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Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
Former MP Jason Kenney, now the leader of the United Conservative Party Opposition (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | All this hoo-haw on the right has been to keep everyone from doing what they really ought to be doing, to wit, speculating idly about the date of Premier Rachel Notley's election call.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 14
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Maya Bhullar | In Canada from Inuvik to St. John's, in cities and towns in every province, students are joining the global student strike for the climate on March 15.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 14
Brian Jean, back when he was Opposition leader (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | If it turns out Jason Kenney, who united Alberta's right, is so disliked by his former rivals that right-uniters like Brian Jean can become reconstituted vote-splitters, what does that say?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 13
Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth May at Edmonton's The King's University on Friday, March 8, 2019 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The leader of the Green Party of Canada says she would have summoned up the memory of Peter Lougheed, Alberta's first Conservative dynasty, but not the way the province's first NDP premier has.
Blog - David Suzuki March 13
David Suzuki | In fighting to protect the land and water and exert traditional values and priorities, the Unist'ot'en pipeline opposition is at the forefront of a fight for all people in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Photo: Chiloa/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Don't be surprised if we soon hear Trudeau uttering, as another tough old pol a lot of Canadians liked once did: "Just watch me!"
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog March 12
2018 Women's March in Toronto. Photo: Ryan/Flickr
Judy Rebick | What we're seeing emerge from the politics of the women's march is a movement poised to also lead the fight for social, racial, economic and environmental justice, as well as for peace.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Donald Trump giving his State of the Union Address in February. He didn’t even mention America’s burgeoning deficit (Photo: Shealah Craighead, the White House, Public Domain).
David J. Climenhaga | If Conservatives return to power in Alberta, our provincial deficit will soar to unprecedented levels as a result of planned program of tax cuts. But the deficit hawks won't even tweet.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 12
Penney Kome | We have 12 years to curb climate breakdown. Experts supplied the science. Now youth and the increasingly militant climate justice movement are keeping up the pressure.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 10
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government is being called on to take action after a March 2017 fire swept through a locked classroom at the state-run group home on the outskirts of Guatemala City.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 8
Miranda Gallo | Amidst revelations of alleged political interference on the SNC-Lavalin file, and the bullying of former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, our "feminist" PM's true colours are beginning to show.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Jason Kenney and Randy Kerr not long ago, but in happier times (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Lack of forthrightness is a UCP complaint that has proved useful before Randy Kerr's troubles came to light. A similar characterization was applied to former UCP bright light Derek Fildebrandt.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog March 8
Judy Rebick | This International Women's Day, we're celebrating 18 years of feminist media. Join us -- you can play a part in carrying on this important work.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 8
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Tina Beier | Since June, Doug Ford's government has taken steps to systematically undermine women's rights. Read on for ways to fight back against his anti-women agenda.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 7
Cam Fenton, Aurore Fauret, Atiya Jaffar, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Katie Perfitt, Jennifer Deol, Emma Jackson | A Green New Deal for Canada must work in service of real reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while enshrining dignity, justice, and equity for all.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 7
Photo: Jody Wilson-Raybould/Facebook
Susan Wright | As much as this Canadian respects Jody Wilson-Raybould, I do not fully understand her view. Here's why.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party also threatened yesterday to sue dissident Independent MLA Prab Gill for defaming the party in a complaint to the RCMP.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Announcing a full pharmacare program would have shifted the nation's attention immediately away from the hostile media frenzy the gong show before the House of Commons justice committee has become.
Blog - March 7
Photo: Chrystia Freeland/Facebook
Thomas Woodley | The Liberals' well-intentioned effort to implement a feminist foreign policy is vastly outgunned by Canadian industries that are disproportionately hurting women.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 7
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A church group faces threats, surveillance and wiretapping for working with those impacted by war and displacement in Colombia.
Blog - Policyfix March 7
Molly McCracken | Buckle up, Manitoba. School trustees are consulting with parents and stakeholders for this upcoming year's school budgets as they face austerity and attacks by the provincial government.
Blog - Open Media's blog March 6
Telecom tower. Photo: jbdodane/Flickr
Marie Aspiazu | The announcements of a new policy direction for the CRTC and the CRTC's upcoming mobile services review could bring much-needed change to Canada's telecom arena. Here's the lowdown.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 6
SNC-Lavalin sign. Photo: Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Once saved from both its financial and law-breaking predicaments, surely SNC-Lavalin would have no reason to lay off workers. That was the Trudeau government's implied assumption.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney were a minister of the government, it would be reasonable to demand his resignation for allowing such behaviour on his watch.
Blog - David Suzuki March 6
David Suzuki | As a major Quebec-based employer with its hand in some of the country's largest infrastructure projects, SNC-Lavalin is seen by provincial and federal governments as too important to fail.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 5
Twitter photo by Tim McSorley.
Brent Patterson | We need to move from war to renewables to avoid climate breakdown. The upcoming CANSEC arms trade show in Ottawa takes us in the wrong direction.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Photo: Jason Kenney/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | We're not going to stimulate the economy by firing nurses and teachers. If we fall for this snake oil, we're just going to have to swallow it.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 5
Image: Educa Oaxaca
Brent Patterson | More than six years after a controversial dam was officially cancelled in Mexico, community activists who opposed the megaproject face continued criminalization.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Justin Trudeau at a rally. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | What makes anyone think voters will react to Justin Trudeau's alleged transgressions much differently that they did to Stephen Harper's?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Pipeline workers on Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline. Image: Enbridge Line 3/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | One can be skeptical of claims a delay in Line 3 expansion is "a crushing setback for Canadian oil producers" while still recognizing the development is a political problem for Alberta's NDP.

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