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Blog - Alberta Diary April 11
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently someone in the UCP could run a sophisticated vote-diversion scheme but the party didn't have the technical wherewithal to operate a simple candidate vetting process!
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 11
Image: Anouck Carsignol
Maya Bhullar | The Activist Toolkit followed up with organizers in the crowd and put together this blog to report on the tools activists have developed in their organizing efforts.
Blog - Making Waves April 11
Photo: Pixabay/modified by Emma Lui
Emma Lui | This blog gives an overview of some water justice issues and how grassroots groups, Indigenous nations, communities and organizations are working to protect water.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 10
Equipment in doctor's office. Photo: Morgan/Flickr
Ed Finn | As long as cancers are profitable and health unprofitable, prevention will be neglected, confined mainly to advising patients not to smoke or gain weight while they continue to be assailed by toxins.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 10
Photo: Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Guatemalans wanting to protect their drinking water from a mine linked to a Vancouver-based company have waged a peaceful struggle at the mine site, in courtrooms and now at the World Bank.
Blog - David Suzuki April 10
Image: TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay
David Suzuki | A report commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada, "Canada's Changing Climate Report," warned that this country is warming at roughly twice the global average rate.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Like the proverbial frog brought slowly to a boil, we may be in for a very rude surprise after April 16.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 9
Photo: Rachel Notley/Facebook
Penney Kome | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley doesn't back down from a fight. And her urge to stand up to bullies leads her to battle with Jason Kenney rather than promote all her own achievements.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 8
Photo: Larry Wright/Twitter
Brent Patterson | From the Gatling gun to armoured vehicles and assault rifles, arms manufacturers have profited from the production of weapons used against Indigenous peoples.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 8
Doreen Nicoll | Nestlé is creating the illusion that tap water is only desirable for washing dishes and irrigating crops not drinking. Activists in Wellington, Ontario know water is for life, not profit.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Kirill Kalinin inside the Russian embassy in Ottawa a few weeks before he was expelled from Canada. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It was a year ago Friday that the government of Canada declared Kirill Kalinin and three other Russian diplomats persona non grata and sent them packing.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 7
Brent Patterson | Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in Colombia face crushing poverty and logging, mining and agribusiness on their ancestral territories.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 5
Canadian Parliament. Photo: Sam Szapucki/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Without substantive amendments, this bill may end up causing more harm than good and inject legal chaos into an already broken system and risk the lives of more of our children.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 5
The debaters: From left to right, Jason Kenney, David Khan, Rachel Notley and Stephen Mandel (Photo: Screenshot).
David J. Climenhaga | There were no epic body slams. The closest thing to a memorable moment came in the low-stakes side battle between the leaders of the Alberta Party and the Alberta Liberals.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 4
Image: Mr.Kitsadakron Pongha/Flickr
Justin Piché | While Ontario kids are facing an avalanche of austerity, Doug Ford is set to follow through with previously announced infrastructure projects that will expand the province's human caging capacity.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 4
UCP Drayton Valley-Devon candidate Mark Smith, cutting cake, with some of his supporters. Photo: Mark Smith/Facebook.
David J. Climenhaga | Even if Kenney were to do the right thing and kick him out, he'd be elected because it's now too late to get another UCP candidate on the ballot.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 4
Protesters at a town hall for Catherine McKenna. Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | The federal environment minister recently held a town hall meeting in Ottawa "to hear from Canadians about climate action," but failed to listen to what was being said.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 4
A large stack from the Sault Paper Mill. Photo: Billy Wilson/Flickr
Bronwen Tucker | The most important thing to remember is it's still within our reach to avoid most of the future impacts the report describes. We have the solutions.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 3
Preston Manning in 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian right has turned its back on "green capitalism" and opted for belligerence and denial. This will not pay off for them.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 3
Statue of Giordano Bruno in Campo dei Fiori. Photo: Livioandronico2013/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Today's corporate hierarchy fears those who challenge its "free market" ideology, but the "church" of the modern ruling elite has no need for the stake. Its version of the Inquisition is more subtle.
Blog - David Suzuki April 3
Image: SFU/Flickr
David Suzuki | Much of the report details the lack of data or information on everything from water use and impacts on ground and surface water to methane emissions and contamination from radioactive materials.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Regional Corporation for the Defence of Human Rights or CREDHOS. Photo: Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | CREDHOS seeks to prevent the water depletion and violations to the right to water that would come with the fracking boom expected in the war-torn country.
Blog - Open Media's blog April 2
Marie Aspiazu | The government has issued a new policy direction for the CRTC that puts customers at the forefront. But it is up to us to ensure the new direction stands a chance to change the playing field.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 2
Jason Kenney on the campaign trail in a nice non-threatening Stephen Harper sweater (Photo: Jason Kenney/Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney wants to create "a rigged overtime system that employers will use to legally evade overtime payments," says Athabasca University labour studies professor Bob Barnetson.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 2
Claudia Julieta Duque. Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A reporter with the Colombian human rights radio station Radio Nizkor who has received death threats and been kidnapped is now reporting on a dam partially financed by Export Development Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
UCP Leader Jason Kenney, apparently wearing one of Stephen Harper’s old unthreatening sweaters, at Spruce Meadows south of Calgary yesterday.
David J. Climenhaga | Sorry, kid, you're going to have to take a pay cut to finance this right now. But, trust me, little buddy, you're going to love it!
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
David J. Climenhaga | If Jeff Callaway, Jason Kenney and the UCP want us to believe their denials, shouldn’t they do as Mr. Trump did and hold their fire until the investigation is done?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 30
David J. Climenhaga | Milton James Rhode Acorn. Born on this day in 1923. Died on August 20, 1986. Named The People’s Poet by his peers.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney delivers his health care policy (Photo: Screenshot of Facebook video).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's health-care system has the lowest administrative costs in Canada -- it's already saved what Jason Kenney says his disruptive performance review will deliver.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 28
Photo: Jody Wilson-Raybould/Facebook
Michelle Weinroth | Political truth has been a casualty in the Jody Wilson-Raybould affair, rendered virtually inaudible in the midst of the media-staged drama that has consumed us over the past few weeks.

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