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Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 11
Canadian Forces light armoured vehicle on display. Photo: Mike Babcock/Flickr
Yves Engler | In a system where money talks, militarists on Parliament Hill will always be among the loudest voices. To rise above their din, we need to figure out ways to amplify the Canadians who prefer peace.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 11
Pam Palmater | What we need in Canada is an independent media system that is tuned to the activism that fights for a more just, wise, and equal world. That's what rabble is.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Dirty water spilling out of a large glass carboy on its side. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government did not hesitate to spend billions on a tar sands pipeline, but has delayed spending the dollars needed for clean drinking water.
Blog - Mel Watkins's blog October 10
NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992. Photo: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Wikimedia Commons
Mel Watkins | With one trade agreement having failed us, some are arguing that we should diversify our trade beyond the U.S. market by signing on to more trade deals. But is that the wrong lesson?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
Protest against the presidency of Donald Trump in London, July 2018. Photo by Alisdare Hickson/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | Should the transnational corporations that profit from climate change be seen as committing the social murder of those who die prematurely because of it?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 10
UCP Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | There is no excuse for UCP Leader Jason Kenney and the three nomination candidates to claim Soldiers of Odin members weren't invited to Friday's pub night in Edmonton.
Blog - David Suzuki October 9
Caribou. Image: Andrew E Russell/Flickr
David Suzuki | We need to be clear that if we let a species go, it's because we're choosing other values over its survival.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 9
Genetically modified corn. Photo by Maggilautaro/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The biotechnology industry is celebrating NAFTA 2.0 as a win for genetically engineered foods.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 9
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at COP21. Photo by Environment and Climate Change Canada/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The latest UN report on climate change highlights a deepening credibility gap between the Trudeau government's climate spin and its actual record.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
UCP nomination candidate Nicole Williams with Soldiers of Odin members at the party's pub night in Edmonton Friday (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says a vigilante group "crashed" the UCP candidates' pub night Friday. Soldiers of Odin thank UCP candidates for their support.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog October 8
Dr. Roland Chrisjohn delivers keynote address at the conference "The Psychiatrization of Indigenous People as a Continuation of Genocide"The Psychiatrization of Indigenous People as a Continuation of Genocide." Video screenshot.
Bonnie Burstow | Canada's treatment of Indigenous people constitutes genocide, including "mental health services." Much of it is also deeply misogynous. It's time to name it for what it is and effect real change.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 7
Preston Manning, then the godfather of the Canadian right, at the 2013 Manning Conference
David J. Climenhaga | "Putting a price on carbon" was always going to be unpopular with people who use fossil fuels out of necessity and for fun -- viz., Canadians, with their furnaces, SUVs and snowmobiles.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 6
David J. Climenhaga | It's mildly surprising that Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney is prepared to tie himself so publicly and closely to Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 5
Sophia Reuss | It was a busy week. We wasted no time in distilling the good, the bad, and the ugly in NAFTA 2.0; analyzing the outcome of the Quebec elections; looking at the latest Trans Mountain Pipeline updates.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 5
Streetcars lined up on Queens Quay in Toronto. Photo: Evan Goldenberg/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | Free public transit could combat both economic inequality and climate disturbances. It could also be part of a serious challenge to private, car-centred transit and urban planning.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 5
Jason Kenney and Doug Ford (Photo: @FordNation, Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The future looks golden for Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. Nevertheless, they are very, very angry.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 5
Humberto DaSilva | Whatever your progressive news needs, you need only reach for your smartphone, and your daily news needs are met, at rabble.ca.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 4
Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Open Data Awards 2015. Photo: Open Data Institute Knowledge for Everyone/Flickr
Penney Kome | World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is set to unveil a new commercial-free platform. He's part of a growing movement to decentralize the web and break down online inequality.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 4
A house with solar panels in Falun, Sweden. Photo by Alicia Fagerving/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The climate justice movement needs to fight for real solutions, not market-based schemes or modest taxes implemented by a federal government committed to spending billions on a pipeline.
Blog - Making Waves October 4
Graphic: Council of Canadians
Emma Lui | The approval of LNG Canada, a $40-billion fracked gas project, gives the green light to a very thirsty industry that will abuse even more water at a time when water supplies are unpredictable.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 4
Journalist Paula Simons, named yesterday as a member of the Canadian Senate for Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Paula Simons, until recently a city columnist for the Edmonton Journal who had a deft ability to swiftly spin a literate and fervent crie de coeur, has been named to the Senate of Canada.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 3
Brent Patterson | The transnational corporations that are driving climate chaos celebrate the new USMCA.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 3
Photo by Robin Tress.
Brent Patterson | We must collectively resist BP's drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Nova Scotia.
Blog - Mel Watkins's blog October 3
Aerial photo of natural gas extraction in La Plata, New Mexico. Photo: Anita Gould/Flickr
Mel Watkins | A new 800-page book, titled "Extraction Empire" and edited by Pierre Belanger, triggers ruminations on staples and extraction.
Blog - Making Waves October 3
Emma Lui | The 2019 Alternative Federal Budget released last week outlines how much funding the Trudeau government needs to allocate in the 2019 budget to protect drinking water and watersheds.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 2
Part of the wall separating most of the West Bank from areas inside Israel. Photo: Montecruz Foto/Flickr
Yves Engler | The dalliance between Doug Ford, Faith Goldy, B'nai Brith and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs highlights the links between white nationalism, right-wing politics and nationalist campaigners.
Blog - David Suzuki October 2
David Suzuki | What could be more short-term thinking than rushing to exploit as many fossil fuels as possible before cleaner energy sources and the realities of global warming make them economically unviable?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 2
U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shake hands during a joint press conference. Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Although the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal phases out NAFTA's Chapter 11, analysis suggests transnational capital has other tricks up its sleeve to challenge the public interest.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 2
Trade deal protest. Photo: Fee Plumley/Flickr
Sujata Dey | At midnight on Sunday, Canada and the U.S. agreed on a new NAFTA deal, now called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Here is the good, the bad and the ugly within the agreement.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 2
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks Josh Bolten from Business Roundtable about NAFTA. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | As Britain's looming Brexit catastrophe shows, so-called trade agreements are easier to get into than out of. So there was not much to be done but negotiate the least awful deal possible.

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