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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 August 22
Elections Canada poll sign. Image: Dennis Sylvester Hurd/Flickr
Penney Kome | Ready or not, we are embarking on an experiment to see whether Harper's legacy of election laws can support an actual election.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 23
Bee collecting pollen
Penney Kome | Insect-free summer may be a worrisome sign that extinction is in progress.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 7
Image: PaulVanDerWerf/Flickr
Penney Kome | The recently passed legislation prohibits civil servants from wearing religious symbols, such as a headscarf or a turban.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 18
Image: Women Deliver CEO and President Katja Iversen, from Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada Facebook page
Penney Kome | Canada leads the way with a new monster international fund to promote gender equality, women's empowerment, and reproductive health.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 4
Woman at microphone for Women Deliver conference. Image: Women Deliver/Facebook​
Penney Kome | Women Deliver's main pitch is to make sure that women's specific concerns are included as developing nations strive to expand their economies.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 5
The Aga Khan addresses the 2014 London Conference
Penney Kome | If the Pope invited the prime minister's family to visit for the holidays, and sent a private jet to pick them up, would the Opposition be hinting at a breach of ethics?
Blog - On The Other Hand April 23
Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Penney Kome | Alberta election rancour just a sample of what federal election could bring.
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 - 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 - On The Other Hand March 20
U.K. industrial hemp farm, 2007. Photo: Nabokov/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | A reclaimed industry produces renewable food, shelter, clothing, and medicine, from one crop -- and we have hardly begun to explore the potential of the hemp plant's 25,000 marketable products.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 12
Penney Kome | We have 12 years to curb climate breakdown. Experts supplied the science. Now youth and the increasingly militant climate justice movement are keeping up the pressure.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 6
Beer glass with orchid
Penney Kome | Cancer-prevention month whispers, not shouts, that liquor causes cancer.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 22
General Jay Janzen and MRU Professor Kari Roberts. Image credit: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | In advance of provincial and federal elections, Canada's director of general military strategic communications is warning that Canadians should be alert for attempts to influence the electorate.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 11
Derek Cook, Director, Canadian Poverty Institute. Image courtesy of Derek Cook.
Penney Kome | Members of the new federal Advisory Committee on Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy all have personal experience of poverty, and they are working to build resilient communities across the country.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 3
Jackie Shan publicity photo
Penney Kome | Collectors revere Jackie Shane's soul recordings from the 1960s. Now the musician is being recognized with a nomination for a Grammy.
Blog - On The Other Hand December 18
Abandoned oil well
Penney Kome | Geothermal engineers point to the potential to channel gas wells' heat to local homes and businesses.
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 - 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 - 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 - On The Other Hand October 26
Michelle Thrush's Inner Elder leads the dancing. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Calgarians had a chance to see two pieces of Indigenous theatre on consecutive nights recently, in which artists addressed painful subjects with humour and respect.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 12
Cindy Sheehan, Director of The Women's March on the Pentagon. Photo by Jacob Appelbaum/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Peace organizations haven't been in the news much for a decade or so. But after a year with Trump in the Oval Office, peace is a high political priority again.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 4
Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Open Data Awards 2015. Photo: Open Data Institute Knowledge for Everyone/Flickr
Penney Kome | World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is set to unveil a new commercial-free platform. He's part of a growing movement to decentralize the web and break down online inequality.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 29
Penney Kome | After Christine Blasey Ford's harrowing testimony on Thursday, President Trump ordered an FBI investigation into allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 25
TV reporter interviews FEMA expert. Image: Walter Jennings/FEMA Photo Library via Wikimedia
Penney Kome | The Toronto Star has unveiled a new ethics code, one of many available. Reviewing journalism society standards shows a wide variation in priorities and emphasis.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 14
Beverly Glenn-Copeland sings in concert. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Veteran musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been discovered by a whole new generation of listeners, who, 40 years later, continue to find his work innovative.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 14
Image: By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine - Own work, CC0
Penney Kome | Did you ever get the feeling the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Statistics show depression rates are rising globally. At least, more and more people are taking prescription antidepressants.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 6
Penney Kome | With the Mueller investigation ongoing and the Manafort trial shaping up, the upcoming midterm elections may well be the most important elections in U.S. history.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 27
Many kinds of money, banknotes and coins
Penney Kome | After Helsinki, it seems clear that money, not compromising material, is likely to be the hold that the Russians have on the U.S. President.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 20
Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump in Helsinki. Photo: Website of the President of the Russian Federation, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Penney Kome | Demands rise for Donald Trump to declare which team he's playing for. Part one of a two-part series.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 3
Penney Kome | Three years after Charlie Hebdo, Trump leads attacks on news media. While Trump furthers his own ends by encouraging distrust of the media, he also raises the risk level for journalists on the job.

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