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Two remarkable global victories deserve attention in Canada

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Two remarkable developments in the past week that could have a significant impact in many countries are worth a lot more attention in Canada and the United States.

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We need to keep Hydro One in public hands

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Undeniably, climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity. And nobody can dispute that Canada, once a leader in the fight to protect our environment, has become a global laughing stock to the ever-growing numbers of people around the world who understand action is needed.

We also know from poll after poll, that solving the climate crisis is a high priority for Canadians. So, why this rift between public will and political action?

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Road to Paris: Notes from the UN Bonn climate negotiations

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On Thursday June 11, the United Nations climate change negotiations wrapped up in Bonn, Germany. The negotiations, aimed at consolidating a text in time for the massive COP21 conference in Paris later this year, succeeded in trimming the agreement draft a mere five pages in 10 days of talks -- down from 89 pages to 85.

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At UN climate talks, Canada must acknowledge loss and damage

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As the world begins to hammer out a draft for the next climate deal at the United Nations climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, Canada stands in the way of progress.

Insufficient and out of touch

Our government has put forward its commitment for the upcoming Paris COP21 climate negotiations in December. Canada's commitment, or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) in U.N. jargon, is to reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by a paltry 3.6 per cent compared to 1990 levels.

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End carding: 11 ways to resist police harassment

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The cops' repressive carding practice of stopping, questioning and documenting the personal information of Torontonians who are not suspected of committing a crime is an instrument that makes permanent suspects of Afrikan-Canadians, other racialized peoples and the general working-class.

Carding is not substantively different in practice from New York City's "stop and frisk" policy.

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Canada's complicity in the Saudi-Yemen war

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The richest country in the Arab region wasted no time quoting their American arms dealers when they declared an end to their bombing campaign on the poorest Arab country last month.

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Women of The War Room: The Alberta NDP

Photo: flickr/ Don Voaklander

There are many things that will be written about the rise of the NDP in the recent Alberta election. One very important thing to note right away is that, in addition to an incredible woman leader Rachel Notley and over 50 per cent women candidates, the central campaign staff was also made up of well over half women.

While there were of course many talented people of both genders responsible for the NDP's success, I wanted to have a photographic record of these amazing women to illustrate that it's not all a back room boy's world anymore. 

So, I present to you the women of The War Room:

 

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Five things Albertans need to do in a post-PC province

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Dear Alberta,

Let me be among the many to congratulate you on accomplishing on May 5 what everyone thought was impossible. Within a few years, Alberta's reputation as a conservative stronghold has been completely turned on its head. Electing an NDP majority government and reducing the PCs -- the longest-ruling political party in any province -- to a pitiful 10 seats was astounding and inspiring.

No doubt you're feeling quite optimistic and proud. This is excellent! It is high time Albertans felt that they mattered and had a real say in how they are governed.  

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Notley wins the province, but can she win the Alberta civil service?

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The Alberta election saw a historic win with the Alberta NDP winning 53 seats and a majority government, supplanting the ruling PC party, who were first elected in 1971.

The Alberta NDP is not only taking over the office of the Premier, but also inheriting a large civil service that has not seen a government change in over four decades.

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Harper government moves to block supervised injection services for drug users in Canada

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Update: Health Canada has granted Insite an exemption to operate for another year. However, Health Canada has yet to decide to grant an exemption for Dr. Peter Centre, which has operated a three-booth injection room since 2002.

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