Blogs

Blog - Brent Patterson June 14
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Brent Patterson | The G7 summit communique falls short of the urgent action needed to confront the human rights and environmental crisis of climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Jason Kenney in the 2010 Calgary Stampede Parade, back when he was Member of Parliament for Calgary Midnapore. Image credit: 5of7/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ottawa is going to have to try to find a way to implement a vaccine certificate that can be used to protect those us who have been abiding by the rules.
Blog - Economic Democracy June 14
RCMP on display at the Calgary Stampede. Image credit: Pikist.
Gary Engler | Our country has glorified white male warrior, racist colonialism and participated in it at home and abroad. Our laws, our institutions, our foreign policy, our culture have all been affected by it.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 briefing. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Given his history gambling away other people's money, it shouldn't come as a shock Jason Kenney has raised the possibility of a cash lottery for Albertans who sign up to get a vaccine shot.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 11
rabble.ca graphic featuring Off the Hill panelists
Kim Elliott | Truth and reconciliation, like thoughts and prayers, are empty without meaningful, concrete and ongoing actions.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 10
Keystone XL pipeline is no more. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr.
David J. Climenhaga | Keystone XL is no more. This time, it seems like there's no coming back.
Blog - David Suzuki June 8
ExxonMobil operation near Chicago, IL. Image credit: Richard Hurd/Flickr.
David Suzuki | The perseverance and commitment of people who care have spurred industry, governments and society to finally start waking up to reality.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at the June 7 news conference (Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | The rebellion that now has UCP Premier Jason Kenney looking as if his career is on the ropes is strongly reminiscent of the circumstances that ended PC premier Alison Redford's political career.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley addressing her party's convention Sunday afternoon (Image credit: Screenshot of NDP Facebook live video).
David J. Climenhaga | If returned to power, the former NDP premier vowed to transform Alberta into a powerhouse of renewable energy in North America and to introduce universal child care.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
Leela Aheer. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Leela Aheer, the UCP's minister of culture, multiculturalism and status of women, also rejected the Alberta premier’s obsessive defence of John A. Macdonald.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
The Sky Palace dinner. Image credit: @TheBreakdownAB/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | "Looking at these photos it seems clear to me that several health restrictions were violated," Airdrie UCP MLA Angela Pitt boldly stated Friday on her Facebook account.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 4
The sky palace. Image credit: @TheBreakdownAB/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Dr. Deena Hinshaw stuck determinedly to her talking point: She wasn't there and therefore can't know how far apart the dinner goers were, no matter what those photographs tell our lyin' eyes.
Blog - Economic Democracy June 4
Protesters hold an antifa banner in Minneapolis, 2017. Image credit: Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons
Gary Engler | A quick fascism worry checklist based on a definition of fascism by historian Robert Paxton.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 3
David J. Climenhaga | The Sky Palace brouhaha diverted attention away from the troubling appointment of market-fundamentalist economist Jack Mintz to the board of Alberta Health Services.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 3
A woman cleans a window. Image credit: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels
Penney Kome | Unpaid housework contributes the equivalent of $600 billion a year to Canada's wealth, but it's not included in the GDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 2
John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal. Image credit: Colin Knowles/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one is proposing that John A. Macdonald's name be erased from the pages of Canadian history or that we cease to study his role as Canada's first prime minister. Quite the contrary, in fact.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 2
G3 grain elevator in Manitoba. Image credit: Dave Shaver/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't worry, this isn't about dictator oil at all. It's only about dictator grain, in a manner of speaking, which is obviously a different matter entirely.
Blog - David Suzuki June 2
Wind turbine in sunflower field. Image credit: Gustavo Quepón/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It's fast becoming less expensive to generate electricity from renewable energy than from fossil fuels and new nuclear plants. Costs to store energy are also falling quickly.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 1
Mourners at memorial for children who died at Kamloops residential school. Image credit: Thomas_H_foto/Flickr
John Miller | Given the calls for accountability that are now being voiced for one of Canada's most shameful tragedies, this omission must stand as one of the saddest failures of recent Canadian journalism.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 31
Hand holding two Canadian twenty dollar bills. Image credit: Michelle Spollen/Unsplash
Penney Kome | Universal basic income needs safeguards or the result will be more gig work and much less security for workers.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. Image credit: Archives of the Oblate Order, Richelieu/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | As for the details and intent of the crime, if it marches like genocide, and talks like genocide, it is genocide.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 briefing. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The claim that anyone opposing a recklessly fast re-opening is undermining public confidence in COVID vaccines is utter pish-posh, and Alberta's premier certainly knows it perfectly well.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 27
Image by PBI-Colombia.
Brent Patterson | A webinar on June 3 will convene human rights defenders to discuss what's next in the social struggle in Colombia.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's pandemic-reopening news conference. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Sometimes fortune does favour the bold. More often it doesn't. It's just that foolhardiness looks better in the rear-view mirror because the fools who fail are usually soon forgotten.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 26
A nursing student's hand reaches out to touch the imprint of hands in a sculpture at a community drop-in centre. Image credit: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | The problems within nursing preceded the pandemic and call for a radical shake-up of the profession.
Blog - David Suzuki May 26
Pump-jack mining crude oil at sunset. Image credit: Zbynek Burival/Unsplash
David Suzuki | The era of coal, oil and gas is over. We've done too little for the past 30 years. For the next 30, let's work toward a cleaner, healthier future for all.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney … at his computer. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Albertans have learned that being good at clicking a tweet button, which UCP issues managers do scores of times every day, doesn't mean they have enough clicks to make a clack!
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | A normal government in normal times would be deeply concerned by the degree of dissatisfaction among teachers with Alberta's education minister. Not the UCP.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 25
Israeli artillery firing into Gaza, May 18, 2021. Image credit: Israel Defense Forces/Wikimedia Commons
John Miller | More than 2,000 Canadian journalists and others recently signed a letter calling for more accurate and inclusive coverage of Middle Eastern conflicts. It's proven to be controversial.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 24
Vancouver blogger Vivian Krause. Image: Vivian Krause/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The justification for Jason Kenney's Alberta inquiry is unravelling before our eyes like a badly knitted sweater.

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