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Link Byfield
Jan 26 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Despite winning an Alberta Senate election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper passed over Link Byfield for a Senate seat -- evidence of how far his views were from the mainstream.
Jan 26 2015 | by Michael Laxer | The victory of Syriza, while being clearly a victory within the specific Greek context, still stands as a challenge to the bankrupt narrative of social democratic acceptance of austerity.
Robert Burns
Jan 25 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | If the authorities actually comprehended what Robert Burns's poems were saying, they'd send in robotic sniffers to render the haggis harmless!
Jan 25 2015 | by Karl Nerenberg | Prime Minister Harper now says falling prices in the oil and gas sector are good for the rest of the economy. Still, Finance Minister Oliver has postponed his budget because of market uncertainty.
Danielle Smith
Jan 25 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Danielle Smith is right about one thing: Whatever progressive instincts the PC Party had are now deader than the proverbial mackerel.
Jan 25 2015 | by Krystalline Kraus | There is currently a fundraiser being held on the internet site Go Fund Me created on January 17, 2015.
Fred Horne
Jan 24 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Former health minister Fred Horne's signal accomplishment was the complete destruction of the fairy tale Alberta Health Services operated at arm's length from the government.
Jan 24 2015 | by Emily Monaghan | In the Rehtaeh Parsons case, the question whether or not she consented to what occurred was the focus, rather than whether the boys had raped her.
Rob Anders with Stephen Harper
Jan 24 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Even the foundering Wildrose Party, at death's door since the defection of 11 members to the PC caucus last year, doesn’t want Rob Anders hanging around!
Jan 24 2015 | by John Bonnar | The Ghosts in Our Machine was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards during a press conference held on January 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox cultural centre in Toronto.
Jan 23 2015 | by Roger Annis | A settlement of $200 million has been reached, but some of the largest companies involved in the disaster are not contributing.
Jan 23 2015 | by Angella MacEwen | The Bank of Canada's view of the Canadian economy stands in sharp contrast to that of the federal government, which is intent on delivering a balanced budget.
Jan 23 2015 | by Krystalline Kraus | Facebook is not the first place I'd look to find any old Native spirit name.
Jan 23 2015 | by Nadia Alexan | Canadian governments have been selling us the line about how they cannot afford the cost of public services anymore, and austerity measures are the only solution. Guess what? They're wrong.
Churches and mosques in Damascus, 2010
Jan 23 2015 | by Dennis Gruending | Christians and other minorities are being persecuted in the Middle East. We must insist on protecting human rights, which include religious rights.
Jan 23 2015 | by J. Baglow | King Abdullah of Saudi Arabi is dead. Unlike Western governments, I shall not mourn his passing.
Doug Horner
Jan 23 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Given the shabby treatment the former minister of finance has received from Premier Jim Prentice, it’s hard to see how Doug Horner had much choice.
Photo: Mikey G Ottawa/flickr
Jan 23 2015 | by Hugh Mackenzie | The action by the Bank of Canada should be of concern to Canadians, but not for the reasons cited by the Canadian financial industry.
Photo: Vince Boothe/flickr
Jan 23 2015 | by Harry Paine |, | by Lynne Fernandez | Imagine what kind of a public transit system we could have if we increased the resources going to transit. Now imagine how that sort of public transit system could transform Winnipeg.
Jan 23 2015 | by Krystalline Kraus | A film exploring the controversial history of Treaty No. 9 against the backdrop of recent Indigenous activism like Idle No More premiers on Monday, January 26th.
Jan 23 2015 | by Eva Bartlett | Hagop Vanesian, a 44-year-old Syrian-Armenian photographer from Syria's second-largest city, Aleppo, succeeds where diplomacy has failed: bringing his people's suffering to a stubborn United Nations.
Jan 23 2015 | by Michael Stewart | What is left to say about Vancouver's real estate market? That depends. How bitterly can you laugh before it turns to sobs?
Image: Flickr/dfait-maeci
Jan 22 2015 | by Yves Engler | Stephen Harper's Conservatives are working to expand Canadian arms exports and the focus is Middle Eastern monarchies entangled in a great deal of violence.
Jan 22 2015 | by Jessica Prupas | Highlights from the Blogs this week
Jan 22 2015 | by Leila Darwish | Imperial Metals, the mining company responsible for the ongoing Mount Polley Mine disaster, will be seeking the final permit to open its controversial Red Chris Mine in the Sacred Headwaters of B.C.
Jan 22 2015 | by Jennifer Moore | Prime Minister Harper's decision to indefinitely postpone the North American Leaders' Summit -- better known as the annual "Three Amigos" meeting -- does Mexico's president a huge favour.
Tsal'alh elders in sacred dress
Jan 22 2015 | by Maude Barlow | Tsal'alh adopted a resolution with the three criteria needed to become a Blue Community: recognizing of the human right to water, banning bottled water and promoting public water services.
Jim Prentice
Jan 22 2015 | by David J. Climenhaga | Surely the next Alberta general election should be in the spring ... of 2016.
25,000 people protest GMOs, CETA and TTIP in Berlin on January 17. Twitter photo
Jan 22 2015 | by Brent Patterson | The EU food safety commissioner says that there are no signs of majority support in EU national parliaments for the U.S.-EU TTIP because of public concerns about food and environmental safety.