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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 16
Kim Elliott | Canadians who want to make sense of the politics and policy coming out of Ottawa need Karl Nerenberg's distinct political analysis and frontline reporting.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 15
Poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. Image: Tjololo Photo/Flickr
Matthew Hayes | For some, Don Cherry was fired on Remembrance Day for defending the troops. For others, Don Cherry's bigoted language recalls the evil enemy we defeated at great sacrifice in 1945.
Blog - Taking Sides November 15
Child using tablet computer. Image: Kelly Sikkama/Unsplash
Tess Sison | People under the age of 18 are the fastest-growing online demographic in a world that is in the midst of the fourth Industrial Revolution, which offers greater opportunities and risks.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Whatever led to inquiry commissioner Steve Allan's decision to use a law firm that employs his son, it doesn't pass the traditional political sniff test.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 14
Tyne Cot Cemetary in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. Image: Thomas Quine/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | Remembrance poses uncomfortable questions with no easy answers. Do we treat war as an aberration in human history, or as the darker shadows of our better spirits that we need to continuously counter?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Prince Rupert waterfront. Image: A.Davey/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Let's lop off the top half of British Columbia and give it to Alberta! It might be the only way to save the country, dontcha know?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 14
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Chris Kruszewski | Prairie communities have reasons to be upset. We feel the negative impacts of an undiversified economy daily. But corporate media is distorting Wexit, amplifying far-right voices.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Paul Gorbould/Flickr
Abdul Nakua | All wars are fought twice, "the first time on the battlefield, and the second time in memory." What is often forgotten is the memory of those who were oppressed, exploited and unrecognized.
Blog - David Suzuki November 13
Image: Jeanne Menjoulet/Flickr
David Suzuki | Reimagining and acting to create a better world can be a deeply positive experience. In the act of coming together, we can rewire the status quo so that taking care of each other becomes the norm.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | How much of the UCP's radical project to transform Alberta into a dystopic firewalled statelet was predicated on a Conservative victory in last month's federal election?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
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David J. Climenhaga | Albertans aren't all for a private member's bill which would restrict reproductive rights. But don't count on the common sense or common decency of the UCP caucus to ensure the right thing gets done.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
Preston Manning in 2013. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Good rarely results from Manning's interventions in politics, so don't expect positive results from his appointment by Jason Kenney to new "Fair Deal Panel."
Blog - Greening the News November 11
Poppies on National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Robbie/Flickr
Robert Hackett | When we commemorate the sacrifices of Canadians who have gone to battle over the years, let's honour not only the soldiers, but those who take risks to prevent war or to repair its damage.
Blog - Taking Sides November 8
View of dock in Cape Broyle, NL. Image: Terrilynn Lushman/Unsplash
Lorenzo Vargas | Developed countries like Canada are in the midst of transition from 4G to 5G networks. And yet Canada still suffers from a digital divide.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Political scientist Duane Bratt says Bill 207 shows the UCP is more like the Wildrose Party than the old Progressive Conservatives. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The private member's bill purports merely to support constitutional rights, but its purpose is clearly to wedge open the door for more restrictions on reproductive rights.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 7
Elections Canada sign at an advance polling station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 11, 2019. Image: Coastal Elite/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | The inherent unfairness of Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system has been displayed many times in previous federal elections, but never so blatantly as in the recent voting farce.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
Peace River MLA Dan Williams being sworn into office. Image: Dan Williams/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | This ploy is a well-understood part of the anti-choice playbook, so it seems likely the bill is an attempt to find a way to limit access to abortion services and contraception.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Gordon Laxer | If he truly advocates for Albertans, Kenney will embrace the future by joining with Ottawa to manage a rapid phase-out of the tar sands in ways that support oil workers and their communities.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Ed Finn | Albertans should not be piling all the liability for their current malaise on the federal government and environmentalists. Their own political leaders should at least shoulder some of the blame.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 6
Protest against Israel attack on Gaza in Berlin. Image: Montecruz Foto/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | The political winds for the last few years have been unrelentingly cruel to Palestine, but at this moment, there are some opportunities for progressive Canadians to act and perhaps make a difference.
Blog - David Suzuki November 6
Solar power lighting on road by Hatta Dam, United Arab Emirates. Image: JSPhotography2016/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | The International Energy Agency says energy efficiency alone could provide more than 40 per cent of the emissions reductions needed by 2040 to meet Paris Agreement targets.
Blog - Environmental Defence's blog November 5
Tar sands facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Image: kris krüg/Flickr
Dale Marshall | The oil and gas industry is putting great efforts into trying to convince the Canadian public that they are making strides to be more environmentally responsible. Don't buy it.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
Alberta's flag. Image: abdallahh/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Mainstream media needs to stop treating the leaders of the fringe Wexit movement as rock stars and credulously accepting their obviously ludicrous claims.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 4
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Doreen Nicoll | Activists from around the world are joining an Ontario community's fight against Nestlé and the commodification of water.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 2
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Doreen Nicoll | November is Woman Abuse Prevention month. Since 2013, the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses has sold purple scarves and ties through local women's shelters to raise awareness.
Blog - Taking Sides November 1
Two people lookign at laptop computer. Image: Brooke Cagle/Unsplash
Philip Lee | Nearly seven out of 10 Canadian millennials get their news from social media. Should we be worried?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 1
Rob Anderson on the steps of the Alberta legislature during the period between his floor crossings to and from the Wildrose Party. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It looks as if Rob Anderson has found a new gig -- Alberta separation if necessary, but not necessarily Alberta separation.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 1
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Annie Game | Imagine a world without impunity, where everyone is free to exercise their right to freedom of expression and information and able to access, generate and share ideas in any way they choose.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 31
Angela with her mom and puppy. Image: Angela Bischoff
Angela Bischoff | As a lifelong activist, this has perhaps been my sweetest campaign, parenting my parent. In providing a loving home for her, we've allowed her beautiful spirit to rise up.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 31
L-R: Terry O'Flynn (Alberta Enterprise Group), Rick More (Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce), Finance Minister Travis Toews, Todd MacKay (Canadian Taxpayers Federation), Sandip Lalli (Calgary Chamber of Commerce) and Janet M. Riopel (Edmonton Chamber of Commerce). Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Readers are advised to take Canadian Taxpayers Federation "reports" with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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