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The Teflon Donald | Jan 21 2017 | Scott Stager Piatkowski | Why it was so hard for his opponents to put a dent in Donald Trump's support.
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Athabasca U's future seems brighter as Saskatchewan prof named to conduct sustainability review | Jan 20 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | Ken Coates is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.
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Lobby your MP to take action on mass surveillance, Bill C-51 and press freedom! | Jan 19 2017 | Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | January 23 to 27 is national lobbying week on mass surveillance, Bill C-51 and press freedom. We need you to participate.
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Canadian campuses working toward reconciliation have their work cut out | Jan 19 2017 | Emily Blake | Post-secondary institutions have been working to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission -- but some are concerned if colonial institutions can ever achieve that end.
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Françoise David, co-founder of Québec Solidaire, helped turn political debate away from sovereignty | Jan 19 2017 | Karl Nerenberg | Françoise David, who founded the progressive Quebec party Québec Solidaire, has retired from politics, saying she is too tired to carry on.
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Anthropocentric view ignores crucial connections | Jan 18 2017 | 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.
Nora Loreto's picture
13 Conservative leadership candidates show little diversity of opinion in Quebec City debate | Jan 18 2017 | Nora Loreto | The economy, the French language and terrorism were the winners of last night's Conservative Party debate.
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'Real leader' Brad Wall's government feeds the fluctuations of a boom-bust economy as Alberta stays the course | Jan 18 2017 | 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.
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The Internet's oldest 'sharing economy' | Jan 17 2017 | Penney Kome | The Hunger Site is a pioneer in globalized non-profit trade with grassroots crafts and fashions.
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Rethinking revolution on the centenary of the Russian Revolution | Jan 17 2017 | Wayne Roberts | If I can't eat local, sustainable and slow food, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
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Alberta Liberals launch leadership race as Tory contest takes an acrimonious turn | Jan 16 2017 | David J. Climenhaga | Also, Alberta NDP lead fundraising results for fourth quarter and full-year 2016.
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Supreme Court ruling in Ernst fracking case poses threat to Charter rights | Jan 14 2017 | 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 Charter.'s picture
Top 10 ways you helped save the Internet in 2016 | Jan 14 2017 | 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's picture
Google v. Equustek at the Supreme Court of Canada: Dispatch from the hearing | Jan 13 2017 | 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.
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The Jason Syndrome: Conservative candidate melts down over Hollywood star in bid to derail NDP strategy that's working | Jan 13 2017 | 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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Trudeau's new immigration minister must tackle Harper's nasty refugee reforms | Jan 13 2017 | 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.
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Five things you need to know about Alberta's latest Electoral Boundaries Commission | Jan 12 2017 | John Ashton | A useful primer on the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission by former NDP Caucus director John Ashton.
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B.C. saw 73,000 new jobs created in 2016, but this is not a good news story | Jan 12 2017 | Iglika Ivanova, 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.
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CJFE publishes new resource to help you secure your digital life | Jan 12 2017 | 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.'s picture
Notice and what? Explaining the copyright 'Notice Trio' | Jan 11 2017 | 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.