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Blog - On The Other Hand June 18
Image: Women Deliver CEO and President Katja Iversen, from Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada Facebook page
Penney Kome | Canada leads the way with a new monster international fund to promote gender equality, women's empowerment, and reproductive health.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 18
Anti-racism demonstration in Montreal, Nov. 2017. The placards read, “Without Fear, Without Hate,” “Fraternity Without Borders." Photo: Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein | An examination of the links between patriarchy, racism, capitalism and environmental destruction, and a call to resist all of these together.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Pope Francis: "prioritizing short-term economic benefits" is not a good enough reason not to have a carbon tax. Photo: Catholic Church England, Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Pope Francis, leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, has declared global warming to be a real thing and putting a price on carbon to be "essential" to saving the planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 16
The coal-fired Kashira power plant near Moscow. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | In 2011, the Americans called cyber attacks an act of war. Now they're carrying out online attacks against Russia's power grid, according to the New York Times.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 14
Photo: Mike Gifford/Flickr
Mel Watkins | The Waffle, a product of the '60s, didn't last. But left nationalism, progressive nationalism, was what the world needed and needs. In that sense, the Waffle was prescient.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 14
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Catherine McKenna take part in ministerial meeting on climate change in Montréal. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Gordon Laxer | Why would a government so publicly committed to climate action throw more good money at a dodgy pipeline expansion, especially when Alberta has torn up its side of the climate understanding?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews holds a news conference yesterday in a hallway of the Legislature inaccessible to most members of the public (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP won't risk passing legislation bad enough to become part of the federal election campaign in battleground Ontario until after the vote. Bill 9 buys time.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
The interior of the Lois Hole Branch of the Edmonton Public Library (Photo: EPL).
David J. Climenhaga | There will be no changes to student page wages at this time, a statement from the Edmonton Public Library says.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 14
John Miller | Ottawa's plans look more and more like a bailout, designed to prop up old journalistic platforms, not an investment in something that is likely to find a new audience.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 13
Stanley Milner branch of the Edmonton Public Library. Photo: Marcia O'Connor/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Edmonton Public Library youth pay cut makes a lie of Jason Kenney's promise that workers subject to collective agreements wouldn't be impacted by his minimum wage cuts.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 13
UCP Finance Minister Travis Toews (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Today the UCP is introducing legislation called the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, a lead-up to the government's presumed plans to roll back the wages of public employees.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 12
Brent Patterson | Will you stand with climate activists to spread their messages on rabble.ca?
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 12
Art installation inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black. Photo: Edna Winti/Wikimedia Commons
Krystalline Kraus | A series of art projects and installations explore the difficult subject of Canada's missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 12
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with former British prime minister David Cameron, November 25, 2015. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government is set to announce its "Social Finance Fund" today. Former prime ministers David Cameron and Stephen Harper should be pleased.
Blog - David Suzuki June 12
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David Suzuki | Education, family planning and women's rights are important for many reasons, but many forces worldwide, especially religious, have prevented women from being treated equally and with respect.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer (L-R). Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta, the New Conspiracism leads inevitably to the New McCarthyism as Jason Kenney's War Room morphs into the House Un-Albertan Activities Committee.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 10
Image Credit:  Wikimedia by SlowKing7, 2019 Women's March on Washington, D.C.1191784.jpg
Maya Bhullar | Concrete things that you can do to make sure that women are safe and the report moves forward.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 9
Image: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | At the age of 90, Hans Sinn, a founder of Peace Brigades International, is focused on the global reality of child soldiers and a vision of an international child-care initiative.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
Saskatchewan Union of Nurses president Tracy Zambory. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Whatever the people of Alberta concluded in April, it sure seems as if a belligerent "war room" strategy is not the best way to get pipelines built and restore the so-called Alberta Advantage.
Blog - Greening the News June 7
Image: Tom Ipri/Flickr
Robert Hackett, Noam Chomsky | ​Noam Chomsky discusses how activism for better media could help mitigate climate crisis.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood June 6
Image: Peter Burka/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | The justice system was designed to fail Cindy Gladue, just as it has failed to deliver justice for countless Indigenous women, girls and their communities.
Blog - Greening the News June 6
Image: Andrew Rusk/Flickr​
Robert Hackett, Noam Chomsky | In the first part of a two-part interview, Noam Chomsky critiques the corporate media coverage of climate crisis for failing to offer urgency and empowerment.
Blog - David Suzuki June 5
David Suzuki | The push for greater ocean protection marks a growing shift in our perception of the seas, from a resource storehouse and dumping ground for wastes to a source of life.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment President Courtney Howard speaks yesterday in Fredericton as University of Saskatchewan professor Wanda Martin listens. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | To critics who advise nurses and doctors concerned about climate change to stay in their lane, they have an easy answer: the health impacts of fire, drought, and famine are right in their lane.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 4
Kim Elliott | In the wake of these vital issues and this year's fast-approaching Canadian federal election, will you continue to stand with us?
Blog - Brent Patterson June 4
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers' Collective and the Comité Santurbán are leading voices in the campaign to defend the drinking water of 2 million people from a proposed mine.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 4
MP Romeo Saganash at 2017 teach in on Bill C-262. Dennis Gruending photo.
Dennis Gruending | Conservative senators are obstructing Bill C-262, which would ensure that Canadian laws are consistent with UNDRIP, in hopes it will die when Parliament prorogues for the fall election.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 4
Woman at microphone for Women Deliver conference. Image: Women Deliver/Facebook​
Penney Kome | Women Deliver's main pitch is to make sure that women's specific concerns are included as developing nations strive to expand their economies.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Grapefruit half. Photo: Push Doctor/Flickr
Ed Finn | Rather than a health-care system fixated on "treating" sickness and searching for elusive cures, it would be far better to have a system that puts a priority on helping people avoid illness.
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.

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