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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.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 24
Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr and michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has adopted conservative positions on pipelines. Is Opposition Leader Kenney coming around to a policy traditionally associated with the NDP?
Blog - The Views Expressed January 24
Picture taken from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter of Lac-Mégantic, the day of the derailment, July 6, 2013. Photo: Sûreté du Québec/Wikimedia Commons
Bruce Campbell | The Quebec town's citizens were not protected from unsafe transportation conditions which remain in place today. They deserve justice.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 24
Hassan Diab with his family at Ottawa airport on his return to Canada in January. Photo courtesy of Hassan Diab Support Committee.
Judy Haiven | A celebration of the release and return home of Canadian professor Hassan Diab after three years of imprisonment in France, and a condemnation of Canada's role in his mistreatment.
Blog - David Suzuki January 23
Jose Angel Gurria. Image: Jose Angel Gurria/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | In Gurria we have one of the world's most influential economists urging dramatic climate action, including a higher, and rising, price on carbon.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 23
Brad Wall, Saskatchewan's premier (Photo: Saskatchewan Party/ Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is not without its good points, as it turns out. At least it managed to silence Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall for a few minutes ahead of his departure Saturday.
Blog - Reflections January 22
Message of support in French and English to the muslim community on the front door of Centre islamique de Verdun (4538, rue de Verdun, Montréal), in the Verdun borough of Montreal on 20 February 2017, in the aftermath of the Quebec City mosque shooting. Image: Fredisonfire/flickr
Ehab Lotayef | If civil rights movements wait for the politicians, nothing will change.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog January 22
 Photo caption: Activists in Toronto protest the murder of 16 year old anti-mining organizer Topacio Reynoso Pacheco. She led youth in her community in opposing Canadian company Tahoe Resource's silver mine in Guatemala. Image: Allan Lissner
Rachel Small | We must hold the government accountable to ensure the new ombudsperson is effective.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 21
Inhumane emergency shelter conditions.
Cathy Crowe | A perfect storm created the conditions for the chronic shortage of shelter beds in Toronto, which can no longer be ignored.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 19
Photo: Bradley Weber
Ed Finn | Old age need not be dreaded if it is the culmination of a well-spent life
Blog - January 18
U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland at the Global Affairs in Ottawa, Canada, on December 19, 2017. Photo: State Department Photo/Public Domain/Flickr
Brent Patterson | What's going on with the NAFTA talks? Has Canada changed its position? Brent Patterson breaks it down here.

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