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Blog - Brent Patterson May 30
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | On May 29, nearly 100 activists blocked the two entrances to the largest arms fair in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage talks to reporters at the foot of Parliament Hill. Photo: Sonya Savage/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Is "Ottawa, we have a problem" on those Tory blue advertisements about a pipeline, or a government? If the latter, why are our tax dollars paying for it?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to understand why this is happening when the best way out of this mess for everyone would be to appoint a special prosecutor and step aside.
Blog - David Suzuki May 29
Image: Philip Bump/Flickr
David Suzuki | Many new and some mainstream media outlets in Canada and elsewhere are stepping up to fill the void in reporting on issues critical to our well-being and survival, but they often lack resources.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Labour Minister Jason Copping, in shirtsleeves. Photo: Screenshot of news conference
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians don't elect Conservative governments to be empathetic. They elect them to squeeze people they resent. In this regard, the UCP is performing to specifications.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 28
April protests at Queen's Park in Toronto. Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Martha Friendly | Ontario's brew of rapid-fire cuts, chipping away, and misrepresentation of childcare add up to a picture of a childcare future that isn't good for anyone -- not children, parents or educators.
Blog - Greening the Media May 28
Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
Robert Hackett | Climate action involves challenging the petrobloc, including corporate media. Independent media that diversify debate deserve policy support as a public good.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 28
Group of men laughing. Photo: David Bergin/Flickr
Ed Finn | As I approach my 93rd birthday while still remaining in good health, the requests increase that I divulge the "secret" of my longevity. One is to maintain as much as possible a good sense of humour.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
Quebec Premier François Legault. Photo: XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan
David J. Climenhaga | History in the era of global climate change: one has the feeling that this time Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's not going to come out on the right side of it.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
An undated stock photo of work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Photo: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Since it has now been clearly established that B.C. cannot control what goes through a federally regulated pipeline, a strong argument can now be made that neither can Alberta.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 27
Photo: Peace Brigades International
Brent Patterson | The LGTB Rainbow Association of Honduras is accompanied by Peace Brigades International because of the high level of danger it faces for its advocacy work.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ironic it is. But was the Edmonton Journal's editorial something to do with NDP MP Charlie Angus's letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, or just coincidence?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 24
A wildfire at Loon Lake on the Ashcroft First Nation Reserves in British Columbia in 2017. Photo: Shawn Cahill/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Think of climate obstructionism in Alberta today as a three-legged stool. Postmedia is one leg, the Kenney government another, and fossil fuel industry lobby groups the third.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, channeling Ralph Klein, arrives in the legislative building's rotunda after the throne speech. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you were paying attention during the campaign, you've heard most of the United Conservative Party's first throne speech before. The interesting stuff was between the lines.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 23
Nathan Cooper in campaign mode. Photo: Nathan Cooper/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Back in 2015, Alberta's new Speaker said asking MLAs to come to work an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., two days a week showed "blatant disrespect for the Opposition."
Blog - David Suzuki May 22
Image: Melbourne Water/Flickr
David Suzuki | Politicians often justify their undying support for the fossil fuel industry by claiming they're looking out for jobs and the economy -- but those claims simply don't hold up.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
Fast food. Photo: SteFou!/Flickr
Ed Finn | The big corporations that grow, process, refine, salt-and-sugar-stuff, calorie-maximize, and sell the foods that make us sick derive enormous profits from doing so.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Dale the street preacher, in a reflective moment away from the streets of Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "After five years, the only time that I feel normal is when I'm on that box preaching" -- Dale the street preacher.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Postmedia trying to get its snout into the "war room" trough is interesting, even amusing. But the bigger story will be the boondoggle to come.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 21
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Quakers have played a key role in the formation and work of the global human rights group Peace Brigades International.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 20
Justin Trudeau and Mike Pence. Photo: Prime Minister of Canada website.
Brent Patterson | It's time for a rebellion against the new NAFTA that puts the pedal to the metal on climate breakdown.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 20
The author underground at Psagot Winery, tasting their fine chardonnay. Image: David Kattenburg
David Kattenburg | A demand that wines produced in the post-1967 occupied Palestinian territories not be labelled "Product of Israel" makes its way to court this week in Toronto.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
The former state-of-the-art Deerfoot Trail headquarters of the literally failing Calgary Herald. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | A day never passes that the same UCP-Postmedia stenographers who openly campaigned against Rachel Notley don't also attack Justin Trudeau.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 17
Street sign with mother and child crossing the street. Image: barnimages.com/Flickr
Svea Vikander | As the holes in our social safety net widen, societies and governments task mothers with near total responsibility for the safety and well-being of their children.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 17
Campground in Vermilion, Alberta. Photo: Provincial Archives of Alberta/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP strategy for waging the war on the war on fun is re-admitting copious amounts of booze to Alberta's provincial parks on long weekends.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 16
Vice-Admiral Mark Norman hands over a plaque to the commander of the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (Photo: Julianne F. Metzger/U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | None of us knows whether Vice-Admiral Mark Norman is guilty of the crime with which he was charged. Pardoned by the president, Lord Black may now exit the Dominion.
Blog - Raluca Bejan May 15
As seen from Amzei Square. Photo: Raluca Bejan
Raluca Bejan | Transnational consumerism blends into unimaginable forms in Romania to populate the market.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 15
Nakba graffiti in Nazereth. Photo: PRA/Wikimedia Commons
Robert Massoud | Around the world, May 15 is commemorated as Nakba Day. It is the simmering conflict which has tainted 70 years of the world's evolution and interfered with the resolution of many of its problems.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 15
The amusing staged photo of part of UNA's bargaining team that accompanied the union's news release yesterday. Photo: United Nurses of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | If you care about health care, you've got to have a bad feeling about how this is all going to end.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 15
Counter-protest against UJA Walk for Israel, 2018. Photo credit: Raghd Hamzeh
Sheryl Nestel | A protest against Canadian apologists for Israel's occupation policies and human rights violations at the United Jewish Appeal's Walk for Israel.

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