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Blog - Alberta Diary April 18
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
David J. Climenhaga | If the Edmonton Oilers do better than the Calgary Flames in the NHL playoffs, Alberta Conservatives will presumably try to find a way to blame the NDP for that too.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
Allan Hunsperger (Wildrose Pary photo, 2012)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's right-wing political parties still haven't been able to crawl back out of the fiery pit Pastor Allan Hunsperger led them into.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 14
Wildorse Leader Brian Jean with reporters. But where's Jason?
David J. Climenhaga | If anyone sees Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, please let someone responsible know. If he doesn't show up soon, his face is going to start appearing on milk cartons!
Blog - Hill Dispatches April 14
From left: Diane Lebouthiller, Ralph Goodale, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Jane Philpott, Bill Blair
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberal government finally introduced its pot legalization legislation, which contains many law-and-order measures to placate the many who are concerned about the impact of legal dope.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 13
Image: Flickr/mlhradio
Penney Kome | Suppose that push, not pull, drives the upward price spiral.
Blog - KAIROS Witness April 13
Philippine delegates in Canada
Connie Sorio, Bishop Antonio Ablon | Can Canada champion world peace while simultaneously supporting Canadian extractive companies that are accused of human and ecological rights violations?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 13
Image: Elders and Indian soldiers in the uniform of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Online MIKAN no. 3192219) by Library and Archives Canada / PA-041366
Yves Engler | Glorifying First Nations participation in imperialist wars as part of overcoming Canada’s colonial treatment of First Nations is, at a minimum, ironic.
Blog - Open Media's blog April 13
#CrowdsourceC51
Victoria Henry | Bill C-51 is finally up for reform, after months of public consultations. But how do we know our feedback is being taken seriously? Presenting CrowdsourceC51.ca
Blog - Open Media's blog April 12
Jesse Schooff | Jesse Schooff explores why laws to keep citizens' data in their country of residence can be both a win and a loss for privacy.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 12
Alberta Agriculture Minister Oniel Carlier (front left) and Alberta Beef Producers Chair Bob Lowe (front right). GoA Photo
David J. Climenhaga | Continuing to make farmers fund agricultural check-off organizations, some of which function almost as auxiliaries of the Wildrose Opposition, is not going to help the Alberta NDP.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog April 12
Sean Spicer
Nora Loreto | Sean Spicer reveals a lot about how Trump's team speaks to its base, and promotes their racist agenda.
Blog - David Suzuki April 12
An NHGRI researcher uses a pipette to remove DNA from a micro test tube
David Suzuki | Combining crowd-sourced scientific data, public policy reform and consumer activism could work in areas such as testing for antibiotics, pesticide and mercury residues and more.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
Screenshot of the offending anti-abortion video
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans deserve to know what opposition politicians would actually do about such situations in tax-financed schools.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog April 11
B.C. Legislature building
Sarah Miller | 'Twas the month before elections and all through B.C. the election ads were playing for everyone to see...
Blog - Northern Plains Drifter April 11
Delivering fake news
Paul Orlowski | During the election campaign, the mainstream media gave Trump too much coverage. Sure, he's entertaining and could improve falling ratings. But his penchant for fake news threatens civil society.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 10
Image: Facebook/Carrie Lynn Poole-Cotnam
Yves Engler | A leadership race is an opportunity to promote bold ideas and invigorate a political movement. Canada’s right wing party seems to understand this, the left not so much.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 10
Alberta labour lawyer Andrew Sims (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | It's worth asking the question if over time this approach could lead to the creation of an Academic Faculty Union of Canada?
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change April 8
B.C. Premier Christy Clark in 2014
Lizanne Foster | If you can’t afford the $10,000 a plate dinners, the B.C. Liberals have little to offer you besides more of what we’ve been subjected to since 2001.
Blog - Raluca Bejan April 8
Raluca Bejan | The soda company's new ad, which was pulled this week after a public outcry, shows that diversity and social activism can be sold like any other product.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 8
David J. Climenhaga | The departing PC Party president was never going to be forgiven by Leader Jason Kenney's forces once they were in charge and remaking the party in their own image.
Blog - Policy Note April 8
Image: Flickr/Mark Klotz
Shannon Daub | British Columbians want income to be much more equally distributed than they believe it to be now. However, voters significantly underestimated B.C.'s overall income inequality.
Blog - Reflections April 7
Justin Trudeau in 2013
Ehab Lotayef | There is a big difference between P. E. Trudeau's profound vision of Electoral Reform and Proportional Representation and Justin Trudeau's way of tackling the issue, which leaves a lot to be desired.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 7
Penney Kome | Trumpcare's defeat shows how American attitudes toward healthcare have shifted over the last six years.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 7
Half wreck of Little Mountain
Maya Bhullar | What Little Mountain taught us about the BC government and the fight for affordable housing
Blog - Alberta Diary April 6
Alison Redford on March 13, 2014 (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Cleared for second time of conflict accusations, Alison Redford emerged from seclusion to speak about how women politicians are held to different standards than men.
Blog - David Suzuki April 5
Fish kill
David Suzuki | Protected areas are one aspect of keeping coastal ecosystems healthy. Responsible stewardship also requires effective fisheries management, strong penalties for polluters and emissions reductions.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 5
Image: Facebook/T'ruah
Yves Engler | Jewish Defence League exports their violence and extremist ideology to the U.S.A. and works with neo-fascists to bash Muslims
Blog - Alberta Diary April 4
Alison Redford (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives motor to easy by-election wins in Calgary; third inquiry clears Alison Redford; Brad hits the Wall; and Kenney fink-call plan keeps falling flat.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
Anita Bryant (Wikimedia Commons)
David J. Climenhaga | Will it help with severely normal Alberta voters if Jason Kenney turns into Canada's Anita Bryant, pounding a pulpit that seemed pathetic even in 1977? Not so much, probably.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 2
Yves Engler | There are important differences of opinion within the NDP regarding foreign policy questions. These issues deserve to be aired.

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