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Blog - Alberta Diary April 4
UCP Drayton Valley-Devon candidate Mark Smith, cutting cake, with some of his supporters. Photo: Mark Smith/Facebook.
David J. Climenhaga | Even if Kenney were to do the right thing and kick him out, he'd be elected because it's now too late to get another UCP candidate on the ballot.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 4
Protesters at a town hall for Catherine McKenna. Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | The federal environment minister recently held a town hall meeting in Ottawa "to hear from Canadians about climate action," but failed to listen to what was being said.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 4
A large stack from the Sault Paper Mill. Photo: Billy Wilson/Flickr
Bronwen Tucker | The most important thing to remember is it's still within our reach to avoid most of the future impacts the report describes. We have the solutions.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
Preston Manning in 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian right has turned its back on "green capitalism" and opted for belligerence and denial. This will not pay off for them.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 3
Statue of Giordano Bruno in Campo dei Fiori. Photo: Livioandronico2013/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Today's corporate hierarchy fears those who challenge its "free market" ideology, but the "church" of the modern ruling elite has no need for the stake. Its version of the Inquisition is more subtle.
Blog - David Suzuki April 3
Image: SFU/Flickr
David Suzuki | Much of the report details the lack of data or information on everything from water use and impacts on ground and surface water to methane emissions and contamination from radioactive materials.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights or CREDHOS. Photo: Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | CREDHOS seeks to prevent the water depletion and violations to the right to water that would come with the fracking boom expected in the war-torn country.
Blog - Open Media's blog April 2
Marie Aspiazu | The government has issued a new policy direction for the CRTC that puts customers at the forefront. But it is up to us to ensure the new direction stands a chance to change the playing field.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 2
Jason Kenney on the campaign trail in a nice non-threatening Stephen Harper sweater (Photo: Jason Kenney/Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney wants to create "a rigged overtime system that employers will use to legally evade overtime payments," says Athabasca University labour studies professor Bob Barnetson.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Claudia Julieta Duque. Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A reporter with the Colombian human rights radio station Radio Nizkor who has received death threats and been kidnapped is now reporting on a dam partially financed by Export Development Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
UCP Leader Jason Kenney, apparently wearing one of Stephen Harper’s old unthreatening sweaters, at Spruce Meadows south of Calgary yesterday.
David J. Climenhaga | Sorry, kid, you're going to have to take a pay cut to finance this right now. But, trust me, little buddy, you're going to love it!
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
David J. Climenhaga | If Jeff Callaway, Jason Kenney and the UCP want us to believe their denials, shouldn’t they do as Mr. Trump did and hold their fire until the investigation is done?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 30
David J. Climenhaga | Milton James Rhode Acorn. Born on this day in 1923. Died on August 20, 1986. Named The People’s Poet by his peers.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney delivers his health care policy (Photo: Screenshot of Facebook video).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's health-care system has the lowest administrative costs in Canada -- it's already saved what Jason Kenney says his disruptive performance review will deliver.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 28
Photo: Jody Wilson-Raybould/Facebook
Michelle Weinroth | Political truth has been a casualty in the Jody Wilson-Raybould affair, rendered virtually inaudible in the midst of the media-staged drama that has consumed us over the past few weeks.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 28
Early photograph of Hornsea Lifeboat. Photo: Bradford Timeline/Flickr
Ed Finn | The passengers in a leaky lifeboat can't logically be divided into winners and losers. Either they all win, or they all lose.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 28
City graph that shows June and July shelter numbers higher than the rest of the year. Graph: City of Toronto
Cathy Crowe | Homeless advocates and workers take on the city's communication director over misinformation.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
The Calgary General Hospital is exploded into rubble on Oct. 4, 1998, a symbolically spectacular example of Conservative mismanagement of health care in Alberta. Photo: Screenshot of video.
David J. Climenhaga | One of the features of the past four years in Alberta has been the remarkable calm in our normally tumultuous health-care system that has prevailed under the NDP.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 27
Prime Minister Trudeau speaks with journalists during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Peter Rosenthal | The more we learn about the SNC-Lavalin affair the more important it becomes to investigate the possibility that the PM and others committed criminal offences in the course of protecting SNC-Lavalin.
Blog - Policyfix March 27
Black Lives Matter. Photo: Ella/Flickr
Robin Maynard | Machuar Madut's death was not inevitable, and it is both possible and necessary to demand that he deserved -- and that we all deserve -- better.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 27
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith last night in the basement of Edmonton’s First Presbyterian Church, where public sector trade unionism got its start in Alberta 100 years earlier. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | The struggle to protect the fundamental rights of working people to bargain collectively for their own good and the good of society continues today.
Blog - David Suzuki March 27
David Suzuki | Children, inspired by Greta Thunberg, are telling adults their future is at stake. Those who believe short-term economic gain is more important than protecting the biosphere are betraying them.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants to make affordable child care "the medicare of the 21st century." UCP leader Jason Kenney wants to make schools safe for "basic religious freedom," meaning no GSAs.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Siete Lagunas, Municipality of Cachira. Wikimedia photo by Grupo Areas Protegidas CORPONOR, Ismael Contreras.
Brent Patterson | Eco Oro wanted to build a gold and silver mine in an area that provides 2 million people with their drinking water. When they didn't get their way, they sued.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Twitter photo by CCALCP.
Brent Patterson | The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers' Collective in Colombia is working with communities to stop fracking by corporations, including Calgary-based Canacol Energy Ltd.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 25
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley surrounded by supporters at yesterday's rally in Edmonton Photo: Marshall Boyd, used with permission.
David J. Climenhaga | "Here is Jason Kenney's argument in a nutshell," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said: "His team made a terrible mess. We didn't clean it up fast enough. So fire us and put the old boys back in."
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 25
St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Photo: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | As Democrats look to Medicare-for-All and Canada as a model, attacks by some in the U.S. on our system will increase.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 25
Premier Rachel Notley announces a Made-in-Alberta energy strategy in February 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
Mercedes Allen | Albertans looked to Rachel Notley to lead them through a transition, and somewhere along the way, industry convinced the government and the public alike that the transition needed was a pipeline.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 24
Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith in 2014
David J. Climenhaga | Danielle Smith's recent op-ed was certainly not the ringing endorsement of the UCP one would have expected from a former conservative Opposition leader at this moment.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Neal Bernard Hancock, better known as "Bernard the Roughneck," is now the Freedom Conservative Party candidate in Grande Prairie. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Neal Bernard Hancock first appeared on the national scene in September 2016, when he appeared on Parliament Hill in coveralls and a hardhat, complete with streaks of grime on his face.

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