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Blog - David Suzuki March 3
Image: Climate and Health Alliance/Twitter
David Suzuki | Eunice Foote was a physicist, inventor and women's rights advocate. In 1856, she shared her paper, "Circumstances affecting the heat of the sun's rays," at the AAAS's annual meeting.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 3
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David J. Climenhaga | Political revenge on Edmonton voters is far from a sound basis for economic policy, no matter what the short-term political benefits may appear to be to Jason Kenney's government.
Blog - A change is gonna come March 3
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Doreen Nicoll | "What if self-awareness, compassion and thinking were not exclusively human affairs?" asks Mirjam Leuze, director of "The Whale and The Raven."
Blog - March 3
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Kate Klein | This week, keynote speakers at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) mining convention found themselves persistently drowned out by the sound of jackhammers.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 2
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David J. Climenhaga | It's not too late for Conservatives in Ottawa and Edmonton to do the right thing and not attempt to sabotage Sunday's agreement.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog March 2
A microscopic image that shows the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Image: U.S. National Institutes of Health
Cathy Crowe | Public health officials continue to reassure that Canada is at low risk for virus spread. But what about the homeless?
Blog - The Views Expressed March 2
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Jim Harding | Following the withdrawal of the Frontier oil sands project, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney engaged in well-rehearsed political rhetoric. But political hot air is not as dangerous as a warming planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
The "Fair Deal" panel at work, in Fort Saskatchewan
David J. Climenhaga | By any standard, the Alberta "Fair Deal" panel's online questionnaire is risibly unscientific and biased to dovetail with the panel's pre-determined recommendations.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 29
Image: Green is Not White Workshop, used with permission.
Maya Bhullar | The Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, with chapters in Canada and the U.S., spearheads research, education and monitoring around environmental racism.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 28
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David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's finance minister did yesterday what lots of others have done over the past half century -- tried to sound positive while he prayed for higher oil prices.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
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David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta government's Bill 1 appears to be designed to criminalize dissent and make protest illegal.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 27
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Brent Patterson | Concerns about police violence, nation-to-nation relationships and the right to free, prior and informed consent increase following arrests.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Duncan Kinney, director of Progress Alberta. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Justice Paul Belzil granted the injunction yesterday afternoon and awarded Progress Alberta $2,000 in costs.
Blog - David Suzuki February 25
Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Twitter
David Suzuki | With actions spreading across the country, complaints about inconvenience and disruption are rife. But colonial society has been inconveniencing and disrupting Indigenous lives for hundreds of years.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 25
Kim Elliott | We're almost there! Thanks to you we're only $5K away from our winter fundraising goal of $50,000. With just a few days to go, we could really use one more push from our readers all over Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
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David J. Climenhaga | For Teck's executives, the national "crisis" of the past couple of weeks was a useful opportunity to ditch the Frontier oil sands project with their corporate reputation intact.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 24
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Fernando Arce | While income is one of the most important determinants of personal health, strong labour laws are also important for protecting the health of the broader public.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 24
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David J. Climenhaga | If Andrew Scheer is unprepared to deal with the separatist contagion in his caucus, the Conservative Party of Canada will be dismissed as nothing more than a Prairie province bloc.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 24
Calgary Nose Hill MP Michelle Rempel Garner. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If Alberta and Saskatchewan want more representation in Ottawa, the best way to go about it would probably be to elect a few MPs from a couple of other parties.
Blog - Greening the News February 22
Wet'suwet'en solidarity event in Toronto on February 8, 2020. Image: Jason Hargrove/Flickr
Robert Hackett | The solidarity blockades may indicate a political tipping point in the struggle against extractivism and climate change. But corporate media and their paid pundits don't get it.
Blog - Taking Sides February 22
A man ice skating in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. Image: Brendan Church/Unsplash
Sara Speicher | The clamour for racial diversity in the newsroom is growing, not just in the United States, but in other migrant destination countries like Canada.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 21
Kim Elliott | Karl and guests provided a powerful and insightful discussion on the Wet'suwet'en struggle, reconciliation, and how these movements merge with economic concerns and the soon-to-come federal budget.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
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David J. Climenhaga | The UCP is unique in the history of Alberta and Canada: it will fight with anyone except Big Oil.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 20
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Ed Finn | If protests awaken citizens and prod governments to take appropriate remedial action for abuse and neglect against Indigenous peoples, economic damage may come to be regarded by many as justifiable.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 20
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David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian Energy Centre's problems are all the result of the nefarious work of "environmental activists and the green left," energy minister tells journalists.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 19
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Brent Patterson | The CANSEC arms fair in Ottawa will be a key moment to mobilize against the Trudeau government's planned multi-billion dollar purchase of fighter jets.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 19
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Adam R. Houston | Drug companies need to offer their wares at a fair price for everyone, everywhere, rather than letting some patients draw lots for a shot at life while keeping the financial jackpot for themselves.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 19
Kim Elliott | So you don't miss out on your exclusive invite to this webinar, sign up now to support Karl and keep him on the Hill.
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog February 19
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Judy Rebick | Solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en is the result of both the organizing of Indigenous peoples and young environmentalists who understand the links between Indigenous sovereignty and saving the planet.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor February 18
Unist'ot'en Matriarchs burn the court injunction in ceremony. Image: Unist'ot'en Camp/Twitter
John Miller | Substituting stereotypes for facts is not good journalism. Legacy media influencers are overlooking facts and centuries of injustice towards Indigenous people.

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