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Blog - Brent Patterson July 21
F35s. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Challenging next year's decision to commit spending $76.8 billion on new warplanes includes understanding the business logic of NATO.
Blog - David Suzuki July 21
Tar sands in Fort McMurray. Image: Kris Krüg/DeSmogBlog/Flickr
David Suzuki | Because industry and governments have been yammering about a gradual transition for decades while doing as little as possible to transition at all, we've missed the opportunity for "gradual."
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 20
Toronto police and security personnel are seen through an orange fence during the eviction. Image: Rafi Aaron/Used with permission
Cathy Crowe | Toronto's mayor John Tory continues to defy international public health guidelines to not evict encampments and employ a human rights approach.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 20
Image: Eduardo Sogamoso/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Questions persist about the role of Canadian-built light armoured vehicles in human rights violations abroad.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 19
Hamilton Fringe Festival poster. Image: Artwork by Vermillion Sands​/Hamilton Fringe Festival/Twitter
Doreen Nicoll | The events offered by the Hamilton Fringe Festival are a virtual Russian roulette. But, the good outweigh the bad and once in a while there is an exceptional production. So keep watching.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 19
Manitoba's legislature building in Winnipeg. Image: David J. Climenhaga/Used with permission
David J. Climenhaga | "It is gravely concerning that a private investigator was hired to conduct surveillance of a member of the judiciary, ostensibly to embarrass or intimidate the judge."
Blog - Brent Patterson July 18
Harjit Sajjan and Anita Vandenbeld/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | As the U.S. and U.K. look at reducing the number of F-35s they buy because of sustainment costs, the Canadian government appears to be silent on this crucial budget line.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 16
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's news conference on referendums. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's premier sounded very much like a fellow trying to think of a way to steal a hot stove when he mused about only allowing voters who agree with him to vote on a provincial police force.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 15
Lesser Slave Lake MLA Pat Rehn during his mid-pandemic holiday in Mexico. Image: Facebook/Pat Rehn
David J. Climenhaga | Former Conservative PM Stephen Harper is reported to have been called in to give the fractious UCP caucus a lecture about the need to stick together and play nice.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 14
Lawyer John Carpay addressing an anti-mask rally in Calgary in November 2020. Image: David Climenhaga/Screenshot of YouTube video
David J. Climenhaga | Complaints about Carpay's shenanigans have been filed with the law societies of both Manitoba and Alberta.
Blog - David Suzuki July 14
Two people hold a sign that reads "treaty rights not tankers." Image: somecanuckchick/Flickr
David Suzuki | The late-June B.C. Supreme Court ruling said the province failed to uphold its treaty promises and outlines a bold new framework for decision-making around resource extraction.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 13
Social conservative activist and lawyer John Carpay before the doors of a courthouse (Image: Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms/distributed).
David J. Climenhaga | The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms' founder and president admitted yesterday it was he who hired a professional peeper to spy on the judge.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 12
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney flipping pancakes in Calgary Saturday (Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | It's astonishing that a hard-line market-fundamentalist party like the UCP doesn't seem to understand the law of supply and demand.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 12
Hamilton Fringe Festival patio in 2018. Image: Hamilton Fringe Festival/Tessier/Twitter
Doreen Nicoll | This year's festival will highlight the artistry and storytelling of Luis Arrojo, winner of the BIPOC artist lottery award and Rex Emerson Jackson winner of the disability justice category.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
Premier Jason Kenney leads some of his new cabinet ministers down the garden path (literally) at Government House yesterday -- visible from left to right, Kenney, Jason Luan, Ron Orr, Muhammad Yaseen and Rajan Sawhney. Image: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | Six of the eight newly assigned ministers represent Calgary ridings that would probably vote NDP if a provincial election were held tomorrow -- so needs must!
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice July 9
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School in Roncesvalles, Toronto. Image: Enoch Leung/Flickr
Tina Beier | Canada prides itself on being inclusive, yet we have a system that privileges one group over the other. Why don't children of other religions get to attend schools of their religion for free?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 8
Justin Trudeau and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Image: Screen shot of the news conference/rabble.ca.
David J. Climenhaga | The Kenney government confirmed yesterday it would fork over its share of the cash for the first phase of the LRT line opposed by many UCP supporters, but the premier skipped the PM's news conference.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 8
Image: @CasoCREOMPAZ/Twitter
Brent Patterson | Where does Canada stand on a Q'eqchi' community seeking its land back from a Guatemalan military base where 90 Indigenous children were found in unmarked graves?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 7
While their negotiators were demanding wage rollbacks from nurses, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Finance Minister Travis Toews were in full campaign mode, all dressed up to visit a construction site in northern Alberta yesterday. Image: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government
David J. Climenhaga | In the end, the Kenney government didn't even wait for the COVID-19 pandemic to be truly over before it declared war on the province's registered nurses.
Blog - David Suzuki July 7
A Cree person and dog sled team on the Severn River, with the Fort Severn Hudson's Bay Company post in the distance, c. 1953. Image: Archives of Ontario/Flickr.
David Suzuki | Canada was built on resource extraction and its foundations are shaky on many fronts, including dispossession of Indigenous peoples and wilful blindness to natural limits.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Politicians like Jason Kenney may start out thinking they own the fringe, but as we have seen frequently throughout history, sometimes the fringe ends up owning them.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 5
Justin Trudeau, all smiles, campaigning in Edmonton in October 2015. Image: David J. Climenhaga/Used with permission.
David J. Climenhaga | Bad Alberta polling numbers for the federal Conservatives suggest Liberals and New Democrats could make gains in the expected federal election. Is Jason Kenney to blame?
Blog - Brent Patterson July 5
Ottawa Police Services filming a gathering of some 8,000 people mourning the loss of Indigenous children. Image: Brent Patterson/Used with permission
Brent Patterson | The surveillance of racialized peoples has a long history and technology is now further enabling the erosion of the right to peaceful assembly.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 1
Morinville's Roman Catholic Church burns Tuesday night (Photo: Twitter/Kim Smith, CTV).
David J. Climenhaga | If ever there was a moment in Canada's history for sober reflection, empathy and reconciliation, this Canada Day is it.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 30
Why couldn't mom and dad have named us Zeus and Apollo? Image: FOTO:FORTEPAN/Kölcsey Ferenc Dunakeszi Városi Könyvtár/Petanovics fényképek/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Why are so many children in Alberta named after gods? Why are Olivia and Jack among the province's top 10 baby names year after year?
Blog - David Suzuki June 29
Climate change protest. Image: John Englart/Flickr.
David Suzuki | Let's hope G7 members and all world leaders start to adopt rather than co-opt the environmental movement's language and take the commitment to "build back better" seriously.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
HMS Defender, in one piece, as it still is, thank goodness. Image: Hammersfan/Creative Commons.
David J. Climenhaga | Not much good can come from post-imperial naval misadventures -- but some ideas are definitely worse than others.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 28
NDP Opposition Finance Critic Shannon Phillips (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The company's top managers were missing in action and the representative who did show up had few answers.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 25
Alberta NDP Labour Critic Christina Gray. Image: David J. Climenhaga/Used with permission
David J. Climenhaga | After being so rudely interrupted for so long by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Kenney government obviously hopes to get back to its agenda of snatching Albertans' retirement savings.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 24
City workers, some in white hazmat suits ready to begin dismantling people's homes and load material into a white city truck. Image credit: Paul Salvatori/Used with Permission
Cathy Crowe | This week's militarized operation to evict two dozen people from a Toronto park shows the huge failure of Toronto City Council and its mayor to achieve the human right to housing.

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