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Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | When Sonya Savage said "the lies end now," was the energy minister referring to what the CEOs of the oil giants have to say? Or just those pesky foreign-funded environmentalists?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
AUPE President Guy Smith addresses union members and supporters Wednesday in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Should the Appeal Court uphold the injunction, it will be interesting to see which is more important to the UCP: preserving the federal Tories' election chances, or pursuing their own radical agenda.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 2
Leo Gerard speaks at a Capitol Hill trade deal protest in 2010. Photo: AFL-CIO America's Unions/Flickr
Leo Gerard | As he retires from his job as president of the United Steelworkers, Leo Gerard looks back at his half century in the trade union movement and makes the case for why unions are needed more than ever.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 2
Image: Screenshots/Mercedes Allen, waxing tools/Adobe Stock, with composition by Mercedes Allen
Mercedes Allen | Trans human rights protections were never meant to be used to force cis women to touch a penis that they did not consent to. But here's the secret: they don't.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 1
rabble staff | We are at an important midpoint in our summer fundraiser, and we'd like to thank you for continuing to be a part of our story.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
Premier Jason Kenney cutting red tape. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Support for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's peer-reviewed grant application-review process appears to cross political lines.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 1
CF-18 flyover in Toronto. Photo: synestheticstrings/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | A rebellion against our extinction and the winning of a Green New Deal means challenging the spectacle of burning jet fuel for entertainment.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 31
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith speaks wither reporters about Bill 9 earlier this month at the Alberta Legislature (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term, this doesn't leave the government a lot of palatable options if it doesn't want to upset federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's rickety applecart before October 21.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood July 31
Photo: Provice of British Columbia/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Canada needs to turn its resources inward and work on a national action plan in partnership with Indigenous governments and led by Indigenous women.
Blog - David Suzuki July 31
Photo: Sivanesan/Flickr
David Suzuki | There's room for discussion about the most effective ways to address the climate crisis, but ultimately we have to deploy every solution available and keep developing new ones.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 30
Handwritten hearts are left outside Toronto Mayor's office. One says 'Please make the right choice and respond to our housing crisis now!!' Photo credit: Paul Salvatori
Paul Salvatori | There is no relief in the city's heat relief network, nor is there compassion.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 30
Photo from Reclaiming our Past, Present and Future Facebook page
Vi Bui | Three weeks after Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency over its water quality, there are no signs of concrete actions from the federal government to address the community's water crisis.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
Jason Kenney, 22, tells CNN why women at the University of San Francisco have no right to speak freely on campus in favour of their reproductive rights (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube).
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Jason Kenney has a history of opposing free speech rights of people he disagrees with. Now we're supposed to believe his government is concerned about free speech on campus?
Blog - Brent Patterson July 28
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | On July 26, thousands took part in a "march for life and the defence of social leaders" global day of action.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
Pengrowth Saddledome and the Calgary skyline. Photo: James Teterenko/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | If Calgary city council had been paying attention, someone might have asked: Does Mr. Calgary really want to go down in history as the Peter Pocklington of Southern Alberta?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
One of the subjects of the Corporate Mapping Project’s ongoing study (Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Given the great work the Corporate Mapping Project has been doing, I am astounded it has taken this long for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their former CEO to start trying to discredit it.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in the day. Photo: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Meanwhile, back in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney has been strangely silent about his enthusiastic support for the Brexiteers two years ago.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 24
Amira Elghawaby | By supporting rabble, you are supporting an independent, progressive, and ethical media platform.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 24
Photo courtesy of Wellington Water Watchers
Doreen Nicoll | A large proportion of Ontario voters agree that permits to take water for for-profit bottling should be phased out over the next two years.
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice July 24
Voting and reproductive justice rally. Photo: Bob Simmons/Flickr
Shari-Lynn Dueck | A cis woman's experience accompanying her transgender friend to the doctor makes it clear that reproductive rights will not be fully realized until the autonomy of transgender persons is respected.
Blog - Greening the News July 24
Fossil fuel free rally, Edinburgh. Photo: Colin Hattersley Photography/Friends of the Earth Scotland/Flickr
Robert Hackett | There are many antidotes to paralysis in the face of climate crisis. Principles, payback and other motivations can spark action as much as hope.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Economist Jim Stanford  (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The notion more pipelines will solve all of Alberta's problems is, of course, nonsense. To understand why, consider Australian LNG exports.
Blog - David Suzuki July 24
David Suzuki | The massive volumes of plastic we throw away end up in landfills, waterways, and oceans, devastating wildlife and marine health. It breaks down into smaller particles that end up in the food web.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Aerial view of Campbellville. Photo: Haljackey/Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | James Dick Construction plans to blast below the water table in two quarries and that could allow contaminated surface water to infect municipal and private wells.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 23
Calgary cityscape. Photo: Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Calgary could afford a new arena for the Flames and a decent transit system. But that would mean fair business taxes, among other things.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Big environmental groups and grassroots organizations like Extinction Rebellion can't avoid an explicit class analysis if we want to be able to get to the truth about climate breakdown.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 23
Bee collecting pollen
Penney Kome | Insect-free summer may be a worrisome sign that extinction is in progress.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 23
Image: Saltillo Migrant Shelter
Brent Patterson | Canada's border policies are interconnected with the migrant rights crisis on the United States-Mexico border.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. Photo: Manitoba Government/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't think for a moment the same calculations aren't on Conservative minds in Canada as on those of their Republican brethren, especially with a federal election looming.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Premier Jason Kenney and cabinet are sworn in at Government House, in Edmonton on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government
David J. Climenhaga | So far, Election Commissioner Lorne Gibson's staff has levied fines of $168,350, against various participants in Jeff Callaway's 2017 UCP leadership campaign.

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