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Brad Wall
Jan 18 2017 | by David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to fiscal planning in conservative Western Canadian provinces, all we have to fall back on is the notion the lord giveth and the lord taketh away. Repeatedly.
Image: Facebook/Arthur Manuel
Jan 18 2017 | by Arthur Manuel | The world lost a fierce Indigenous warrior, philosopher and writer this month when Art Manuel passed. Here he is at his best.
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Carl Chapman
Jan 18 2017 | by David Suzuki | If we want to keep health costs from rising, we should focus on keeping people healthy rather than dealing with them after they're sick.
Jan 18 2017 | by Nora Loreto | The economy, the French language and terrorism were the winners of last night's Conservative Party debate.
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Pete Souza
Jan 17 2017 | by Common Frontiers | Revision to NAFTA's terms must have at its core the objective establishment of fair trade, not free trade, and economic relations based on social justice, sovereignty and sustainable development.
Image: Wayne Roberts
Jan 17 2017 | by Wayne Roberts | If I can't eat local, sustainable and slow food, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
"Life is Sharing" mural
Jan 17 2017 | by Penney Kome | The Hunger Site is a pioneer in globalized non-profit trade with grassroots crafts and fashions.
Image: Facebook/Jason Kenney
Jan 16 2017 | by David J. Climenhaga | Decarbonization? No problem! Wait! That was then. This is now.
Nirmala Naidoo
Jan 16 2017 | by David J. Climenhaga | Also, Alberta NDP lead fundraising results for fourth quarter and full-year 2016.
Image: Flickr/Michael Vadon
Jan 16 2017 | by John Miller | Last week's press conference was a fiasco -- and the blame rests squarely on Washington's top reporters.
Image: Art Babych. Used with permission.
Jan 15 2017 | by Dennis Gruending | During his 2015 election campaign Trudeau promised to repeal the nastiest aspects of the anti-terror law. Why hasn't he done so yet?
Image: Colin Smith
Jan 14 2017 | by Emma Lui | Today the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Alberta landowner Jessica Ernst's legal challenge to sue the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for denying her right to freedom of expression under the Canadian
Jan 14 2017 | by David Christopher | As we face the challenges of 2017, let's all be inspired by these amazing examples of how you helped save the Internet last year
Image: Facebook/Ahmed Hussen
Jan 13 2017 | by Karl Nerenberg | Harper's refugee reform legislation unfairly discriminated against many asylum seekers. John McCallum was ready to make big changes. Now the ball is in Ahmed Hussen's court.
Jan 13 2017 | by Cynthia Khoo | As you may recall, OpenMedia intervened in a landmark Internet and free expression case at the Supreme Court of Canada, Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions. Here's a recap.
Jason Kenney
Jan 13 2017 | by David J. Climenhaga | Thank you, Jane Fonda! Former Harper minister touts celebrity visit to prop up implausible argument that visibly effective NDP climate strategy doesn't actually work.
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Jan 13 2017 | by Luke Kalfleish | The book is by Robert C. Dickeson and it's become a favourite of university administrators. Here's how to fight it.
Jan 12 2017 | by Iglika Ivanova |, | by Seth Klein | The headline-making job creation numbers mask large regional disparities across the province. Outside Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria, B.C.'s jobs story is nothing to brag about.
Jan 12 2017 | by Taryn Blanchard | By educating ourselves and practicing safe behaviours online, we can make sure those who would violate human rights and hoard power do not have an easy time putting all Internet users at risk.
John Ashton
Jan 12 2017 | by John Ashton | A useful primer on the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission by former NDP Caucus director John Ashton.
Jan 11 2017 | by Penney Kome | As gift economies go, the First Nations' potlatches were more efficient at redistributing wealth.
Jan 11 2017 | by David Suzuki | Biomimicry has inspired applications ranging from producing energy through artificial photosynthesis to building lightweight support structures based on the properties of bamboo.
Image: Facebook/KarinaGould
Jan 11 2017 | by Karl Nerenberg | Prime Minister Trudeau has given another very young and very inexperienced MP the difficult electoral reform job. That worries many. But there may be method to the PM's madness.
Jan 11 2017 | by Ruth Coustick-Deal | Notice and…takedown? Staydown? Notice? We explain what these phrases mean and why they're vital to the fight for free expression in 2017.
Justice Myra Bielby
Jan 11 2017 | by David J. Climenhaga | The population of Alberta has grown about 20 per cent in less than a decade and, face it, most of those folks didn't move to Manyberries, Vegreville or Zama City.
Image: Flickr/Thomas Hawk
Jan 10 2017 | by Meghan Sali | The fake news phenomenon is taking over the airwaves. But what does "fake news" even mean? Is it possible to legislate against it without sending us down a censorship rabbit hole?
Photo: Sergei ~ 5of7/flickr
Jan 10 2017 | by David J. Climenhaga | Coming eventually to a political theatre near you: the Wildrose plan to unite the right under Brian Jean.
Jan 10 2017 | by Duncan Pike | Despite the differences between our prime minister and the incoming U.S. president, press freedom in Canada will need to be defended every bit as vigorously in 2017 as in the United States.
Image: Flickr/Eye Steel Film
Jan 10 2017 | by Gerry Caplan | With a new book due to be published soon, it may be that Gen. Romeo Dallaire's long battle with PTSD may be turning a corner.
Jan 9 2017 | by J. Baglow | Ageism is no joke. Take it from me.