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Blog - The Views Expressed April 22
Temporary bike lanes in Vancouver, British Columbia on April 12, 2020. Image: Dylan Passmore/Flickr
Joel Harden | With the same solidarity and collective action that we used to fight this virus, we can build a better future for everyone, and for the planet on which we all depend.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 22
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Mark Hancock | We need to recognize long-term care for what it is: health care. It needs to be properly funded, with clear and consistent standards across the country.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 22
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Fiona Whittington-Walsh | This pandemic warns us again about the horrors of warehousing people in institutional model facilities. We must create inclusive communities where everyone receives the support they need.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 22
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David J. Climenhaga | The Labour Ministry inspector watched via FaceTime as three employees conducted "a virtual plant inspection."
Blog - David Suzuki April 21
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David Suzuki | Let's not fall back into the trap of trying to solve the great problems of this world with only half a brain. That's what got us out of balance and into trouble in the first place. 
Blog - Economic Democracy April 21
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Gary Engler | Gary and Yves Engler, father and son authors, discuss being funny, being serious, cancelled book tours, exploding sacred myths, pandemics, their latest books and writing in the time of COVID-19.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 21
Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw at the April 20, 2020 COVID-19 briefing in Edmonton. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | A total of 484 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been tied to Calgary-area meat-packing plant; crowded living conditions are linked to the spread of the disease from there.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 21
Secretary-General António Guterres during inaugural meeting of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement in Hôtel Royal in Geneva, February 25, 2020. Image: UN Geneva/Flickr
Penney Kome | Seventy countries have heeded the UN secretary-general's call to come together to fight COVID-19. If we can give up war during a pandemic, why can't we give it up permanently?
Blog - The Views Expressed April 20
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Greg Dwulit | Even before the pandemic, there was a growing global consensus for cracking down on tax havens. Now it's time to make the rich and corporations pay their fair share.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 20
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rabble staff | As we all commit to staying home and and protecting our communities, consider joining us and taking part in rabble's #2020VeganChallenge -- from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 20
Alberta Agriculture Minister Devin Dreeshen and Chief Medical Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw during a telephone town hall with Cargill workers on Saturday, April 18, 2020. Image: Devin Dreeshen/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's agriculture minister keeps insisting meat-packing plants are safe from COVID-19. It's becoming increasingly clear they're not.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 19
Canadian environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If Prime Minister Trudeau is bold enough to actually attach some strings to the oilpatch bailout money, you can count on it the UCP will go right back to screaming at him.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics April 18
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Dennis Gruending | COVID-19 has crashed the long-term care system, and much blame lies with for-profit corporations in the sector and Conservative politicians Doug Ford and Mike Harris.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 18
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Brent Patterson | The G7 is meeting regularly by video conference, so why not hold a similarly urgent summit to slash carbon pollution and fossil fuel subsidies?
Blog - The Views Expressed April 17
Water towers at sunset. Image: Chris Diroll/Flickr
David McDonald | No public service will ever be perfect, but a system of public services without the distraction of profits is our best security against the next crisis that will inevitably come our way.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 17
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David Doorey | COVID-19 has helped expose deep cracks in the foundation of our economic and social models. This crisis provides an opportunity for governments to hit the reset button on economic and social policies.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 17
Justin Trudeau gives a speech in Parliament on April 11, 2020. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Trudeau is a politician too often characterized by timidity. This is an opportunity for him to do the right thing.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 17
Kim Elliott, Matthew Adams | April is usually a pretty exciting month for us at rabble.ca. That's because it's our birthday. We usually have a special event to mark the day, but this year is different.
Blog - Brent Patterson April 17
Eurofighter Typhoon F-2000A. Image: Andrea Graziadio​/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The Guardian recently reported on BAE Systems profiting from the Saudi war on Yemen, but Canadian mainstream media hasn't yet made the connection to the Canada Pension Plan.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 16
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image: NIAID/Flickr
Jeff Shantz | The pandemic has shown that society organized around production for profit destroys nature and harms most of the world's population. But we are also seeing signs of socialistic alternatives.
Blog - Raluca Bejan April 16
More than 2,000 people gathered in Cluj on April 9 at the city's main airport, flying to Germany as seasonal workers. Image: Emanuel Roşu/Twitter
Raluca Bejan | If people are good enough to work they should be good enough to be cared for.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 16
A screenshot of the Facebook ad library showing the Alberta government's ads promoting the shipment of 750,000 N95 medical masks to other provinces. Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | For Alberta's health-care workers who are wondering if there's a shortage of N95 masks, it seems as if their safety has been compromised by a cynical effort to build social licence for more pipelines.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 16
A refinery in Gold bar, Alberta. Image: Kurt Bauschardt/Flickr
Ed Finn | Can world wide catastrophe be prevented? Yes, it could, but only if capitalism is replaced by a planet-friendly progressive socialist economy.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 15
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Robin Browne | Unless we are vigilant, some governments and corporations could use the pandemic to extend their power and influence permanently.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 15
A letter purportedly sent by a resident of Kingston, Ontario, to Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Many are casting doubt on the authenticity of a letter the Alberta premier said he received from a resident of Kingston, Ontario. But the truth is often stranger than fiction.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 15
Matthew DiMera | Join rabble's webinar which will look at pressing issues around the COVID-19 pandemic, and consider the question of what the crisis means for addressing inequality and climate justice.
Blog - David Suzuki April 14
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David Suzuki | As we're witnessing at this extraordinary moment in history, often what we feel matters most in our times of need is not aligned with the purpose we gave our economy before this crisis.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 14
Alberta Chief Officer of Health Deena Hinshaw at Monday's daily COVID-19 briefing in Edmonton. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | COVID-19 isn't going to be the last global pandemic we will ever face. We need to be prepared, and running a hospital or care home like a hotel or a fast-food restaurant is a recipe for disaster.
Blog - The Views Expressed April 13
A copy of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged." Image: eflon/Flickr
Jim Harding | This pandemic fundamentally challenges us to rethink norms and clichés about freedom and authority; about the individual, the community and the "state."
Blog - Alberta Diary April 13
U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions from the press about COVID-19 on April 7, 2020. Image: Tia Dufour/The White House/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The United States is critically ill -- COVID-19 is the proximate cause, but the ailment that may kill it is neoliberalism.

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