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Blog - Progressive Economics Forum March 22
Alberta legislature building. Photo: Hiroki Nakamura/Flickr
Nick Falvo | This year's AAB proposes policy that would improve labour market, health and education outcomes, while also addressing principles of reconciliation and reducing income inequality.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Irony alert! Albertans must brace themselves for a very Albertan response from B.C. to their claim a balanced budget depends on that pipeline to Vancouver. They won't like it.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Alberta Legislature in Technicolor (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Today is Budget Day in Alberta, so we'll get to see the real thing from the NDP government. As for the Opposition United Conservative Party … nothing but crickets.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 21
Minister of Education David Eggen visits Calgary school. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans are pretty unenthusiastic about the whole idea of giving public money to schools that charge tuition, an Environics poll done for the Alberta Teachers Association shows.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 21
Jagmeet Singh. Photo: United Steelworkers/flickr
Yves Engler | While the media makes much of the new NDP leader's ties or indifference to Sikh violence, they've ignored Singh's leadership of a party and community that has repeatedly backed Canadian aggression.
Blog - David Suzuki March 20
Image: Selena/Flickr
David Suzuki | Transportation accounts for about 14 per cent of global emissions and is now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the U.S., mostly from cars and trucks.
Blog - Reflections March 20
Protesters hold anti-Sisi signs. Photo: Alisdare Hickson/flickr
Ehab Lotayef | If 2011 saw a Facebook revolution that brought the downfall of one dictator, the 2018 internet elections can bring down another.
Blog - Policyfix March 20
Manitoba premier Brian Pallister. Photo: 2017 Canada Summer Games/flickr
Lynne Fernandez | Manitoba premier Brian Pallister's Trump-esque statement that budget 2018 was going to be the "best budget ever" has fallen a bit flat.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum March 20
Street in Calgary. Photo: Brian Burke/flickr
Nick Falvo | Too few jobs, inadequate income assistance programs, major health challenges and a lack of subsidized child care all pose barriers to employment for persons experiencing homelessness.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 19
Waterwalkers at the end of their 42 km march to the Teedon gravel pit on November 5. Image: Council of Canadians
Mark Calzavara | The world's purest groundwater is under threat again -- this time from a Dufferin Aggregates gravel pit in the Waverly Uplands, the recharge area for a pristine aquifer in Simcoe County, Ontario.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog March 18
Image: Flickr/teambates
Linda Leon | As part of her series on electoral reform in the Yukon, Linda Leon looks at Alternative Voting.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 16
Doreen Nicoll | There are several commonly known warning signs for intimate partner violence, and Pejcinovski's killer fit at least three of them.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 16
Alberta Legislature Building. Photo: IQRemix/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | While the motion reflects preponderance of opinion in Alberta, it is troubling nonetheless there was not a single voice of principled dissent in the Legislature.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 15
Koeye River Mouth, British Columbia. Image: Sam Beebe/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Canada puts up $1.3 billion to protect wilderness and environment.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 15
Tina Fontaine. Image via Facebook.
Pamela Palmater | Tina Fontaine did not kill herself. Tina died because federal, provincial and state agencies charged with keeping her safe, all failed to protect her. And for that, Canada should stand trial.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
November 1988 federal election rally in Calgary. Front row: Mayor Ralph Klein, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Premier Don Getty. Photo: Government of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's 2018 and we're starting to get a clearer impression of the true meaning of free trade with the United States. Thanks a load, Brian Mulroney!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 14
Canadian War Museum. Image: Balcer~commonswiki/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | An exhibit at the Canadian War Museum highlights a little discussed arm of the military’s massive propaganda apparatus.
Blog - David Suzuki March 13
Cape Town, South Africa. Image: Bobby Bradley/Flickr
David Suzuki | World Water Day on March 22 reminds us that as the human population continues to grow, putting greater demand on all resources, and as climate change exacerbates drought, we can't be complacent.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal. Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | I'm no constitutional lawyer, but I was an agriculture reporter for many years, so I recognize the smell of manure. I'll bet B.C. Premier John Horgan does too.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 11
Doug Ford in 2014
David J. Climenhaga | Even from a progressive perspective, Canadian political discourse needs a conservative alternative. It doesn't need a dangerous clown like Doug Ford.
Blog - Common Frontiers March 10
Nicolás Maduro. Photo: OEA - OAS/flickr
Raul Burbano | We urge the United States and Canadian governments to immediately remove their illegal sanctions against Venezuela and to support efforts at mediation.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 10
Shaw convention centre in Ottawa. Photo: Jennifer Tweedie/flickr
Yves Engler | Why, when the Palestine Resolution was endorsed unanimously by the NDP youth convention and by over 25 riding associations, did the powers that be not want it even discussed?
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 9
Bill Morneau. Photo: International Monetary Fund/flickr
Dennis Gruending | The Liberals are promising pharmacare but not a universal program. Let's look to the wisdom of medicare founders T.C. Douglas and Emmett Hall on how to proceed.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 9
Premier Rachel Notley speaks with well wishers in the Alberta Legislature Rotunda yesterday after her government’s Speech from the Throne. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga.)
David J. Climenhaga | We can expect former Alberta Peter Lougheed's name to be invoked more than once by the NDP in the lead-up to the general election expected in the spring of 2019.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now March 8
Winter playground. Image: Benson Kua/Wikimedia Commons
Martha Friendly, Susan Prentice, Morna Ballantyne | Without the publicly funded child care now commonplace in many countries, Canada lacks this essential pillar of support for women's equality.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 8
Yolanda Becerra Vega of the Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) in Colombia, KAIROS Women of Courage partner.
Rachel Warden | This year we are happy that it is finally acceptable (and even trendy) to be a feminist, but we urge Canadians and the Canadian government to fully embrace the challenge.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 8
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | If anti-gun wave "flips the house," new Democrat majority likely to impeach number 45.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Andrea Horwath. Photo: Ontario NDP/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | We Albertans have already seen this movie and, no matter what the Opposition claims, the ending's still pretty good.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Independent MLA Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: Screenshot of CBC’s broadcast of the news conference.)
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt thinks he's starring in a movie. He doesn't seem to realize it's a comedy, a dark one that's going direct to video.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog March 7
Hand holding pencils.Image: Ryan Wiegert/flickr
rabble staff | Do you understand the power of media in making political and social change, and want to do something about the need for a powerful, alternative media voice in Canada? You may be our next Editor!

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