Blogs

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.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 17
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's 'citizen initiative' news conference. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to the international ruckus sparked by the war room's Wile E. Coyote-inspired antics, "Bigfoot Family," which had been languishing, has soared into Netflix's top ten.
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice March 17
Doctor with a stethoscope. Image credit: Online Marketing/Unsplash
Kathryn McIntee | No one should be shamed for requesting an abortion, especially by their doctor. One woman shares her story.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 17
Plastic water bottle on the ground. Image credit: Brian Yurasits/Unsplash
Doreen Nicoll | The world's largest food and beverage corporation is seeking a payout by selling its North American bottled water brands in a $4-billion deal.
Blog - David Suzuki March 17
Flowering bushes in backyard. Image credit: Martin Kníže/Unsplash
David Suzuki | COVID-19 will long be remembered for upending lives worldwide, but one surprising legacy may be something more revelatory and, hopefully, lasting: a much-needed reconnection to nearby nature.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 16
The Alberta Legislature, in its current, shrouded state. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Under pressure from his supporters to keep this promise and mocked by his NDP opponents for not daring to keep it, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney obviously felt he had something to prove.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
Alison Redford leaves Government House alone at 11:32 a.m. on March 13, 2020, two days before the Ides, after Conservative MLAs presented her with their grievances. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alison Redford's humiliating departure was a stunning flameout for a politician who had stepped into leadership with such promise only two and a half years before.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
A still from "Bigfoot Family." Image credit: nWave Pictures
David J. Climenhaga | Whatever will the Alberta energy war room do when it learns about "Tin Star," the British TV crime drama about a U.K. cop transplanted to Alberta who ends up doing battle with an evil oil company?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 14
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: Paul Taillon/Office of the Premier via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | What if the narrative continues to be widely accepted that Alberta Premier Jason Kenney himself is now the UCP's principal impediment to re-election?
Blog - Alberta Diary March 11
Health Minister Tyler Shandro. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It remains to be seen if Alberta's doctors themselves will surrender, since a ratification vote must still be conducted. It seems likely, though, that they will give up and ratify.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 10
Jason Kenney, dressed up in his construction worker duds, at his news conference Monday. Image: Screenshot of Alberta government video
David J. Climenhaga | Say what you will about Jason Kenney's UCP government, Alberta has never had a better opposition than the NDP led by Rachel Notley.
Blog - David Suzuki March 10
Caribou. Image credit: Thomas/Flickr
David Suzuki | As long as we capitulate and default to easy solutions to complex problems, we'll likely continue to drive wildlife decline and disappearance.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 9
Lethbridge-West MLA Shannon Phillips as Alberta NDP environment minister in 2015. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The Lethbridge Police Service's apparent effort to undermine former NDP environment minister Shannon Phillips sure looks like a political campaign, not a proper investigation. Answers are required.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 8
International Women's Day March, 2017, Los Angeles. Image Credit: Molly Adams/Wikimedia Commons
Maya Bhullar | This year, during a pandemic, let's make International Women's Day 2021 really matter.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 8
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney may not be the most likeable premier in Alberta history, but he is more ruthless than anyone we have seen in the premier's office for a long time. Ruthless enough to put down a rebellion.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 7
Economist Armine Yalnizyan. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike the attention devoted to young men's unemployment, issues surrounding women's employment rates attract hostility from the UCP and inattention from media.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog March 5
Kim Elliott | We were able to surpass our fundraising goal this year. Your support is what sustains us.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 5
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions President Linda Silas. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Saying she will remain as president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Linda Silas called for Canada to address "the stark inequities that COVID-19 has exacerbated."
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 4
Water faucet. Image credit: Sasikan Ulevik/Unsplash
Pam Palmater | This week, Canada's auditor general released her report on whether Canada is providing enough support to ensure that First Nations have access to clean drinking water. The answer was a clear no.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 4
Fort McMurray-Cold Lake Conservative MP David Yurdiga. Image credit: David Yurdiga/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | You can mock Alberta Conservative politicians, but it is nearly impossible to parody them. Fortunately, they do that themselves without prompting. Sometimes twice in one week.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 4
View of skyscrapers from below. Image credit: Samson/Unsplash
Penney Kome | Consumers and investors have a new reporting framework that uses environmental, social, and governance standards to measure corporations.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 4
Image courtesy of Sue McKenzie
Maya Bhullar | A conversation with the organizers behind one of the most impactful climate-change plans in the country.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 3
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at his news conference in Calgary yesterday. Image credit: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr -- Photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | Cabinet ministers at Premier Jason Kenney's news conference about health-care spending yesterday behaved themselves. Some government MLAs, not so much.
Blog - David Suzuki March 3
Person wearing mask with words "I can't breathe." Image credit: David Ramos/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It would be a tragedy if, in the rush to return to normal, we cast aside what we've learned, and postpone the work necessary to change our systems to build the resilience we need to thrive.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 2
When will the lights go out at Torstar? The Star Building at One Yonge Street, Toronto … Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The newspaper business rolled the dice and now they've come up snake eyes. Torstar wants to open an online casino: Joe Atkinson must be spinning in his grave like a roulette wheel.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
Former Rocky Mountain House MLA Ty Lund with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | One of the hardy perennials of the Progressive-Conservative dynasty, Ty Lund held the Rocky Mountain House riding from 1989 to 2012.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 28
University of Alberta campus. Image credit: Janusz Sliwinski/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | In the 2021 Alberta budget, the University of Alberta's grant has been slashed by 11 per cent, or $60.1 million. Also: another tiki-torch march; former MLA Janice Sarich remembered.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 26
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews reads his budget speech in a COVID-19-safe Legislature as Premier Jason Kenney looks on. Image credit: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr - Photograph by EPIC Photography/Legislative Assembly Office
David Climenhaga | If you want to know how quickly front-line pandemic heroes turn into back-of-the-line zeroes in Jason Kenney's Alberta, the answers are in Thursday's provincial budget.

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