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Uniting the right: Is Wildrose leader starting to wonder, 'With friends like these, who needs enemies?' | Feb 10 2016 | David J. Climenhaga | Clearly, a key goal of Brian Jean's version of the unification project is to merge Alberta's two conservative parties on Wildrose terms.
Brent Patterson's picture
Wolastoq Nation joins Treaty 3, AMC and Kanehsatà:ke Mohawks in opposing Energy East | Feb 10 2016 | Brent Patterson | There is a growing wall of Indigenous opposition to the Energy East pipeline.
Penney Kome's picture
Deepa Mehta stirs up controversy again with new film | Feb 10 2016 | Penney Kome | The iconic filmmaker's latest feature, a stylish Beeba Boys gangster thriller, riles some South Asian communities.
policyfix's picture
Fighting food insecurity with increased income | Feb 10 2016 | Molly McCracken | Increased income, educational programs and northern food subsidies need to work hand in hand if the food security crisis in Manitoba is to be overcome.
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Will simply uniting Alberta's right add up to victory over the NDP? Not necessarily | Feb 9 2016 | David J. Climenhaga | If Brian Jean is the groom, his Wildrose Party strategists must know the more time that passes, the worse he'll look to the potential PC bride.
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Perpetrator or victim? Russia and contemporary imperialism | Feb 9 2016 | Renfrey Clarke, Roger Annis | Political phrasing on the left and on the right labels today's Russia an "imperialist" country. Is this accurate? Does it matter having an accurate appraisal of Russia's social and economic formation?
David Suzuki's picture
It's time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest's grizzlies | Feb 9 2016 | David Suzuki | The grizzly bear trophy hunt is a sport like dogfighting, cockfighting and bullfighting are sports -- maybe worse.
Skimber's picture
Let's talk about a national pharmacare program | Feb 9 2016 | Stephen Kimber | Since we've been talking about seniors' pharmacare, perhaps it's time to change the modifier and resume a longstanding conversation about universal pharmacare.
Michael Stewart's picture
The prosecution in the Ghomeshi trial isn't incompetent. The game is rigged. | Feb 9 2016 | Michael Stewart | Most Canadians seem to believe that Ghomeshi assaulted the women now accusing him before the courts. But just as many seem to agree that the "credibility" of these truth-telling women is shot.
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Poll puts NDP in third place among Albertans -- a plausible result despite a pollster's debatable analysis | Feb 8 2016 | David J. Climenhaga | A poll has identified a significant flow back to the PCs, presumably among centre-right voters, plenty of whom supported Rachel Notley's NDP last May.
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Day 8: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of having my pants unzipped while trying to renew my birth control | Feb 8 2016 | Svea Vikander | As former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent and the validity of victims' stories.
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Day 7: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of being rubbed with a penis while I was taking the bus | Feb 7 2016 | Svea Vikander | As former CBC talkshow host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent, and victims' stories.
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A modern tragedy | Feb 6 2016 | J. Baglow | Some reflections on a sexual assault trial in Toronto.
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Day 6: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of being groped while I put on my shoes | Feb 6 2016 | Svea Vikander | As former CBC talkshow host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent, and victims' stories.
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Day 5: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of being kissed at my workplace | Feb 5 2016 | Svea Vikander | As former CBC talkshow host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault this month, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent and the validity of victims' stories
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No one is talking about how local media is in free fall | Feb 5 2016 | Judy Rebick | Right now, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is holding public hearings as another aspect of corporate media is on the brink of collapse: local TV news.
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Protesters shut down Auckland as Canada's trade minister signs the TPP | Feb 5 2016 | Brent Patterson | As Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Auckland yesterday, more than 1,000 people shut down the central part of the city in protest against the deal.
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We keep moving forward: This week in Blogs | Feb 5 2016 | Jen Halsall | Public subsidies for news agencies, better training for police, and a change in attitude surrounding sexual assault: A few ideas for improving Canada this week.
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Homelessness in Canada: Its growth, policy responses and advocacy | Feb 5 2016 | Nick Falvo | Nick Falvo examines the emergence of homelessness in Canada as a pressing public policy area in the 1980s, discussing the growth of homelessness, policy responses and advocacy.
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Day 4: Jian Ghomeshi reminded me of my nighttime voyeur | Feb 4 2016 | Svea Vikander | As former CBC talk show host Jian Ghomeshi goes to trial for four counts of sexual assault, Canada is forced to confront its attitudes about sex, consent and the validity of survivors' stories.