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Blog - Alberta Diary May 4
Photo: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term it looks very much as if the Saskatchewan government will need to be in court appealing the ruling if Premier Brad Wall hopes to keep it from taking effect.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon May 4
Image: Facebook/The Jeff O'Neil Show​
David Taub Bancroft | With less than a week to go before election day and polls tightening across British Columbia, I find myself in the all-too-common predicament of dreading the electoral options before me.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 4
Yves Engler | The Globe and Mail's close ties to the Munk Debates and University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs should worry journalists and everyone who cares about foreign policy discussion
Blog - Alberta Diary May 3
Fort Mac Fire
David J. Climenhaga | Ignoring the effects of global climate change as a policy, as some political parties, notably not the Alberta NDP, want to do, is not the answer to situations like the Fort Mac Wildfire.
Blog - David Suzuki May 3
Image: Flickr/Province of British Columbia
David Suzuki | Beyond existing commitments to reduce methane emissions by 45 per cent, governments must work to eliminate them from this sector by 2030, with strong regulations, monitoring and oversight.
Blog - Open Media's blog May 3
David Christopher | As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada's future trade relationships
Blog - Alberta Diary May 2
Sandra Jansen (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta conservative circles, apparently what's sauce for the goose isn't sauce for the gander!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 2
Canadian soldiers perform an exercise in Hawaii in 2008
Yves Engler | A pro-militarist think tank with influential backers, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is increasingly influential in shaping the foreign policy discussion in this country.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 1
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former Ukraine PM, with then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper in July 2015. (Screen capture of CBC broadcast.)
David J. Climenhaga | The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is said to be seeking the extradition to Russia of Arseniy Yatsenyuk for events that took place in 1994 in Chechnya.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog May 1
B.C. Premier Christy Clark in 2014
Sarah Miller | Clark's rude reaction to a citizen in advance of the election has sparked a social media outpour of #IamLinda.
Blog - Activist Communiqué April 30
Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr
Krystalline Kraus | I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s simply too simple to blame one man for a cultural legacy of racism against Indigenous communities
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 30
A still from Sunflower Man
Maya Bhullar | On Sunday April 30, Mayworks brought together three performances about migrant activism in Journey to Belong.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 30
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | In a tweet yesterday, Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney himself briefly surfaced, saying he was in Vancouver "for a conference."
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog April 29
Sarah Miller | Our public education system can't handle any more of the Liberals' neglect.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 28
Maya Bhullar | The April 2017 #stophateca roundup.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 28
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Photo: Dave Cournoyer)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta’s workplace laws haven’t been significantly changed for about 30 years of Tory rule -- and not because they're perfect. Au contraire!
Blog - The Views Expressed April 28
Image: Flickr/Joseph King
Ed Finn | Canadian workers' deaths and injuries more numerous per capita than in most other developed nations.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 27
A Day's Work
Maya Bhullar | In 2012, Lawrence Daquan "Day" Davis, a temporary worker, was killed on his first day at work. The film about this case, called A Day's Work, will be screened at Mayworks this year.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 27
Ed Finn | Approximately 1,000 Canadians are killed on the job every year, and approximately another million injured despite laws meant to protect them.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 27
Image: Flickr/YouTube
Penney Kome | English professor championed women in academia, health care and activism.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 27
Kevin O'Leary
David J. Climenhaga | A good news-bad news story for Conservative leadership candidate Maxime Bernier -- Kevin O’Leary was his chief competitor; O'Leary's endorsement isn't going to help.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 27
Image: Facebook/Israel Day Rally in Montreal
Yves Engler | A significant proportion of Israel rally will be from Montréal's 15 Jewish Day schools where the young are taught to support Israeli violence and expansionism
Blog - A change is gonna come April 26
Doreen Nicoll | Emergency department visits for opioid poisoning is more than double the provincial average for those 15 to 24 years of age.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 26
Toronto robs from the poor.
Cathy Crowe | Activist group the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty shows that the City is holding back $18 million dollars from homelessness programs.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now April 26
Image: Flickr/bcgovphotos
Martha Friendly | A recent CBC Cross Country Check Up devoted itself to child-care policy. We unpack multiple interesting and noteworthy points while considering the four that especially stood out.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 26
U.S. President Donald Trump (Photo by Gage Skidmore, Flickr.)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative Canadian politicians who crossed the border to campaign for Donald Trump should probably be thinking about what to say when the issue comes up in public.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog April 26
Sarah Miller | While the B.C. Liberals try to frame this election around whether we can afford an NDP government, Sarah Miller asks if we can afford another four years of Christy Clark.
Blog - David Suzuki April 26
Image: Vimeo/Mike Odin's Alaska Adventures
David Suzuki | Grizzlies face growing threats across their North American range, from trophy hunting to habitat destruction, declines in food sources like salmon and whitebark pine nuts, and climate change impacts.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 25
Gordon Laxer | Investments in the oilsands have bled red ink since the international oil price crashed in 2014. Seventeen major oilsands projects have been shelved or cancelled.
Blog - A change is gonna come April 25
Doreen Nicoll | Stand in solidarity with Haudenosaunee Todd Williams in his peaceful protest against Enbridge.