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Blog - Alberta Diary September 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Threatened with a vote of confidence yesterday by his rebellious United Conservative caucus members, Jason Kenney bluffed the lot of them into silence.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 23
Milkweed going to sleep in early fall. Image: Doreen Nicoll/Provided
Doreen Nicoll | We are in a climate and diversity crisis of epic proportions. So, why are homeowners so reluctant to embrace naturalized yards and edible landscaping?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 22
Alberta's new health minister, former labour minister Jason Copping, is sworn into his new position on Sept. 21. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney seemed to make it clear at yesterday's COVID news conference that he has no intention of going without a fight. A mandatory, in-person UCP caucus meeting is scheduled to take place today.
Blog - David Suzuki September 22
A young moose stands on the side of the road. Image: Anna Mircea/Unsplash
David Suzuki | International Union for Conservation of Nature offers "an optimistic vision of species conservation that presents a road map on how to conserve a species and achieve its recovery."
Blog - A change is gonna come September 21
The private property sign at the Millcroft golf course. Image: Doreen Nicoll/Provided
Doreen Nicoll | Turning the Millcroft golf course into farmland rented to marginalized groups to farm will create thriving organic farms that can supply the neighbourhood while improving diversity and health.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada September 21
Albert Einstein, pictured here at Princeton in 1948, was one of many prominent Jewish critics of political Zionism. (Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life Magazine; authorized for use under Creative Commons Licence Agreement.)
Larry Haiven | A critique of the use of the term "Zionist" to stigmatize criticism of Israeli policies.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 20
People's Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier. Image: Maxime Bernier/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Have the zealots who could always be counted on to get out and vote for the Conservatives abandon Erin O'Toole and the CPC for Max Bernier's People's Party of Canada?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 20
Preston Manning in 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The punditocracy is already acting as if Justin Trudeau and his Liberals will squeak back into power. It sounds as if Preston Manning, godfather of the Canadian right, is leaning the same way.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 17
The RCMP at the stables in Ottawa in 2012. Image: Jamie McCaffery/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | 'Broken Dreams. Broken Lives.' is the 17th report documenting a toxic culture within the RCMP. The same recommendations keep showing up but no one is held accountable for implementing change.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
Jason Kenney flips pancakes at the Calgary Stampede. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The O'Toole Conservative campaign has three days to come up with a strategy to remedy Jason Kenney's reverse Midas touch.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 17
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Chelsea Nash | September 20th is around the corner, and voting has already started. There is no time left to waste on the status quo -- not in politics, nor in the media.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 16
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Kim Elliott | rabble.ca's national live-politics panel, Off The Hill, returns TONIGHT at 7 p.m. EDT with host Robin Browne, and guests Libby Davies, Chuka Ejeckam, Rachel Snow, Karl Nerenberg, Diana Yoon
Blog - Alberta Diary September 16
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's public health emergency news conference (Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
David J. Climenhaga | What a train wreck! The Best Summer Ever has now officially become the Worst Fall Possible.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 15
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Richmond, B.C., yesterday putting Jason Kenney’s record at the centre of the last days of the federal election campaign. Image: Video still/David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | All that effort keeping his head down for all but a couple of days over the past five weeks while Alberta's health care system appeared to fall apart, and here we are.
Blog - David Suzuki September 15
The silhouette of a woman with her fist raised in the air. Image: Miguel Bruna/Unsplash
David Suzuki | The best way to tilt things to the side of good is to get involved and stand up for increased human rights, real climate action, environmental protection and replacing outdated economic systems.
Blog - Greening the News September 14
A monarch butterfly and a bee feed on some purple flowers. Image: KhteWisconsin/Flickr
Robert Hackett | "The only wasted vote is a vote against your own interests."
Blog - Alberta Diary September 14
Government House Leader Jason Nixon, vice chair of the legislature's priorities committee, refuses to consider the idea of vaccine certification strategy. Image: David Cournoyer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's problem, largely of his own devising, is that so much of the UCP's support base is made up of COVID vaccine skeptics, dodgers, deniers and refuseniks.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 14
Book authors Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald on the cover of their new book. Image: Provided
Doreen Nicoll | Jeanne Sarson and Linda MacDonald want to end the torture waged by family members against women and girls around the world.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney opens Canadian Energy Centre Ltd. on Dec. 11, 2019. Energy Minister Sonya Savage is at left, CEC Ltd. CEO Tom Olsen at right. Image: video still/Captured by David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Canadian Energy Centre Ltd., better known as Alberta's "Energy War Room," has not registered with Elections Canada as a third party.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro at yesterday's news conference (Photo: Screenshot of Alberta Government video).
David J. Climenhaga | Alas, vaccine refuseniks are the heart of the United Conservative Party's base, and a significant part of its Legislative Caucus. In other words, they are driving the train.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 9
Nokomis, Meneath and Jesus. Image: Provided by the National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | The short animation by Terri Calder invites viewers to contemplate the shared legacy of Métis and settlers through the experiences of a Métis baby.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 9
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews, front-man for both the UCP’s nurses' wage rollbacks and teachers' pension policies (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | This fight is not over. The government still wants to eliminate lump-sum payments that would cost nurses about two per cent in annual salary, and it seeks significant changes to contract language.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 9
Map of the regions of Ethiopia, overlaid on a background of an Ethiopian landscape. Image: User:Golbez/Wikimedia Commons, Lan Yao/Pexels
Doreen Nicoll | The recruitment and use of children in conflict is a war crime and contravenes the UN Convention on the rights of the Child. Why is the international community silent?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 8
Jason Kenney gives an update on COVID-19 on Sept. 3. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Neither Alberta Premier Jason Kenney nor whoever operates his normally frenetic Twitter account has tweeted anything since Friday. His Facebook account has also been inactive for four days.
Blog - David Suzuki September 8
Two children hold up signs at the global climate strike in London, England, 2019. Image: Garry Knight/Flickr
David Suzuki | The Children's Climate Risk Index shows that almost half the world's children live in countries where they face "extremely high risk" from "climate and environmental hazards, shocks and stresses."
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog September 7
Dri, from Tent City, speaks at a CAW podium in front of a TDRC banner that says House the Homeless. Image: Cathy Crowe/Provided
Cathy Crowe | Canadian unions once played a critical role in housing advocacy. Our future depends on revitalizing that work.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 7
Senator Murray Sinclair in 2015. Image: John Giavedoni​/University of Winnipeg/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | The consummate documentary maker captures the wisdom, kindness and determination of former senator Murray Sinclair in her 29 minute doc: Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 7
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at Friday's news conference (Photo: Screenshot of Alberta Government video).
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney plans to give a $100 gift card to vaccine-hesitant Albertans who agree to get a jab. Citizens who did the right thing and got vaccinated already get bupkes. There is a fury in the land.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 3
Kenney visits an ICU in July. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If the Kenney government can't put the pandemic behind it before the next election, it represents an existential threat to the United Conservative Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 2
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during his re-emergence on Facebook yesterday. Image: Video still/Jason Kenney/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Media are cut out of Alberta premier's first online appearance after 23 days of silence. Also, new Alberta Party leader appointed.

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