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Blog - Open Media's blog April 25
Marie Aspiazu | A generational opportunity to overhaul Canada's mobile market and bring more choice and lower prices is here. This is how we turn it into a national movement.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 24
Alberta premier designate Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's "civil libertarian instincts" apparently don't mean much when it comes to fending off critical news stories.
Blog - David Suzuki April 24
Image: Olivier Mabelly/Flickr
David Suzuki | Young people are calling on adults for real action to preserve their future. Surely that merits as profound and intense a response as the French have had to the Notre Dame fire.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 24
Image from Ashley Reyns for Ottawa ACORN, used with permission
Herongate ACORN Tenant Leaders | When a corporate landlord served tenants of the Herongate community in Ottawa with eviction notices, the community began organizing to fight displacement and corporate gentrification.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 23
NDP Leader Rachel Notley during her last campaign rally in Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | By the end of 2018, the only arrow left in the NDP's quiver was to attack the character of the UCP's leadership and the ugly instincts of the UCP base.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 23
Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Penney Kome | Alberta election rancour just a sample of what federal election could bring.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 22
Facebook photo via the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras (COPINH).
Brent Patterson | Honduran human rights defender Edwin Espinal has been held in a high-security prison without trial since January 2018 after protesting against an unfair election.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 20
Twitter photo via Juan Mayorga.
Brent Patterson | A boat named after the Indigenous land and water defender featured prominently in the occupation of Oxford Circus in London, England, more than 8,500 kilometres from her home territory in Honduras.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 20
Aaron James, whose book "Assholes: A Theory" inspired John Walker's documentary
Doreen Nicoll | Inspired by Aaron James's book of the same name, "Assholes: A Theory" explores the origins of a social type that seems to be taking over the world.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 19
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | For more than 40 days, Indigenous Maya Ch'orti' peoples have maintained a permanent encampment at a mine that is polluting their drinking water.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 18
Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley on Tuesday night. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | If Justin Trudeau were smart, he'd cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project right now.
Blog - David Suzuki April 18
David Suzuki | Many wildlife populations in Canada are in peril. Politicians will look to the public to gauge the extent to which we consider wildlife loss a crisis.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 18
Happy 18th birthday rabble!
rabble staff | Eighteen years old may make us an elder in Internet years, but rabble has proudly kept our rebellious streak going and we are celebrating!
Blog - The Views Expressed April 17
Bank of Canada. Photo: d.neuman/Flickr
Ed Finn | Most Canadians are not aware that, prior to 1975, the construction of major public facilities, as well as the provision of social programs, were funded by interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 17
Jason Kenney wins Alberta election. Photo: jkenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | No one can say Kenney didn't communicate his plans clearly or that he doesn't have a mandate.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
Alberta polling place sign. Photo: Kempton/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's possible -- although unlikely -- we'll have to wait until Wednesday or even Thursday to find out who won!
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 16
A table and chairs in a hallway with a sign that says Cooling Centre. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Despite its own predictions on the impact of climate change, Toronto cancels its cooling centres for vulnerable populations.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox April 15
Susan Wright | Alberta's moderate conservatives have a choice. They can look away while a sketchy premier slashes public services or they can vote with compassion.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 15
NDP candidate Anne McGrath (right) poses with Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: Anne McGrath/Facebook
Penney Kome | Calgary-Varsity candidate Anne McGrath has looked at Alberta from both sides now.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as she prepared to leave the stage after her speech in Edmonton yesterday. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Facing an election Tuesday, Alberta's premier looked and sounded like a politician on a roll yesterday in Edmonton -- energized, by turns forceful, funny, and inspiring.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 14
George Monbiot
Brent Patterson | It was a remarkable moment when George Monbiot called for the overthrow of capitalism on a BBC talk show. What's next?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 14
David J. Climenhaga | Family members are concerned relatives with severe dementia may be encouraged to cast a ballot for the UCP, the implications of which they cannot understand.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 14
Dennis Gruending | The United We Roll truck convoy was supposed to be about pipelines but it became as much or more about immigrants, refugees and the United Nations. How did that happen?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
UCP Leader Jason Kenney and his party’s Calgary-East candidate, Peter Singh.
David J. Climenhaga | Most Albertans have been capable over the years of engaging in civil discourse when it comes to politics. This was not so evident last night, with only four more sleeps till voting day.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
Part of the crowd of nurses and other public sector workers who gathered in -30 C. temperatures in Edmonton’s Churchill Square in March 2014, the last time an Alberta government tried to attack their pensions (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | A general election on Tuesday that Jason Kenney and his UCP could very well win really should concentrate the minds of the most likely victims of his plans.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 11
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | There are many examples of the toxic impacts of Canadian companies operating in this country and abroad to share with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic wastes when he visits Canada.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog April 11
Photo: Daderot/Wikimedia Commons
Bonnie Burstow | Because of charges laid by survivors, shock machine manufacturers are forced to admit that shock machines cause permanent brain damage. Now survivors are poised for further action.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 11
Protesting against the Ford Conservatives' planned cuts to education. Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Jason Kunin | The government's announcement that it will raise average class sizes in secondary schools is a variation on an old trick: distract people with one hand while you pick their pocket with the other.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently someone in the UCP could run a sophisticated vote-diversion scheme but the party didn't have the technical wherewithal to operate a simple candidate vetting process!
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 11
Image: Anouck Carsignol
Maya Bhullar | The Activist Toolkit followed up with organizers in the crowd and put together this blog to report on the tools activists have developed in their organizing efforts.

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