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Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the annual CARICOM reception in Ottawa, February 2019. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter
Yves Engler | Until Canada actually walks the anti-imperialist walk, rather than spouting occasional progressive talk, Caribbean countries should vote against Canada's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
BDS activist Gilad Paz. Image: Independent Jewish Voice Canada
Aaron Lakoff | Gilad Paz, a 38-year-old lawyer, fled his native Israel to come to Canada in August 2016. Now that Paz has exhausted all legal avenues to remain in Canada, he faces a removal order back to Israel.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
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David Suzuki | Why are Canadians subsidizing and bailing out what has been the most profitable industry in human history when those billions could do so much to put us on a healthier path?
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has declared rodeo a culturally distinctive activity, announced plans for frivolous lawsuits so Albertans can have more guns, and proposed setting up a provincial parole board.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
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Nicholas Erwin-Longstaff | If a basic income were to be introduced in Canada, it is unlikely the left would be in a position to ensure its implementation would safeguard the social safety net.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 3
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Maya Bhullar | Tools for allies of the ongoing protests against police brutality.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 1
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in a press briefing on May 29, 2020. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta Video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party government is deeply committed to erasing the connection between government and services that are essential to the functioning of society.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 1
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Food Secure Canada | We have the opportunity to reimagine the food systems we need. We can build a future of food in a way that respects the health and dignity of both people and the planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during his COVID-19 speech in the legislature last week. Image: Screenshot of Alberta legislature video
David J. Climenhaga | In a speech in the legislature last week, Kenney referred half a dozen times to influenza, sometimes in ways that clearly tried to blur the distinction between the two respiratory diseases.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change June 1
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Lizanne Foster | In too many B.C. schools, it will not be easy to follow all the public health guidelines for a safe return to the classroom.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 30
A supermarket checker works behind a plastic shield. Image: Russ Allison Loar​/Flickr
Penney Kome | The pandemic is showing us all our weaknesses. We have time to correct them, before we destroy the planet in the endless pursuit of profit.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
A photo from 2017 in downtown Calgary, where there are still many empty office spaces. Image: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Investment Management Corp.'s first quarter report is due soon, and there's going to be bad news in it -- and probably more in later quarters.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 29
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Ed Finn | An alternative model, to be effective, would need to impose far better levels of care and staffing for residents, along with frequent oversight and enforcement.
Blog - KAIROS Witness May 29
Women drum at the Kitchi KAIROS blanket exercise in Ottawa, June 2, 2017. Image: Extremeline Productions
Chrystal Waban | This June, KAIROS invites you to learn about Indigenous women working to make change in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health during yesterday's daily COVID-19 briefing. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta Video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Dr. Deena Hinshaw told a reporter she hadn't "had the opportunity" to speak to the premier about the government's plan not to renew the state of public health emergency on June 15.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 27
Screenshot from video filmed from inside workers' living quarters at a farm near Leamington, Ontario. Image: Video Screenshot/j4mw/YouTube
Jade Guthrie | The pandemic has shown just how essential agricultural workers are. Permanent status must be extended to ensure their safety, particularly as they risk their lives working on the front line.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 27
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Kim Elliott | Would you take a few minutes to fill out our 2020 reader survey?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 27
The Toronto Star building, photographed in 2010. (Image: petmutt/Flickr)
John Miller | Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, the Star's new owners, say "we believe in news" and that their ownership will ensure a future for "world-class journalism." That remains to be seen.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
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David J. Climenhaga | Canadian nurses have been warning for years about the deteriorating situation in long-term care, and the potential for catastrophe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 26
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Toby Sanger | Even in a pandemic, many fortunate Canadians will still be able to file their taxes with virtual support. Low-income Canadians who don't have access to these resources will have a much harder time.
Blog - David Suzuki May 26
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. (Image: NIAID/Flickr)
David Suzuki | The outbreak is showing us the cracks in our systems, the fault lines. If we begin to address them, we'll be in a better place to respond to the longer-term climate and biodiversity crises.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at left. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can't have protests of more than 15 people," Savage told a podcaster at the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 26
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Matthew DiMera | Will you tune in tonight as we bring you the third webinar in our COVID-19 series?
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice May 25
Pro-choice demonstrators in Bern, Switzerland, in 2018. (Image: jan zuppinger/Flickr)
Olivia De Brabandere | To truly care about women's rights means recognizing the harmful effects that the criminalization of abortion can have on women and transgender people throughout the world.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during a news conference in Calgary on Friday, May 22, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's United Conservative Party will apply for funds from the federal government's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to keep party staff employed.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 25
rabble staff | Join us in welcoming Lidia Abraha, recipient of the 2020 Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 23
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Maya Bhullar | Help for workers to make sense of their benefits and stay safe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 22
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Archana Rampure | Seniors in long-term care facilities are dying of COVID-19 in the thousands. Ultimately, the well-being of residents in these facilities depends on the well-being of the staff who work there.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 22
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro during a COVID-19 press briefing on May 4, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More than a month has passed since the UCP promised a $2-per-hour coronavirus-crisis top-up to Alberta's lowest-paid health-care workers. There's still no sign of it.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
The UN Security Council chamber from the vantage point of the president of the council. Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr​
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute | Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage.

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