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Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 4
Martin Luther King' speaking during March on Washington,1963. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.
Dennis Gruending | Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of history's great orators, was murdered 50 years ago, on April 4, 1968.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 4
Doug Ford shakes hands with members of the public. Photo: Robert Bell/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | On Saturday, March 10, 2018, Doug Ford -- brother of late Toronto mayor Rob Ford -- won his bid to become the leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog April 3
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at her 80th birthday celebrations held at Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town. Image: GovernmentZA/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | In an article originally written in 1989, Gerry Caplan looks at the late Winnie Mandela's complicated legacy and involvement in anti-apartheid activism.
Blog - David Suzuki April 3
Image: Backbone Campaign/Flickr
David Suzuki | Despite hopeful rhetoric leading to the 2015 Paris climate summit, neither the federal nor provincial governments are doing enough to indicate they even understand the severity of the climate crisis.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
Jason Kenney in 2008. Photo: mostlyconservative/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Social conservatives' complaining notwithstanding, based on objective reality, no one can argue anything bad has happened to Alberta or Albertans as a result of the historic Vriend decision.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 3
Dried cannabis. Photo: Dank Depot/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | As the implementation date of Bill C-45 approaches, different regions have different plans for the sale of recreational marijuana.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 2
Shoppers in West Edmonton Mall. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If the Christian faith is all but done for, militant, fundamentalist Christians have no one to blame but themselves.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 2
Photo: Duncan C/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | In Canada, July 1, 2018, could be the implementation date of Bill C-45, which could make marijuana legal in Canada for the first time in 94 years.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 1
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland in February 2018
Yves Engler | In the lead up to Venezuela's election on May 20th, the Trudeau government has worked to isolate Caracas, imposed sanctions and supported the country’s opposition.
Blog - April 1
Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer
Thomas Woodley | The Conservatives' recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will trade the well-being of Israelis and Palestinians for short-sighted domestic political interests.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 1
ND lapel pin. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Dear readers, do not fret. Before you cancel your donation to the Alberta NDP, check the date.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
David J. Climenhaga | We can't know with certainty what's in UCP Leader Jason Kenney's heart, but it's reasonable to suspect he still harbours long-term federal ambitions.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg March 30
J. Baglow | There has been much discussion lately around lowering the voting age to sixteen. Why not get rid of the age bar entirely?
Blog - On The Other Hand March 30
Wrist wrapped in a wrist brace
Penney Kome | A meme calling for the avoidance of self-scanners in stores highlights yet again how much the digital revolution has disrupted our understanding of jobs.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 29
Undercover photo taken showing crowding and inadequate conditions at the Better Living Centre, a winter respite site. Photo credit: Paul Salvatori
Cathy Crowe | This winter an unprecedented array of tactics were necessary just to achieve basic emergency shelter in Toronto.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Protestors block the gates of the Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal. Photo: Peg Hunter/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Somebody has done some message testing and determined "the rule of law" is a good talking point to which Alberta audiences will respond favourably. The argument is fatuous.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 28
Yves Engler | It's dispiriting to see progressives echo a right-wing municipal party/dominant media campaign against curtailing car traffic through Montréal's mountain park.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
Crowd taking part in Salt Spring-Kinder Morgan action. Photo: Christina Marshall/Leadnow Canada/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If protests in Burnaby continue to grow, and British Columbians continue to line up to be peacefully arrested, this is when Canadians will learn the real power of social license.
Blog - Ben Powless March 27
Ben Powless | Nine years ago, Mariano Abarca was killed for opposing a Canadian mining company. Now his family and supporters continue their fight for justice in Canada.
Blog - David Suzuki March 27
Chris Jordan’s (US) work “Gyre” depicts 2.4 million pieces of plastic, equal to the estimated number of pounds of plastic pollution that enter the world‘s oceans every hour. All of the plastic in his image was collected from the Pacific Ocean. Image: Ars Electronica/Flickr
David Suzuki | New research concludes the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times larger than previously estimated, with 79,000 tonnes of plastic churning through 1.6 million square kilometres of the North Pacific.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum March 27
With Premier Rachel Notley looking on, Finance Minister Joe Ceci delivers his budget speech in the Alberta Legislature on March 22, 2018. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
Nick Falvo | This year's status quo budget in Alberta is expected to help the province return to balance without any major tax changes.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog March 26
Image: Catherine McKenna/Facebook
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Suggesting that new oil pipelines can help pay for the transition off of fossil fuels is akin to going on an all-poutine diet to lose weight.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog March 26
Image: onthedecline/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | People look back now and try to recollect where they were during the Rwandan genocide and why they didn't speak out. In a few years, they'll be asking themselves the same thing about Myanmar.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
David J. Climenhaga | By behaving like children in Parliament, the Conservatives have proved Opposition leader Andrew Scheer is no Stephen Harper, and indeed that he is not much of leader at all.
Blog - March 24
Thomas Woodley | The Liberal government's promise of more consultations on religious discrimination bring little solace to Canadian religious minorities facing systemic racism.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | If the NDP has added a new twist to the old PC prayer for higher oil prices, it's the suggestion things will get better when the Trans Mountain Pipeline is completed.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 23
Jewish Federations logo. Image: schriro123/flickr
Yves Engler | Taxpayers should tell political leaders they don't want to subsidize a wealthy country in the Middle East and the Canada Revenue Agency should be pushed to investigate Jewish Federation funding.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 22
Cambridge Analytica logo. Image: Thought Catalog/Flickr
Penney Kome | Facebook is just the latest and most sophisticated medium to sell our eyes and attention to advertisers. There's a new media saying that crops up over and over again, a variation on "buyer beware."
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 22
Image credit: From flickr by Albert Lozada https://www.flickr.com/photos/19804650@N00/5622349504
Maya Bhullar | Water across Canada needs to be safe and publicly provided. We must protect our all lakes and rivers and we must protect public goods. Water protection is a job we must take seriously.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum March 22
Alberta legislature building. Photo: Hiroki Nakamura/Flickr
Nick Falvo | This year's AAB proposes policy that would improve labour market, health and education outcomes, while also addressing principles of reconciliation and reducing income inequality.

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