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Blog - Media Watch blog August 15
Newspapers on newsstand. Photo: greenzowie/flickr
Nick Fillmore | The creation of even one sustainable, independent newspaper project anywhere in Canada would be a huge, unprecedented accomplishment.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 15
Demonstrators at London's anti-Trump rally. Image: Flickr/Alisdare Hickson
Maya Bhullar | Many of us are devastated by the news from Charlottesville. The Activist Toolkit has been pulling together tools to help send support.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Image: Facebook/Doug Schweitzer
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is designed to make it harder for provincial governments to enact their own, tougher policies on a range of issues. So what’s not to like about being kicked out?
Blog - Pembina Institute August 14
Net-zero townhouses with solar panels in Alberta. Image: Roberta Franchuk, Pembina Institute
Karen Tam Wu | Letter to Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
Blog - Behind The Numbers August 14
Kate McInturff | It's that exciting time of year when economists start making submissions to the federal Finance Committee about what they'd like to see in Budget 2018. What would a feminist budget look like?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
Rally Against Hate. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim/flickr
Brent Patterson | A white nationalist rally -- that included neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan -- took place in the college town of Charlottesville in Virginia this weekend.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 14
Prime Minister Trudeau attends National Aboriginal Day Sunrise Ceremony. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Hans Rollman | Want to get a few billion dollars from Justin Trudeau? All you need is to be a white-settler-dominated provincial government, with a haphazard plan to build an energy mega-project.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change August 11
Lizanne Foster | The class of 2030 will begin school in a few short weeks. How can schooling foster the creativity needed to solve the world's biggest problems, including climate change and the refugee crisis?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
David J. Climenhaga | In light of the Alberta conservative history of entitlement, how the UCP deals with loose-cannon MLA Derek Fildebrandt will be an important test.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 10
Women’s Memorial March - Vancouver. Photo: Jen Castro/flickr
Pam Palmater | Since its launch, the inquiry has been criticized for its numerous and lengthy delays, its failures to communicate with the families and its continued failure to provide information.
Blog - Behind The Numbers August 10
Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood | The NAFTA renegotiation drama is taking centre stage -- and it looks more like a summer rerun than the transformative spectacle we were promised.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 10
Jack Layton (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | As the Forever War continues, U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has admitted the United States is "not winning" the war against the Taliban.
Blog - David Suzuki August 9
Rush hour. Photo: Giacomo Carena/flickr
David Suzuki | In North America, reducing the carbon footprint by using less energy -- especially fossil fuels -- is major, but so is changing food habits.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 9
Image: Flickr/joeandsarah
Matt Chilliak | In the last three years, homelessness has increased not only in downtown Vancouver but also in its outlying suburbs. So far there has been little response from local politicians.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog August 8
Left to right: Niki Ashton, Charlie Agnus, Guy Caron, Jagmeet Singh
Nora Loreto | There is a giant, Quebec-sized hole in the NDP leadership debate. The four candidates have said nearly nothing about Quebec, either in their platforms or during the debates.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 7
Yves Engler | The FTA's recent flipflop on Israeli wines shows that free trade is more about protecting corporate interests than moving goods across international borders.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 4
Blue Jays game. Photo: lechuckster/flickr
Erin Kobayashi | This story shows a news outlet choosing to dedicate space to humanize an aggressive white fan rather than to write more constantly and critically about the dehumanization of people of colour.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 4
ACORN CANADA image from 4th National Convention, used with permission
Maya Bhullar | Wade Rathke of ACORN International and Judy Duncan of Canada speak about about the global campaigns ACORN International is now building.
Blog -'s staff blog August 4
Kim Elliott | If you loathe the anti-journalism of clickbait and love the spirit of independent journalism please chip in right now to keep rabble growing.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 3
Image: Flickr/SOPHOCO - santaorosia photographic collectivity
Ed Finn | Even when it leads to gross inequality and global financial crises, the conviction that unregulated capitalism is the best possible economic system remains deeply embedded in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 3
Rachel Notley in 2015
David J. Climenhaga | As low in the polls, relatively speaking, as the NDP may be right now, aspiring UCP leader Jason Kenney may turn out to be Premier Rachel Notley's most formidable advantage.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 3
Jason Kenney. Image: Flickr/mostlyconservative
David J. Climenhaga | If we accept UCP leadership candidate Jason Kenney's arithmetic, the Saskatchewan NDP appears to have wrecked the province's economy two years before it was elected!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Entrance to Tulawaka Gold Mine, Tanzania. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Hansueli Krapf
Yves Engler | Disregarding its election promise, the Trudeau government is openly backing Canada’s most controversial mining company in the country where it has committed its worst abuses.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Image: Flickr/Latuff​
Yves Engler | Its time to look at the vast organizational and financial ecosystem smearing critics of Israeli policy
Blog - David Suzuki August 1
Image: Flickr/Garry Knight
David Suzuki | If government implements the recommendations, it would be the first time the right to a healthy environment has been recognized in Canadian federal law.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 1
Carmela Hutchison | Women with disabilities do not necessarily seek medically assisted death because they are disabled, but because they aren't valued by the medical establishment or by society.
Blog - Activist Communiqué August 1
Krystalline Kraus | Two controversial new Netflix programs have sparked discussion about issues usually deemed irrelevant by the left.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 31
Syrian refugees protest at the platform of Budapest Keleti railway station. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov​
Raluca Bejan | Last week, Advocate General Yves Bot dismissed the claims of Hungary and Slovakia against the EU refugee relocation scheme.
Blog - Open Media's blog July 31
NAFTA: Don't trade away our digital rights.
Meghan Sali | OpenMedia's official submission to the NAFTA consultation puts the digital rights concerns of Canadians front and centre
Blog - A change is gonna come July 30
Doreen Nicoll | The Hamilton Fringe production's exploration of art and symbolism in the McCarthy era resonates with our present political moment.