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Apr 30 2016 | by Karl Nerenberg | The still-new Minister of Canadian Heritage has launched an ambitious project to rethink all federal cultural policies and institutions. The consultation process is still in its infancy.
Apr 30 2016 | by Cathy Crowe |, | by Naheed Dosani | Investigative journalism makes a difference in the court of public opinion and social policy.
Ric McIver
Apr 30 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Anything can happen in politics, but it's hard to imagine that interim Progressive Conservative Leader Ric McIver isn't finished.
Apr 30 2016 | by Krystalline Kraus | Just days before the occupation at the Indigenous and Northern Affairs (INAC) office in Toronto ended, photographer David Coombs took these photos.
It Ain't Alberta Beef
Apr 29 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Boycotting a corporate restaurant chain may make you feel better, but it's not going to do anything to help small Alberta beef producers.
Apr 29 2016 | by Errol Salamon | Aspiring journalists are at risk of losing these opportunities to become better journalists as media companies continue to cut jobs in order to reduce organizational spending.
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Apr 29 2016 | by Gary Engler | Capitalism is asking us to choose between jobs and the future livability of our planet. The good news is there is an alternative.
Apr 29 2016 | by Tom Graham | New labour legislation in Saskatchewan means employers can remove supervisors from their union.
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Apr 29 2016 | by Nick Fillmore | By withholding the truth about our government's almost certain inability to control future carbon emissions, our prime minister is guilty of downplaying the greatest threat ever to face Canada.
Apr 28 2016 | by Clarissa Fortin | Dagger Editions is a new imprint of Caitlin Press which publishes stories by and about queer women. Enjoy this Q&A with publisher Vici Johnstone.
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Apr 28 2016 | by Nora Loreto | In a Brave New World of unregulated capitalism, how long will it be before the first lives are taken by the sharing economy?
Bob Barnetson
Apr 28 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | Media and employers cannot be depended on to make Alberta workplaces safer. Only government can do this job. A new report by the Parkland Institute shows the way.
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Apr 28 2016 | by Rafe Mair | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked Canadians for their views on who should replace David Johnston when he retires. He should concentrate more on the process, argues Rafe Mair.
Apr 28 2016 | by Eric Pineault |, | by various | Our no is categorical and uncompromising. We oppose TransCanada's Energy East pipeline as well as any project that expands the Tar Sands complex.
Apr 28 2016 | by Aalya Ahmad | 'League of Exotique Dancers' follows women who, decades ago, worked as burlesque dancers, and takes the taboo step of depicting aging women as sensual beings.
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Apr 27 2016 | by Erika Shaker | Is crowdfunding just a way to reinforce the idea that if you can't individually overcome systemic inequality you better be good at marketing yourself to a sympathetic audience of potential patrons?
Preston Manning
Apr 27 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | In order to unite the right, Preston Manning is going to have to unite the fight to unite the right. That may be a tall order.
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Apr 27 2016 | by Andrew Biro | The Chronicle Herald strike shows how labour disputes are often about struggles over expertise and authority in the work process. And it shows the importance of responsible journalism for a democracy.
Apr 27 2016 | by Jessica Bell | Yes, Metrolinx is really considering forcing Torontonians to pay more for the subway.
Apr 27 2016 | by Michael Butler | Health Canada finally acknowledged what health economists, academics and activists had been saying for some time: drug costs will rise under pending trade deals like the TPP.
Apr 27 2016 | by Scott Vrooman | The premier's claim that the Leap Manifesto isn't economically "pragmatic" fails to recognize that there can't be a sustainable economy without a healthy planet.
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Apr 27 2016 | by Stephen Kimber | It is past time for authorities to figure out new, better ways to handle professional disputes -- for the sake of the doctors involved, and for the health of us all.
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Apr 27 2016 | by Gerry Caplan | If you have the nerve to accept a Senate seat, your duty is clear: treat the position with the greatest possible respect and put in a fair day's work in the public interest.
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Apr 26 2016 | by David J. Climenhaga | These new publications have the potential to upset the applecart for the folks who used to have this business to themselves.
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Apr 26 2016 | by Bonnie Burstow | Our assisted dying bill is not compatible with the Supreme Court ruling. We need to push for compatibility, including with respect to those where most Canadians draw the line.
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Apr 26 2016 | by David Suzuki | Fitness increases your chances of staying well, but it's not a guarantee. We still have much to learn about the ways in which genetics and environmental conditions affect health.
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Apr 26 2016 | by Tori Ball | The introduction of private clinics with a paid donor erodes our public health-care system, opening the door to increased commercialization and privatization of Canada's blood supply.
The Leap Manifesto
Apr 26 2016 | by Christopher Majka | The Leap Manifesto presents a transformative political vision to address the defining social, economic, political and environmental issues of our times. Why have some critics failed to understand it?
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Apr 26 2016 | by John Miller | Her plagiarism is the least of The Globe and Mail's problems. The rot goes to the top.
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Apr 25 2016 | by Lizanne Foster | You will need the help of politicians. This is easy to obtain since they are always looking for donations for their election campaigns. Spending a few million will reap rewards 10 times over.