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Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 6
CCF Caucus Meeting, 1942. M.J. Coldwell is the new leader after Woodsworth's death. Left to right, Tommy Douglas, George Castleden, Angus MacInnis, Coldwell, Clarie Gillis , Joe Noseworthy, Sandy Nicholoson, and Percy Wright. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | The suppression of the Palestine Resolution should stir internationalist minded party members to finally confront the NDP's anti-Palestinian legacy.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum March 6
Canadian quarter. Photo: KMR Photography/flickr
Nick Falvo | The 2018 federal budget, while not as transformative as last year's, had important new initiatives related to housing and homelessness.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 6
Brian Jean, when he was still running for the leadership of the United Conservative Party in 2017. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | From the moment he was defeated by Jason Kenney in last year's race to lead the UCP, the writing was on the wall the former Wildrose leader's political career would soon be over.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 5
Image: Screenshot from "Water Warriors" trailer
Doreen Nicoll | Here are two movies that will shock, inspire and remind you why water is always an election issue.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | One thing very clear from Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's commentary is that he's not given up on the "war on drugs" strategy as the best way to reduce illegal drug use.
Blog - March 4
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes a statement in the House of Commons on the terrorist attack in Quebec City. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Thomas Woodley | Despite the hype a year ago, the M-103 Islamophobia report was met with indifference last month. But apathy is the last thing that we need in the face of growing Islamophobia in Canada.
Blog - Activist Communiqué March 3
Garssy Narrows. Photo: Howl Arts Collective/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | After decades of lobbying, both levels of government must own up to cleaning up the toxic water and soil of Grassy Narrows.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog March 2
Hal Stade, goalie of the Royal Canadian Navy Hockey Team, 1943. Photo: Jack G. Kempster. Canada. Department of National Defence. Library and Archives Canada, PA-106904 /flickr
Yves Engler | When the Maple Leafs honour the Royal Canadian Navy whose "interests and values" are we talking about?
Blog - A change is gonna come March 2
Women's Day march in NYC. Photo: J Carrier/UN Women/flickr
Doreen Nicoll | On March 8 recognize women's achievements; credit their contributions; acknowledge the value of their lived experience; and celebrate their individual and collective successes!
Blog - A change is gonna come March 1
Lake beach. Photo: Viv Lynch/flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Nagy wants Canadians to understand that, "renewable, clean water is not abundant in the populated areas of Canada. Our Great Lakes are not bathtubs that can be drained and shipped around the world."
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.

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