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Blog - On The Other Hand February 23
Image: Marvel studios
Penney Kome | The futuristic Afro-centric film opens public debates and opportunities. Welcome to the gamechanging movie that gently subverts the superhero genre to make it more meaningful.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 23
Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | History repeats itself, so the Wine War may be over, but with underlying disputes unresolved, things could easily segue into another war.
Blog - Open Media's blog February 22
Don't Censor Canada.
Marie Aspiazu | Mark the date on your calendars, on February 28 Canadians across the country are coming together to protest Bell coalition's website blocking plan. Here's how you can participate.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
Rachel Notley. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Opposition leader's other ideas? Attack schoolteachers, and environmentalist David Suzuki.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon February 21
Protester in Vancouver. Image: William Chen/Wikimedia Commons
David Taub Bancroft | Simply put: now is not the time to be building new pipelines.
Blog - David Suzuki February 20
Rally outside U.S. Congress to oppose EPA head Scot Pruitt. Image: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Extracting, processing, selling and transporting polluting, climate-altering fossil fuels isn't the best way to ensure economic prosperity.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Martin Luther King's battle for racial justice can inform our reaction to the Gerald Stanley murder trial
Dennis Gruending | Indigenous and Black experiences of oppression are not equivalent, but we can learn from civil rights activism when fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
PHOTO: Elke Blodgett in 2016.
David J. Climenhaga | Blodgett, an environmental and civic activist in the city of St. Albert, died last week at the age of 81.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
The courthouse in Battleford, Saskatchewan, where Gerald Stanley's trial was held
Krystalline Kraus | Stanley was acquitted last week in the killing of 22-year old Cree man Colten Boushie.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
Krystalline Kraus | Colten Boushie's death and the ensuing trial of Gerald Stanley highlight racial tensions in Saskatchewan and mobilize Indigenous activists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
Protesters opposed to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Vancouver last fall.
David J. Climenhaga | If a pipeline capable of carrying diluted bitumen from Alberta to the West Coast is essential to Canada's economy, then the federal government should build it and run it.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 16
Penney Kome | After the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, this week, students are demanding change from legislators, but many Republicans remain indebted to the NRA.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 16
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canada’s three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend.
Blog - Open Media's blog February 15
Marie Aspiazu | On February 8th, our Executive Director, Laura Tribe, testified before the Parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-59, delivering thousands of voices and raising Canadians’ top privacy concerns.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 15
Rabbi David Mivasair | A call to action to fellow NDP members: support non-violent measures for a just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Blog - A change is gonna come February 15
Map of Canada.
Doreen Nicoll | Geography Now! Canada currently boasts 1.4 million views with 26,000 likes. For good reason, I side with the 1,000 dislikes.
Blog - David Suzuki February 13
Running water. Image: Eli.berckovitz/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | A David Suzuki Foundation report finds the government failing on eight of 14 indicators developed to assess its progress on ending all long-term drinking advisories in First Nations communities.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
Kirill Kalinin. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It certainly seems from his Twitter feed and his approach to reporters that Kirill Kalinin, Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada, can make decisions on the fly.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 13
Ahed Tamimi: Image: Haim Schwarczenberg/Wikimedia Commons
Larry Haiven | Discussion of continuity of racist stereotypes applied in different eras to Jews and Palestinians.
Blog - MiningWatch blog February 12
New impact assessment process.
Jamie Kneen | C-69's top-line principles and commitments are laudable, but their execution falls short.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 12
Women in front of YWCA’s Ontario House, 698 Ontario Street ca. 1912 Photographer: William James City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1244, Item 71.22
Maya Bhullar | Some Canadian resources available for activists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 11
Caroline Mulroney
David J. Climenhaga | Caroline Mulroney, who is currently campaigning to lead Ontario's PC party, was warmly welcomed at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa this weekend.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Lifted publication ban solves the mystery of why the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake resigned unexpectedly from the UCP Caucus and his seat in the Alberta Legislature.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg February 10
J. Baglow | The unpunished killing of Colten Boushie is a national tragedy and a national disgrace.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 9
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | At next week’s New Democratic Party convention in Ottawa, Palestinian rights are set to be a major flashpoint. Already a slew of media have published stories regarding the resolutions.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 8
How to identify junk news. Image: Newseum
Penney Kome | An Oxford research project has confirmed what anybody could have told them: the people who voted for Donald Trump are the most "susceptible" to junk news.
Blog - February 7
Traffic on 401 Highway in Toronto. Image: Danielle Scott/Wikimedia Commons
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Between 1990 and 2014 transportation pollution increased 42 per cent. Since transportation is the second largest source of climate pollution in Canada, reversing this trend is essential.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Photo: Paul Downey
Ed Finn | Who benefits from government priorities? Usually just the rich and powerful.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Harvey Weinstein, former chairman, The Weinstein Company. Photo: Thomas Hawk
Peggy Nash | Media attention on Hollywood's abusers will lessen, but the need to take action to end harassment and abuse will not.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 6
A cave mouth, roughly in the shape of Africa, on the continent's northern shore. Image: Kevin Walsh/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | The Western world's intervention over the past 600 years is significantly responsible for Africa's problems.

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