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Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 23
Amanda Lindhout, former Canadian hostage in Somalia. Image: Art Babych
Dennis Gruending | Former hostages Joshua Boyle, Amanda Lindhout were reckless and endangered others.
Blog - Common Frontiers October 23
Demonstrators outside Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland's office in Toronto. Image: Jay Collin
Raul Burbano | By unconditionally supporting the opposition, the Canadian government is adding fuel to the politicization in Venezuela that contributes to the conflict.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
David J. Climenhaga | The digital editions of the gutter press are full of the complaints nowadays of such alienated Albertans as United Conservative Party leadership contenders Brian Jean and Jason Kenney.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 22
The cast of the Harvey Weinstein-backed Project Runway. Photo: Project Runway/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | In light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein women took to social media to share their experiences with the hashtag #MeToo. It's an old story, but it's still news.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi
David J. Climenhaga | It's not bad news for the NDP that voters in many communities continue to tilt toward middle-of-the-road progressive candidates in elections for municipal councils and public school boards.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Photo: http://www.elections.ab.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's Electoral Boundaries Commission has issued a final report calling for one new urban riding in the Edmonton area and two in the Calgary region, plus three fewer rural ridings.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The appointment to cabinet of former Tory Sandra Jansen, who crossed the floor to the NDP last year, is designed to win hearts and minds in Calgary, likely to be the key electoral battleground.
Blog - Common Frontiers October 20
Demonstrators outside Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s constituency office in Toronto. Image: José Luis Granados Ceja​
José Luis Granados Ceja | In the span of only few months, the Canadian government has issued at least 14 statements aimed at undermining the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 19
Ontario-6934. Image: Dennis Jarvis/flickr
Yves Engler | Each year, tens of millions of dollars in public money is spent on war memorials. The Afghan Memorial is just the latest addition to Ottawa’s long list of war shrines.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada October 19
 Image: darstv/Youtube
Independent Jewish Voices Canada | Shoufani remained steadfast as she was suspended from her job, and faced the prospect of losing her career after her case was brought before the Ontario College of Teachers.
Blog - Policy Note October 19
Hupacasath First Nation run-of-river renewable energy. Photo: Green Energy Futures - David Dodge/Flickr
Karena Shaw, Dana Cook, Eryn Fitzgerald, Judith (Kekinusuqs) Sayers | First Nations have built significant momentum in the renewable energy industry and their involvement is bringing real benefits to their communities.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog October 18
Anti-Islamophobia protesters. Image: Fibonacci Blue/flickr
Maya Bhullar | We need to continue to confront and fight back.
Blog - MiningWatch blog October 18
Photo: EARTHWORKS​/Flickr
Jen Moore | The House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights hasn't heard from people most directly affected by Canadian mining operations in the region.
Blog - David Suzuki October 17
The Orca known as AT3 of the Alaska Transients. He is the last member of the AT1 pod to be born since the Exxon-Valdez spill. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Blazejewski​
David Suzuki | The 76 southern resident killer whales off the B.C. coast, Canada's most endangered marine mammal, are particularly threatened by oil spills.
Blog - October 17
Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump at the White House. Image: Foreign Leader Visits/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Brent Patterson breaks down the status of the ongoing NAFTA talks.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 13
Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Image: Flickr/Premier of Alberta​
Penney Kome | Hockey arena and a new transit route are major contentious issues in Calgary's upcoming mayoral election.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Brian Jean. Image: Brian Jean/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | One has to feel a certain sympathy with would-be UCP leader Jean. Confronting Jason Kenney is a bit like standing in front of the proverbial juggernaut.
Blog - Campus Notes October 13
University of New Brunswick Crest. Image: JamesMcGrath2011/flickr
Lucas Crawford, Carmen Ellison, Sabine Lebel | Three hundred staff and faculty at the University of New Brunswick pen a letter rejecting white supremacy on the university campus and urging students to disrupt white supremacist activities.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 12
Officials and schoolchildren outside Providence Mission Indian Residential School. LibraryArchives/flickr
Doreen Nicoll | The legacy of the residential school system predisposes Indigenous peoples to social inequalities.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 12
Chilean protest materials against Barrick Gold's Pascua Lama mine. Image: Imagenes de luz/flickr
Yves Engler | Across the planet, Canadian mining companies are in conflict with local communities and usually have the Trudeau government’s support.
Blog - Free Expression Watch October 12
Image: Kevin Metcalf
Jacqueline Houston | Conspicuously absent from the campus free speech debate has been the voices of students themselves
Blog - Making Waves October 12
Image: Flickr/Ben Gordon
Emma Lui | Water Is Life summit participants were outraged that governments allow Nestlé and other water companies to control and sell water for a profit while failing to secure clean water for communities.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 11
Image: Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
Yves Engler | The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs shouldn't be part of a public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism.
Blog - David Suzuki October 10
Bee collecting pollen. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Jon Sullivan
David Suzuki | If we care about the quality and security of our food sources -- and the species and ecosystems they rely on -- the time for neonics is over.
Blog - KAIROS Witness October 9
Image: Flickr/Bread for the World​
Connie Sorio, Tess Agustin | On Thanksgiving we gather with family and friends and often we acknowledge the delicious bounty that's before us. But what about the temporary foreign workers who tend to and harvest this food?
Blog - October 6
Pipeline resistance. Image: Council of Canadians
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Today, let's celebrate the end of Energy East. Tomorrow, we wake up and continue the hard work to make sure all new tar sands pipelines are stopped.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 6
The Canaport LNG jetty in Saint John. Image: Environmental Defence Canada/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Notwithstanding its leaders’ faux tears and faux cries of outrage, the United Conservative Party soon to be led by Jason Kenney is absolutely delighted by this development.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 6
Image: Flickr/Takver
Yves Engler | Canada's exploitation of Guinea's mineral resources as a rationale for why asylum seekers should be allowed to stay.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
MLA Karen McPherson (Image: Bob Hawkesworth)
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary-Nose Hill NDP MLA Karen McPherson will now sit as an independent MLA; Jeff Callaway will leave behind his role as a candidate to lead the United Conservative Party.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 5
Image: Facebook/Wellington Wate Watchers
Doreen Nicoll | Inter-connectedness with water is something that we take for granted and in some cases have completely forgotten. Water ceremonies help us reconnect to our history and responsibilities.

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