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Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada July 17
Jewish Voice for Peace statement on anti-Semitism
Reuben Roth | A critique of attempts by apologists for Israeli state policies to label criticism of Israeli policies as anti-Semitic.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 17
Strathmore-Brooks MLA Derek Fildebrandt listens to other bearded men in happier times (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt is not a particularly sympathetic character, but in these circumstances, it's hard not to feel a little empathy for the fellow!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 17
Chief of the Defence Staff Jonathan Vance. Photo: Gatis Dieziņš/Latvijas armija/Flickr
Yves Engler | The military goes to great lengths to shape coverage of its affairs and one should expect stories about Canada's mission in Mali to be influenced by the armed forces.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 16
Prab Gill, centre, with coffee and iPhone, along with members of both the NDP and UCP caucuses supporting oilsands pipelines last April (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Another UCP MLA bites the dust: Calgary-Greenway MLA Prab Gill is the latest in a parade of MLAs to leave the Opposition caucus for one reason or another.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 14
David J. Climenhaga | Canadian conservatives who campaign in future U.S. elections are going to need to be prepared to answer hostile questions from their compatriots.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 13
UCP leader Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | As irritating as UCP triumphalism is to supporters of the Notley Government's policies in the wake of yesterday's by-election victories, there is no evidence yet it's not justified.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 13
Sophia Reuss | To delve into the political landscape this week, we're going to get back to basics. The most basic of the basics: the atom.
Blog - Nima Maleki's blog July 12
Image: Modified from original larger comic by Harry Grant/Public domain license
Nima Maleki | There's a particular logic of authorized power at play within most societies the world over. Wage, work and union activity are impacted by it, as shown in recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 12
Images used with permission
Maya Bhullar | More progressive MPPs in Ontario reached out to tell us why they ran and how to help build change.
Blog - Policyfix July 11
U.S. Supreme Court building. Photo: Supermac1961/Flickr
Lynne Fernandez | A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will wipe millions of dollars from public sector unions' balance sheets, adding to the long list of growing challenges unions are facing in the U.S.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 11
Jason Kenney at a press conference in 2012. Photo: Rob Salerno/Daily Xtra/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | With the benefit of hindsight, the prime minister's 2016 remarks about Brexit sound prime ministerial, even statesmanlike. UCP Leader Jason Kenney's rather less so.
Blog - David Suzuki July 10
David Suzuki | Astroturf campaigns aren't new, but they're becoming increasingly widespread and effective as social media and the internet play a greater role in shaping public opinion.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 10
Doreen Nicoll | WWW is planning for the next phase of the Nestle campaign and they're hoping you'll join in on the conversations to strategize and develop tactics to fit working with Doug Ford's government.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
David J. Climenhaga | Adopting a policy proposed by the United Conservative Party would be tantamount to declaring law-free open season on anyone who wanders onto an isolated property.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 9
Doreen Nicoll | With the research and information supplied by environmentalists and actionists from across Southern Ontario, Burlington city staff made changes to protect milkweed.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013
David J. Climenhaga | Will the day come when it is acceptable for a Canadian Conservative politician to give a speech to a "freedom rally" put on by ISIS? Never say never!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 6
Image: Flickr/alexxx-malev
Yves Engler | In response to Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaigning, two NDP MLAs recently convinced the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to withdraw a brand of Russian vodka from its stores.
Blog - July 5
Brent Patterson | Kinder Morgan Canada is fined just $920 for four violations of the Water Sustainability Act. Meanwhile, more than 200 activists are facing criminal contempt charges and hefty fines for direct actions.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 5
Soon-to-retire former NDP leader Brian Mason, now Alberta’s minister of transport, at yesterday’s news conference (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Brian Mason's last line at his news conference: "Let's call it a career, then. Shall we?" Exit, stage left. Not a dry eye in the house.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner, the current and probably terminal version of the national flag of the United States (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | We're not sorry! Independence Day 2018 demands from Canadians polite restraint, even chilly reserve, toward our neighbours.
Blog - David Suzuki July 4
Fish on ice. Photo: David Rogers-Worrall/Flickr
David Suzuki | With Seafood Progress, consumers can support retailers that follow best practices, and retailers can demonstrate corporate responsibility and help the seafood industry progress toward sustainability.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 3
Penney Kome | Three years after Charlie Hebdo, Trump leads attacks on news media. While Trump furthers his own ends by encouraging distrust of the media, he also raises the risk level for journalists on the job.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 3
Krystalline Kraus | After several amendments to the Cannabis Act, marijuana will no longer violate the Criminal Code as of October this year. The marijuana laws in Canada will be even more liberal than the Netherlands.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 3
Yves Engler | Claiming to be dialoguing with both sides is a cruel joke. The NDP should heed 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists and party members' call to withdraw from Israel Parliamentary Group.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 1
Entrance to the Sherwood Park Freeway (Photo: Found on the Internet, unattributed; modifications by the author).
David J. Climenhaga | I don't know how the Beaverton stays in business with the brutal competition they’re facing nowadays from Alberta.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 30
Doreen Nicoll | Doreen Nicoll recently came home to a Notice of Violation stating she had to remove or destroy the milkweed plants in her garden.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 30
Former Canadian PM Stephen Harper with former U.S. president George W. Bush, in 2006 when Harper had a decent excuse to visit the White House
David J. Climenhaga | If Stephen Harper wants to serve his country in the conduct of foreign affairs, he needs to wait to wait until he is asked by the elected government of the day.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
David J. Climenhaga | A foot in the door. This is how the fight to destroy women's reproductive rights began in the United States, and this is how the social conservative right intends to see it start in Canada too.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 29
Gerry Caplan | We rich white countries sure are generous when it comes to handouts for our Black kin in Africa. Except when we rip them off, of course, which is the real story of Canada and the West in Africa.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
RCAF Chinook helicopter on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Yves Engler | A volatile leader in charge of a military behemoth prone to aggression has repeatedly attacked Canada and its prime minister in recent weeks. But the "defence" community has barely made a peep.

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