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Unelected and unknown education minister looms as first major blunder of Prentice new Tory Government | Sep 17 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | Gordon Dirks is now in public life. Whether he likes it or not, he's going to have to make his views on social conservative ideas crystal clear to ordinary voters.
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Party Against the Pipelines: Carnival and Rising Tide | Sep 17 2014 | Brad Hornick | On September 27th, Rising Tide Coast Salish Territories hosts a carnivalesque street party, an unusual move for an anti-colonialist, anti-capitalist and direct action oriented activist group.
karl nerenberg's picture
The love fest with the Ukrainian President was all about Canadian voters | Sep 17 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | When Ukrainian President Poroshenko came to Ottawa it was as much to give Prime Minister Harper's image a boost as to cement international support for his country.
Progressive Economics Forum's picture
Why the Liberals' EI plan doesn't add up | Sep 17 2014 | Angella MacEwen | The Liberal Party entered the EI debate by suggesting a one-year EI premium holiday for employers who hire new workers, a plan which rests on some pretty terrible math.
Skimber's picture
Missing the bus on transit solutions in Halifax | Sep 16 2014 | Stephen Kimber | We need more people taking public transit. But to accomplish that, we clearly need something more than more of the same from Metro... er, Halifax Transit.
Trish Hennessy's picture
$15 minimum-wage movement spills into Canada | Sep 16 2014 | Trish Hennessy | Today, the federal NDP is slated to use its Official Opposition Day to table a motion that would have Parliament Hill vote on a proposal to reinstate the federal minimum wage.
karl nerenberg's picture
Parliament talks minimum wage, and considers growing inequality | Sep 16 2014 | Karl Nerenberg | The NDP's motion to raise the federal minimum wage to $15/hour was an opportunity to talk about poor Canadians. Conservatives touted their economic record. Some Liberals gushed over their leader.
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Privatization of Alberta's air fleet will cost citizens money and change nothing | Sep 16 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | We only know what we know about the airborne abuses of the Redford Government because it was a public service they were abusing.
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Strap on your seat belts? Jim Prentice's cabinet is more like a drive down memory lane | Sep 16 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | Sorry, but if you want real change in Alberta, you're going to have to vote to change the government.
Progressive Economics Forum's picture
Of rising tides, sinking boats and workers' bargaining power | Sep 16 2014 | Angella MacEwen | Recently, Jason Kenney took to Twitter to defend his decision to limit the number of precarious workers entering Alberta through the TFWP. His changes do little to fix the actual problem though.
Jon Milton's picture
More mobilization against tar sands transport in Quebec | Sep 16 2014 | Jon Milton | As Line 9 is readied for use by Enbridge, and other carbon-fuel projects emerge throughout the province, citizens' resistance is on the rise.
David Suzuki's picture
Learning in nature is good for teachers and students | Sep 16 2014 | David Suzuki | With most of Canada's teachers back after summer, facing challenges that contribute to high rates of teacher attrition, it's a good time to ask: How can "nature as classroom" support their well-being?
Krystalline Kraus's picture
Harper's new strategy to stop violence against Indigenous girls and women is neither new nor a strategy | Sep 16 2014 | Krystalline Kraus | On Monday September 15, 2014, Harper announced a $25-million, five-year plan which would tackle the issue in, "high-risk communities," within the context of the Economic Action Plan 2014 budget.
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Why local politics should matter to progressives and moderates | Sep 16 2014 | Brenna Slawich | But if, for whatever reason, you think that local politics don’t matter, think again. There are a number of reasons that we should not ignore municipal politics.
djclimenhaga's picture
Outgoing Alberta Premier Dave Hancock: 17 years of going along to get along | Sep 15 2014 | David J. Climenhaga | Premier Dave Hancock's principal job was to put out political fires. Albertans need to remember he was also part of the team that lit them.
Behind The Numbers's picture
A degree is the new high school diploma. But who can afford it? | Sep 15 2014 | Jennifer Story | It's accepted wisdom that an undergraduate degree is the new high school diploma -- it's the ticket into the workforce. But that ticket comes at an unrelentingly steep price.
the views expressed's picture
Freedom of information: A bad joke | Sep 15 2014 | Hans Rollman | A widely publicized Canadian Press experience reveals the serious erosion of our government's democratic accountability. Or really, what government accountability?!
Krystalline Kraus's picture
Urban Outfitters tries to sell vintage Kent State Sweatshirt -- complete with blood splatter and bullet holes | Sep 15 2014 | Krystalline Kraus | The shirt was originally priced at $129.00 USD.
Feminist Current's picture
Nick Jonas’ new song, ‘Jealous,’ declares: ‘It’s my right to be hellish’ | Sep 15 2014 | Meghan Murphy | Possessiveness, obsession, and "hellish" behaviour isn't romantic -- it's a red flag.
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Harper sneaks through Canada-China FIPA, locks Canada in for 31 years | Sep 15 2014 | Scott Harris | With China's ratification of the Canada-China FIPA long since signed, sealed, and delivered, Canada's ratification of the deal means it will enter into force on October 1.