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Blog - Alberta Diary November 5
Athabasca University president Neil Fassina. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Neil Fassina is about to leave his job as president of Athabasca University to lead Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 4
President Trump addresses supporters on election night. Image: Screenshot of Donald J. Trump video/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | If what is happening in the United States were taking place in another country, the American establishment would likely be denouncing the behaviour of President Trump as that of a tyrant.
Blog - David Suzuki November 3
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David Suzuki | When we turn away from the world not shaped by human hands and decrease our connection to other living things, we can be struck by profound loneliness.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
Jason Kenney responds to journalist Emma Graney's question at yesterday's news conference. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with an Edmonton radio station Friday to urge the province to adopt the federal app, and stated that the United Conservative Party government was blocking its use.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 3
The White House. Image: David J. Climenhaga​
David J. Climenhaga | "If you haven't done it already, you know what you need to do today, for the sake of your Republic, our Dominion, and the rest of the planet as well. To wit: Vote!"
Blog - The Views Expressed November 2
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Kit Dobson | Current demands for pandemic discounts on tuition are imprecise and impractical, but the abolishment of fees entirely would make the social benefits of post-secondary education accessible to all.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 2
The ad pictured on a Vancouver bus. Image: Garnett Genuis/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative MP Garnett Genuis said his supporters crowdfunded the ads appearing on buses in Vancouver, and insists they're not attacking reproductive rights.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 2
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Maya Bhullar | A toolkit for understanding the 2020 United States election.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 30
Chalk River Laboratories, run by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, near Chalk River, Ontario. Image: Ryan Padraic/Wikimedia Commons
Ole Hendrickson | The nearly 70-year history of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited has left a $16-billion toxic legacy of shuttered reactors, polluted lakes and groundwater, contaminated soils, and radioactive waste.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Well-known earth scientist David Hughes. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | David Hughes concludes in a new study that if TMX is completed, it will result in a loss of at least US$4 per barrel shipped to Asia by that route.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 29
Sask. NDP Leader Ryan Meili on the campaign trail earlier this month. Image: Ryan Meili/Twitter
Jim Harding | If the NDP ever wants to govern Saskatchewan again, it will have to build a new coalition that can embrace the key issues of the day.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 29
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rabble staff | rabble.ca wants to collect stories from young artists whose work and lives have been affected by COVID-19.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
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David J. Climenhaga | Commissioner Steve Allan still hasn't managed to unearth any foreign funders of "anti-energy" campaigns.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 28
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Brent Patterson | Boeing says buying its fighter jets would create employment in Canada, but even a cursory analysis shows a Green New Deal would create more jobs.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog October 28
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Maya Bhullar | Tools to dig into the details behind the conflict and support the enforcement of treaty rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 28
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David J. Climenhaga | The National Energy Program was intended to ensure Canadian oil security, increase Canadian ownership of the resource, and capture for all Canadians some of the huge windfall increases in oil revenue.
Blog - David Suzuki October 27
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David Suzuki | Land repatriation lies at the heart of decolonization. In Canada, we must work to advance Indigenous sovereignty, support Indigenous land-use practices, and shift governance.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 27
Guy Smith, president of the AUPE, addresses the media outside of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton (Image: Courtesy of ProgressReport.ca)
David J. Climenhaga | Infuriated at the Kenney government's determination to lay off public sector health-care workers and privatize their jobs, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees walked off the job.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 27
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Penney Kome | Current polls suggest Democratic candidate Joe Biden is on course to win the 2020 election. But polls only matter if Americans can actually vote.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 26
Premier Jason Kenney at a public announcement in Calgary on October 9, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
Eric Strikwerda | By any reasonable measure, nearly everything the Kenney government has touched has turned into a stinky disaster.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 26
The message on the author's COVID Alert smartphone app, and yours too if you live in Alberta. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | COVID Alert can be turned on in Alberta immediately without waiting for the provincial government to solve the technical issues with its own failed app, which it has walked away from anyway.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor October 26
Rex Murphy at the UBCM conference in 2014. Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
John Miller | The Postmedia columnist recently claimed the media are covering up a dubious story about U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden's family.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 23
Map from 1962 showing the range of nuclear missiles based in Cuba. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | October 27, 1962, was by far the most dangerous day in human history -- the day the world came perilously close to being devastated by a nuclear holocaust that could have killed three billion people.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 23
MP Iqra Khalid during the public forum on October 22 to consider Canada's policy in regard to Kashmir. Image: Screenshot of Facebook video
Karen Rodman | Since August 5, 2019, India has illegally annexed the territory, downgraded its status and put the Valley of Kashmir under siege.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 23
Premier Jason Kenney pictured on October 16, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | New COVID-19 cases are soaring in Alberta, on Wednesday passing 400 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 23
Mi'kmaq fishers rallying on the shore. Image: Contributed photo
Robin Tress | What does corporate mega-fishery Clearwater Fine Foods have to do with the Mi'kmaq Nation exercising their treaty right to fish?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog October 23
Mi'kmaq fishing boats. Image: Courtesy Sipeknekatik
Robin Tress | In the past week we've seen shocking acts of violence and vandalism in Nova Scotia as non-Indigenous fishers continue to oppose Mi'kmaq rights-holders exercising their treaty right to fish.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 22
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Jade Guthrie | The first food bank opened its doors in Alberta in 1981 as a "temporary" measure to address food insecurity. But many still rely on them 40 years later.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
Premier Jason Kenney at the opening of the Mazak Edmonton Technical Centre on October 21, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Erasing mention of residential schools from curriculum "will perpetuate systemic racism," the Alberta Teachers Association's Indigenous education officer says.
Blog - Greening the News October 22
BC NDP Leader John Horgan flanked by candidate Bowinn Ma on campaign trail on September 29, 2020. Image: John Horgan/Twitter
Robert Hackett | Despite the promises made while in opposition, and some positive steps, the Horgan government's environmental policy seems to be: pick low-hanging fruit, but don't offend corporate carbon capital.

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