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Blog - The Views Expressed September 20
rabble staff | We strike because anything less than all out system change means jeopardizing the future of our planet.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 19
People wait outside Schoenfeld Theater in midtown Manhattan to see Come From Away. Image: Ajay Suresh/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | The Broadway musical "Come from Away" has sublimely exposed non-Newfoundlanders to the province's uniquely hospitable and heartwarming culture.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 19
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ecojustice to Kenney's inquiry: stop acting like a kangaroo court that has already decided the outcome of its deliberations or prepare to be stopped in the real courts.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Calgary's Eighth Avenue Mall, emblematic of an Alberta in which the population keeps growing as the number of civil servants per capita falls. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | While you can't necessarily trust anything the Fraser Institute or the MacKinnon panel say, you can trust Statistics Canada.
Blog - David Suzuki September 18
Image: Gary Knight/Flickr
David Suzuki | We must do everything in our power to ensure that future generations have a livable future, with clean air, drinkable water, healthy food, biodiverse life and a stable climate.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog September 17
Jagmeet Singh at the second National Bike Summit. Image: Yvonne Bambrick/Wikimedia Commons
Linda Leon | "Power to Change: A New Deal for Climate Action" is a dense 6,042-word document divided into eight parts. How does it stack up?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
Jason Kenney in 2013. Image: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney doesn't seem to have learned much since the last time Amnesty International took him on, but he certainly hasn't forgotten anything.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada September 17
Child visits Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. Image: Lisa Leonardelli/Flickr
Sid Shniad | A review of Suzanne Weiss's memoir "Holocaust to Resistance" describing the connections between her experience as a Holocaust survivor and her struggles against injustice.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog September 17
Harvey Bischof, president of the Ontario Secondary School Teacher's Federation. Image: OSSTF
Maya Bhullar | launches its back to school series to amplify the union fightbacks.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 16
Image: screenshot/Vancouver Sun
John Miller | One unaddressed problem is that the Sun and Postmedia do not publish their journalistic standards, even though every other major news organization in Canada does.
Blog -'s staff blog September 13
Kim Elliott | We are just $7,000 shy of our summer fundraising goal.
Blog - Taking Sides September 13
Image: Tayrona Estereo/WACC
Philip Lee | Democracy fails when heads of state, populist politicians and unregulated corporate interests are allowed to ride roughshod over freedom of the press.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
Jason Kenney, Alberta's head of government. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has only been in power for four and a half months. He still enjoys a post-election honeymoon with voters. Isn't it a little soon for him to jump the shark?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Heather McPherson, the NDP candidate in Edmonton Strathcona. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | But things are only a little harder than normal for federal Liberals around here. Albertans always vote like this, even though it doesn't make much sense.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Amnesty International Canada's Secretary General, Alex Neve. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Amnesty International says the world expects Alberta to do better while Alberta's premier petulantly trots out the same old unconvincing excuses.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 11
Robin Tress, Dylan Penner | The Federal Court of Appeal will soon hear six legal challenges to the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. But Indigenous communities have not given clear consent for the pipeline.
Blog - David Suzuki September 11
Image: NASA/Flickr
David Suzuki | All living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems. As daunting as the climate and biodiversity crises are, we can't look away. We must face them and change course.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 11
Image: screenshot/Vancouver Sun
John Miller | The Vancouver Sun's apology after publishing a racist, anti-immigrant op-ed left everyone alienated.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 11
Photo of Lorraine Johnson's garden. Image: Lorraine Johnson
Doreen Nicoll | Burlington, it's time to walk the talk. The sooner we educate the population on the real impact of climate change, the better the chance we have of mitigating its impact.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews and Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Even real conservatives, if such a species exists anymore, know something's gone awry with Alberta's fiscal setup and that part of the solution's on the revenue side.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Anything you say may be used against somebody who runs afoul of Premier Jason Kenney's $2.5-million inquiry to ferret out foreign-funded eco-subversives.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 10
Antheia's garden. Image: Doreen Nicoll
Doreen Nicoll | On August 16, while a resident worked to save her plants, the City of Burlington cut down six feet of her naturalized garden to less than an inch in height. No plants were spared, including milkweed.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 9
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Image: Chatham House/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Use of violent and abusive language on social media, sometimes translating into actual violence, is becoming a particular problem for women in politics, especially progressive women.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 9
Sri Lankan Parliament. Image: Nigel Swales/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The well-known Quaker peace activist has an extraordinary story to tell about protecting human rights lawyers from state repression.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 8
Image: Peter Blanchard/Flickr
Penney Kome | Two jarring incidents occurred at the end of August that could indicate more complications than usual in the upcoming federal election.
Blog - Taking Sides September 6
Image: Peter Hershey/Unsplash
Lorenzo Vargas | Linguistic issues do not make headlines every day, but the struggles of communities working together to bring greater attention to the concerns of ethno-cultural minorities are very real.
Blog - Nima Maleki's blog September 6
$100 U.S. Federal Reserve note. Image: United States Government/Wikimedia Commons
Nima Maleki | There's declining support for the global U.S. financial system because of growing structural problems and changing balance of forces.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 6
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. Image: Adriana LaGrange/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | We don't know what the government of Alberta has in mind with this change, only that it doesn't seem to be inclined to volunteer the information.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog September 6
Workers at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton striking in 2014. Image: M.o.B 68/Wikimedia Commons
Maya Bhullar | This Labour Day, unions across Canada are facing new attacks as the majority of provinces now have conservative governments which are rolling back social services and workers' rights.
Blog -'s staff blog September 5
Matthew Adams, Nicole Johnson | Our approach shows what can be done when people come together, to support social justice journalism and media democracy.