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Blog - Alberta Diary November 27
Premier Jason Kenney at a news briefing (Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | CBC scoop shows how Alberta pandemic response has been guided more by political pressure and right-wing ideology than science and expert advice. A witch-hunt for the leaker will be launched.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
Former Alberta politician and envoy to Washington D.C. Gary Mar in 2018. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If incoming U.S. president Joe Biden nixes Keystone XL, as is widely expected, Alberta will be out billions and Kenney will be left with egg on his face.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 26
Cuban doctor administers a vaccine in Haiti in 2010. Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr
Rick Arnold, Council of Canadians | Since March 2020, Cuba has sent 52 medical teams to 39 countries to buttress often shaky health-care systems where the poor and marginalized are at the highest risk of contracting the disease.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public health policy in Alberta appears to be guided by business lobby groups, not the chief medical officer of health.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 24
Retiring Alberta Liberal leader David Khan. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan, 46, announced his departure on Sunday. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 42, announced his yesterday morning.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 24
F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Flying Eagles” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 lands on the flight deck of Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). (Image: U.S. Pacific Fleet/Flickr)
Yves Engler | While background issues and polling suggest campaigners are well placed to mobilize the public against the federal government's $19-billion fighter jet purchase, there is still a huge hill to climb.
Blog - David Suzuki November 24
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David Suzuki | If we spent more time building relationships, we would also enrich our inner lives, and that could reduce the consumption that drives carbon output and pollution.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta is in the midst of a pandemic emergency that grows more frightening by the day, but it's been days since the public has seen or heard from the premier.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 20
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Krystalline Kraus | "The Witches" is a fantasy, but the potential for Anne Hathaway's portrayal of the Grand High Witch to cause real-life pain for people with disabilities is still there.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 20
Miranda Rosin at a press conference earlier this month. Image: Miranda Rosin/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party might be trying out a new talking point, with MLA Miranda Rosin's constituents as a focus group.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 19
Vancouver renters picket a building. Image: contributed photo
Mazdak Gharibnavaz | During the last three and a half years, the B.C. NDP had the opportunity to show leadership on the bold, systemic changes that renters needed. Instead, the opposite has happened.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
AIMCo CEO Kevin Uebelein. Image: Screenshot of Legislative Assembly of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | Did Kevin Uebelein jump or was he shoved? Albertans can be confident they'll never get a straight answer about why the pension executive chose this week to announce his departure.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 18
Dri giving a speech at a CAW (now UNIFOR) meeting in front of a banner that says "House the Homeless. Toronto Disaster Relief Committee." Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Canada lost an important figure in housing history this week. Rainer "Dri" Driemeyer, a well-known Tent City resident, knew that to fight for housing was to fight for housing for all.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 18
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson at COP 25 in Madrid last year. Image: Jonathan Wilkinson/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Four land defenders have been killed every week since COP21 in 2015. Canada must commit to their protection at the upcoming Climate Ambition Summit.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 18
Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole in Parliament. Image: Erin O'Toole/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | As prime minister, it's unlikely that Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole would be union friendly. That doesn't mean progressive politicians should assume union votes are theirs.
Blog - David Suzuki November 17
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David Suzuki | Although many concerns around banning single-use plastic beverage containers are valid, ban proponents argue they aren't insurmountable -- and the reasons to include them in a ban are compelling.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 17
Kenney in July. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Sunday was Alberta's deadliest pandemic day to date. Twenty people died from COVID-19, and the province recorded 860 new cases.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 17
Stephen Harper gives a speech at the IDU forum in 2019. Image: International Democrat Union/Twitter
Maya Bhullar | One way that conservatives share strategies is through the International Democrat Union, whose goal is to strengthen conservative and right-wing politicians around the world.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 16
Palestinian flags outside of Queen's Park. Image: Courtesy of Just Peace Advocates
Karen Rodman | Bill 168, if passed into legislation, would require the government of Ontario to be guided by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's controversial working definition of anti-Semitism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
University of Alberta campus in 2013. Image: IQRemix/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The university leadership likely concluded that lobbyist Elan MacDonald has the connections necessary to work with Premier Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party government.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 13
Kenney at a press briefing in October. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The pandemic is quickly getting worse in Alberta with 860 new daily cases, 225 people in hospital including 51 in intensive care, and the province's ICU wards said to be overcapacity.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 12
Image of plexiglass sleeping cubicles in Better Living Centre. Lawn type furniture cots substitute for beds. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | The City of Toronto faces criticism for using plexiglass cubicles that resemble prison cells in a recently re-opened congregate shelter.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
Trump at a rally in October. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Conservative Party of Canada and the Republican party in the United States increasingly resemble each other in disturbing ways.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
The Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary. Image: Twitter/Alberta University of the Arts
David J. Climenhaga | The panel rejected an employer demand for a two-per-cent pay roll-back, and instead ordered that non-academic staff at eight institutions receive a one per cent pay increase.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon November 12
President-elect Joe Biden. Image: Joe Biden/Twitter
David Taub Bancroft | To prevent the re-emergence of Trumpism in a refined avatar, Democrats must move in a bolder direction.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 10
Justin Trudeau in 2019 with then-foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter
Yves Engler | The Liberal government's marketing of its foreign policy drains all meaning from the word "feminist," and sometimes convinces progressives to support policies driven by U.S. interests.
Blog - David Suzuki November 10
Image: Anthony Crider/Flickr
David Suzuki | Because we're shaped by the societies we're part of, we must learn to recognize and overcome our own conscious and unconscious biases.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 9
135A Encampment, Surrey, on the unceded territory of the qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie) & kʷikʷəƛ̓əm - Kwikwetlem Nations. Image: Meenakshi Mannoe​
Meenakshi Mannoe, Viveca Ellis | It's time to demand the elimination of anti-poor discrimination and the outright eradication of poverty and stigma in British Columbia.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 9
Trump at an October campaign rally at Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Goodyear, Arizona. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
Penney Kome | Trump has so far refused to concede that Joe Biden has won the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a dangerous tactic that could strain the mettle of American democracy.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 9
U.S. Capitol building. Image: Andy Feliciotti/Unsplash
David J. Climenhaga | A U.S.-style senate in Canada would likely forge a permanent and undemocratic edge for social conservative and neoliberal parties based on support from underpopulated rural regions.

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