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Blog - Alberta Diary June 3
St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative MP Michael Cooper. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | My guess is St. Albert is going to continue to be embarrassed by Michael Cooper. Pity.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 2
Photo: Pedlann/Wikimedia
Brent Patterson | The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be released on June 3. How will the government respond to its claim of a "Canadian genocide?"
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Premier Jason Kenney at the swearing in of Alberta's cabinet. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr​
David J. Climenhaga | The respected Canadian Institute of Health Information says Alberta Health Services has the lowest administrative costs in health care in Canada.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 31
Newsboxes. Image: Max Pixel
John Miller | Bill C-97, which would allow news outlets deemed "qualified" by an ostensibly independent panel to receive federal funds, is dangerous. But Canada's publishers are lining up at the trough.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 31
Maya Bhullar | American justice is quite expensive. Under the Trump administration, it's become even more expensive for immigrants. Here are six ways to help on the ground
Blog - Brent Patterson May 30
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | On May 29, nearly 100 activists blocked the two entrances to the largest arms fair in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage talks to reporters at the foot of Parliament Hill. Photo: Sonya Savage/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Is "Ottawa, we have a problem" on those Tory blue advertisements about a pipeline, or a government? If the latter, why are our tax dollars paying for it?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to understand why this is happening when the best way out of this mess for everyone would be to appoint a special prosecutor and step aside.
Blog - David Suzuki May 29
Image: Philip Bump/Flickr
David Suzuki | Many new and some mainstream media outlets in Canada and elsewhere are stepping up to fill the void in reporting on issues critical to our well-being and survival, but they often lack resources.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Labour Minister Jason Copping, in shirtsleeves. Photo: Screenshot of news conference
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians don't elect Conservative governments to be empathetic. They elect them to squeeze people they resent. In this regard, the UCP is performing to specifications.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 28
April protests at Queen's Park in Toronto. Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Martha Friendly | Ontario's brew of rapid-fire cuts, chipping away, and misrepresentation of childcare add up to a picture of a childcare future that isn't good for anyone -- not children, parents or educators.
Blog - Greening the News May 28
Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
Robert Hackett | Climate action involves challenging the petrobloc, including corporate media. Independent media that diversify debate deserve policy support as a public good.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 28
Group of men laughing. Photo: David Bergin/Flickr
Ed Finn | As I approach my 93rd birthday while still remaining in good health, the requests increase that I divulge the "secret" of my longevity. One is to maintain as much as possible a good sense of humour.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
Quebec Premier François Legault. Photo: XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan
David J. Climenhaga | History in the era of global climate change: one has the feeling that this time Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's not going to come out on the right side of it.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
An undated stock photo of work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Photo: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Since it has now been clearly established that B.C. cannot control what goes through a federally regulated pipeline, a strong argument can now be made that neither can Alberta.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 27
Photo: Peace Brigades International
Brent Patterson | The LGTB Rainbow Association of Honduras is accompanied by Peace Brigades International because of the high level of danger it faces for its advocacy work.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ironic it is. But was the Edmonton Journal's editorial something to do with NDP MP Charlie Angus's letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, or just coincidence?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 24
A wildfire at Loon Lake on the Ashcroft First Nation Reserves in British Columbia in 2017. Photo: Shawn Cahill/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Think of climate obstructionism in Alberta today as a three-legged stool. Postmedia is one leg, the Kenney government another, and fossil fuel industry lobby groups the third.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, channeling Ralph Klein, arrives in the legislative building's rotunda after the throne speech. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you were paying attention during the campaign, you've heard most of the United Conservative Party's first throne speech before. The interesting stuff was between the lines.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 23
Nathan Cooper in campaign mode. Photo: Nathan Cooper/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Back in 2015, Alberta's new Speaker said asking MLAs to come to work an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., two days a week showed "blatant disrespect for the Opposition."
Blog - David Suzuki May 22
Image: Melbourne Water/Flickr
David Suzuki | Politicians often justify their undying support for the fossil fuel industry by claiming they're looking out for jobs and the economy -- but those claims simply don't hold up.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
Fast food. Photo: SteFou!/Flickr
Ed Finn | The big corporations that grow, process, refine, salt-and-sugar-stuff, calorie-maximize, and sell the foods that make us sick derive enormous profits from doing so.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Dale the street preacher, in a reflective moment away from the streets of Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "After five years, the only time that I feel normal is when I'm on that box preaching" -- Dale the street preacher.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 21
Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Postmedia trying to get its snout into the "war room" trough is interesting, even amusing. But the bigger story will be the boondoggle to come.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 21
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Quakers have played a key role in the formation and work of the global human rights group Peace Brigades International.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 20
Justin Trudeau and Mike Pence. Photo: Prime Minister of Canada website.
Brent Patterson | It's time for a rebellion against the new NAFTA that puts the pedal to the metal on climate breakdown.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 20
The author underground at Psagot Winery, tasting their fine chardonnay. Image: David Kattenburg
David Kattenburg | A demand that wines produced in the post-1967 occupied Palestinian territories not be labelled "Product of Israel" makes its way to court this week in Toronto.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
The former state-of-the-art Deerfoot Trail headquarters of the literally failing Calgary Herald. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | A day never passes that the same UCP-Postmedia stenographers who openly campaigned against Rachel Notley don't also attack Justin Trudeau.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 17
Street sign with mother and child crossing the street. Image: barnimages.com/Flickr
Svea Vikander | As the holes in our social safety net widen, societies and governments task mothers with near total responsibility for the safety and well-being of their children.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 17
Campground in Vermilion, Alberta. Photo: Provincial Archives of Alberta/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP strategy for waging the war on the war on fun is re-admitting copious amounts of booze to Alberta's provincial parks on long weekends.

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