Blogs

Blog - Brent Patterson June 23
Image: Still taken from the film "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance"/NFB
Brent Patterson | As the Trudeau government prepares to spend billions on the Canadian military, it's urgent and necessary to discuss alternatives.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
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David J. Climenhaga | Probably the last thing the Conservative Party of Canada needs right now is a battle over allegations of dirty tricks between the campaigns of its two leading candidates.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 23
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Ed Finn | Politicians and corporations in the United States and Canada have started to open up their economies. This is happening even though the coronavirus is still present in both countries.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 22
Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Barnes needs to be kicked out of the UCP if Kenney is to retain any patriotic credibility elsewhere in Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 22
A view from the president's seat inside the UN Security Council chamber (Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr)
Yves Engler | Ottawa's failure to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council is a victory for those seeking a more just Canadian foreign policy.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 22
A woman holds a Black Lives Matter sign. Image: Joan Villalon/Unsplash
Chuka Ejeckam | Manufactured mortality among Black and Indigenous people is a fundamental mechanism by which the world operates. Addressing this inequity requires action on a global scale.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 19
Photo taken at the Toronto Climate Strike in September 2019. Image: Lewis Parsons/Unsplash
Tania Ehret | Bearing an individual brunt to systemic problems is a recipe for burnout.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 19
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Vincent Collins | We could be entering a moment in which workers come together to fight the system that jeopardizes not only racialized peoples' livelihoods, but their very existence.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 18
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Bonnie Gostola | Some staff at private care homes have received pay bumps from their employers. But these "bonuses" are the rates they would need to bring their current salaries in-line with the public sector.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 18
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Jordan Grimsley | Responsibility for the crisis in long-term care exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic resides at a much higher level than the worker making $15 an hour.
Blog - Thomas Woodley June 18
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne cast his vote in the UN Security Council election (Image: François-Philippe Champagne/Twitter)
Thomas Woodley | The Trudeau government suffered a humiliating referendum on its international record this week. Will it learn from its mistakes?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 18
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Jan Malek | Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he plans to hold long-term care companies that continued to draw profits while seniors lay sick and dying accountable. Will that include Mike Harris?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
Fair deal panel members, UCP MLAs Tany Yao, Miranda Rosin and Drew Barnes (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The report suggests the Stephen Harper-Jason Kenney wing of Canada's Conservative movement is made up of patriots of convenience.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 18
Matthew DiMera | Join tonight's webinar where our panelists will consider justice reform through a national lens.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Get ready for your first look at Alberta's warmed over 20th anniversary commemoration of Stephen Harper's 2001 Alberta sovereignty-association manifesto.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 17
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Doreen Nicoll | The COVID-19 pandemic has placed front and centre the need for meaningful structural and financial reforms across employment sectors dominated by women and migrant workers.
Blog - David Suzuki June 16
Bicycles in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village. Image: wyliepoon/Flickr
David Suzuki | The shortcomings of car-oriented streetscapes are being highlighted like never before during the pandemic. The health crisis is forcing cities to re-think how people get around.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 16
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John Miller | Journalistic organizations are facing demands to change, and many won't admit they have a problem.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 16
Athabasca University president Neil Fassina. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Athabasca University can enroll international students without them having to travel to Canada. If Jason Kenney harbours prime ministerial ambitions, he can try to sell that as a success for Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Demetrios Nicolaides explains his government's plan to overhaul Alberta's post-secondary education system in a video on June 12, 2020. Image: Demetrios Nicolaides/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | Promises by highly ideological governments to enact ambitious change in institutions they have targeted as hotbeds of opposition should be viewed with some distrust.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 15
Protester at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Toronto, in June 2020. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Dariusz Dziewanski | Addressing protests and policing in United States means also addressing the continuum of suicide, racism, incarceration, poverty and alienation that affects racialized peoples every day in Canada.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 15
Police officer at a Toronto Black Lives Matter demonstration in June 2020. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Maya Bhullar | Much needed community support services have faced cuts while the total operating expenditures of police forces have generally increased for over two decades.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 15
The 2010 BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Image: kris krüg/Flickr
Penney Kome | We need an economic metric that includes social and environmental costs, and to put our efforts into reviving the global ecology that sustains us all.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 12
Sherri Barnes (left) and Kwamena Mensa harvest fresh vegetables from the high tunnel at D-Town Farm in 2014. Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture/D-Town Farm/Flickr
Robin Browne | The death of George Floyd has many Canadians saying we're glad we're not like the U.S. Modeling initiatives like the Detroit People's Food Co-op would be a good place to make an exception to that.
Blog - Taking Sides June 12
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Philip Lee | The right to communicate is never more urgent than when lives and livelihoods are at stake because access to trustworthy information and news is blocked.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 12
A George Floyd mural in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | As we reflect on George Floyd, it would be a mistake to think that the murder revealed something new to the Black community about the injustice that led to his death.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 12
Bank of Canada building in Ottawa. Image: Brent Eades/Flickr
Ed Finn | Economists are already warning that pandemic-induced borrowing amounts will have to be repaid. This will likely entail the imposition of higher taxes and cuts in public services.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
Alberta's associate minister of natural gas and electricity, Dale Nally, at a press conference on May 6, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After NDP MLA Marie Renaud criticized the UCP government's track record on LGBTQ rights for students, Dale Nally expressed his outrage in a letter to St. Albert's mayor.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 11
Women drummers at a KAIROS blanket exercise in Ottawa, 2017. Image: Extremeline Productions
Chrystal Waban | Is the federal government's delay in delivering its response to the MMIWG report due to plans to infuse it into its pandemic recovery strategy? Recent government actions leave room for doubt.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during his daily COVID-19 press briefing on June 9, 2020. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | No one in the Alberta government appears to be taking responsibility for deciding who in fact has a legitimate journalistic reason to attend government media events.

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