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Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Photo of Omar Khadr. Image: Khadr family/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the cause. What kind of a "tax watchdog" starts a petition demanding that the government, which is acting prudently with our money, hose more of it away?
Blog - The Views Expressed July 5
Three children operating rocker at a gold mine on Dominion Creek, Yukon Territory. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Eric A. Hegg Photographs
Ed Finn | Corporate-decreed barbarism and inequality is already rampant in many developing countries, and even in some developed ones. Including Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 5
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Dennis Howlett | The tax system can be a powerful tool for redistributing wealth and reducing inequality and poverty. We all benefit from a more equal society with better health, reduced crime, and better education.
Blog - David Suzuki July 4
 An Orca from lunging towards a salmon, just west of San Juan Island in Puget Sound. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Kevin Nichols
David Suzuki | Two of B.C.'s most iconic species, chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, are in trouble. Orcas depend on the salmon to survive. It's time to manage chinook fisheries with orcas in mind.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta regulation of flavoured tobacco has little to do with adults and lots to do with protecting children and youth from an effective gateway to addiction.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog July 2
Bonnie Burstow | Justice Paul Perell's recent landmark decision found that patients at Oak Ridge were subject to torture between 1966 and 1983.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 30
Pipes for the Keystone Pipeline. Image: Wikimedia Commons/shannonpatrick17
Gordon Laxer | The rule obligates Canada to make available to the U.S. the same share of oil, natural gas and electricity as the previous three years. No other country has signed away access to its energy resources.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 30
Dixon Terbasket at the first billboard raising on IR #2 (Lower Similkameen Indian Band) Photo credit: Zeus Helios
Neil Nunn | An Okanagan-Syilx-led collaborative awareness project called Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth brings awareness to the work that Canada 150 does to erase and occlude current and historical injustices.
Blog - Bound but not gagged June 30
Meg Borthwick | Arthur Manuel's book is required reading for Resistance 150.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 30
Penney Kome | Republicans are experiencing a backlash of constituent anger over the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 30
A Light Armoured Vehicle patrol on August 14, 2016 at Petawawa, On. Image: Flickr/4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC
Yves Engler | The sober reality is Trudeau represents a continuation of his predecessor's foreign policy. I might need to redo my 2012 book "The Ugly Canadian," with the tagline "Justin Trudeau's foreign policy."
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 30
Image: Flickr/European Parliament. Syrian refugee camp in Turkey.
Dennis Gruending | According to the United Nations there are 65 million forcibly displaced people in the world. Canada can do more to help.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 30
Image: Anti-Canada 150 Poster Pack
Doreen Nicoll | As a white settler enjoying life on stolen land and broken promises, I'm unable to join in this celebration. We must work towards meaningful reconciliation with the true founding nations of this land.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 30
rabble staff | On the 16th anniversary of rabble.ca, we're pleased to announce our new board of directors.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 29
Doreen Nicoll | Spend July 1st watching Obomsawin's documentaries about Indigenous life and culture.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 29
Labour Demonstration against wage controls, Parliament Hill, 1942. Image: Library and Archives Canada/flickr
Ed Finn | As we approach Canada's 150th anniversary, acknowledgement of the substantial contribution trade unions have made to Canada's development and progress is nowhere to be seen.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 29
Photo of Ghostkeeper band by Blair Russel via Muskegkids/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle are partners in life, art and music. Their band Ghostkeeper has been invited to play at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto as part of Canada Day.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
 Image: Wikimedia Commons/Vancouver2
Yves Engler | Canada's 150th anniversary offers a unique opportunity to shed light on some darker corners of Canadian history. One of the dustier chapters is our contribution to one of the most barbarous regimes
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
Bashir Mohamed, BLM Edmonton (Image: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Carding ignores the principles of natural justice. It flies in the face of due process. It's almost certain to be ruled by the courts to be unconstitutional, and therefore illegal.
Blog - David Suzuki June 28
Responders pulling a raft along a flooded street in Montreal, Quebec, 2017. Image: Flickr/Exile on Ontario St​
David Suzuki | Despite recent investments, Canada lags behind other G7 nations in flood preparation and climate change adaptation. It's time we recognize green infrastructure as central to flood-prevention efforts.
Blog - Media Watch blog June 27
Nick Fillmore | The Trudeau government is taking an important first step forward from the cynical Harper era. During the months and years ahead we will hopefully witness the rebuilding of the CBC.
Blog - WireTap: Surveillance and Technology June 27
Kyle Curlew | Everything we post on our Instagram and how we shape our Facebook profile are ways of performing highly curated renditions of identity.
Blog - Policyfix June 27
 Image: North Point Douglas Women's Centre
Shauna MacKinnon | Premier Pallister rode his bike to Peguis First Nation to honour 200 years of the Selkirk Treaty as "a gesture of reconciliation." This gesture will remain hollow when stacked next to funding cuts.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 25
David J. Climenhaga | With the potential rise of another party offering conservatism with a human face, one wonders if this will change the political calculus of union-minded Wildrosers and PCs.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog June 23
Image: Flickr/Province of British Columbia
Sarah Miller | After the B.C. Liberals' bizarre throne speech yesterday -- which consisted of mostly ideas stolen from the NDP platform -- let's look at a few possible explanations for this sudden change of heart.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Premier Brad Wall. Image: Flickr/University of Saskatchewan
David J. Climenhaga | Wednesday was the longest day of the year, and Standard & Poor's chose the summer solstice to downgrade Saskatchewan's credit rating from AA+ to AA.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 23
"Marea Blanca" protest against health privatization in Spain. Photo: Adolfo Lujan/flickr
David A. McDonald | Privatization has been given ample chance to succeed and has come up short. Evidence is building that people are able to reclaim public services and usher in a new generation of public ownership.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Image: Flickr/UN Women
David Climenhaga | The Trudeau government's Bill C-4, which repeals the Harper government's anti-union legislation, received Royal Assent on Monday.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 23
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Ryan Hodnett
Yves Engler | Media commentators who complain about Russia ignore clear-cut Canadian meddling elsewhere and the history of US interference in other countries’ elections, including in Canada
Blog - On The Other Hand June 22
Penney Kome | Liberals release reports on four major Acts; recommendations please some, irk others.

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