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Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Coronavirus. Image: Centers for Disease Control/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The start of a global coronavirus outbreak probably isn't the best moment for a high-risk ideological experiment in health-care management, but don't expect conservatives to care.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 24
Image: Christoph Scholz/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | There is a lot of fake news spread via social media. Here is some advice about how to defend against it.
Blog - Taking Sides January 24
Journalist documenting events at Independence Square, Ukraine. Image: Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons
Lorenzo Vargas | At this time of global anxiety, it is important for journalists everywhere to remember the lessons of the poor and often biased coverage of the Iraq War 16 years ago.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 24
Image: John Englart/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Just like social activism, we need a wide network of community support to keep the activist toolkit running. Are you among them?
Blog - Alberta Diary January 23
Image: Jeff Callaway/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Soon we will find out if breaking the law is illegal in Alberta.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 22
Matthew DiMera | We are thrilled to report back to you that rabble's Pro Bono column on medically assisted death in Canada took home the award for Media: Best Blog/Column.
Blog - David Suzuki January 21
Climate crisis. Image: Joe Brusky/Flickr
David Suzuki | We've frittered away two of the 12 years we have to halve our greenhouse gas emissions. Where is the daily discussion about concrete ways to reduce them?
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 21
Overcrowded respite site showing cots close together. Image: Provided by Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | The homelessness emergency and shelter overcrowding demonstrate lessons have not been learned since the 2003 SARS outbreak.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 21
Progress Alberta director Duncan Kinney. Image: Dave Cournoyer, used with permission
David J. Climenhaga | A small activist organization is challenging the UCP government's so-called inquiry into "anti-Alberta campaigns." If the Alberta government is a Goliath, Progress Alberta is certainly David.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
The University of Alberta's Central Academic Building
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's government adores regulations intended to harass people and organizations they don't like, for example, the University of Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 17
Manning Centre founder and former Reform party leader Preston Manning. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | File under unsolved political mysteries: career changes by Stephen Harper, Preston Manning and Andrew Weaver. Whatever can they mean?
Blog - Brent Patterson January 17
Land defenders at Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory. Image: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Forty per cent of the human rights defenders killed in 2019 were working on land rights, Indigenous peoples' rights and environmental rights.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 16
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Sollok29
Duncan Cameron | At rabble, we know that without independent media, debate is distorted, issues are ignored, and injustices are overlooked.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 16
Premier Jason Kenney speaks to media. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta legislature returns on February 25 amid disappearing jobs and sour economic indicators. Can Alberta survive another spring of renewal like the last one?
Blog - David Suzuki January 15
Image: i threw a guitar at him/Flickr
David Suzuki | As landscapes and our approaches to conserving them shift, so too must our social systems. Climate justice and social justice are intricately linked.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 15
Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Sheryl Nestel | The NDP leader's recent remarks signal another alarming backslide when it comes to standing up for the Palestinian people.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 14
Mass strikes and protests in France over pension reform. Image: Jeanne Menjoulet/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Why is there an almost total blackout of news about the general strike in France in Canadian media?
Blog - Raluca Bejan January 14
Image: Hossein Mersadi/Wikimedia Commons
Raluca Bejan | Canada's approach to immigration has made the crash less about those who died and more about Canada. Canada, not the victims and their families, is portrayed as having suffered the real loss.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 14
Image: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory/Facebook
Brent Patterson | It is essential that Canada uphold its constitutional and international human rights obligations to the Wet'suwet'en Nation.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 14
Image: Alisdare Hickson/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Ways to build the peace movement and support real change.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
Wexit rally in Edmonton. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Judging from the turnout at its Edmonton rally yesterday, Alberta's minuscule Wexit faction might want to reconsider its demand for a separation referendum right now.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
The "fair deal" panel in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you expected a separatist open mic night in Fort Saskatchewan, guess again!
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 10
Image: Fernando Podolski/istock
Matthew Adams | For almost two decades, rabble has been a progressive independent voice in a corporate media landscape and we keep doing it every day.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Tehran in 2010. Image: Flickr/Ninara
David J. Climenhaga | In the wake of yesterday's air tragedy in Iran that took the lives of at least 63 Canadians, all Canadians want answers to what caused Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS 752 to crash.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Alberta Minister of Energy Sonya Savage. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party has a lot of time for the rule of law -- but only when the law lets it enforce its own rules.
Blog - David Suzuki January 8
Image: Socialist Appeal/Flickr
David Suzuki | If we had political leaders willing to act with the urgency the scientific evidence shows is necessary, curbing climate breakdown would still be a challenge this late in the game, but we could do it.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 7
NDP Opposition energy critic Irfan Sabir when he was a minister of the Crown. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Run competently, the Canadian Energy Centre could do considerably more damage to the democratic rights of Albertans and the state of our rapidly heating globe.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 7
President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders' Summit on November 30, 2018. Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr
Gordon Laxer | The new agreement, USMCA, is subject to review every six years. When it dies, Canada and the U.S. will revert to an old agreement with an energy clause that would kneecap any future climate action.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
A helicopter drops a bucket of water on a wildfire near High Level, Alberta in May 2019. Image: Chris Schwarz for Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Response to Australian wildfires shows how much has changed since 2016, when connections between Alberta wildfires and climate change were denounced as outrageous.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Linda Silas. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The New Brunswick nurse and president of Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is best known outside labour as a high-profile supporter for a national pharmacare program.

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