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Blog - February 7
Traffic on 401 Highway in Toronto. Image: Danielle Scott/Wikimedia Commons
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Between 1990 and 2014 transportation pollution increased 42 per cent. Since transportation is the second largest source of climate pollution in Canada, reversing this trend is essential.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Photo: Paul Downey
Ed Finn | Who benefits from government priorities? Usually just the rich and powerful.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Harvey Weinstein, former chairman, The Weinstein Company. Photo: Thomas Hawk
Peggy Nash | Media attention on Hollywood's abusers will lessen, but the need to take action to end harassment and abuse will not.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 6
A cave mouth, roughly in the shape of Africa, on the continent's northern shore. Image: Kevin Walsh/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | The Western world's intervention over the past 600 years is significantly responsible for Africa's problems.
Blog - David Suzuki February 6
Mushrooms. Image: Stu's Images/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Could the same six-legged creatures that form the backbone of ecosystem services also help minimize humanity's environmental footprint? Could insects revolutionize the way we eat and produce food?
Blog - The Views Expressed February 6
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up after Pence addressed the Republican National Convention. Photo: A. Shaker/VOA
Jeff Shantz | A new book by pollster Michael Adams explores data to find out if Canada could succumb to xenophobic populism on a mass scale.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 5
Apartment buildings in Toronto. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Krystalline Kraus | Fifty residents of 1251 King Street West in Parkdale are holding a rent strike for the month of February after learning that their landlord was going to be hiking up their rent by 3.4%.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 4
Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | Given the date, the weather and the location, Derek Fildebrandt is likely to be forever associated with groundhogs. The nickname "Didsbury Derek" therefore suggests itself.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 3
Krystalline Kraus | A new initiative by the Toronto Transit Commission includes posters and a website where people share their stories of harassment on the TTC.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 3
Doug Ford
Krystalline Kraus | While Doug Ford was previously politically overshadowed by his brother and Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, he is now setting the stage to run for the head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 3
Dave Barrett and David Climenhaga in 2008.
David J. Climenhaga | The death yesterday at 87 of Dave Barrett, premier of British Columbia from 1972 to 1975, is a huge loss to all Canadians.
Blog - Open Media's blog February 2
Marie Aspiazu | This week we delivered over 55,000 signatures calling for the protection of our digital rights in the new NAFTA to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland!
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 2
The game of tax avoidance. Photo: airpix/aboblist.com/Flickr
Ed Finn | The magnitude of this massive avoidance (if not evasion) of taxes in Canada is not yet known by most Canadians. It comes to at least $10 billion per year lost in tax revenue.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Oil processing facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The enormous cost associated with burning tarsands reserves underscores the simple reality that business as usual is not an option for the Big Five oil producers.
Blog - January 31
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Image: USEPA/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians opposes the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, highlights that entrenching Mexico's neo-liberal oil and gas laws in NAFTA would only worsen the climate crisis.
Blog - Open Media's blog January 31
Graphic of a police figure labelled "CSE" standing with a battering ram at a computer.
Marie Aspiazu | Save the date -- we'll be testifying before the parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-59 on February 8, and want to know what YOU would like us to raise before the committee.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
B.C. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman. Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This is a complex political fight that, while it appears to pit two NDP governments ironically against one another, actually involves a lot more players.
Blog - David Suzuki January 30
Orca whale. Image: Gail Hampshire/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | West Coast conservation groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are calling for an emergency order to protect Canada’s most endangered marine mammal: southern resident orcas, or killer whales.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 30
Demonstration in Montreal against Israeli actions in Gaza, August 10, 2014. Image: IJV Montreal
Geneviève Nevin | A call to action to fellow NDP members: support diplomatic and non-violent measures for a fair and just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog January 30
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver. Image: Bw14/Wikimedia Commons
Linda Leon | The Yukon government is forming a non-partisan commission to study electoral reform in the Yukon. In response to that welcome initiative, I am writing a series existing electoral systems worldwide.
Blog - What's the plan? January 30
Hands in Solidarity, Hands of Freedom mural on the side of the United Electrical Workers trade union building on West Monroe Street at Ashland Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Photo: Terence Faircloth/Flickr
John Cartwright | The president of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council wants union leaders to work for a solution to avoid damage to the movement.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, apparently as puzzled by the results of some polls last fall as many other Calgarians were. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association said in October it was concerned the results of various polls had "shaken confidence in our industry."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Bottles of champagne in ice. Photo: Unai Telleria/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Newspaper publishers across Canada have been engaged in a furious lobby for months to get tax-funded respite from the consequences of their incompetence. It now appears they have succeeded.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 29
Steve Verheul, Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator. Image: Polish Institute of International Affairs/Flickr
Brent Patterson | If NAFTA talks are in less danger of imminent collapse, can we set the bar a little higher for what we expect from governments?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Brad Wall, Saturday in Saskatoon
David J. Climenhaga | Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall's swansong: Hope Beats Fear. You know, try like hell to make Saskatchewanians fear the NDP and hope like hell that it works.
Blog - January 26
Drawings of Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane. Image: Melisse Watson and Syrus Marcus Ware
Rachel Small | #RememberJan29 was created as a forum to support people in building a web of common experience, connecting the public to the moment of the attack and to each other.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Methane flare in oil field. Photo: WildEarth Guardians/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Wasted methane represents lost value to oil and gas operators due to lost sales volumes of natural gas, and lost value to the government through lost royalty collection," says the Pembina Institute.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 25
Image by Abdul Malik, used with permission
Maya Bhullar | The 2018 Women's March brought people back out into the street. How were some of the critiques levelled at the Women's March a year ago addressed?
Blog - Open Media's blog January 24
Image: OpenMedia
Marie Aspiazu | In a big win for the Internet, the new version of the TPP suspends many of the controversial provisions included in previous versions.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 24
Women's March: Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | The Women's March roars back in 2018.

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