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Blog - Alberta Diary April 9
Nathan Cooper, Speaker of the Alberta legislature. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Speaker of the Alberta legislature sailed very close to the wind when he lent his name to a letter signed by a group of dissident government MLAs opposed to COVID-19 restrictions.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 8
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during Tuesday's COVID-19 news conference. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This rebellion makes Jason Kenney look weak. It suggests the natural state of the right in Alberta is to be divided between a far-right social conservative fringe and a true centre-right party.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Front of the Gracelife Church building in January 2021. Image: Gracelife Church of Edmonton/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | RCMP personnel fenced off GraceLife Church in Parkland County southwest of Edmonton this morning for repeated violations of COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada April 7
No IHRA
Sara Rans, Rabbi David Mivasair, Sam Hersh | Two resolutions being proposed at the upcoming NDP convention are integral to the NDP's being an anti-racist and anti-colonial party.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 7
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 news conference. Image credit: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Missing from the Alberta premier's news conference yesterday was the usual Ottawa-bashing, presumably because vaccine supplies are now flowing to provinces faster than they can get them into arms.
Blog - David Suzuki April 7
Hands holding a plant. Image credit: Noah Buscher/Unsplash
David Suzuki | To prevent pandemics, we must recognize our interconnectedness with nature and protect natural systems that make the planet habitable for humans. Doing so will also help with the climate emergency.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 6
University of Calgary education professor Sarah Eaton, who studies academic accountability and ethics. Image: Screenshot of Youtube video
David J. Climenhaga | "How do you teach students ethical conduct when the people preparing the curriculum are violating it?"
Blog - Alberta Diary April 5
Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Taking initiative to save yourself and your family is apparently frowned upon in the UCP's Alberta, particularly if it means curtailing your shopping or dining out over a long weekend.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 5
Why Palestine solidarity matters at the NDP convention
rabble staff | Join Libby Davies, Zahia El-Masri, Hammam Farah, Svend Robinson and David Mivasair for a discussion on the importance of Palestine solidarity in the NDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 31
Mart Kenney conducting during a musical performance. Image: Still from "Canada Calling" documentary/NFB
David J. Climenhaga | Getting Premier Jason Kenney's grandfather, forgotten big band conductor Mart Kenney, into the Alberta Grade 6 curriculum's unit on music has struck a sour note.
Blog - David Suzuki March 31
Smoke from a factory chimney. Image credit: veeterzy/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Although this decision was about carbon pricing, it signals that the federal government has the authority to enact national climate and clean energy regulations that reduce harmful emissions.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 30
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange announces the curriculum changes yesterday morning. Image: Screenshot of Alberta Government video
David J. Climenhaga | The draft is so far over the top one has to wonder if it's evidence of someone's pathological urge to get away with something monumentally outrageous just so they could say they did.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 29
Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein playing golf with Dan MacLennan, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees during part of Klein's term in office. Image: Dan MacLennan
David J. Climenhaga | It would be useful to still have Ralph Klein, who died on this day in 2013, around to get his take on Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party. It likely wouldn't be entirely complimentary.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 29
Person sits in shadow. Image credit: Ashley Byrd/Unsplash
Doreen Nicoll | A sexual assault survivor was charged and fined after her convicted rapist told police she shared unredacted court transcripts with her circle of family and friends.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 29
Peace River Valley, 2020. Image credit: Garth Lenz. Used with permission.
Maya Bhullar | RAVEN is a Canadian NGO whose mission is to raise legal defence funds for Indigenous peoples to defend their treaty rights and the integrity of their traditional lands and cultures.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Maybe it's time to bring back a line from those whispery-voiced Albertans for Change "attack ads" from 2008 that made premier Ed Stelmach so mad? Jason Kenney. No plan. No way!
Blog - Taking Sides March 26
People attend a Women's March. Image: Josh Howard/Unsplash
Sarah Macharia | If there's anything that a quarter-century of media monitoring has revealed, it is that the road to gender equality is long and treacherous.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
The Supreme Court of Canada Building in Ottawa. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Until conservatives actually have a plan to lay on the table and contrast with that of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, none of their rhetoric means much.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 25
Protest marchers with megaphone. Image credit: Clay Banks/Unsplash
Penney Kome | In the 21st century protest songs offer music to live by, if not to march to.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 25
Mike Allen on his return from Minneapolis in 2013.Image: Screenshot of CTV video
David J. Climenhaga | Former PC MLA Mike Allen's problems in Minnesota in 2013 came back to haunt Jim Prentice, the last PC premier of Alberta, at the end of April 2015. A week later, an NDP majority was elected.
Blog - David Suzuki March 24
Vegetables on a table. Image credit: Iñigo De la Maza/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Although a major share of transport and energy emissions are carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and gas, food systems are more complex. CO2 makes up only half of food-related emissions.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Alison Redford, as Alberta's new premier, on the campaign trail in 2012. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | After months of controversy, Alison Redford's premiership ended seven years ago today. But Alberta's story isn't over yet, and it doesn't have to be written with the pen held by Jason Kenney.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 23
A banner that says "Housing for All" is carried at the beginning of a housing rally in Toronto. Image credit: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | The term "social murder" has been aptly used to describe what happened in long-term care in this pandemic. Today's third wave exposes public health neglect for homeless people.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 23
Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw and Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro at yesterday's COVID-19 update news conference. Image credit: Chris Schwarz, Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The political calculation the cabinet COVID committee faced yesterday was stark, with whatever course of action it chose likely to cause blowback.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Federal Opposition Leader Erin O'Toole during his remarks to the Conservative Party of Canada’s virtual policy conference on Friday. Image: Screenshot of CPAC video
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative Party Leader Erin O'Toole invited Quebec separatists, en français, "to come and share power with me in Ottawa." What could possibly go wrong?
Blog - A change is gonna come March 22
Person pours water from tap into bottle. Image credit: Bluewater Globe/Unsplash
Doreen Nicoll | Young people are uploading videos of themselves drinking tap water. It's a simple action that makes a powerful statement about keeping water in the public common and available to all.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 20
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his recent virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | If we send Meng Wanzhou to the United States to disappear into its penal gulag, Canada will be written off as irrelevant by the leaders of the world's second-largest economy.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 19
University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | When the electorate is sharply polarized, sometimes a party has to pick a lane. It can't just conclude that if everyone is complaining it must be doing something right.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 18
Prime Minister Trudeau and U.S. President Biden deliver a joint statement. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | The two Michaels are pawns in a great game played by two haughty imperial powers that care little about Canada or Canadians.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog March 18
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with employees of the Public Health Agency of Canada, July 2020. Image credit: Adam Scotti/PMO
Meg Borthwick | rabble's political discussion board, babble, turns 20 next month. That's two decades of progressive social media, years before social media. Here's some of what we're talking about this month.

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