Blogs

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.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 11
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Hisham Shokr, Nisha Kansal, Arnav Agarwal | The inconvenient truth is that in Canada, hundreds of thousands of people do not have access to health coverage as a result of their immigration status.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 11
An RCMP cruiser on the UBC campus in 2014. Image: British Columbia Emergency Photography/Flickr
Jeff Shantz | Growing movements against police brutality raise concerns over the self-serving relationships between criminal justice agencies and post-secondary institutions.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 10
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Image: NIAID/Flickr
Jim Harding | Federal and provincial governments were clearly caught off guard when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. A look at the emerging trends could help spark reforms as we seek a green and just recovery.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 10
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Farah Shroff | We can turn the age of pandemic into the pivotal transformation we've needed all along -- towards stronger communities, rooted in empathy.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 10
Two police officers at the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Reakash Walters, Rachel Zellars | What would it mean to hold the intimacy and wellness of our friends as "our business," rather than allowing domestic and interpersonal matters to remain the business of the state?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 10
Rex Murphy at the UBCM conference in 2014 Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
John Miller | There is plenty of evidence that mainstream newspapers and broadcasting outlets in this country are institutionally incapable of covering race and racism in our society.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 9
Police at the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Lesley Wood | New tools and policies will not resolve the problem that emerges from arming a small group of mostly white men in an unequal, racist society, and giving them the power to defend the status quo.
Blog - David Suzuki June 9
Two caribou on a highway in Alaska. Image: Terry Feuerborn/Flickr
David Suzuki | As cities that converted roads to bike lanes during lockdown enter recovery phases, many people are advocating to keep the lanes open. Having fewer roads for cars increases human and wildlife health.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
Panelists at a March, 2020 "fair deal" panel town hall meeting. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has promised to release his "fair deal" panel's report next Monday, but it's not at all clear Albertans are going to like what they hear.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
Protesters gather at the Alberta legislature on Friday, June 5, 2020. Image: Photo by Olav Rokne, used with permission.
David J. Climenhaga | The size of the crowd is a telling sign of how troubled young people are by the institutionalized racism that continues to plague many countries -- including Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 8
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Shanese Steele | Individuals who previously stayed silent on Black death are using this moment to share photos, posts and attend protests in hopes to be seen as "woke" or not "anti-Black."
Blog - The Views Expressed June 8
Protesters in Queen's Park, June 6, 2020. (Image: michael_swan/Flickr)
Robin Browne | People in power are suddenly eager to do things for Black folks. Black people should ask for everything they can get now, because these moments are fleeting.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Jason Kenney giving a press conference in March 2020. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Passage of Alberta's Critical Infrastructure Defence Act demonstrates Premier Jason Kenney's contempt for the rule of law.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 5
Stephen Harper at a press conference in 2010. Image: Number 10/Flickr
Wyatt James Schierman | Government debt is not the bogeyman neoliberals make it out to be. Reductions in government spending are the real danger.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
MLA Michaela Glasgo, chair of Alberta's new firearms advisory committee, at a press conference on June 3, 2020. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's announcement it's standing up for the rights of "law-abiding gun owners" was mostly grandstanding and mindless Ottawa bashing, and is unlikely to actually change anything.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Police at a protest against the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Burnaby in 2014. Image: Mark Klotz/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | The oft-repeated mantra of "we are not a racist country" provides comfort to many Canadians that racism and white supremacy are uniquely American problems, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Protesters confront police in Washington D.C. on May 30, 2020. Image: Geoff Livingston/Flickr
Judy Rebick | On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, we are seeing a diverse, Black youth-led uprising against racial injustice.

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