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Blog - The Views Expressed October 17
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Andrea Loken | The energy consumption of data transmitted wirelessly is immense and growing rapidly with the increased use of expanding wireless networks.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Calgary yesterday. Image: Druh Farrell/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg will lead a lunch-hour march tomorrow from a downtown Edmonton park to the nearby Alberta legislature.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Michael Kalmanovitch back in the day, campaigning for the Green Party of Canada. Image: Michael Kalmanovitch for Edmonton Strathcona/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Within hours of Michael Kalmanovitch's announcement he was dropping out, the Greens issued a statement saying he was is no longer a member of the party.
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice October 17
Green party canvasser in B.C. Image: Vancouver Ghost/Wikimedia Commons
Tina S. Beier | How one voter's worries over climate change and reproductive justice are complicating her decision about who she will vote for in the federal election on October 21.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 16
Image: Jim McIntyre from Citizens for Public Justice via United Church/Flickr
Alexandra Zannis | What does it mean to say we want to end poverty in Canada? More than an act of charity, this is a question of basic rights.
Blog - David Suzuki October 16
Greta Thunberg speaks at Fridays for Future protest in Berlin in July 2019. Image: Leonhard Lenz/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Greta and the young people worldwide urging adults to care about their future don't need awards. They need grown-ups to take them seriously and heed the scientific evidence about global warming.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Doug O'Halloran, 1952-2019. Image: Dave Cournoyer
David J. Climenhaga | A statement from UFCW 401 president Thomas Hesse and secretary treasurer Richelle Stewart said, "it is hard to express how saddened we are by the loss of our great brother, Douglas."
Blog - The Views Expressed October 15
Still from debate livestream. Image: YouTube
Ed Finn | The depletion of tax revenue through profligate business bounties is a cunningly devised strategy, giving political leaders the excuse that they simply don't have the means to improve social services.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Heather McPherson, the federal NDP candidate in Edmonton Strathcona. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Does the Mainstreet poll of voter intentions in the Edmonton Strathcona federal riding indicate a real trend, or is it an outlier for whatever reasons?
Blog - A change is gonna come October 15
Colten Boushie's family at press conference. Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | Fall has descended and it's time to cocoon with a good movie. Luckily, the 11th annual Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival gets underway this week.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Image: Anders Hellberg/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Environmental activist Greta Thunberg appears content to give the Kenney government a few days to work itself into a full-blown swivet before she announces her Alberta itinerary.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Greta Thunberg. Image: European Parliament/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | At the time this was written, no one in Alberta seems to know when or where Thunberg will arrive.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog October 13
A natural gas well in Louisiana. Image: Daniel Foster/Flickr
Linda Leon | Of all of the political parties running in this election, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) was the first to release its election platform.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's unclear whether the client in these circumstances would be the union member on the line or the Government of Alberta.
Blog -'s staff blog October 11
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Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
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Brent Patterson | Indigenous communities in Colombia want to protect the Amazon rainforest from fracking.
Blog - Taking Sides October 11
People on the streets of Tokyo. Image: Jason Ortego/Unsplash
Philip Lee | As facial recognition becomes more and more common, there are also growing concerns about the gender and racial bias embedded in many systems.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Alberta Energy Minister and Canadian Energy Centre Ltd. Director Sonya Savage, at left. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Structuring Alberta's "energy war room" as a private corporation to avoid FOIP requests sounds like a shady dodge; Kenney government says "foreign-funded special interests" made them do it.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics October 11
Climate strikers on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Image: Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending | Some critics say anyone who uses fossil fuels is a hypocrite if they engage in climate activism. Such accusations are disingenuous and meant to shame and disable people.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 10
National Assembly of Quebec. Image: Paul VanDerWerf/Flickr
Ed Finn | The furor over Bill 21 caused a brief stir during the opening weeks of the election. But the issue has since faded and is not likely to affect the voting outcome for any of the parties.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 10
Image: Talia Woodin/Extinction Rebellion
Brent Patterson | Extinction Rebellion makes an important link with the deadly struggle for climate justice in the Global South.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 10
Former prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Image: Chiloa/Wikimedia Commons
Abdul Nakua | Reflecting on the divisive debate in Quebec about religious symbols and the passing of Bill 21, I remember an epiphany which reveals how old battles are influencing new ones.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 10
Tom Olsen. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The new managing director of the Kenney government's renamed "Canadian Energy Centre" ran unsuccessfully for the United Conservative Party in Calgary in last April's election.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog October 9
Image: Laurel L. Russwurm/Flickr
Linda Leon | Could the Green plan meet its goals of "addressing the climate emergency" and "transitioning to a green economy"?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 9
Still from debate livestream. Image: YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Another Conservative innovation: the faux riposte response to a question that wasn't asked. It's not a debating technique.
Blog - Open Media's blog October 9
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Marie Aspiazu | Back in August the CRTC significantly cut the rates for what Big Telecom can charge smaller providers for network access. A handful of smaller Internet service providers are already lowering prices.
Blog - David Suzuki October 9
David Suzuki | We should all examine the roster of candidates and parties where we live, compare their environmental platforms and records, and ask local contenders about their climate commitments.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 9
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Ed Finn | If the NDP holds the balance of power over a minority Liberal government, it could force Justin Trudeau to actually keep some of his promises this time, and even adopt key progressive proposals.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog October 8
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Maya Bhullar | A toolkit to help get out the vote and to dig through misinformation in the 2019 federal election.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 8
Reakash Walters nominates Rachel Notley as the NDP candidate in 2015, shortly before the NDP's historic majority victory. Image: Provided by Reakash Walters
David J. Climenhaga | If you have progressive views, you don't have to be living outside Alberta to feel out of touch with Alberta politics nowadays.