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On The Other Hand

Award-winning author and journalist Penney Kome has published six non-fiction books and hundreds of periodical articles, as well as writing a national column for 12 years and a local (Calgary) column for four years. She was Editor of Straightgoods.com from 2004 - 2013.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 27
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Penney Kome | English professor championed women in academia, health care and activism.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 20
Penney Kome | Alex Jones, Bill O'Reilly and Robert Ailes inspired some of Donald Trump's wildest claims.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 13
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Penney Kome | Suppose that push, not pull, drives the upward price spiral.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 7
Penney Kome | Trumpcare's defeat shows how American attitudes toward healthcare have shifted over the last six years.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 31
Penney Kome | 2017 Budget’s "net-zero" buildings could be self-heating.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 29
Penney Kome | Leo Tolstoy's Doukobors and Mayor Nenshi's Ismaili parents fled to Canada, as U.S. dissidents still do.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 26
Penney Kome | Canada won a peaceful reputation as the Underground Railroad's destination until 1911, when the Liberals created the "White Canada" policy.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 24
The Underground Railroad
Penney Kome | Understanding Candinavia -- why do Americans think Canada is a safe haven?
Blog - On The Other Hand March 17
IAEA experts at Fukushima
Penney Kome | Japan's melted-down nuclear plants are the globe's most urgent and most intractable crisis.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 9
Computer worker surrounded by hands with demands
Penney Kome | I've worked without a net for decades, using women's traditional techniques.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 27
Penney Kome | Automation was supposed to bring a world of leisure and abundance, not widespread unemployment.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 23
Penney Kome | The Globe and Mail's "Unfounded" marks a media milestone, something that would not have been possible even two years ago.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 14
Image: Connor Tarter/flickr
Penney Kome | Women are going to jail in Canada, especially Indigenous women, because they are unable to pay fines for small infractions.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 7
Image: Flickr/Olivia Chow
Penney Kome | If you think news media cost too much, try making decisions in the dark.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 6
Image: C-SPAN
Penney Kome | Block fake news by learning how to spot it.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 23
Women's March signs, A woman's place is in the resistance
Penney Kome | Overwhelming turnout for "sister" Women's Marches bodes well for International Women's Day celebrations.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 17
"Life is Sharing" mural
Penney Kome | The Hunger Site is a pioneer in globalized non-profit trade with grassroots crafts and fashions.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 11
Penney Kome | As gift economies go, the First Nations' potlatches were more efficient at redistributing wealth.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 6
Image: Flickr/Eric Norris
Penney Kome | The U.S. and to some extent Canada still don't have workplace regulations to protect workers from chronic pain.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 5
Person with shoulder pain
Penney Kome | Doctors are baffled by pain because governments erased certain kinds of work injuries from the record. Part one in a series.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 18
Image: Flickr/Kate Ausburn
Penney Kome | Globally, environmental lawyers have halted clear cutting and restored polluted waterways.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 12
Placard says Nope to Donald Trump
Penney Kome | Trump's surprise victory has everyone scrambling to predict what the next four years will look like.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 5
Your Vote Counts button - NOT
Penney Kome | Civil liberties and social justice organizations are fighting voter suppression tactics.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 28
Bill Clinton displays corporate code for LGBTQ inclusion.
Penney Kome | Hillary is pilloried for the Clinton Foundation -- currently treating 11 million AIDS patients -- while Trump's very personal foundation has gotten a pass.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 15
Penney Kome | Candidate’s name moves from laughing stock to pejorative.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 5
1500 pairs of women's and children's shoes arranged in a huge circle
Penney Kome | Teens display 1,500 pairs of shoes in memory of murdered birth mother.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 29
Colourful Year of Indigenous Rights circle symbol
Penney Kome | UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People draws gender equality language from Canada's Charter of Rights.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 28
Hillary Clinton in a bright red top against the blue debate background.
Penney Kome | Hillary Clinton proves Ann Richardson's dictum, by dancing circles around Donald Trump.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 17
Penney Kome | The media started pushing back against Trump this week when he used a campaign news conference to promote a new hotel.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 15
Jumbles of colourful hard candy
Penney Kome | JAMA charges Big Sugar paid off scientists and distorted health data to increase sugar sales.

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