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Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
David J. Climenhaga | In 2017, the pollster that published optimistic results for the UCP yesterday admitted to "a catastrophic polling failure" in its coverage of the Calgary civic election.
Blog - David Suzuki July 31
David Suzuki | Most of Canada's fossil-fuelled energy policies are on a collision course with reconciliation. Shifting to renewable energy would be a win for the environment, climate, economy, and Indigenous rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 31
David J. Climenhaga | Surely it's time for us to start choosing genuinely progressive leaders whose boldness matches that of the unrepresentative right.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 30
Yves Engler | The military's immense resources and cultural clout enables it to attract Indigenous youth to become soldiers. But First Nations have more reason than most to be wary of the Canadian Forces.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
Drumheller-Stettler United Conservative Party MLA Rick Strankman
David J. Climenhaga | It would seem some of UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s MLAs who should have known better have lived down to expectations.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 27
Sophia Reuss | In the wake of the Danforth shooting and recent mass violence in Toronto, might Canadians do better to approach violence as an issue of public health, rather than public safety?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 27
Screen grab: Elin Ersson
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan | The Swedish government officials accompanying a refugee to Afghanistan tried to force Elin Ersson away from them. Turkish Airlines flight attendants tried to take her phone. But she persisted.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor July 27
John Miller | When tragedy struck on the Danforth, we got half-baked conspiracy theories instead of facts.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 27
Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi
David J. Climenhaga | If the pipeline is so essential to the economic wellbeing of Canada, it belongs in the public sector. Permanently.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 27
Many kinds of money, banknotes and coins
Penney Kome | After Helsinki, it seems clear that money, not compromising material, is likely to be the hold that the Russians have on the U.S. President.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 25
Image: Freedom Homes/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | Despite abundant evidence that nothing approaching the fantasy of free market capitalism exists, the myth persists to legitimate the private appropriation of socially created wealth.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
Preston Manning, right, Godfather of the Canadian Right, with Ron Paul, at left, the batty uncle of the American right wing, at the 2013 Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | What happened? We grow old. Preston Manning, Godfather of the Canadian Right, is now 76. He has "stepped away" from his direct role in managing the effort.
Blog - July 24
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Trudeau and our federal government remain committed to its false narrative about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, jobs, and the economy. The good news? Resistance continues to thrive.
Blog - David Suzuki July 24
David Suzuki | The best way to avoid the massive damage that comes with plastics and fossil fuels is to stop using so many. That's why cities and countries worldwide are banning single-use items made from plastic.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 24
Photo of Anwar Nillufary by Raluca Bejan
Raluca Bejan | That someone is kept in a country he did not choose, where one cannot access integration services and where availability of such services is limited, goes contrary to respecting refugees' needs.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Derek Fildebrandt, speaking at the Manning Centre. Photo: Freedom Conservative Party/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The Freedom Conservative Party interim leader's latest effort certainly had the desired effect of ginning up an enormous amount of media coverage.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 23
Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland speak with media. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | Before becoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau promised to re-engage with Iran. His government has failed to do so and is beginning to echo the warmongers in Washington and Tel Aviv.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Doreen Nicoll | I have found the secret garden. There is no gate or little door, but there certainly is a Fairy Queen who is welcoming and gracious, yet formidable with an ever so slightly mischievous side.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
The Pincher Creek wind farm
David J. Climenhaga | One advantage Canadian conservatives enjoy is the willingness of many right-wing political parties in Canadian provinces to act in concert with their federal branch.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 20
Image: Amanda Graham/Flickr
Sophia Reuss | With the news that Greyhound Canada is pulling all intercity bus services from Western Canada, we ask: is transportation a human right?
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada July 20
Knesset in Jerusalem, July 31, 2001. Avishai Teicher, via PikiWiki-Israel free image collection project. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Corey Balsam, Sid Shniad | While this new law doesn't change much in practice, it should lay to rest any remaining illusions about Israel's true nature.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 20
Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump in Helsinki. Photo: Website of the President of the Russian Federation, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Penney Kome | Demands rise for Donald Trump to declare which team he's playing for. Part one of a two-part series.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog July 19
Gerry Caplan | Like the Dude, Capitalism prevails.
Blog - Making Waves July 19
Emma Lui | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just shuffled his cabinet. A Water Minister is needed to coordinate the more than 20 departments related to water and develop an action plan.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 19
Photo: JustLacrosse.com/Flickr
Yves Engler | The campaign to get the Iroquois Nationals to Israel is the latest example of Israel lobby groups' work to thwart those who associate the plight of First Nations and Palestinians.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood July 19
Perry Bellegarde at podium. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | The Assembly of First Nations will hold its election for national chief on July 25 in Vancouver -- and this election feels like a boiling point for Indigenous rights and sovereignty.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 19
Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to believe Derek Fildebrandt does not view his repudiation by UCP Leader Jason Kenney as a deep personal betrayal.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 19
Water fountain. Photo: Martina Yach/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Monday night in a four to one vote Guelph-Eramosa Council refused Xinyi Glass's application which would have extracted 1.6 million litres of water daily.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 18
Detailed view of the "Glwa", Heiltsuk canoe, at the Qatuwas Festival, an international gathering of maritime indigenous nations of the Pacific Rim. Photo: United Nations Photo/John Isaac/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Indigenous artists, get help with your NFB/imagineNative innovative submissions on July 19 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 18
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Maya Bhullar | In the wake of the recent Ontario elections, Briarpatch Magazine, the Council of Canadians, Solidarity Ottawa and the Fight for $15 and Fairness organized panels with grassroots organizers.

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