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Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at his June 18 news conference (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Historian and former political aide Christian Champion's fulminations against reconciliation are tendentious and inflammatory. Premier Jason Kenney is sticking with his ex-employee's curriculum work.
Blog - David Suzuki June 23
A drum circle at a Toronto 2020 protest for Indigenous sovereignty. Image credit: Jason Hargrove/Flickr
David Suzuki | Ultimately, Land Back is about confronting colonial abuses and charting a new path. But it holds different meanings for different people.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 21
Alberta Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan (Image credit: Lieutenant Governor of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Inquiry commissioner Steve Allan sent formal notices to solicit a response from 40 organizations -- the identities of which are being kept secret.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Health Minister Tyler Shandro, both grinning, confirm what Albertans already knew -- we'll be reopening in time for the Calgary Stampede (Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Delta variant or no variant, Alberta will be pulling the plug on almost all COVID-19 restrictions on July 1, Premier Jason Kenney confirmed Friday.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Cancun: a destination prize offered to participants in Alberta's vaccine lottery. Image credit: Jorge Nava/Flickr.
David J. Climenhaga | Many Albertans' travel dreams seem to involve getting the hell out of the province and not coming back. This is particularly true of physicians from southern Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 16
Jason Kenney during his interview yesterday. Image credit: David Climenhaga/Screenshot of CBC news video
David J. Climenhaga | With his offensive commentary from 2011 and 2015 ricocheting all over social media last night, Alberta’s premier needs to swallow his pride, admit he was wrong and apologize.
Blog - David Suzuki June 15
Scottish government officials overlooking peatlands. Image credit: Scottish government/Flickr
David Suzuki | As with many ecosystems that keep the planet habitable for humans -- forests, wetlands, grasslands, oceans -- peatlands have been under attack by humans who have failed to comprehend their importance.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro wilts in the sun as Premier Jason Kenney carries on about Alberta's vaccination lottery Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has a track record giving money away, and it's not very promising. On the other hand, it's only $3 million or so at risk with Lotto Vaxx.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 15
Justin Trudeau landing in Brussels. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Twitter.
Brent Patterson | To build peace, we need to end the war against nature and stop the killing of land and environmental defenders.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 14
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 summit. Image credit: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Brent Patterson | The G7 summit communique falls short of the urgent action needed to confront the human rights and environmental crisis of climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Jason Kenney in the 2010 Calgary Stampede Parade, back when he was Member of Parliament for Calgary Midnapore. Image credit: 5of7/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ottawa is going to have to try to find a way to implement a vaccine certificate that can be used to protect those us who have been abiding by the rules.
Blog - Economic Democracy June 14
RCMP on display at the Calgary Stampede. Image credit: Pikist.
Gary Engler | Our country has glorified white male warrior, racist colonialism and participated in it at home and abroad. Our laws, our institutions, our foreign policy, our culture have all been affected by it.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday's COVID-19 briefing. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Given his history gambling away other people's money, it shouldn't come as a shock Jason Kenney has raised the possibility of a cash lottery for Albertans who sign up to get a vaccine shot.
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Kim Elliott | Truth and reconciliation, like thoughts and prayers, are empty without meaningful, concrete and ongoing actions.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 10
Keystone XL pipeline is no more. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr.
David J. Climenhaga | Keystone XL is no more. This time, it seems like there's no coming back.
Blog - David Suzuki June 8
ExxonMobil operation near Chicago, IL. Image credit: Richard Hurd/Flickr.
David Suzuki | The perseverance and commitment of people who care have spurred industry, governments and society to finally start waking up to reality.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at the June 7 news conference (Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | The rebellion that now has UCP Premier Jason Kenney looking as if his career is on the ropes is strongly reminiscent of the circumstances that ended PC premier Alison Redford's political career.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
NDP Opposition Leader Rachel Notley addressing her party's convention Sunday afternoon (Image credit: Screenshot of NDP Facebook live video).
David J. Climenhaga | If returned to power, the former NDP premier vowed to transform Alberta into a powerhouse of renewable energy in North America and to introduce universal child care.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
Leela Aheer. Image credit: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta via Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Leela Aheer, the UCP's minister of culture, multiculturalism and status of women, also rejected the Alberta premier’s obsessive defence of John A. Macdonald.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 7
The Sky Palace dinner. Image credit: @TheBreakdownAB/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | "Looking at these photos it seems clear to me that several health restrictions were violated," Airdrie UCP MLA Angela Pitt boldly stated Friday on her Facebook account.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 4
The sky palace. Image credit: @TheBreakdownAB/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Dr. Deena Hinshaw stuck determinedly to her talking point: She wasn't there and therefore can't know how far apart the dinner goers were, no matter what those photographs tell our lyin' eyes.
Blog - Economic Democracy June 4
Protesters hold an antifa banner in Minneapolis, 2017. Image credit: Fibonacci Blue/Wikimedia Commons
Gary Engler | A quick fascism worry checklist based on a definition of fascism by historian Robert Paxton.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 3
David J. Climenhaga | The Sky Palace brouhaha diverted attention away from the troubling appointment of market-fundamentalist economist Jack Mintz to the board of Alberta Health Services.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 3
A woman cleans a window. Image credit: Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels
Penney Kome | Unpaid housework contributes the equivalent of $600 billion a year to Canada's wealth, but it's not included in the GDP.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 2
John A. Macdonald statue in Montreal. Image credit: Colin Knowles/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one is proposing that John A. Macdonald's name be erased from the pages of Canadian history or that we cease to study his role as Canada's first prime minister. Quite the contrary, in fact.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 2
G3 grain elevator in Manitoba. Image credit: Dave Shaver/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't worry, this isn't about dictator oil at all. It's only about dictator grain, in a manner of speaking, which is obviously a different matter entirely.
Blog - David Suzuki June 2
Wind turbine in sunflower field. Image credit: Gustavo Quepón/Unsplash
David Suzuki | It's fast becoming less expensive to generate electricity from renewable energy than from fossil fuels and new nuclear plants. Costs to store energy are also falling quickly.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 1
Mourners at memorial for children who died at Kamloops residential school. Image credit: Thomas_H_foto/Flickr
John Miller | Given the calls for accountability that are now being voiced for one of Canada's most shameful tragedies, this omission must stand as one of the saddest failures of recent Canadian journalism.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 31
Hand holding two Canadian twenty dollar bills. Image credit: Michelle Spollen/Unsplash
Penney Kome | Universal basic income needs safeguards or the result will be more gig work and much less security for workers.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
The Kamloops Indian Residential School circa 1930. Image credit: Archives of the Oblate Order, Richelieu/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | As for the details and intent of the crime, if it marches like genocide, and talks like genocide, it is genocide.