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Blog - The Views Expressed October 15
Still from debate livestream. Image: YouTube
Ed Finn | The depletion of tax revenue through profligate business bounties is a cunningly devised strategy, giving political leaders the excuse that they simply don't have the means to improve social services.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Heather McPherson, the federal NDP candidate in Edmonton Strathcona. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Does the Mainstreet poll of voter intentions in the Edmonton Strathcona federal riding indicate a real trend, or is it an outlier for whatever reasons?
Blog - A change is gonna come October 15
Colten Boushie's family at press conference. Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | Fall has descended and it's time to cocoon with a good movie. Luckily, the 11th annual Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival gets underway this week.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Image: Anders Hellberg/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Environmental activist Greta Thunberg appears content to give the Kenney government a few days to work itself into a full-blown swivet before she announces her Alberta itinerary.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Greta Thunberg. Image: European Parliament/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | At the time this was written, no one in Alberta seems to know when or where Thunberg will arrive.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog October 13
A natural gas well in Louisiana. Image: Daniel Foster/Flickr
Linda Leon | Of all of the political parties running in this election, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) was the first to release its election platform.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's unclear whether the client in these circumstances would be the union member on the line or the Government of Alberta.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 11
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rabble staff | rabble is currently hiring for an Opinions Editor. The deadline for applications is November 1. Read on for more details.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
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Brent Patterson | Indigenous communities in Colombia want to protect the Amazon rainforest from fracking.
Blog - Taking Sides October 11
People on the streets of Tokyo. Image: Jason Ortego/Unsplash
Philip Lee | As facial recognition becomes more and more common, there are also growing concerns about the gender and racial bias embedded in many systems.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Alberta Energy Minister and Canadian Energy Centre Ltd. Director Sonya Savage, at left. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Structuring Alberta's "energy war room" as a private corporation to avoid FOIP requests sounds like a shady dodge; Kenney government says "foreign-funded special interests" made them do it.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 11
Climate strikers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Some critics say anyone who uses fossil fuels is a hypocrite if they engage in climate activism. Such accusations are disingenuous and meant to shame and disable people.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 10
National Assembly of Quebec. Image: Paul VanDerWerf/Flickr
Ed Finn | The furor over Bill 21 caused a brief stir during the opening weeks of the election. But the issue has since faded and is not likely to affect the voting outcome for any of the parties.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
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Brent Patterson | Extinction Rebellion makes an important link with the deadly struggle for climate justice in the Global South.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 10
Former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Image: Chiloa/Wikimedia Commons
Abdul Nakua | Reflecting on the divisive debate in Quebec about religious symbols and the passing of Bill 21, I remember an epiphany which reveals how old battles are influencing new ones.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 10
Tom Olsen. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The new managing director of the Kenney government's renamed "Canadian Energy Centre" ran unsuccessfully for the United Conservative Party in Calgary in last April's election.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog October 9
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Linda Leon | Could the Green plan meet its goals of "addressing the climate emergency" and "transitioning to a green economy"?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
Still from debate livestream. Image: YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Another Conservative innovation: the faux riposte response to a question that wasn't asked. It's not a debating technique.
Blog - Open Media's blog October 9
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Marie Aspiazu | Back in August the CRTC significantly cut the rates for what Big Telecom can charge smaller providers for network access. A handful of smaller Internet service providers are already lowering prices.
Blog - David Suzuki October 9
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David Suzuki | We should all examine the roster of candidates and parties where we live, compare their environmental platforms and records, and ask local contenders about their climate commitments.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 9
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Ed Finn | If the NDP holds the balance of power over a minority Liberal government, it could force Justin Trudeau to actually keep some of his promises this time, and even adopt key progressive proposals.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog October 8
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Maya Bhullar | A toolkit to help get out the vote and to dig through misinformation in the 2019 federal election.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 8
Reakash Walters nominates Rachel Notley as the NDP candidate in 2015, shortly before the NDP's historic majority victory. Image: Provided by Reakash Walters
David J. Climenhaga | If you have progressive views, you don't have to be living outside Alberta to feel out of touch with Alberta politics nowadays.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 8
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Brent Patterson | Twenty-seven years after her death, Kelly's vision holds lessons for the Extinction Rebellion movement.
Blog - Raluca Bejan October 8
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Raluca Bejan | The underlying assumption is that the East Coast is perpetually subsidized by Ontario and the West. Yet I wonder how many Ontarians would put up with a pulp mill in downtown Elora or Picton.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 7
Environmental Defence Canada's executive director Tim Gray at a recent panel in Edmonton. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Environmental group's report asserts the fossil fuel industry's well-funded lobby is the single biggest barrier to effective climate action being taken by Canada.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 4
Dauphin, Manitoba, in 1971. Dauphin was the site of Canada's first UBI pilot. Image: Marty Bernard/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Feedback from participants in UBI pilot projects in Manitoba and Ontario demonstrates that this program lifts people out of poverty and enables them to change their lives.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 4
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Kim Elliott | This year, members of our reporting team are being recognized for their work at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards.
Blog - Taking Sides October 4
Person with cell phone. Image: Angelo Moleele/Unsplash
Philip Lee | Who will protect us from a collective vulnerability to misinformation, manipulation and cyber violence?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 4
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer, when he was a starship captain … really! Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr.
David J. Climenhaga | Who knew that the Conservative leader would turn out to have a trunkful of dirty little secrets, with the emphasis on little?

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