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|Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 4 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 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 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 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 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 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
Reflections on Easter Sunday, 2018: There really is a war against Christianity, being waged by ChristiansDavid 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 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 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 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 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 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 Cathy Crowe | This winter an unprecedented array of tactics were necessary just to achieve basic emergency shelter in Toronto.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 29 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
A court has ruled in favour of Trans Mountain Pipeline, but power of social license is yet to be testedDavid 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 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 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 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 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
Conservative antics let Trudeau off the hook for India debacle and show why Andrew Scheer is not fit to governDavid 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
Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, a New Democrat, delivers a traditional Progressive Conservative budgetDavid 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 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 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 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 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.|