renders constitutionally protected Indigenous rights meaningless.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 16
Venezualan President Nicolás Maduro with members of his government. Photo: Xavier Granja Cedeño/Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Comercio e Integración/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | Requesting the International Criminal Court investigate Venezuela's government is a significant escalation in Ottawa's campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 16
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney addresses the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 9 (Screenshot of Calgary Chamber video).
David J. Climenhaga | A recent speech by Jason Kenney to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce indicates he intends to ram through a radical program with minimal public consultation if the UCP wins the next election.
Blog - Open Media's blog October 15
Marie Aspiazu | Last week, Canada signed a rebranded NAFTA deal after months of suspense and secretive negotiations. But what does the deal mean for the internet? Here's the lowdown.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Jason Kenney & Lance Coulter. Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP nomination candidate kicked off the ballot by party officials for posing for selfies with unsavoury visitors at a constituency beer night alleges he was dumped for refusing to lie.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | An "electronic tidal wave" contributed to the defeat of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998, what lessons does that hold for us today?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | Despite the spin, commentators argue that culture and media wasn't protected by the Trudeau government in NAFTA 2.0.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses Alberta Teachers Association social studies teachers yesterday as environmentalist Tzeporah Berman looks on.
David J. Climenhaga | It wasn't a debate, exactly, but there was certainly a contrast of views when Alberta's premier and a prominent West Coast environmentalist addressed a group of teachers yesterday.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 13
Sophia Reuss | As the Toronto election campaign heads into its final days, follow all of our coverage here.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 13
Image: US Air Force
Yves Engler | Canada's aid agency has spent tens of millions of dollars on media projects designed in part to draw journalists into its orbit and shape perceptions of Ottawa’s international policies.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Image: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Crown corporation has $5.9 million in stock in the private prisons that hold tens of thousands of detained immigrants in the United States.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog October 13
A protest banner with words Housing Shelter Safe Space Now
Cathy Crowe | While campaigns for a national right to housing flourish, the same attention is not paid to the right to shelter.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Former UCP nomination candidate Lance Coulter, at right, with a controversial selfie friend (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | UCP to canned candidate: Here's your snappy Hugo Boss cap, now, quick march!
Blog - On The Other Hand October 12
Cindy Sheehan, Director of The Women's March on the Pentagon. Photo by Jacob Appelbaum/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Peace organizations haven't been in the news much for a decade or so. But after a year with Trump in the Oval Office, peace is a high political priority again.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Then a Wildrose MLA, Joe Anglin addressed a crowd from the steps of the Alberta legislature in November 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Says former MLA Joe Anglin: "The Freedom Conservative Party has now picked up the torch that the former Wildrose surrendered when they sold their souls to the Tories."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Image: Dig deeper/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Supreme Court's shameful decision reinforces colonial relationship over Indigenous peoples in Canada.

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