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Blog - Making Waves January 14
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Emma Lui | Today the Supreme Court of Canada rejected Alberta landowner Jessica Ernst's legal challenge to sue the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) for denying her right to freedom of expression under the Charter.
Blog - Open Media's blog January 14
David Christopher | As we face the challenges of 2017, let's all be inspired by these amazing examples of how you helped save the Internet last year
Blog - Open Media's blog January 13
Cynthia Khoo | As you may recall, OpenMedia intervened in a landmark Internet and free expression case at the Supreme Court of Canada, Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions. Here's a recap.
Blog - Campus Notes January 13
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Luke Kalfleish | The book is by Robert C. Dickeson and it's become a favourite of university administrators. Here's how to fight it.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 13
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Karl Nerenberg | Harper's refugee reform legislation unfairly discriminated against many asylum seekers. John McCallum was ready to make big changes. Now the ball is in Ahmed Hussen's court.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 13
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | Thank you, Jane Fonda! Former Harper minister touts celebrity visit to prop up implausible argument that visibly effective NDP climate strategy doesn't actually work.
Blog - Free Expression Watch January 12
Taryn Blanchard | By educating ourselves and practicing safe behaviours online, we can make sure those who would violate human rights and hoard power do not have an easy time putting all Internet users at risk.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
John Ashton
John Ashton | A useful primer on the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission by former NDP Caucus director John Ashton.
Blog - Policy Note January 12
Seth Klein, Iglika Ivanova | The headline-making job creation numbers mask large regional disparities across the province. Outside Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria, B.C.'s jobs story is nothing to brag about.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 11
Justice Myra Bielby
David J. Climenhaga | The population of Alberta has grown about 20 per cent in less than a decade and, face it, most of those folks didn't move to Manyberries, Vegreville or Zama City.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 11
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Karl Nerenberg | Prime Minister Trudeau has given another very young and very inexperienced MP the difficult electoral reform job. That worries many. But there may be method to the PM's madness.
Blog - Open Media's blog January 11
Ruth Coustick-Deal | Notice and…takedown? Staydown? Notice? We explain what these phrases mean and why they're vital to the fight for free expression in 2017.
Blog - David Suzuki January 11
David Suzuki | Biomimicry has inspired applications ranging from producing energy through artificial photosynthesis to building lightweight support structures based on the properties of bamboo.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 11
Penney Kome | As gift economies go, the First Nations' potlatches were more efficient at redistributing wealth.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog January 10
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Gerry Caplan | With a new book due to be published soon, it may be that Gen. Romeo Dallaire's long battle with PTSD may be turning a corner.
Blog - Free Expression Watch January 10
Duncan Pike | Despite the differences between our prime minister and the incoming U.S. president, press freedom in Canada will need to be defended every bit as vigorously in 2017 as in the United States.
Blog - Open Media's blog January 10
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Meghan Sali | The fake news phenomenon is taking over the airwaves. But what does "fake news" even mean? Is it possible to legislate against it without sending us down a censorship rabbit hole?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
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David J. Climenhaga | Coming eventually to a political theatre near you: the Wildrose plan to unite the right under Brian Jean.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg January 9
J. Baglow | Ageism is no joke. Take it from me.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Oneil Carlier
David J. Climenhaga | It's time for the NDP to get over their rude welcome to governing and get back to implementing the progressive agenda they were elected to enact.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor January 7
John Gordon Miller | The latest libel suit against Levant, filed by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, suggests he never met a fact he didn't distrust.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
Heather Sweet
David J. Climenhaga | Funding to a home-schooling association has been restored, but an agreement with the government of Alberta puts the group under the supervision of an administrator.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 6
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Penney Kome | The U.S. and to some extent Canada still don't have workplace regulations to protect workers from chronic pain.
Blog - Hill Dispatches January 6
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Karl Nerenberg | Soon a number of aspirants will officially announce their candidacies for the NDP leadership. They will face an uphill battle to garner public attention and render their party a viable alternative.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 5
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Greg Squires | Justin Trudeau appears increasingly unaware of the pressure western democracies are facing from right-wing populism.
Blog - Roger Annis's blog January 5
Roger Annis | The ceasefire in Syria and voices favouring peace in Ukraine offer a few glimpses of hope as the year 2017 opens.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 5
Person with shoulder pain
Penney Kome | Doctors are baffled by pain because governments erased certain kinds of work injuries from the record. Part one in a series.
Blog - Policyfix January 5
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Susan Prentice | Manitoba's child-care system is staggering to meet the needs of parents and children, and recent signs give little confidence the new provincial government will respond effectively.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 5
Bishop Fred Henry
David J. Climenhaga | Bishop Henry said he viewed his refusal to give interviews to the Calgary Herald during its 1999-2000 strike as part of his responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 5
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David J. Climenhaga | Will the heads of Alberta's ultra-conservatives explode now that Brad Wall has done what they've been complaining about for nearly a decade? Or will they just pretend it didn't happen?

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