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Death of Wildrose founder and journalist-ideologue Link Byfield a major blow to Alberta social conservative right | Jan 26 2015 | 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.
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The triumph of Syriza and the challenge to social democracy and austerity | Jan 26 2015 | 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.
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256 years of Rabbie Burns: if the authorities had any idea what he was talking about, they'd round up the Caledonian Society | Jan 25 2015 | 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!
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The House returns and Harper will have to answer for current economic turmoil | Jan 25 2015 | 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.
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Danielle Smith to former Wildrose supporters: I didn't leave you, you left me! | Jan 25 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Danielle Smith is right about one thing: Whatever progressive instincts the PC Party had are now deader than the proverbial mackerel.
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Fundraiser started to build a bronze statue of Jim Flaherty | Jan 25 2015 | Krystalline Kraus | There is currently a fundraiser being held on the internet site Go Fund Me created on January 17, 2015.
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End of an era: Former Alberta health minister Fred Horne, last of '4H Club,' to quit | Jan 24 2015 | 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.
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Pornography as Rape: The Rehtaeh Parsons case | Jan 24 2015 | 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.
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Another door slams in Rob Anders' face -- not even the Wildrose Party wants 'Canada's Worst MP' | Jan 24 2015 | 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!
johnbon's picture
Animal rights film garners four Canadian Screen Awards' nominations | Jan 24 2015 | 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.
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Guess what?! There are alternatives to austerity | Jan 23 2015 | 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.
Michael Stewart's picture
Vancouver manifests crapulous real estate hubris in grotesque paean to post-apocalyptic capitalism | Jan 23 2015 | 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?
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How the mighty have fallen: Former finance minister Doug Horner pulls the plug on Alberta politics | Jan 23 2015 | 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.
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Will interest rate cuts convince Harper to give up on a balanced budget? | Jan 23 2015 | 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.
Krystalline Kraus's picture
Facebook Shamanism | Jan 23 2015 | Krystalline Kraus | Facebook is not the first place I'd look to find any old Native spirit name.
Dennis Gruending's picture
Christians persecuted in the Middle East: What can Canada do? | Jan 23 2015 | Dennis Gruending | Christians and other minorities are being persecuted in the Middle East. We must insist on protecting human rights, which include religious rights.
Behind The Numbers's picture
The Bank of Canada's latest move is less surprising than you think | Jan 23 2015 | 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.
policyfix's picture
Realizing the potential of public transit in Winnipeg | Jan 23 2015 | Harry Paine, 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.
Krystalline Kraus's picture
'Trick or Treaty?' film screening in Toronto | Jan 23 2015 | 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.
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What's the hurry? Jim Prentice push for early vote feels manipulative, bad for Alberta | Jan 22 2015 | David J. Climenhaga | Surely the next Alberta general election should be in the spring ... of 2016.