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Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 7
Yves Engler | 1,000 Canadian military personnel, a naval vessel and fighter jets will soon be on Russia’s border. Canada is participating in a “game” of brinksmanship that could end badly.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | We sat through this movie once before. Now we're watching the horrifying big-budget sequel next door.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog March 6
Bonnie Burstow | Taking a page from the Victorian poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, it is time to start cursing oppressive institutions and those that make them possible. And where better to begin than psychiatry?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
Texas State Capitol, Austin (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | I expect the small NDP group will be made to feel right at home today by the nabobs of the petroleum industry in Houston, and will feel naturally at home tomorrow in Austin.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Interim Alberta PC Leader Ric McIver
David J. Climenhaga | The estimated millions we Alberta taxpayers spend every year subsidizing elite private schools has to come from somewhere too. The return on investment is not as clear!
Blog - The Views Expressed March 3
Libby Davies | The new leader will need to demonstrate their ability to position the NDP as the clear choice of progressive Canadians and the strongest opposition and alternative to right-wing populism.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 3
Party crasher Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | When it comes to its own core constituencies, Alberta's NDP government continues to be too cautious – undoubtedly a hangover from the rough ride it got over Bill 6.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog March 3
Roger Annis | Once known as neutral and peace-promoting, Sweden under its current, soft-left government is all-in the new cold war against Russia.
Blog - Canadian Voice of Women for Peace March 3
Lyn Adamson | For the first time ever Toronto City Council has designated funds to combat climate change, but TransformTO is up against the city's austerity approach, calling for cuts across the board.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 3
Yves Engler | Lester Pearson does not represent an evenhanded, let alone justice-oriented, policy towards Palestinians. He enabled the Zionist movement’s 1947/48 ethnic cleansing.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 2
Image: PMO/Adam Scotti
Dru Oja Jay | Building strong social movements -- and campaigning for a Liberal minority government in 2019 -- could be progressives' best chance at building a better Canada.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 2
Doreen Nicoll | How can I in good conscience participate in a celebration in the face of the continued denial of Indigenous treaty claims and basic human rights?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 2
Alberta Liberal Leadership candidate Nolan Crouse (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Why should voters who support NDP policy -- even if they don't love the NDP -- risk voting for the Alberta Liberals? Nolan Crouse must answer this question to succeed.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog March 2
Linda Leon | Open Letter to Donald Trump, President of the United States of America.
Blog - Hill Dispatches March 1
Photo: Karl Nerenberg,
Karl Nerenberg | The first-to-declare NDP leadership candidate tells rabble that the party lost touch with the grass roots last time. If he is chosen leader, Julian pledges that will not happen again.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
Alberta Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell reads the 2016 Throne Speech (GoA photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the two NDP throne speeches, those of the Progressive Conservatives in recent years were less likely to deliver on their key promises.
Blog - Making Waves February 28
Emma Lui | This morning, Lynn Chapman, member of the Peace Valley Environmental Association, and I met with Jonathon Wilkinson, North Vancouver MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the MOECC.
Blog - David Suzuki February 28
David Suzuki | Making America -- or any place -- great doesn’t mean embracing 18th century technology in the 21st.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog February 28
Nora Loreto | Conservative members would be wise to look at the recent rise and fall of the former PQ celebrity leader
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 28
An illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank
Michelle Weinroth | Interview with filmmaker Shimon Dotan fails to acknowledge Israel's violent origins in analyzing the ongoing colonization of Palestinian land.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 28
Yves Engler | Montrealer Percy Girouard played key role in expanding British colonial rule across Africa.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 27
Penney Kome | Automation was supposed to bring a world of leisure and abundance, not widespread unemployment.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 27
James Hutt | Canada has begun to acknowledge its history of brutal colonization, but has been slow to recognize the legal rights of self-determination.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 27
Ishani Weera | The Academy Awards started out as a union-busting sham.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 27
A colourful wreath attached to the Toronto Homeless Memorial
Cathy Crowe | This winter the emergency of homelessness collided with the opiate overdose crisis
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Jason Kenney (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservatives want to continue heavily subsidizing private schools and other forms of exclusionary education while cutting funds to public services.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 26
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci at Friday's newser (Screenshot of GoA video)
David J. Climenhaga | Some of the costly flaws of Alberta's Agencies, Boards and Commissions Sector are a hangover from the days it served as a green pasture for semi-retired Tory warhorses.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 25
Dennis Gruending | Asylum seekers, hunted and harried in the U.S. are turning up at remote and frigid Canadian border crossings
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 25
Wikimedia image Bill C-51 protest, labeled for reuse
Maya Bhullar | An interview with Tom Henheffer of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | As yesterday’s fiscal update shows, Albertans will actually have a rare meaningful choice in approaches to budgeting when the next general election rolls around.