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Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 7
"Resistance" graffiti in Nablus. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Victorgrigas
Tyler Levitan | Canada's longstanding complicity in Israeli oppression of the Palestinian people must be confronted.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog June 7
Image: Facebook/CBC News: The National
Nora Loreto, Rebecca Rose | Andrew Scheer might want to learn about Canada's Constitution before he starts promising to punish higher education institutions.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Defeated Wildrose amendments called for end to Rand Formula, opposed first-collective agreement arbitration and tried to make it illegal for union supporters to visit potential union members' homes.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
Photo: Mack Male/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If a UCP government were elected, this formula would be applied to more than just one aspect of election financing. Alberta would soon say goodbye to the NDP's ban on corporate and union donations.
Blog - David Suzuki June 7
whales after a storm
David Suzuki | That we're still discovering new wonders in the oceans is more reason to protect them. In early 2016, about three per cent of oceans had formal protection, up from one per cent five years ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 6
David Khan, seen here with Liberal Party executive director Gwyneth Midgley
David J. Climenhaga | Mr. Khan will likely be a persuasive and hard working leader, but it is hard to imagine any circumstance in which Alberta's Liberals can succeed electorally.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 6
Photo credit: Manon Parrot
Peter Whitaker | Bill C-27 establishes a framework for target benefit pensions in the federal private sector and Crown corporations. Why are the Liberals resurrecting the Conservatives' pension plan agenda?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 5
rabble staff | rabble.ca is happy to announce that Meagan Gillmore will be joining the rabble.ca team as our labour beat reporter for 2017.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Jason Kenney in 2010 at the Calgary Stampede Parade.
David J. Climenhaga | Nowadays many conservative politicians participate in Pride Parades, like next Saturday's in Edmonton. The reason is clear: They've become important political events.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 3
Banro mining site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Yves Engler | Banro operates in a region that's seen incredible violence over the past two decades and the secretive company has been accused of fuelling the conflict.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 2
Gerry Caplan | May's Conservatives want to wipe out the Labour party, and Labour wants to keep the Conservatives honest. But this is the season of election upsets, so anything could happen.
Blog - Free Expression Watch June 2
News videographer Jeremy Cohn, tackled and arrested by Hamilton Police on May 16, 2017. Image: Barry Gray. Used with permission.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Nathan Munn | The past two years have been devastating for journalism in Canada. CJFE has stepped up on multiple fronts to demand that journalists have protections they need.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
Tanker in port (Wilimedia Commons)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta politicians invested in the tidewater premium tale aren't going to like David Hughes' report one bit. Expect more fireworks.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 1
Penney Kome | Since Trump's election Fox's ratings have fallen, to the benefit of more left-leaning cable news shows.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
Rachel Notley, Brian Mason, Sarah Hoffman & Supporters (Image: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | If Rachel Notley doesn't frighten the leaders of the Wildrose Opposition and Progressive Conservative Party, by gosh she should!
Blog - Pembina Institute June 1
Solar panels in B.C.
Josha MacNab, Karen Tam Wu | Five key priorities for economic security and prosperity in B.C.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 31
Participants in Pilgrimage for Indigenous Rights.
Dennis Gruending | While participating in a pilgrimage in support of Indigenous rights we met a middle-aged settler who said it was his rights that need protecting. Really?
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog May 31
Screenshot via Twitter
Nora Loreto | Brian Lilley thinks he knows best when it comes to Niki Ashton's pregnancy.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 31
Photo: George Rex/flickr
Don Duchene | For over 20 years the idea of Nova Scotians having our own educational broadcaster has popped up, in fits and starts, but it has never put down roots.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 31
Mercedes Allen | How the controversy surrounding the song "Walk on the Wild Side" reflects the changes that take place as a social movement -- in this case, trans* activism -- matures.
Blog - David Suzuki May 30
Skyline Hikers. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Alex Vanderstuyf
David Suzuki | Getting outside, especially with the children in your life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and friends, and the planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | "For those of us who supported the man we call 'Mad Max,' Bernier's loss was a heartbreaking disappointment." – Derek Fildebrandt, Wildrose finance critic
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 30
Snowbirds. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Frank Kovalchek
Yves Engler | Each year the Snowbirds participate in some 60 air shows across North America. Part of the military's massive cultural outreach.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 29
Image: Flickr/BC NDP
Karl Nerenberg | The deal between John Horgan and Andrew Weaver does not absolutely assure that the NDP will get to form a minority government. If it does work out, the rest of the country will be watching closely.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
Photo: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Despite Andrew Scheer's supposedly human face, don't bet the urban farm on him or his Conservative Party getting very far on the strength of a nice smile.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 28
Photo: British High Commission, Ottawa/flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The Conservatives chose Andrew Scheer as a compromise, supposedly inoffensive candidate, as they did Joe Clark in 1976. But Scheer would mean a return to Harper policies Canadians rejected in 2015.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Joe Clark & Maureen McTeer, 1976 (Toronto Public Library)
David J. Climenhaga | The Conservative Party of Canada has announced selection of a new leader, a 38-year-old MP from the west named Andrew Scheer. Dear readers, do you see a pattern here?
Blog - Shenaz's blog May 27
Image: Flickr/The White House
Shenaz Kermalli | For all the ignorance President Trump feigns around foreign affairs, he is undoubtedly up to speed when it comes to Saudi Arabia.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 27
Image: Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO​
Yves Engler | No matter what Trudeau says, Zionism and anti-Jewish prejudice have little to do with each other. Historically, many anti-Jewish Canadian politicians backed Zionism
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 26
Screenshot from 2017 Conservative leadership debate in Toronto/CPAC
Karl Nerenberg | It will be a big weekend in Canadian federal politics. The Conservatives will get a new leader, while the NDP leadership candidates will debate each other in Sudbury.

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