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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 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.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 18
Penney Kome | Public pressure pulled him out of Egypt's notorious Scorpio prison just last year. Now he's helping journalists and researchers imprisoned abroad.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 17
Penney Kome | Expert panel discusses what they hope the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women can accomplish.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 15
Graphic image of a mammoth elephant painted red, white and blue
Penney Kome | Four arguments in favour and six against the survival of a party dedicated to a shrinking voter segment: uneducated older white men.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 12
Penney Kome | Pundits ponder effect of candidates who wear their principles (or lack of) on their sleeves.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 5
Tim Kaine meets with Bolivian family
Penney Kome | “Si, se puede”? We shall see what Tim Kaine means for the Democrats
Blog - On The Other Hand July 28
Image: Flickr/Beverly Yuen Thompson
Penney Kome | The RNC put on one long blast of fearmongering, fingerpointing fiery rage while the DNC brought the crowd to its feet again and again on themes like fairness and sharing.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 13
One Voice Chorus in concert
Penney Kome | As we gathered for the post-service concert, our music director told us the body count. "All we can do is sing," she said.

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