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Blog - David Suzuki December 5
Photo: Ryan L. C. Quan/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | If we're the cause of the problems, then we must stop blaming "nature" or "God." We have to take responsibility and tackle them with the urgency they require.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog December 5
Bonnie Burstow | This article is a conversation about a daring new novel "The Other Mrs. Smith." In it we see electroshock emerge as violence against women and we make the acquaintance of truly fascinating souls.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 5
Alberta Democratic Renewal and Labour Minister Christina Gray. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bill 32 and previous NDP legislation may not get the "dark money" out of politics, but it will expose it to enough illumination it can hardly be called dark any more.
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 5
Grassy Narrows Rally in Toronto, 2016. Image: Leadnow Canada/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | The Ontario government knew for twenty years how badly the land and water had been contaminated by mercury spills.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 4
Welcome to the land of freedom
Jade Saab | What three years in the ubiquitous "West" has taught me.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 4
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Mercedes Allen | There's a duplicitous game of sleight-of-hand that is taking place in discussions about freedom of speech in academia and the public square.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog December 4
Photo: ACORN Canada
Donna Borden | The Bank Act is currently under review, providing an opportunity for the Liberals to implement regulations that meet the needs of their citizens, and we want to make sure they do so.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 4
Greg Clark. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | More than three weeks have passed since Greg Clark unexpectedly stepped down as leader of the Alberta Party, and there are apparently no candidates to replace him.
Blog - A change is gonna come December 4
Attendee of candlelight vigil to honour victims of École Polytechnique massacre. Image: University of Fraser Valley/flickr
Doreen Nicoll | This National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, donate to your local women's centre to fight gender-based violence.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor December 2
Image: Flickr/Randylandicho
John Miller | This week's Torstar-Postmedia deal and Globe and Mail redesign both show that newspapers will do anything to put profits ahead of readers.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 1
Photo: "13 Brave Giants vs Hudbay Minerals," a painting by Pati Flores​
Rachel Small | “In my community we are fighting for our lands and we will protect them until we die.” Margarita Caal Caal explained to the 150+ people who had packed into the Toronto Friends’ House on November 23rd.
Blog - Free Expression Watch December 1
Photo: Ben Makuch/Facebook
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | On November 30, 2017 the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear a landmark case for press freedom in Canada.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada December 1
A Rohingya boy in Malaysia in 2012
Martha Roth | The Burmese state and military are engaging in nothing less than ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people. Here's how you can help.
Blog - On The Other Hand December 1
Penney Kome | Cree lawyer William Wuttunee represented Klippert, whose imprisonment for being gay sparked the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
Alberta horticulturist Jim Hole (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Should we really be letting large private corporations market marijuana like Big Tobacco through corner-store outlets with near-zero accountability?
Blog - Activist Communiqué December 1
Krystalline Kraus | This week, the Trudeau government released its much anticipated National Housing Strategy. But talk is cheap. Let's see when, and if, the government will fill in the details.
Blog - Common Frontiers November 30
Photo: Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle
Raul Burbano | On Sunday November 26, 2017, Honduras held elections for president, the National Assembly, and mayors. Leading up to the elections, Honduras experienced escalating militarization and intimidation.
Blog - Activist Communiqué November 30
Photo: badsci/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Leveraging the power of social media has been a key way smaller social justice campaigns have successful amplified their voice, and larger campaigns have unified the personal experience of struggle.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 30
Toronto's Homeless Memorial will have an additional 244 names on it by 2020. Photo: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | For two winters in a row, Torontonians have been begging their Mayor to open the federal armouries for shelter.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 30
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Public sector bargaining is one of the progressive left's proudest achievements in Canada," Brian Topp once observed. "It is also perhaps our greatest gift to the political right."
Blog - A change is gonna come November 29
Photo: Kevin Bryan
Doreen Nicoll | Actor Matt Nethersole says theatre and art need to humanize all people in these hyper-racialized times.
Blog - David Suzuki November 28
 Photo: Saskatechwan Proud/Facebook
David Suzuki | Any real comparison between oil sands and lithium batteries shows that oil sands products, from extracting and processing to transporting and burning, are by far the most destructive.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 28
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It will be very interesting to see how the UCP Opposition reacts to the truly dramatic changes proposed in Bill 30, which is certain to be passed by the NDP majority in the House.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics November 27
Cars. Photo: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | The NAFTA negotiations are causing Canadian union and business lobbies to modify some long held positions.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 27
Shabana Azmi. Image: Simon Fraser University/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | In this year's Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence, speaker Shibanna Azmi asks us to imagine a world free of violence for women and girls.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 26
Doreen Nicoll | The Women’s Centre of Halton (TWCH) is once again partnering with Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) for an evening of film and discussion on sex trafficking and violence against women.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 24
Dawn at Lapa Rios on the south end of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Photo: joiseyshowaa/Flickr
Ed Finn | The happiest countries in the world are not necessarily the richest, but those with truly democratic governments.
Blog - Policy Note November 22
Photo: Kate Ausburn/Flickr
Ben Parfitt | Such an inquiry should not be limited to scientific questions, but should focus squarely on the risks associated with fracking and what should be done about them.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 22
Dr. Jamie Peck. Photo: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | We have all been so conditioned by constant repetition of the nauseating nostrums of neoliberalism that it’s hard to think coherently any more.
Blog - David Suzuki November 21
Photo: SumOfUs/Flickr
David Suzuki | Each of us has a responsibility to change the way we live to minimize our carbon footprint, but we need the folks we elect to step up and restore our confidence.