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Blog - Open Media's blog March 1
Marie Aspiazu | Just in time for the day of action to protest Bell coalition’s website blocking plan, our #DontCensor billboard went up in Toronto. Once again, this would have not been possible without you.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 28
Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians had a first look at Budget 2018 tabled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on February 27 and they didn't like what they saw. Here are their initial observations.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 28
Leaving Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Photo: Harry and Rowena Kennedy/Flickr
Ed Finn | Now in his 90s, writer Ed Finn shares an excerpt from his memoir, a look at his grandfather who died in 1937.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 28
Stephen Mandel (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | A former chief of staff to prime minister Stephen Harper advises the Alberta Party, which chose former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel as leader last night, to "campaign against oil."
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 27
Ontario Legislative Building. Image: DXR/Wikimedia Commons
Gerry Caplan | Shed a tear with me for my poor old Ontario. Have our political rulers ever been quite as pathetic and disappointing as they are now?
Blog - David Suzuki February 27
David Suzuki | Skepticism and rational debate are healthy. Logical fallacies, misinformation and lies designed to support destructive industries by duping the gullible and muddying the waters are unconscionable.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum February 27
Canadian money. Photo: KMR Photography/flickr
Angella MacEwen | Budget 2018 is being advertised as a truly comprehensive gender budget, with two key pieces of that being use-it-or-lose-it paternity leave, and action on pay equity.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 27
Jim Laxer. Photo: James Laxer/Twitter
Mel Watkins | We met in mid-1969 at a small gathering in Toronto of NDP members. The bond we formed in the time of the Waffle was a defining moment of my life politically, and one of its great joys, personally.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 27
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in the Canada - Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Pamela Palmater | Since his election, Trudeau has made the same core promises to recognize and implement Indigenous rights in a multitude of strategically timed announcements, but it's been all talk and little action.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in India Day parade in Montreal. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | There are lots of suspects, but in terms of the political consequences, it's the PMO that will have to wear the egg on its face. But the long-term consequences will be minimal.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 27
Person holding sign with words "Justice for Tina and Colten". Photo: Memaxmarz/flickr
Maya Bhullar | Here are some organizations working to make systemic change and ensure justice for Tina Fontaine.
Blog - Michael Laxer's blog February 26
Photo: www.theleftchapter.blogspot.ca
Michael Laxer | Co-founder of the Waffle, academic, writer and politician, Laxer died on February 23 in Paris. He is remembered here by his son, Michael.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 25
MINUTAH Headquarters in Port au Prince, Haiti
Yves Engler | Imagine living in a country where the entire social services sector is privatized, run by "charities" that are based in other countries who get to decide whether or not you qualify for assistance.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
David J. Climenhaga | Regardless of what you have read and heard, Justin Trudeau’s fashion choices abroad will likely do him and his government little harm, if any.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog February 24
The Yukon legislative building
Linda Leon | Linda Leon examines two-round voting as part of a series on electoral reform in the Yukon
Blog - Brent Patterson February 23
Image: Council of Canadians
Brent Patterson | #JusticeForTinaFontaine gatherings are taking place today in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax, on Feb. 24 in Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Oriliia and Regina, and on Feb. 25 in Guelph, Calgary and London.
Blog - KAIROS Witness February 23
Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Richard Thompson | Watt-Cloutier sees connections between her personal struggles as an Inuk girl and her public leadership decades later, addressing the environmental crises that afflicted her people.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 23
Image: Marvel studios
Penney Kome | The futuristic Afro-centric film opens public debates and opportunities. Welcome to the gamechanging movie that gently subverts the superhero genre to make it more meaningful.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 23
Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: Premier of Alberta/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | History repeats itself, so the Wine War may be over, but with underlying disputes unresolved, things could easily segue into another war.
Blog - Open Media's blog February 22
Don't Censor Canada.
Marie Aspiazu | Mark the date on your calendars, on February 28 Canadians across the country are coming together to protest Bell coalition's website blocking plan. Here's how you can participate.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
Rachel Notley. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Opposition leader's other ideas? Attack schoolteachers, and environmentalist David Suzuki.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon February 21
Protester in Vancouver. Image: William Chen/Wikimedia Commons
David Taub Bancroft | Simply put: now is not the time to be building new pipelines.
Blog - David Suzuki February 20
Rally outside U.S. Congress to oppose EPA head Scot Pruitt. Image: Lorie Shaull/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Extracting, processing, selling and transporting polluting, climate-altering fossil fuels isn't the best way to ensure economic prosperity.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Martin Luther King's battle for racial justice can inform our reaction to the Gerald Stanley murder trial
Dennis Gruending | Indigenous and Black experiences of oppression are not equivalent, but we can learn from civil rights activism when fighting for justice for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
PHOTO: Elke Blodgett in 2016.
David J. Climenhaga | Blodgett, an environmental and civic activist in the city of St. Albert, died last week at the age of 81.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
The courthouse in Battleford, Saskatchewan, where Gerald Stanley's trial was held
Krystalline Kraus | Stanley was acquitted last week in the killing of 22-year old Cree man Colten Boushie.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 17
Krystalline Kraus | Colten Boushie's death and the ensuing trial of Gerald Stanley highlight racial tensions in Saskatchewan and mobilize Indigenous activists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
Protesters opposed to expansion of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline in Vancouver last fall.
David J. Climenhaga | If a pipeline capable of carrying diluted bitumen from Alberta to the West Coast is essential to Canada's economy, then the federal government should build it and run it.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 16
Penney Kome | After the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, this week, students are demanding change from legislators, but many Republicans remain indebted to the NRA.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 16
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | The anti-Palestinian consensus among Canada’s three main political parties is crumbling and NDP members could bury it this weekend.

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