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|Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 25 rabble staff | Join us in welcoming Lidia Abraha, recipient of the 2020 Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.|
|Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 23 Maya Bhullar | Help for workers to make sense of their benefits and stay safe.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 22 Archana Rampure | Seniors in long-term care facilities are dying of COVID-19 in the thousands. Ultimately, the well-being of residents in these facilities depends on the well-being of the staff who work there.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
Frustration grows as Alberta health minister's promised $2-per-hour top-up for health-care aides fails to appear, againDavid J. Climenhaga | More than a month has passed since the UCP promised a $2-per-hour coronavirus-crisis top-up to Alberta's lowest-paid health-care workers. There's still no sign of it.
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 21 Canadian Foreign Policy Institute | Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 21 Sandeep Prasad, Alba Onofrio | The "March for Life" rally may not seem like a major problem in the short term. But its supporters have a broad agenda aimed at promoting Christian supremacy and marginalizing vulnerable groups.|
|Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 21 David Kattenburg | By conflating boycotts and other pro-Palestinian activities with anti-Semitism, as it does in its 2019 audit of anti-Semitic incidents, B'nai Brith Canada undermines the fight it claims to champion.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 20 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Conservatives always thought they could afford some rebellion to open the Overton window further to the political right. The NDP's Rachel Notley proved them wrong in 2015.|
|Blog - David Suzuki May 19 David Suzuki | We have a lot to learn still, but COVID-19 can teach us ways to address a crisis with many unknowns, whether it's a pandemic, a rapidly heating planet or accelerating biodiversity loss.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 19 Robert Hackett | While thousands of B.C. businesses have closed and millions of British Columbians are urged to stay at home, fossil fuel-related expansion projects continue as if they are "essential services."|
|Blog - Brent Patterson May 19 Brent Patterson | Global spending on arms could decline due a drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and the imperative of a Green New Deal. How does Canada's plan to buy fighter jets by 2022 fit into this?|
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog
City of Toronto finally commits to physical distancing standards in key court settlement for city's homeless peopleCathy Crowe | It took a lawsuit at the Superior Court level to push Toronto to commit to enforceable physical distancing in shelters.
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 19 David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called sinking $7.5 billion into the Keystone XL pipeline "a solid bet." But the investment is not likely to benefit Alberta's taxpayers.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 18 David J. Climenhaga | Friday before a long weekend is commonly viewed as the traditional time to publish information governments would like voters to forget about. What does this say about the so-called "fair deal" panel?|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 15 Jeff Shantz | Prisoners across the country have raised concerns about the conditions they are experiencing and expressed their frustration, anger and fears over the health risks they face.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 15 Ernie Lightman | In the last 25 years, there has been an increase in the proportion of long-term care beds provided by for-profit corporations that are primarily interested in cutting costs and maximizing profit.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
COVID-19 proves Ernst & Young was out to lunch when it recommended privatizing two public long-term care providersDavid J. Climenhaga | If ever there was a time to recognize that privatization of health-care services, in particular public-sector long-term care, is a bad idea, the current pandemic is that moment.
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 15 David J. Climenhaga | Twitter users were quick to point out to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's Aaron Wudrick that any horse hoping to defraud Ottawa of CERB funds would need a valid social insurance number.|
|Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 14 rabble staff | We're thrilled to announce that Chelsea Nash will be joining the rabble.ca team as our labour beat reporter for 2020.|
|Blog - Taking Sides May 14 Philip Lee | A recent Angus Reid poll showed that 48 per cent of Canadians do not trust the news media to provide accurate information about COVID-19.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 14 David J. Climenhaga | University of Calgary Professor Jack Mintz, appointed in March to lead Jason Kenney's "emergency economic panel," has joined other right-wing commentators in calling for public-sector rollbacks.|
|Blog - Brent Patterson May 14 Brent Patterson | Does the Trudeau government want a seat on the Security Council enough to follow a resolution from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination?|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 13 David J. Climenhaga | The timing of Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes's tweet was especially bad, since public-sector workers are currently on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.|
|Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 13 John Miller | The federal government promised $595 million to support Canadian newspapers 18 months ago, but so far that program has not paid out any funds to struggling publishers.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed May 13 Nicholas Erwin-Longstaff | As things stand, we face a future where we are asked to choose between a nationalist right and a liberal centre. The left must present a compelling and plausible alternative to these paths.|
|Blog - David Suzuki May 12 David Suzuki | While the fear factor in the hornet story has drawn our attention to hornets and honeybees, most people don't know a honeybee, hornet or wasp from the more than 800 species of wild bees in Canada.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary May 12 David J. Climenhaga | A new report finds that the 'big five' oil sands producers shipped $8 billion to their mostly foreign shareholders in the first three quarters of 2019.|
Blog - The Views Expressed
As pandemic restrictions ease, Canada should replace its capitalist system with a Scandinavian-style alternativeEd Finn | We cannot afford to return to a business-as-usual economic model that kills many, impoverishes millions and fuels global warming.
Blog - Alberta Diary
Coronavirus has U.S. physicians eyeing politics -- will COVID-19 and the UCP's war on doctors spur the same thing here?David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney's UCP has chosen the pandemic as an opportunity for an assault on physician pay and an ugly attack on the Alberta Medical Association.
|Blog - Brent Patterson May 8 Brent Patterson | This Mother's Day let us recall the radical origins of the day and the women who proclaimed it to be a day to challenge war and militarism.|