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Blog - Brent Patterson April 29
Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Ottawa City Council declaring a climate emergency was a first step, but it needs to pursue a much more ambitious agenda in keeping with the urgency of climate breakdown.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 28
Twitter photo by Yo soy Abelino.
Brent Patterson | Abelino Chub Caal was imprisoned for defending Indigenous rights and Maya Q'eqchi' land in Guatemala from the expansion of a palm oil farm.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 28
Twitter photo by Extinction Rebellion.
Brent Patterson | After two weeks of highly-visible occupations of landmarks in London, UK, what’s the theory of change behind Extinction Rebellion and can it be applied to calls for a Green New Deal?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 27
Soon-to-be-Alberta-premier Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The actual Alberta NDP vote actually went up marginally from 2015, when the party won a majority government, to 2019, when it was shut out of most of the province.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 26
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigning in Edmonton in October 2015. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to the work done by outgoing Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, support for the TMX in Canada has probably reached its high-water mark. It has nowhere to go but down.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada April 26
Photo: Festival of Faiths/Wikimedia Commons
Rabbi David Mivasair | A defence of Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour in the face of attacks against her.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 25
Pizzagate protesters in Washington D.C. Photo: Will Sommer/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | The idea the Rockefellers are behind a big-money scheme to bottle up Alberta's resources is built on the stuff they use to fill bubble-wrap.
Blog - Open Media's blog April 25
Marie Aspiazu | A generational opportunity to overhaul Canada's mobile market and bring more choice and lower prices is here. This is how we turn it into a national movement.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 24
Alberta premier designate Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's "civil libertarian instincts" apparently don't mean much when it comes to fending off critical news stories.
Blog - David Suzuki April 24
Image: Olivier Mabelly/Flickr
David Suzuki | Young people are calling on adults for real action to preserve their future. Surely that merits as profound and intense a response as the French have had to the Notre Dame fire.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 24
Image from Ashley Reyns for Ottawa ACORN, used with permission
Herongate ACORN Tenant Leaders | When a corporate landlord served tenants of the Herongate community in Ottawa with eviction notices, the community began organizing to fight displacement and corporate gentrification.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 23
NDP Leader Rachel Notley during her last campaign rally in Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | By the end of 2018, the only arrow left in the NDP's quiver was to attack the character of the UCP's leadership and the ugly instincts of the UCP base.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 23
Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Penney Kome | Alberta election rancour just a sample of what federal election could bring.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 22
Facebook photo via the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organizations in Honduras (COPINH).
Brent Patterson | Honduran human rights defender Edwin Espinal has been held in a high-security prison without trial since January 2018 after protesting against an unfair election.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 20
Twitter photo via Juan Mayorga.
Brent Patterson | A boat named after the Indigenous land and water defender featured prominently in the occupation of Oxford Circus in London, England, more than 8,500 kilometres from her home territory in Honduras.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 20
Aaron James, whose book "Assholes: A Theory" inspired John Walker's documentary
Doreen Nicoll | Inspired by Aaron James's book of the same name, "Assholes: A Theory" explores the origins of a social type that seems to be taking over the world.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 19
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | For more than 40 days, Indigenous Maya Ch'orti' peoples have maintained a permanent encampment at a mine that is polluting their drinking water.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 18
Alberta NDP leader Rachel Notley on Tuesday night. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | If Justin Trudeau were smart, he'd cancel the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project right now.
Blog - David Suzuki April 18
David Suzuki | Many wildlife populations in Canada are in peril. Politicians will look to the public to gauge the extent to which we consider wildlife loss a crisis.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 18
Happy 18th birthday rabble!
rabble staff | Eighteen years old may make us an elder in Internet years, but rabble has proudly kept our rebellious streak going and we are celebrating!
Blog - The Views Expressed April 17
Bank of Canada. Photo: d.neuman/Flickr
Ed Finn | Most Canadians are not aware that, prior to 1975, the construction of major public facilities, as well as the provision of social programs, were funded by interest-free loans from the Bank of Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 17
Jason Kenney wins Alberta election. Photo: jkenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | No one can say Kenney didn't communicate his plans clearly or that he doesn't have a mandate.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
Alberta polling place sign. Photo: Kempton/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's possible -- although unlikely -- we'll have to wait until Wednesday or even Thursday to find out who won!
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 16
A table and chairs in a hallway with a sign that says Cooling Centre. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Despite its own predictions on the impact of climate change, Toronto cancels its cooling centres for vulnerable populations.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox April 15
Susan Wright | Alberta's moderate conservatives have a choice. They can look away while a sketchy premier slashes public services or they can vote with compassion.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 15
NDP candidate Anne McGrath (right) poses with Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: Anne McGrath/Facebook
Penney Kome | Calgary-Varsity candidate Anne McGrath has looked at Alberta from both sides now.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley as she prepared to leave the stage after her speech in Edmonton yesterday. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Facing an election Tuesday, Alberta's premier looked and sounded like a politician on a roll yesterday in Edmonton -- energized, by turns forceful, funny, and inspiring.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 14
George Monbiot
Brent Patterson | It was a remarkable moment when George Monbiot called for the overthrow of capitalism on a BBC talk show. What's next?
Blog - Alberta Diary April 14
David J. Climenhaga | Family members are concerned relatives with severe dementia may be encouraged to cast a ballot for the UCP, the implications of which they cannot understand.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 14
Dennis Gruending | The United We Roll truck convoy was supposed to be about pipelines but it became as much or more about immigrants, refugees and the United Nations. How did that happen?

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