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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 21
rabble staff | We are less than two weeks away from our Nov. 30 deadline and we are getting close to our $50,000 goal.
Blog - David Suzuki November 20
David Suzuki | Lack of science literacy is a problem in journalism and society in general. Science is a useful tool, but it’s not perfect. With the ocean study, the method worked as it should.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | By adopting an energy policy founded on low royalties and pipeline development, Alberta has squandered an opportunity to implement a program that could have strengthened Alberta's economy.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 19
Image: Dennis van der Heijden/Flickr
Penney Kome | Six months after its proclamation, how is the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) holding up in its intent to reclaim personal privacy as a human right?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
David J. Climenhaga | On Tuesday, the president of Cenovus Energy Inc. called for temporary production cuts across the Canadian oil sector to push prices back up. It's all about supply and demand.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | This week, the NDP threatened to defund 28 religious schools if they don't implement diversity policies, and a video emerged in which a prominent UCP member compared Pride flags to Nazi swastikas.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 16
Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta joined Chief Billy Joe Laboucan, of the Lubicon Lake Band, at a special ceremony held in Little Buffalo on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to celebrate the historic land claim settlement of the Lubicon Lake Band which was signed in late October. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
Penney Kome | Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government have resolved an 1880s oversight that left a small Alberta First Nation stranded on unceded land, without treaty protection.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 16
Twitter photo via @fordnation.
Brent Patterson | What was in the economic statement released by the Ford government in Ontario?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 15
rabble staff | Thanks to our readers we're well on the way to our goal of $50,000 for our fundraiser and you have until November 30 to help make that happen.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Calgary Olympic Park. Photo: David Wilson/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A plebiscite on a plan clearly strongly opposed by many on both sides of Alberta's political divide is probably not a reliable barometer of voter intentions in the election next spring.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Monday was not a good day for Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and his supporter John Carpay. Yesterday wasn't either.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 13
Extinction Rebellion/Twitter
Brent Patterson | More of our support needs to go to Extinction Rebellion-like strategies based on disruption in order to shift our political culture and advance transformative change.
Blog - David Suzuki November 13
David Suzuki | Rising populist politics are weaponizing climate action as a wedge issue for political advantage -- with tragic implications. How can we reverse this?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yogi Acharya | The Ontario government's plan to review social assistance plans and its absurd refrain that ‘the best social program is a job’ are cause for concern.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 12
Francois Legault/Twitter
Will Dubitsky | Quebec’s new provincial government is proposing shift on many issue -- from immigration to tolerance and the environment -- and not letting a little hypocrisy get in its way.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 12
Twitter photo via @JustinTrudeau.
Brent Patterson | A wealthy, privileged establishment defending liberal democracy risks being an accelerant, not an antidote, to right-wing populism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
David J. Climenhaga | A prominent Jason Kenney supporter has compared the rainbow pride flag to the swastika flag of Nazi Germany and the hammer and sickle of communism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
David J. Climenhaga | If he's looking for extremists in the UCP, Leader Jason Kenney may not actually need a database that can peer into the dark corners of the internet.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada November 10
Suzanne Berliner Weiss | Justine Trudeau's recent apology to Jewish refugees rings hollow when he also denounces the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Brent Patterson | Jean Charest wants France to back CETA's investment provision, but concerns are raised about the impact that would have on elections to the European Parliament.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 9
 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez canvasses in Sunnyside, Queens on June 26, 2018. Photo: Corey Torpie/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A Generation X political activist asks if there is hope in a renewed collaboration between electoralism and social movement activism.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 8
Kim Elliott | We've raised over $20,000 from readers so far! But we still need your help to take it even further and meet our goal of $50,000.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 8
Voting line-up in Ohio. Photo: Tim Evanson/Flickr
Penney Kome | There's reason to celebrate the new faces, new voices and new perspectives arriving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, the U.S. government begins to resemble the people it governs.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Doug Ford's "open for business" government sees water as a commodity; delaying new permits doesn't equal a commitment to the right to water.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Aerial view of Alberta tar sands. Photo: Dru Oja Jay/Howl Arts Collective/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Last year's aggregate profit for five largest oilsands companies was within spitting distance of total revenues collected from all sources by the Alberta government.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Person hanging their head. Photo: Alex/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | It's very human to feel down about the injustices in the world around us. How do we cope and find the strength to work for a better world?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
Alberta Provincial Legislature Building. Photo: WinterE229 (WinterforceMedia)/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-East MLA Robyn Luff, kicked out of the NDP caucus, expressed shock and dismay at that entirely predictable outcome in a Facebook post.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 7
Official portrait of Jeremy Corbyn. Photo: Chris McAndrew/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn plans to end water privatization with publicly owned companies. Would this put an end to Canadian pension funds investing in for-profit water?
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 7
Person holds sign reading "We are all immigrants." Photo: takomabibelot/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Tangible ways to help organizations addressing the needs of migrants in Mexico.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
 	Protesting Illinois 6th District Republican Congressman Peter Roskam in Chicago. Photo: Charles Edward Miller/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Republicans mostly hitched their wagons to Donald Trump's dark star in the U.S. mid-term elections, and notwithstanding passage of control of the House to the Democrats it has worked well for them.

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