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Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Photo: Chiloa/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Don't be surprised if we soon hear Trudeau uttering, as another tough old pol a lot of Canadians liked once did: "Just watch me!"
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog March 12
2018 Women's March in Toronto. Photo: Ryan/Flickr
Judy Rebick | What we're seeing emerge from the politics of the women's march is a movement poised to also lead the fight for social, racial, economic and environmental justice, as well as for peace.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 12
Donald Trump giving his State of the Union Address in February. He didn’t even mention America’s burgeoning deficit (Photo: Shealah Craighead, the White House, Public Domain).
David J. Climenhaga | If Conservatives return to power in Alberta, our provincial deficit will soar to unprecedented levels as a result of planned program of tax cuts. But the deficit hawks won't even tweet.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 12
Penney Kome | We have 12 years to curb climate breakdown. Experts supplied the science. Now youth and the increasingly militant climate justice movement are keeping up the pressure.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 10
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government is being called on to take action after a March 2017 fire swept through a locked classroom at the state-run group home on the outskirts of Guatemala City.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 8
Miranda Gallo | Amidst revelations of alleged political interference on the SNC-Lavalin file, and the bullying of former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, our "feminist" PM's true colours are beginning to show.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Jason Kenney and Randy Kerr not long ago, but in happier times (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | Lack of forthrightness is a UCP complaint that has proved useful before Randy Kerr's troubles came to light. A similar characterization was applied to former UCP bright light Derek Fildebrandt.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog March 8
Judy Rebick | This International Women's Day, we're celebrating 18 years of feminist media. Join us -- you can play a part in carrying on this important work.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 8
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Tina Beier | Since June, Doug Ford's government has taken steps to systematically undermine women's rights. Read on for ways to fight back against his anti-women agenda.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 7
Cam Fenton, Aurore Fauret, Atiya Jaffar, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Katie Perfitt, Jennifer Deol, Emma Jackson | A Green New Deal for Canada must work in service of real reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while enshrining dignity, justice, and equity for all.
Blog - Susan on the Soapbox March 7
Photo: Jody Wilson-Raybould/Facebook
Susan Wright | As much as this Canadian respects Jody Wilson-Raybould, I do not fully understand her view. Here's why.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party also threatened yesterday to sue dissident Independent MLA Prab Gill for defaming the party in a complaint to the RCMP.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Announcing a full pharmacare program would have shifted the nation's attention immediately away from the hostile media frenzy the gong show before the House of Commons justice committee has become.
Blog - March 7
Photo: Chrystia Freeland/Facebook
Thomas Woodley | The Liberals' well-intentioned effort to implement a feminist foreign policy is vastly outgunned by Canadian industries that are disproportionately hurting women.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 7
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A church group faces threats, surveillance and wiretapping for working with those impacted by war and displacement in Colombia.
Blog - Policyfix March 7
Molly McCracken | Buckle up, Manitoba. School trustees are consulting with parents and stakeholders for this upcoming year's school budgets as they face austerity and attacks by the provincial government.
Blog - Open Media's blog March 6
Telecom tower. Photo: jbdodane/Flickr
Marie Aspiazu | The announcements of a new policy direction for the CRTC and the CRTC's upcoming mobile services review could bring much-needed change to Canada's telecom arena. Here's the lowdown.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 6
SNC-Lavalin sign. Photo: Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Once saved from both its financial and law-breaking predicaments, surely SNC-Lavalin would have no reason to lay off workers. That was the Trudeau government's implied assumption.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney were a minister of the government, it would be reasonable to demand his resignation for allowing such behaviour on his watch.
Blog - David Suzuki March 6
David Suzuki | As a major Quebec-based employer with its hand in some of the country's largest infrastructure projects, SNC-Lavalin is seen by provincial and federal governments as too important to fail.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 5
Twitter photo by Tim McSorley.
Brent Patterson | We need to move from war to renewables to avoid climate breakdown. The upcoming CANSEC arms trade show in Ottawa takes us in the wrong direction.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Photo: Jason Kenney/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | We're not going to stimulate the economy by firing nurses and teachers. If we fall for this snake oil, we're just going to have to swallow it.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 5
Image: Educa Oaxaca
Brent Patterson | More than six years after a controversial dam was officially cancelled in Mexico, community activists who opposed the megaproject face continued criminalization.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Justin Trudeau at a rally. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | What makes anyone think voters will react to Justin Trudeau's alleged transgressions much differently that they did to Stephen Harper's?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Pipeline workers on Enbridge Line 3 Pipeline. Image: Enbridge Line 3/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | One can be skeptical of claims a delay in Line 3 expansion is "a crushing setback for Canadian oil producers" while still recognizing the development is a political problem for Alberta's NDP.
Blog - March 5
Thomas Woodley | With the Wilson-Raybould affair, it's clear that the Liberal government uses the "rule of law" argument only when it suits its purposes, and they're not the only ones.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 4
Facebook photo via the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Brent Patterson | Twelve activists who set up the "Camp in Defence of Water and Life" after a mine began to pollute the Guapinol River are now facing decades in prison in Honduras.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog March 1
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John Foran | The Green New Deal offers us an opportunity to radicalize youth -- and the climate justice movement more broadly -- to consider ecosocialism, and system change not climate change.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog March 1
Hundreds gather in San Francisco with the youth led Sunrise Movement. Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Jennifer Scarlott | If fossil capitalism is to lose the fight, it must be met by ecosocialism embodied in the strongest possible counterforce of environmental justice organizations and allies.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 1
SNC Lavalin Headquarters in Montreal. Photo: Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | SNC-Lavalin had every reason to expect a rescue from a political party whose election campaigns it had so generously funded, and with whom it had developed such a long and cozy relationship.

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