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Blog - The Views Expressed August 16
Reflection on Dal Lake. Image: McKay Savage/Wikimedia Commons
Shama Naqushbandi | While the move taken over the last week to forcibly impose Central Indian rule under complete blackout may seem like the beginning of an end, in truth, Kashmiris have been here many times before.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics August 16
Michael Adams (on right) at 2019 Ottawa book event. Photo: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Pollster Michael Adams' new book predicts that Trumpism and Brexit divisions are unlikely to sprout in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
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David J. Climenhaga | The ecosystem of partisan Conservative propaganda outlets is gearing up for the full-court press to persuade us the United Conservative Party is right and that there is no alternative.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 15
Matthew DiMera | Just as libraries provide public space, essential to a thriving and blooming community, rabble provides the online space for the democratic debate of issues affecting progressive Canadians.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 15
Antheia's milkweed taken by Altheia. Used with permission.
Doreen Nicoll | Burlington declared a climate emergency this spring. But the city has violated its own by-laws by forcibly cutting down a resident's naturalized garden, a research-proven climate solution.
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice August 14
Ontario Premier Doug Ford visits Joseph Brant Hospital to celebrate the completion and grand opening of its newly expanded facility. Image: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Tina S. Beier | An overview of the Ford government's cuts to health care in Ontario and how these cuts affect reproductive health, LGBTQ+ mental health, and privatization.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 14
Opening ceremony, Canada Day Toronto Blue Jays game. Image: Ken Whytock/Flickr
Deborah Mebude | At its worst, populism exploits weaknesses in democracy, playing off tensions within society. At its best, it could produce increased democratic inclusion and provide a platform for everyday people.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Syncrude camp and operations site north of Fort McMurray. Photo: Julia Kilpatrick/Pembina Institute/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's strategy of yelling at anyone who disagrees is not going to prove very effective as the world comes to the conclusion climate change is real.
Blog - David Suzuki August 14
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David Suzuki | The way we manage forests and grow, process and distribute food is contributing to climate disruption, but protecting and restoring natural landscapes will help absorb excess CO2.
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog August 13
Elections Canada polling station 2015. Photo: ishmael n. daro/Flickr
Judy Rebick | Last election, support for strategic voting may have won the Liberals their majority. This time we shouldn't do it. We need the NDP and Greens to have more weight in Parliament.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 13
Photo: Carolina Ödman/Flickr
Philip Lee | Genuine communication is all about creating relationships and building trust. When members of a community listen to each other's views and opinions, they gain greater understanding.
Blog - Policy Note August 13
Calls for climate action from the group Extinction Rebellion. Photo: Sebastian Dooris/Wikimedia Commons
Seth Klein | Canadians support systemic solutions that go well beyond what our governments have so far been willing to undertake.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 13
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro tours the Stollery’s new pediatric intensive care unit. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After years of constant conservative mismanagement, Alberta's health-care system may not be able to take another major reorganization without catastrophic results.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 12
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Peace Brigades International visited The Pines in 1991 and takes note of the escalating tensions over land ownership in 2019.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 12
A typical workday for UFCW 401 President Doug O'Halloran. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | On Friday, Doug O'Halloran, one of Canada's last old style union leaders -- tough, plain spoken and deeply committed the workers he represents -- announced his life is coming to an end.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 10
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Brent Patterson | Travelling by train wouldn't make Trudeau or Scheer climate leaders, but jetting across the country for 36 days is deeply problematic.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 9
Mark Iype attends "Words Matter" event at Peter Lougheed Leadership College, University of Alberta in 2017. Photo: Peter Lougheed Leadership College/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Do the latest changes at the Journal have anything to do with the placement of one of Canada's most right-wing commentators in charge of political coverage at Postmedia?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 8
Judy Rebick | rabble remains resolved to amplify underrepresented voices and bring media democracy to the forefront of the Canadian media landscape.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 8
Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and Tim Uppal (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Investigations by the RCMP and the Office of the Election Commissioner keep turning over new rocks in the 2017 UCP leadership race won by Jason Kenney.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 8
Image: Sally B. Tuck/Flickr
Robin Tress | From Kenney's war room to CSIS and the RCMP monitoring Indigenous activists and sharing knowledge with oil giants, democratic institutions have been captured by the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
Thomas Dang, one of the NDP members of the Alberta legislature's member services committee (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | From the perspective of practical politics, what is important, and what will be remembered, is that the vote of the committee was unanimous. NDP members should have voted no.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 7
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Maya Bhullar | August is here. It is time to think of the fights that will be coming up when legislatures come back into session. Here are some summer reading suggestions to make effective change.
Blog - David Suzuki August 7
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David Suzuki | Those who continue to spread doubt and confusion about climate science are starting to look even more ridiculous with their many conflicting, insubstantial arguments.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 6
Dialogue with civil society representatives. Photo: Patricia Leiva/OAS/Flickr
Philip Lee | The shrinking of civil society spaces has become a topic of intense debate, increasingly flagged by activists, academics, and rights advocates who discuss its causes and impacts.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Being exposed as a politician willing to put our country's future at risk isn't a good look for a guy who still harbours his own prime ministerial ambitions.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 4
Postmedia political columnist Licia Corbella. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bans on journalists employed by major media operations holding party membership cards are a ridiculous affectation of the sort commonly known as a fig leaf.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | When Sonya Savage said "the lies end now," was the energy minister referring to what the CEOs of the oil giants have to say? Or just those pesky foreign-funded environmentalists?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
AUPE President Guy Smith addresses union members and supporters Wednesday in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Should the Appeal Court uphold the injunction, it will be interesting to see which is more important to the UCP: preserving the federal Tories' election chances, or pursuing their own radical agenda.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 2
Leo Gerard speaks at a Capitol Hill trade deal protest in 2010. Photo: AFL-CIO America's Unions/Flickr
Leo Gerard | As he retires from his job as president of the United Steelworkers, Leo Gerard looks back at his half century in the trade union movement and makes the case for why unions are needed more than ever.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 2
Image: Screenshots/Mercedes Allen, waxing tools/Adobe Stock, with composition by Mercedes Allen
Mercedes Allen | Trans human rights protections were never meant to be used to force cis women to touch a penis that they did not consent to. But here's the secret: they don't.

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