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Blog - On The Other Hand May 22
Vancouver Men's Chorus finale. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Calgary is the richer for its role as venue for an event draws 20 LGBTQ-and-friends choirs in song and celebration.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 22
Rachel Notley. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's premier is more disciplined than the old Irish-Canadian baritone from Baie-Comeau. The words "roll the dice" will never pass her lips. Dice are rolling just the same.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Image: Joey Coleman/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | I'm feeling good about my prediction that the next Premier of Ontario will be Andrea Horwath of the NDP.
Blog - May 21
Closing of a voting table at about 7 pm Sunday in the teacher’ college in Ali Primera park, Caracas. Photo: Jim Hodgson
Jim Hodgson | Venezuelans merit attention and solidarity as they try to find a way forward. Democracy is supposed to be about the people ruling.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
David J. Climenhaga | The location of rising water renders ineffective the tactics of friends of fossil fuel apologists, who would prefer the public doesn’t ponder the links between bitumen extraction and climate change.
Blog - May 20
checking voters lists in El Valle neighbourhood, Caracas
Jim Hodgson | In a sense, this vote is a referendum on the orientation to social solidarity and to participatory democracy that involves communities in processes of consultation and decision-making.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg May 19
A destroyed ambulance in the Gaza Strip in 2014
J. Baglow | It is impossible to make sense of a fundamentally senseless situation. A pessimist's view of recent events in Gaza.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 19
NDP MP Murray Rankin
Yves Engler | Is it appropriate for NDP Members of Parliament to be working for "greater friendship" with a country that is killing and maiming thousands of non-violent protestors?
Blog - May 19
Raul Burbano | A summary of the candidates running in Sunday's presidential election.
Blog - May 19
Jim Hodgson | Canadian observers of Venezuela's election hear from the foreign minister, and he's not happy about a recent Canadian decision.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Reg Basken (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives starting to hyperventilate about the possibility of David Suzuki being nominated can settle down. You actually have to live here, at least some of the time, to be considered.
Blog - May 17
rabble.ca correspondent Humberto Da Silva will be in Venezuela covering the election on May 20. Photo courtesy of Humberto Da Silva
Humberto DaSilva | rabble.ca's Humberto DaSilva will be in Venezuela to cover its election on May 20. Here he describes a very personal connection to a country he is visiting for the first time.
Blog - Policyfix May 17
Pasture in Manitoba. Photo: Richard Turenne/Flickr
Lynne Fernandez | Climate change and species extinction represent the greatest crises facing us today. Hopefully Manitoba's government will show leadership and protect community pastures for future generations.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 17
Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Why are so many old Tories going to pot? Is Canadian democracy is simply too important to be left in the hands of voters? The UCP caucus gets its exercise! Derek Fildebrandt gets something right!
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 16
Elections Ontario signs. Photo: knehcsg/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Election day in Ontario is on June 7, 2018. Here is a list of 10 great candidate questionnaires to help organizers.
Blog - David Suzuki May 15
University of Alberta. Image: IQ Remix/Flickr
David Suzuki | If a university isn't the place to air a range of ideas about the geophysical, social, and economic consequences of profligate fossil fuel use, we should worry about the future of academic inquiry.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 15
rabble staff | rabble.ca is part of a Canadian labour and community delegation which is heading to Venezuela to observe the May 20 national federal elections and meet with local community and labour leaders.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog May 15
Canadian Boat to Gaza Logo, Libby Davies, Ann Wright, Freedom Flotilla for a Just Future for Palestine
David Heap, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla Coalition | We discuss current events in Gaza and the Freedom Flotilla 2018 with Ann Wright and Libby Davies, then introduce the five 2018 Freedom Flotilla participants from Canada.
Blog - KAIROS Witness May 15
Great Climate Race team. Photo: Christopher Porter/Flickr
Richard Thompson | Environmental campaigner Ben West and his partner Mari McMillan initiated The Great Climate Race because they believed in encouraging people to make a difference.
Blog - May 15
View of Caracas. Photo: Casal Partiu/Flickr
Common Frontiers | A Canadian mission of labour and ecumenical organizations is heading to Venezuela to participate in elections observation.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog May 13
Whitehorse, Yukon
Linda Leon | There are some challenges with MMP as an electoral system, which is a combination of First Past the Post and Proportional Representation.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 13
Doreen Nicoll | Nestlé extracts water from an Ontario watershed while compromising the water security of local communities. A Wellington County organization wants to stop them.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 13
Doreen Nicoll | Krystal Nagel is using her lived experience of intimate partner abuse to help survivors empower themselves.
Blog - May 12
Caracas neighbourhoods
Jim Hodgson | While most other Canadians enjoy their long weekend, seven of us are heading off to Venezuela to observe the May 20 election.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
The NORAD command centre in Colorado
Yves Engler | The 60-year-old agreement was supposed to defend the two countries from an invasion by Soviet bombers coming from the north. But the Berlin Wall fell three decades ago and NORAD continues.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog May 10
Al Awda (The Return) at Kristiansand, Norway
David Heap, Wendy Goldsmith, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla Coalition | The Freedom Flotilla boat Al Awda (The Return) has left the Norwegian port of Bergen, to break the illegal blockade of Gaza. Canadians will be on board, but we need your help to pay for it.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 10
Child colouring. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Dorothy MacLeod | One woman's experience of difficulty accessing child care paints a bigger picture that illustrates why Canada needs universal child care to close the gender wage gap and achieve gender equity.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Photo: Alex Shevalier).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has finally joined other Canadian provinces by giving working people the right to refuse unsafe work. The United Conservative Party says it will roll back this change if it's elected.
Blog - Making Waves May 9
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends WWF-Canada’s Healthy Waters Summit reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Emma Lui | Trudeau's progress on drinking water advisories is misleading and the government's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline -- without Indigenous consent -- is further putting drinking water at risk.
Blog - David Suzuki May 8
Image: CECAR/Flickr
David Suzuki | Cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is one of the least expensive, most effective ways to address climate change.

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