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Blog - Alberta Diary October 31
L-R: Terry O'Flynn (Alberta Enterprise Group), Rick More (Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce), Finance Minister Travis Toews, Todd MacKay (Canadian Taxpayers Federation), Sandip Lalli (Calgary Chamber of Commerce) and Janet M. Riopel (Edmonton Chamber of Commerce). Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Readers are advised to take Canadian Taxpayers Federation "reports" with a healthy dose of skepticism.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 30
Still from film "Arab Blues" Image: Arab Blues/mk2 films
Doreen Nicoll | The Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival not only screened films from a wide variety of genres, but included powerful pieces and panels that gave insight into our world and how we treat others.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 30
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews speaks about budget 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After a four-year respite, it looks as if the days of perpetual chaos in Alberta's health-care system are about to return with a vengeance.
Blog - David Suzuki October 30
Image: Joe Brusky/Flickr
David Suzuki | A group of youth activists decided marching isn't enough. The 15 youth, ranging in age from seven to 19, are taking the federal government to court. Forget settlements, their goal is climate action.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 29
Flaming tires on February 11, 2019, in the streets of Hinche, Haiti.Image: Voice of America/Wikimedia Commons
various | The undersigned call on the Justin Trudeau government and Canadian state to stop backing a corrupt, repressive and illegitimate president that Haitians massively reject.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 29
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Big changes to public-sector bargaining introduced by Alberta's UCP government yesterday is likely to unleash a flood of litigation.
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog October 29
Image: Carlos Figueroa/Wikimedia Commons
Judy Rebick, Carlos Torres | Protesters are calling for a general strike as mass demonstrations against neoliberalism grow. Carlos Torres, a Chilean refugee now back in Chile, talks to about the mass protests.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 29
Image: Spence Mann
Dennis Gruending | Western premiers are demanding an end to the carbon tax, even though two-thirds of Canadian electors voted for parties that support it. Meanwhile, the climate justice movement takes to the streets.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 27
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David J. Climenhaga | If Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is serious about helping Alberta's fossil fuel industry, he'll need to adopt the NDP's social license strategy.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 27
Image: Peace Brigades International
Brent Patterson | Colombian human rights defenders to talk fracking and climate change at public forums in Ottawa, Vancouver and Nanaimo this November.
Blog - Taking Sides October 25
Person holding a cell phone. Image: Humphrey Muleba/Unsplash
Sara Speicher | News agencies, civil society organizations, and concerned individuals in Canada and overseas have taken on the fight for "truth." But is what someone says "right" or "wrong," or somewhere in between?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 25
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews reads the province’s budget speech yesterday. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's once again the poor little rich kid of Confederation, crying poverty, throwing its weight around, and careering from knee-jerk austerity to pre-election profligacy.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 25
Chilean protests in 2019. Image: Jorge Morales Piderit/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What are the Canadian links to the social uprising in Chile that has claimed at least 18 lives over the past seven days?
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog October 24
Metro Hall cooling centre showing a table with granola bar and water. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Toronto city council's recent declaration of a climate emergency is meaningless without measures to protect its most vulnerable citizens.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 24
Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews puts on his cowboy boots in preparation for the release of the budget. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If you're not going to raise revenues, the millions required for inquiries, snitch lines, war rooms and constitutional jiggery-pokery have to come from somewhere.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog October 24
Rental signs. Image: Ashley Brown/Flickr
Ashley Reyns | Tenants in Ottawa are organizing and demanding landlords are held accountable for dilapidated homes.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It's clearer every day Jason Kenney views the equalization referendum idea, on its face constitutionally meaningless, as a thinly disguised sovereignty-association vote.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Image: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Does the outcome of the federal election create opportunities to improve Canada's human rights policies internationally?
Blog - David Suzuki October 22
Image: Peter Blanchard/Flickr
David Suzuki | We need all political representatives to cast aside their differences and work together to solve this challenge. An election is just the start.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
The interim House of Commons on January 16, 2019. Image: Leafsfan67/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What are some observations we can make about the results of this federal election and how could that help shape continued grassroots mobilizations?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney is heading back to Ottawa -- as long rumoured in the event Andrew Scheer should lose, which he now has -- the Liberals should take him seriously.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is making up parliamentary conventions to suit himself, and Albertans are likely to be angry no matter the outcome of today's federal election.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 19
Illustration created using a wiki image by Howard the Duck with other open-source and public domain elements.
David Heap | The Liberals' ongoing bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council provides an opportunity to send a message to whoever forms the next federal government.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 19
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, at the start of a large march through Edmonton yesterday. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It would have been a remarkable accomplishment for any group to summon a throng of the size that enthusiastically greeted 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton.
Blog -'s staff blog October 19
Kim Elliott | Week in and week out, Karl Nerenberg delivers exclusive reporting from the Hill, and it's readers just like you who keep him there.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 18
Antonio Banderas as Salvador. Image: Manolo Pavón/El Deseo/Mongrel Media. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Doreen Nicoll | "Pain and Glory" is a beautiful tribute to celebrating the reaffirmation of one's sexual identity.
Blog - Taking Sides October 18
Image: Marcus Spiske/Unsplash
Philip Lee | Encryption is supposed to ensure that information stays private by scrambling data. In practice, security forces and corporate interests are keen to be able to crack any code.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 18
Paul Taylor. Image: Sandro Pehar. Used wth permission.
Paul Taylor | The research identifies that the higher prevalence of food insecurity among households with Black respondents is simply because they are Black. It's not caused by anything else.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
Heather McPherson, the federal NDP's candidate in Edmonton Strathcona, and former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason. Image: Heather McPherson for Edmonton Strathcona/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason didn't mention Notley by name, but her recent suggestion she might not vote NDP because of the federal party's pipeline policy obviously didn't impress him.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 18
Still from debate livestream. Image: Global News/YouTube
Pamela Palmater | Reconciliation cannot be achieved if its lifespan is dictated by what carries political currency in each election. The party leaders all have a legal and moral obligation to do better.