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Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
Alberta polling place sign. Photo: Kempton/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's possible -- although unlikely -- we'll have to wait until Wednesday or even Thursday to find out who won!
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 16
A table and chairs in a hallway with a sign that says Cooling Centre. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Despite its own predictions on the impact of climate change, Toronto cancels its cooling centres for vulnerable populations.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox April 15
Susan Wright | Alberta's moderate conservatives have a choice. They can look away while a sketchy premier slashes public services or they can vote with compassion.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 15
NDP candidate Anne McGrath (right) poses with Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: Anne McGrath/Facebook
Penney Kome | Calgary-Varsity candidate Anne McGrath has looked at Alberta from both sides now.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as she prepared to leave the stage after her speech in Edmonton yesterday. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Facing an election Tuesday, Alberta's premier looked and sounded like a politician on a roll yesterday in Edmonton -- energized, by turns forceful, funny, and inspiring.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 14
George Monbiot
Brent Patterson | It was a remarkable moment when George Monbiot called for the overthrow of capitalism on a BBC talk show. What's next?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 14
David J. Climenhaga | Family members are concerned relatives with severe dementia may be encouraged to cast a ballot for the UCP, the implications of which they cannot understand.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 14
Dennis Gruending | The United We Roll truck convoy was supposed to be about pipelines but it became as much or more about immigrants, refugees and the United Nations. How did that happen?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
UCP Leader Jason Kenney and his party’s Calgary-East candidate, Peter Singh.
David J. Climenhaga | Most Albertans have been capable over the years of engaging in civil discourse when it comes to politics. This was not so evident last night, with only four more sleeps till voting day.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
Part of the crowd of nurses and other public sector workers who gathered in -30 C. temperatures in Edmonton’s Churchill Square in March 2014, the last time an Alberta government tried to attack their pensions (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | A general election on Tuesday that Jason Kenney and his UCP could very well win really should concentrate the minds of the most likely victims of his plans.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 11
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | There are many examples of the toxic impacts of Canadian companies operating in this country and abroad to share with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic wastes when he visits Canada.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog April 11
Photo: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons
Bonnie Burstow | Because of charges laid by survivors, shock machine manufacturers are forced to admit that shock machines cause permanent brain damage. Now survivors are poised for further action.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 11
Protesting against the Ford Conservatives' planned cuts to education. Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Jason Kunin | The government's announcement that it will raise average class sizes in secondary schools is a variation on an old trick: distract people with one hand while you pick their pocket with the other.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently someone in the UCP could run a sophisticated vote-diversion scheme but the party didn't have the technical wherewithal to operate a simple candidate vetting process!
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 11
Image: Anouck Carsignol
Maya Bhullar | The Activist Toolkit followed up with organizers in the crowd and put together this blog to report on the tools activists have developed in their organizing efforts.
Blog - Making Waves April 11
Photo: Pixabay/modified by Emma Lui
Emma Lui | This blog gives an overview of some water justice issues and how grassroots groups, Indigenous nations, communities and organizations are working to protect water.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 10
Equipment in doctor's office. Photo: Morgan/Flickr
Ed Finn | As long as cancers are profitable and health unprofitable, prevention will be neglected, confined mainly to advising patients not to smoke or gain weight while they continue to be assailed by toxins.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 10
Photo: Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Guatemalans wanting to protect their drinking water from a mine linked to a Vancouver-based company have waged a peaceful struggle at the mine site, in courtrooms and now at the World Bank.
Blog - David Suzuki April 10
Image: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay
David Suzuki | A report commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada, "Canada's Changing Climate Report," warned that this country is warming at roughly twice the global average rate.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Like the proverbial frog brought slowly to a boil, we may be in for a very rude surprise after April 16.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 9
Photo: Rachel Notley/Facebook
Penney Kome | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley doesn't back down from a fight. And her urge to stand up to bullies leads her to battle with Jason Kenney rather than promote all her own achievements.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 8
Photo: Larry Wright/Twitter
Brent Patterson | From the Gatling gun to armoured vehicles and assault rifles, arms manufacturers have profited from the production of weapons used against Indigenous peoples.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 8
Doreen Nicoll | Nestlé is creating the illusion that tap water is only desirable for washing dishes and irrigating crops not drinking. Activists in Wellington, Ontario know water is for life, not profit.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Kirill Kalinin inside the Russian embassy in Ottawa a few weeks before he was expelled from Canada. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It was a year ago Friday that the government of Canada declared Kirill Kalinin and three other Russian diplomats persona non grata and sent them packing.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 7
Brent Patterson | Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in Colombia face crushing poverty and logging, mining and agribusiness on their ancestral territories.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 5
Canadian Parliament. Photo: Sam Szapucki/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Without substantive amendments, this bill may end up causing more harm than good and inject legal chaos into an already broken system and risk the lives of more of our children.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 5
The debaters: From left to right, Jason Kenney, David Khan, Rachel Notley and Stephen Mandel (Photo: Screenshot).
David J. Climenhaga | There were no epic body slams. The closest thing to a memorable moment came in the low-stakes side battle between the leaders of the Alberta Party and the Alberta Liberals.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 4
Image: Mr.Kitsadakron Pongha/Flickr
Justin Piché | While Ontario kids are facing an avalanche of austerity, Doug Ford is set to follow through with previously announced infrastructure projects that will expand the province's human caging capacity.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 4
UCP Drayton Valley-Devon candidate Mark Smith, cutting cake, with some of his supporters. Photo: Mark Smith/Facebook.
David J. Climenhaga | Even if Kenney were to do the right thing and kick him out, he'd be elected because it's now too late to get another UCP candidate on the ballot.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 4
Protesters at a town hall for Catherine McKenna. Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | The federal environment minister recently held a town hall meeting in Ottawa "to hear from Canadians about climate action," but failed to listen to what was being said.

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