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Blog - On The Other Hand July 29
Penney Kome | The problem with scientific guidance is that science changes. Lately, I've been tallying up all the times in my life that conventional scientific wisdom has flip-flopped.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 28
Krystalline Kraus | The Prime Minister's current high popularity ratings could be compromised by resistance to Keystone and Kinder Morgan.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
David J. Climenhaga | Health-care workers would be a significant target of the cuts Jean is proposing in his campaign to lead the United Conservative Party.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 28
 Image: Facebook/We Are Not The Others at the Hamilton Fringe
Doreen Nicoll | The play is based on a research project conducted by Mirna Carranza, who interviewed female immigrants living in Hamilton. Playwright Izad Etemadi crafted the findings into a powerful one hour play.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 28
Image: Flickr/Environmental Defence Canada
Mark Calzavara | The ruling more clearly defines what Indigenous consultation on proposed energy projects will look like and will shape the future of energy development in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 27
Richard Starke (from his Facebook page)
David J. Climenhaga | Could Alberta voters ignore the PACed up big-money guys dancing the Frankenparty fandango and recognize they're getting pretty good government in difficult circumstances from Rachel Notley’s NDP?
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog July 27
System Change, Not Climate Change sign. Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr
Brad Hornick | For ecosocialists, ecological alternatives are not possible within the framework of capitalism, so socialist demands must be articulated alongside transitional concrete ecological demands and reforms.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 27
Judy Rebick | Not enough people know that rabble was one of the first independent journalism sites in the world. You can help rabble take it to the next level in amplifying the voices of social movements.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 27
The Dufferin pit has opened but the gravel washing operations have not begun.
Mark Calzavara | While the Feds have red-flagged Atrazine, a poisonous herbicide, Ontario seems to have buried its head in the gravel.
Blog - Liz Kessler's blog July 27
Image: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski
Liz Kessler | The huge amount of power that doctors have makes it likely that Canada's assisted dying laws will be abused.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 26
Image: Facebook/In This Corner - Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas
Doreen Nicoll | Tommy Douglas is very much alive in Dan Ebbs play "In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas."
Blog - David Suzuki July 25
Pokémon Go at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, joining the fight to achieve a more sustainable world through UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Image: Facebook/UNFCCC​
David Suzuki | In Canada, a blueprint to implement the Sustainable Development Goals exists: the Leap Manifesto, supported by more than 46,000 individuals, communities and organizations.
Blog - David Bush's blog July 25
David Bush | Recent proclamations that a $15 minimum wage will leave the Ontario economy in shambles are nothing new.
Blog - Policyfix July 24
Neon "Wage Hike or Strike" sign above traffic. Image: Flickr/Joe Brusky
Lynne Fernandez | The living wage is one of the most powerful tools available to address this troubling state of poverty amid plenty in Manitoba. It ensures that families who are working hard get what they deserve.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 24
Breanna Ho | Students from the University of Alberta were one of many groups that mobilized on Khadr's behalf over five years ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Wildrose leader Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | With numbers voting and the vote breakdown much the same, it almost seemed as if the same people were voting in both parties -- which, come to think of it, they may have been.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 23
Yves Engler | In a recent CFIA decision on wines produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, free trade trumps Canadian law.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Marianne Daly
Doreen Nicoll | Marianne Daly's one-woman show about a Catholic family's secrets is one of many wonderful shows at the annual festival.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
David J Climenhaga | After today, conservative leaders will have to persuade suspicious Wildrose members that technical problems, not a conspiracy, caused the party's PIN problems.
Blog - Free Expression Watch July 22
Image: Flickr/The Public Domain Review
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | CJFE condemns Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Member of Parliament (MP) Cheryl Gallant's use of the terms "fake news," "elite-stream media" and "media-splaining" to denounce Canadian media.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | All across Canada initiatives by governments to get the big money out of politics are proving popular with voters. Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney is doing his bit to keep the big money in.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 21
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Guido van Nispen
Penney Kome | Financing a country mainly through one industry has several problems, including economic instability. Divestors challenge the petrostate's financial and political power.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 21
The Ontario Legislative Building on a nice sunny day. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Benson Kua
Doreen Nicoll | The Wynne government's Bill 148 only allows for two days of paid "personal emergency leave," which can be accessed for domestic and sexual violence. This is not good enough.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 20
A leaching pond at the Mufulira mine in Zambia
Yves Engler | A big beneficiary of internationally sponsored neoliberal reforms, First Quantum Minerals is the largest foreign investor in the copper-rich southern African nation.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 20
Brian Jean and Jason Kenney. Image: Facebook/Wildrose Party St.Albert
David J. Climenhaga | With voting starting this week, the campaign to unite the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties into a single entity is inevitably being described as entering the final stretch.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog July 19
Premier Wynne delivers Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan Announcement. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr
Nora Loreto | Tracing the financial line from Samsung Renewable Energy to Siemens' recent layoff notices.
Blog - David Suzuki July 18
person drinking through plastic straw.
David Suzuki | Ordering your drinks without straws is a small sacrifice but a big step to reducing the amount of plastic we produce and waste.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 18
Ed Finn | The crucial connection between nutrition and wellness isn't emphasized enough by the medical establishment, leaving us to take matters into our own hands.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 18
 Image: Flickr/Olivia Chow
Krystalline Kraus | Apparently, the word dyke is too controversial for Facebook administrators to trust consenting adults to use appropriately. So you could upload your content but not mention what you were referring to.
Blog - July 17
A now "rare" monarch butterfly photographed by the author's step-mother in early July. It is one from a greatly reduced North American population threatened with extinction due to the use of herbicides and climate change.
Thomas Woodley | Back in the 1970s, "citizen scientists" were engaged to track the migration of the monarch butterfly. Today "citizen scientists" are needed to save this formerly ubiquitous butterfly from extinction.

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