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Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | All across Canada initiatives by governments to get the big money out of politics are proving popular with voters. Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney is doing his bit to keep the big money in.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 21
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Guido van Nispen
Penney Kome | Financing a country mainly through one industry has several problems, including economic instability. Divestors challenge the petrostate's financial and political power.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 21
The Ontario Legislative Building on a nice sunny day. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Benson Kua
Doreen Nicoll | The Wynne government's Bill 148 only allows for two days of paid "personal emergency leave," which can be accessed for domestic and sexual violence. This is not good enough.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 20
A leaching pond at the Mufulira mine in Zambia
Yves Engler | A big beneficiary of internationally sponsored neoliberal reforms, First Quantum Minerals is the largest foreign investor in the copper-rich southern African nation.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 20
Brian Jean and Jason Kenney. Image: Facebook/Wildrose Party St.Albert
David J. Climenhaga | With voting starting this week, the campaign to unite the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties into a single entity is inevitably being described as entering the final stretch.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog July 19
Premier Wynne delivers Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan Announcement. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr
Nora Loreto | Tracing the financial line from Samsung Renewable Energy to Siemens' recent layoff notices.
Blog - David Suzuki July 18
person drinking through plastic straw.
David Suzuki | Ordering your drinks without straws is a small sacrifice but a big step to reducing the amount of plastic we produce and waste.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 18
Ed Finn | The crucial connection between nutrition and wellness isn't emphasized enough by the medical establishment, leaving us to take matters into our own hands.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 18
 Image: Flickr/Olivia Chow
Krystalline Kraus | Apparently, the word dyke is too controversial for Facebook administrators to trust consenting adults to use appropriately. So you could upload your content but not mention what you were referring to.
Blog - July 17
A now "rare" monarch butterfly photographed by the author's step-mother in early July. It is one from a greatly reduced North American population threatened with extinction due to the use of herbicides and climate change.
Thomas Woodley | Back in the 1970s, "citizen scientists" were engaged to track the migration of the monarch butterfly. Today "citizen scientists" are needed to save this formerly ubiquitous butterfly from extinction.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 17
Edmonton's Macdonald Hotel
David J. Climenhaga | The Fraser Institute has been spreading fables about equalization payments. Why don't the premiers set the facts straight at their meeting in Edmonton this week?
Blog - On The Other Hand July 17
President Barack Obama presents American musician Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom.
Penney Kome | Although Dylan's lyrics powered a popular revolution and won him a Nobel Prize for Literature, the music itself seems to be what matters most to him.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 15
Yves Engler | Israel lobby groups' response (or lack thereof) to NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton’s recent support of Palestinian rights suggests they believe previous criticisms backfired.
Blog - July 14
Thomas Woodley | With the recent flip-flop of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the labelling and sale of West Bank wines in Canada, it's easy to wonder whose interest the agency serves.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 14
Patty Hajdu, Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Canadaaddresses the session "Women and the Future of Work." Photo: UN Women/flickr
Patty Hajdu | Last month Canada finally joined 164 other countries in ratifying the International Labour Organization's Convention 98, a commitment to workers' right to organize and collective bargaining.
Blog - July 14
US nuclear weapons test at Eniwetok in 1956. Image: Flickr/International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Thomas Woodley | Canada's recent failure to step up for the UN vote banning nuclear weapons is just the latest in a series of bewildering decisions.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 13
Krystalline Kraus | Victory for the Grassy Narrows First Nation and surrounding communities has finally come after a decades-long struggle.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 13
G8: Lost tourists or powerful leaders?
Krystalline Kraus | It seems that Canada is not done with hosting big tent, government organizing bodies like the G8 and the G20.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 13
Burning tire. Photo: Stephanus Riosetiawan/flickr
James Hutt | Lafarge-Holcim, the world's third-largest building supplies company, wants to burn 400,000 used tires a year at its cement plant just four kilometres away from the village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 13
A wildfire in B.C. (Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service).
David J. Climenhaga | Why are you allowed to state one obvious conclusion when B.C. is afire, but not when Alberta is burning?
Blog - Policy Note July 13
Image: Pinpoint Photography courtesy of the National Trust for Canada
Seth Klein | Fraser Institute chose National Aboriginal Day (June 21) to release a report by Tom Flanagan claiming that a sharp increase in people with Registered Indian status will drive up government costs.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog July 12
Credit union signage. Photo: Big City Signs/flickr
Nora Loreto | Banking jobs are moving online, where both customers and workers lose real-life interaction, and worse, in many cases, are replaced with nothing so that the banks can continue to make record profits.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 11
Left to right: Niki Ashton, Charlie Agnus, Guy Caron, Jagmeet Singh
Erin Weir | When federal NDP leadership candidates debate in Saskatoon on Tuesday, they need to explain how they would help make carbon pricing work for Saskatchewan.
Blog - David Suzuki July 11
A bee and a butterfly. Image: Pixabay
David Suzuki, Jode Roberts | Pollinator pathway. Bumblebee highway. River of Flowers. Bee Line. These all describe habitat corridors created to help pollinators like bees and butterflies. We can add Butterflyways to the list.
Blog - Media Watch blog July 11
Nick Fillmore | A new report asking the federal government for $350 million to prop up Canada's newspapers is out of step with the times.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 10
Banro mining site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image: Flickr/USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
Yves Engler | The Globe's failure to even mention Canada's role in impoverishing Congo reflects its bias and helps to explain why Canadians are so confused about their country's role in the world.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 9
Car2Go Smart car charging in Amsterdam. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Ludovic Hirlimann
Penney Kome | Bans on gas-fueled cars loom as lawmakers try to meet climate pledges. Ready or not, e-cars are here now.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 8
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray
David J. Climenhaga | Labour Minister Christina Gray needs to get on with implementing the recommendations of the review panel looking into Alberta Workers Compensation system.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 6
Anwar Nillufary
Raluca Bejan | On Friday, July 7, 2017, Anwar starts his 108th day of protest: 64 days of hunger strike plus 44 days of regular protest on the doorstep of the UNHCR in Athens.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 6
 Image: Flickr/OFL Communications Department
Ed Finn | The callous mistreatment of working people was not only condoned, but even extolled -- and not just by the business establishment.

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