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Blog - KAIROS Witness June 25
Isabel. Image: KAIROS Canada
Rachel Warden | Women are often prime targets in war but, when given the chance, they can also be critical agents for peace.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 25
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | The 2018 budget brought down in February sets out the Trudeau government's equalization formula plan unequivocally in terms anyone can understand. You actually have to read it, though.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Statue of Atlas holding the Earth. Image: Flickr/elentir
David J. Climenhaga | The Atlas Network is said to have distributed about US$5 million to groups it supports worldwide in 2016. Among the group's partners are 12 Canadian entities.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 22
Penney Kome | After federal reforms reduced the national incarceration rate, GEO Group, a private prison company, obtained a lucrative contract to detain immigrant children and families.
Blog - Policyfix June 22
Caravan of Love walk in support of immigrants and refugees. Photo: Fibonacci Blue/Flickr
Karen Hamilton, Krista Johnston | Winnipeg has an important leadership role to play by making our city a truly welcoming community for all residents, regardless of immigration status.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 21
Cover of report, "TB or not TB? There is no question" Image from Toronto Disaster Relief Committee archives
Cathy Crowe | Even after a micro-outbreak of tuberculosis in the homeless population in the early 2000s that saw deaths, the city still doesn't get it.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg June 21
Image: wiredforlego/Flickr
J. Baglow | Jordan Peterson and Lindsay Shepherd take to the courts. How will their fellow Speechies respond?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 21
Education Minister David Eggen tabled new legislation in the Alberta legislature November 2, 2017 to support students by ensuring they can safely join or form gay-straight and queer-straight alliances. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public documents and website postings show some of the sources of the so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms' money.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 20
David J. Climenhaga | The so-called Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom is part of a network of social conservative groups that often target laws supporting reproductive and LGBTQ rights.
Blog - Policyfix June 20
Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge in Winnipeg. Photo: Travel Manitoba/Flickr
Lynne Fernandez | Can the Alternative Municipal Budget capture the imagination of Winnipeggers? As climate change, our infrastructure deficit and inequality escalate, our collective future depends on it.
Blog - David Suzuki June 19
Image: Windwards Energie/Flickr
David Suzuki | The best way to limit negative impacts is to divest from fossil fuels and speed up the transition to a diversified, energy-efficient, clean-energy economy.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 19
Image: larrylorca/Flickr
Yves Engler | More than 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists, and NDP members are calling on the party's MPs to leave the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson, now minister of Service Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley described her cabinet-shuffling strategy to reporters yesterday as, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
Image: Daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one should expect the questions about the funding of Catholic education in Saskatchewan to be resolved by June 30, or when classes resume in September.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 17
Front page of the 1996 Inquest Update. Heading says "Presiding coroner angrily demands: Don't use the H**** word any more!"
Cathy Crowe | Recent inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner, who died in January 2015, excluded evidence on affordable housing, shelter availability, or the effectiveness of the cold weather alert system.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
A statue featuring Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk in Cape Town, South Africa.
David J. Climenhaga | In a recent speech, de Klerk suggested that the challenges faced by Alberta in the waning days of the petroleum industry aren't dissimilar from those facing his country in the last days of apartheid.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog June 16
Linda Leon | The Preferential Ridings Proportional system is a type of Mixed Member Proportional Representation. While complex, it might be the best bet for electoral reform in the Yukon.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Edmonton on June 14, 2018 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It must make the blood of Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's strategic brain trust over at the United Conservative Party run cold to see world oil prices creeping upward.
Blog - Policyfix June 15
Vegetables at a market. Photo: IFPRI -IMAGES/Flickr
Marina Puzyreva | In spite of its devastating effect, food insecurity in the northern First Nations communities in Manitoba remains a largely overlooked problem.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Maxime Bernier, at left, and his leader Andrew Scheer in happier times (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard not to feel a little sympathy for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for canning Maxime Bernier.
Blog - Making Waves June 13
Bottled water. Image: Flickr
Emma Lui | The corporate takeover of water around the Great Lakes and the violations of the human right to water and Indigenous rights shows that access to water often falls along racial, class and other lines.
Blog - David Suzuki June 12
David Suzuki | With carbon pricing, Canada can compete in the emerging clean economy, encouraging job creation, renewable energy development, conservation and efficiency while shifting away from fossil fuels.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
Illustration of White House in flames. Image: The White House/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | You could probably credit Canada with putting White House the fire out. The destruction of Washington was a dud because of heavy rain, and our American cousins always blame bad weather on Canada.
Blog - Liz Kessler's blog June 11
Liz Kessler | Suicides are increasing at an alarming rate, and suicide hotlines are limited in scope. We all have a lot of work to do.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Photo: German federal press office
David J. Climenhaga | Will Conservative Party activists be crossing the Canada-U.S. border once again in 2020 to campaign for the Republicans, and perhaps for President Trump himself?
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 11
Man with cannabis flag. Photo: Linda Flores/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Our Senate voted to approve the legalization of marijuana on June 7, 2018, voting 56-30, with one abstention, in favour of the move.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change June 9
John Horgan stands with children on playground. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Lizanne Foster | Even in our worst nightmares we never thought we'd have to debate the morally repugnant issue of "cash for kids" with your government.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 9
Keystone pipeline. Photo: shannonpatrick17/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | No injuries were reported but the blast did shake residents and could be seen and felt as far as a reported 20 miles away.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
A scene from the 2016 Edmonton Pride Parade (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney dares not attend the Pride Parade, which has become one of the preeminent political events of the year in Edmonton. And he dares not be missing in action.
Blog - Ben Powless June 9
Ben Powless | On June 3, tragedy struck Guatemala when the Fuego volcano erupted. At least 100 are dead, hundreds more are missing, and many blame the government for failing the people.

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