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Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice July 24
Voting and reproductive justice rally. Photo: Bob Simmons/Flickr
Shari-Lynn Dueck | A cis woman's experience accompanying her transgender friend to the doctor makes it clear that reproductive rights will not be fully realized until the autonomy of transgender persons is respected.
Blog - Greening the News July 24
Fossil fuel free rally, Edinburgh. Photo: Colin Hattersley Photography/Friends of the Earth Scotland/Flickr
Robert Hackett | There are many antidotes to paralysis in the face of climate crisis. Principles, payback and other motivations can spark action as much as hope.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Economist Jim Stanford  (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The notion more pipelines will solve all of Alberta's problems is, of course, nonsense. To understand why, consider Australian LNG exports.
Blog - David Suzuki July 24
David Suzuki | The massive volumes of plastic we throw away end up in landfills, waterways, and oceans, devastating wildlife and marine health. It breaks down into smaller particles that end up in the food web.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Aerial view of Campbellville. Photo: Haljackey/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | James Dick Construction plans to blast below the water table in two quarries and that could allow contaminated surface water to infect municipal and private wells.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 23
Calgary cityscape. Photo: Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary could afford a new arena for the Flames and a decent transit system. But that would mean fair business taxes, among other things.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Big environmental groups and grassroots organizations like Extinction Rebellion can't avoid an explicit class analysis if we want to be able to get to the truth about climate breakdown.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 23
Bee collecting pollen
Penney Kome | Insect-free summer may be a worrisome sign that extinction is in progress.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
Image: Saltillo Migrant Shelter
Brent Patterson | Canada's border policies are interconnected with the migrant rights crisis on the United States-Mexico border.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. Photo: Manitoba Government/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't think for a moment the same calculations aren't on Conservative minds in Canada as on those of their Republican brethren, especially with a federal election looming.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Premier Jason Kenney and cabinet are sworn in at Government House, in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government
David J. Climenhaga | So far, Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson's staff has levied fines of $168,350, against various participants in Jeff Callaway's 2017 UCP leadership campaign.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 20
Image: Pixabay
Doreen Nicoll | There are over 50 companies offering up musicals, dance, comedies, magic shows, dramas and family entertainment in more than 400 performances.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 19
Detention centre fencing in Australia. Photo: David Stanley/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | A roundup of organizations and tools which are helping to fight against immigrant detention in Quebec.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 19
Economist Jim Stanford. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "Canada is never going to run out of oil, just like we never ran out of beavers." Alas, notes economist Jim Stanford, that doesn't mean there will always be a market for the stuff.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 18
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney with Jason Luan, associate minister of mental health and addictions, at cabinet swearing-in ceremony. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If the UCP doubles down and announces another inquiry, this time into foreign pharma funding of propaganda to sell Naloxone kits, we'll know they've gone over the edge.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 17
Linda Silas | Whether it's the struggle for universal pharmacare in Canada, stopping violence in the health-care sector, and more, rabble.ca is on our side.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 17
Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | Un/tied Shoes takes viewers on a mock lifestyle-driven online shopping experience. The kind in which each customer envisions their journey reaping the ultimate pair of shoes.
Blog - David Suzuki July 17
Photo: Wil C. Fry/Flickr
David Suzuki | If we accept the goal of a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, we have to start on it immediately and on an enormous scale. This must be the highest priority for every party.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes July 17
Screen capture, launch of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
Mercedes Allen | The U.S. State Department's Commission on Unalienable Rights poses concerns for LGBTQ+ rights, reproductive and sex-based rights, the rights of migrants, and more.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 16
The chuckwagon races at the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" back in the day. Photo: Calgary Stampede
David J. Climenhaga | This barbaric and pointless activity should be an embarrassment to every Albertan.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 15
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Announcements that don't contain much news are absolutely a staple of democratic politics, and Conservatives are masters of the art form.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 14
Buried machinery in barn lot in Dallas, South Dakota, United States during the Dust Bowl. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | "The Promised Land" is a moving and timely show that takes audiences on a journey across America through novelist John Steinbeck's personal and artistic musings.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 14
John McCallum in 2013. Photo: John McCallum/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | John McCallum deserves credit for telling the truth and looking out for Canadians in peril. For this he's excoriated by Conservatives and tossed under the bus by the Liberals.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 11
Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | To help you fight back and organize this summer, the Activist Toolkit has pulled together links to accounts and fact checks for some of the Ford government's cuts.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now July 11
Child and computer. Photo: Nevit Dilmen/Wikimedia Commons
Martha Friendly | This blog outlines the major faults with an online early childhood education program targeting low-income families and illustrates how it is solely about saving money, neglecting the care of children.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 10
Green Party canvasser in B.C. Photo: Vancouver Ghost/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | It's possible that neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives will win a majority in this election. Many former Liberal supporters may decide to "go Green" instead of voting NDP or Conservative.
Blog - David Suzuki July 10
Photo Credit: Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight
David Suzuki | A review of more than 1,500 scientific studies concluded that fracking contaminates air and water with chemicals that can cause serious health problems, including cancer, asthma and birth defects.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 9
Photo: ibourgeault_tasse/Flickr
Samer Elniz | With the passing of Bill 21 into law in Quebec last month, members of several communities are reeling over the decision by the CAQ government to limit freedoms for its citizens.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at provincial legislature. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More opportunities for drama and legal recourse will arise as the real litigators get their sharp teeth into this matter, as doubtless is already happening.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 7
Former prime minister Stephen Harper, whose 2008 bitumen export plan sounded suspiciously like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's now-reviled version. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The principal thing that is different at this moment is simply this: there's a Liberal government in Ottawa.

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