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David Suzuki

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the <a href="http://www.davidsuzuki.org" target="_blank">David Suzuki Foundation</a>. He is Companion to the Order of Canada and a recipient of UNESCO's Kalinga Prize for science, the United Nations Environment Program medal, the 2009 Right Livelihood Award, and Global 500. Dr. Suzuki is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and holds 26 honorary degrees from universities around the world. He is familiar to television audiences as host of the long-running CBC television program The Nature of Things, and to radio audiences as the original host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, as well as the acclaimed series It's a Matter of Survival and From Naked Ape to Superspecies. His written work includes more than 52 books, 19 of them for children. Dr. Suzuki lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and family in Vancouver, B.C.
Blog - David Suzuki January 16
Site C Dam Construction Site. Image: Jeffrey Wynne/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | In Canada, large-scale projects such as Site C in B.C. and Muskrat Falls in Labrador run counter to our commitments to combat climate change and respect Indigenous Peoples' rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Image: Kremlin.ru/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | "Don't get in between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences." – Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the United States.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 15
Stephen Mandel & Jim Prentice in 2011. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservatives clearly have a Messiah Strategy for returning to power. It's been tried before, and it's not clear that it works all that well.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 15
Love Does Gala. Image: The Women's Centre of Halton
Doreen Nicoll | On February 10, The Women's Centre will host its second annual Gala to raise money to transform the lives of women and their children because that's what 'Love Does.'
Blog - Alberta Diary January 15
Calgary, Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP policy document's goals depend on the same old elephant in the room that looms over all discussions of Alberta fiscal policy: it requires higher oil prices.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg January 12
Carleton University in Ottawa, where Hassan Diab taught before his arrest.
J. Baglow | Hassan Diab, a Canadian citizen, has been held without trial or charge in a French maximum-security prison for a bombing that took place in 1980. This week, he was set free.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
The Calgary skyline in 2016 (Photo: Kevin Cappis, Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | You can probably count on the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativity at the UCP to come up with a new reason that is clearly the NDP's fault to explain why the sky is falling.
Blog - David Suzuki January 10
Shopping cart facing the aisle of a grocery store. Photo: Brian Talbot/flickr
David Suzuki | How did "throw-away," "disposable" and "planned obsolescence" become part of product design and marketing? It was deliberate.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 9
Many retail food sector jobs pay only minimum wage. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | The business lobby is using alarmist tactics to oppose a minimum wage hike in Ontario.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Kathleen Wynne (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the spin. The actual Bank of Canada note concluded that the benefits of increased minimum wages outweigh any depressant effect they may have on job creation.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 8
Tim Hortons. Image: Wladyslaw/Wikimedia Commons
Maya Bhullar | Four ways support workers continue to fight for $15
Blog - David Bush's blog January 6
David Bush | Kathleen Wynne has been defending workers' rights during the recent backlash against minimum wage increases. By contrast, Andrea Horwath's NDP have only meekly supported the issue.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 4
Woman and child. Image: Women's Habitat/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Provincial funding for women's shelters was frozen over a decade ago, placing vital services in never ending precarious position.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 4
plate 26 of Jerusalem the Emanation of the Giant Albion by William Blake. Photo: Wikimedia
Ed Finn | Creating an anthology of famous and not-so-famous poems on justice for humanity is thought provoking and inspiring.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 4
PHOTOS: United Conservative Party MLA Wes Taylor, from Twitter with modifications by the author.
David J. Climenhaga | Some member of the UCP caucus is bound to be told sooner or later to dress up as Porky the Waster Hater, at least until the Opposition party can generate some porky waste of its own.
Blog - Activist Communiqué January 4
Tap water and bottled water. Photo: philografy/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade, and it has not gotten much better in 2017.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 3
Ahed Tamimi. Image: Haim Schwarczenberg/Wikimedia Commons.
Judy Haiven | A protest against the arrest of 16 year old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi, and a tribute to the resistance of her and family to the Israeli occupation.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
University of Alberta economist and professor Andrew Leach. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | United Conservative Party MLA launches social media bizarre attack on PhD economist who pointed out false claim in Jason Kenney tweet.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 3
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Scientists and the Dalai Lama say that happiness is a skill set that takes training and practice.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 2
Nuclear test. Image: FEMA News Photo/Wikimedia Commons
Gerald Caplan | How can any sensible person fail to be shaken by the political events in the past year?
Blog - David Suzuki January 2
Jungle burned for agriculture in southern Mexico. Image: Jami Dwyer/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Where will we be 25 years from now? It won't be chance that determines our future. It will be the choices we make today.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog January 2
People sitting around a table. Photo: Kennisland/flickr
Bonnie Burstow | "Unfit to practice" social work policies violate human rights and are part of "creeping fascism."
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
David J. Climenhaga | Illegal hunting, legal hunting, bitumen refining, bitumen pipelining, lying and licence plates will all figure in the news in 2018, Alberta Diary predicts.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 30
David J. Climenhaga | From Jason Kenney's campaign to unite the right, to the NDP’s election financing reforms, to Catholic education, an Albertan’s take on the year’s most important stories.
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 29
Krystalline Kraus | Nellie Rider, an Indigenous woman from Regina, received a notice from her property manager that smudging was prohibited in her apartment because "smoke is smoke."
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 29
Krystalline Kraus | $85 million centre for treatment of mercury poisoning promised after years of grassroots activism by Grassy Narrows citizens and allies.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 29
Yves Engler | Canada's recent record of foreign interference elsewhere belies Ottawa's claim that it wants to protect "democracy and human rights" in Venezuela.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada December 26
Martha Roth | On December 8th, a rally was held in Vancouver to protest Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog December 25
U.S. UN ambassador Nikki Haley
Yves Engler | Since taking office the Trudeau government has repeatedly isolated Canada with the U.S., Israel, and a few tiny Pacific island states in voting against UN resolutions upholding Palestinian rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 24
Derek Fildebrandt
David J.Climenhaga | According to a report published in the Calgary Herald, United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney is willing to forgive Derek Fildebrandt and invite him back aboard UCP Mother Ship.

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