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Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 29
Gerry Caplan | We rich white countries sure are generous when it comes to handouts for our Black kin in Africa. Except when we rip them off, of course, which is the real story of Canada and the West in Africa.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
RCAF Chinook helicopter on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Yves Engler | A volatile leader in charge of a military behemoth prone to aggression has repeatedly attacked Canada and its prime minister in recent weeks. But the "defence" community has barely made a peep.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 29
People holding signs with human rights messages on them. Photo: Geoff Campbell/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Come to an introductory session about the work of Amnesty International and learn how you can protect human rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 28
Alberta Court of Queen's Bench in Medicine Hat. Photo: Lynne Ayers/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Education Minister David Eggen quickly hailed the ruling as a victory "for justice and equality in the province of Alberta." As for the UCP Opposition … crickets.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 28
Photos of France Gélinas, Peter Tabuns, Laura Mae Lindo, Terence Kernaghan, Mike Schreiner and Chris Glover
Maya Bhullar | Learn what their constituents are saying and what they need from us to fight back.
Blog - June 28
David Climenhaga | Postmedia is shutting down six more community papers in Canada, four in Ontario and two in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 27
David J. Climenhaga | What does Alberta do instead of acknowledging the obvious and doing something about it? What we always do in our role as the spoiled little rich kid of Confederation! Whine about Quebec.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 27
Doreen Nicoll | Take part in 150 days of reconcili-action by joining others across the country taking the #NEXT150 Challenge. Together we can work nation with nation to make the next 150 years something to celebrate.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 27
Janelle Monae performs at the 2012 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 23, 2012. Photo: Brian Goldschmied. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Concerned Residents of Ottawa, Amy Kishek, Geneviève Nevin, Trevor Purvis, Bill Skidmore | An open letter to the Ottawa Jazz Festival regarding its partnership with the State of Israel.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 27
Doug Ford speaks to a group. Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yves Engler | In one of his first post-election moves Ford announced that he would seek to ban an annual Palestinian solidarity event. Ford will further link Israel campaigning and bigoted, right-wing politics.
Blog - David Suzuki June 26
David Suzuki | To downplay the urgent need to protect caribou and manage habitat, forest industry associations are using tactics the fossil fuel industry uses to sow doubt and confusion about scientific evidence.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 25
Wolfe Erlichman | Is the Anti-Semitism Subcommittee of Ontario's Anti-Racism Directorate excluding organizations for criticizing Israel?
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 25
Isabel. Image: KAIROS Canada
Rachel Warden | Women are often prime targets in war but, when given the chance, they can also be critical agents for peace.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 25
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | The 2018 budget brought down in February sets out the Trudeau government's equalization formula plan unequivocally in terms anyone can understand. You actually have to read it, though.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Statue of Atlas holding the Earth. Image: Flickr/elentir
David J. Climenhaga | The Atlas Network is said to have distributed about US$5 million to groups it supports worldwide in 2016. Among the group's partners are 12 Canadian entities.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 22
Penney Kome | After federal reforms reduced the national incarceration rate, GEO Group, a private prison company, obtained a lucrative contract to detain immigrant children and families.
Blog - Policyfix June 22
Caravan of Love walk in support of immigrants and refugees. Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
Karen Hamilton, Krista Johnston | Winnipeg has an important leadership role to play by making our city a truly welcoming community for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 21
Cover of report, "TB or not TB? There is no question" Image from Toronto Disaster Relief Committee archives
Cathy Crowe | Even after a micro-outbreak of tuberculosis in the homeless population in the early 2000s that saw deaths, the city still doesn't get it.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg June 21
Image: wiredforlego/Flickr
J. Baglow | Jordan Peterson and Lindsay Shepherd take to the courts. How will their fellow Speechies respond?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 21
Education Minister David Eggen tabled new legislation in the Alberta legislature November 2, 2017 to support students by ensuring they can safely join or form gay-straight and queer-straight alliances. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public documents and website postings show some of the sources of the so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms' money.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 20
David J. Climenhaga | The so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom is part of a network of social conservative groups that often target laws supporting reproductive and LGBTQ rights.
Blog - Policyfix June 20
Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge in Winnipeg. Photo: Travel Manitoba/Flickr
Lynne Fernandez | Can the Alternative Municipal Budget capture the imagination of Winnipeggers? As climate change, our infrastructure deficit and inequality escalate, our collective future depends on it.
Blog - David Suzuki June 19
Image: Windwards Energie/Flickr
David Suzuki | The best way to limit negative impacts is to divest from fossil fuels and speed up the transition to a diversified, energy-efficient, clean-energy economy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 19
Image: larrylorca/Flickr
Yves Engler | More than 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists, and NDP members are calling on the party's MPs to leave the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson, now minister of Service Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley described her cabinet-shuffling strategy to reporters yesterday as, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
Image: Daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one should expect the questions about the funding of Catholic education in Saskatchewan to be resolved by June 30, or when classes resume in September.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 17
Front page of the 1996 Inquest Update. Heading says "Presiding coroner angrily demands: Don't use the H**** word any more!"
Cathy Crowe | Recent inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner, who died in January 2015, excluded evidence on affordable housing, shelter availability, or the effectiveness of the cold weather alert system.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
A statue featuring Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk in Cape Town, South Africa.
David J. Climenhaga | In a recent speech, de Klerk suggested that the challenges faced by Alberta in the waning days of the petroleum industry aren't dissimilar from those facing his country in the last days of apartheid.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog June 16
Linda Leon | The Preferential Ridings Proportional system is a type of Mixed Member Proportional Representation. While complex, it might be the best bet for electoral reform in the Yukon.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Edmonton on June 14, 2018 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It must make the blood of Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's strategic brain trust over at the United Conservative Party run cold to see world oil prices creeping upward.

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