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Blog - David Suzuki June 23
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles. Image: NIAID/Flickr
David Suzuki | This pandemic could be a trial run for how we respond to the almost-inevitable next pandemic. Or it could be the wake-up call that finally compels us to resolve this and other related emergencies.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
AUPE president Guy Smith addresses media at the Edmonton Court House this morning as the union's lawyer, Patrick Nugent, looks on. Image: AUPE
David J. Climenhaga | AUPE president Guy Smith vowed to fight the UCP's Bill 1 all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary, and to "defend any and all AUPE members or staff who are caught in the bill's cross-hairs."
Blog - Brent Patterson June 23
Image: Still taken from the film "Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance"/NFB
Brent Patterson | As the Trudeau government prepares to spend billions on the Canadian military, it's urgent and necessary to discuss alternatives.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 23
Image: Conservative Party/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Probably the last thing the Conservative Party of Canada needs right now is a battle over allegations of dirty tricks between the campaigns of its two leading candidates.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 23
Image: De an Sun/Unsplash
Ed Finn | Politicians and corporations in the United States and Canada have started to open up their economies. This is happening even though the coronavirus is still present in both countries.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 22
Cypress-Medicine Hat MLA Drew Barnes. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Barnes needs to be kicked out of the UCP if Kenney is to retain any patriotic credibility elsewhere in Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 22
A view from the president's seat inside the UN Security Council chamber (Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr)
Yves Engler | Ottawa's failure to gain a seat on the United Nations Security Council is a victory for those seeking a more just Canadian foreign policy.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 22
A woman holds a Black Lives Matter sign. Image: Joan Villalon/Unsplash
Chuka Ejeckam | Manufactured mortality among Black and Indigenous people is a fundamental mechanism by which the world operates. Addressing this inequity requires action on a global scale.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 19
Photo taken at the Toronto Climate Strike in September 2019. Image: Lewis Parsons/Unsplash
Tania Ehret | Bearing an individual brunt to systemic problems is a recipe for burnout.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 19
Image: Stephen Weppler/Flickr
Vincent Collins | We could be entering a moment in which workers come together to fight the system that jeopardizes not only racialized peoples' livelihoods, but their very existence.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 18
Image: Senior Guidance/Flickr
Bonnie Gostola | Some staff at private care homes have received pay bumps from their employers. But these "bonuses" are the rates they would need to bring their current salaries in-line with the public sector.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 18
Image: Myfuture.com/Flickr
Jordan Grimsley | Responsibility for the crisis in long-term care exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic resides at a much higher level than the worker making $15 an hour.
Blog - Thomas Woodley June 18
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne cast his vote in the UN Security Council election (Image: François-Philippe Champagne/Twitter)
Thomas Woodley | The Trudeau government suffered a humiliating referendum on its international record this week. Will it learn from its mistakes?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog June 18
Image: Submitted by the Council of Canadians
Jan Malek | Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he plans to hold long-term care companies that continued to draw profits while seniors lay sick and dying accountable. Will that include Mike Harris?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
Fair deal panel members, UCP MLAs Tany Yao, Miranda Rosin and Drew Barnes (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The report suggests the Stephen Harper-Jason Kenney wing of Canada's Conservative movement is made up of patriots of convenience.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 18
Matthew DiMera | Join tonight's webinar where our panelists will consider justice reform through a national lens.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Get ready for your first look at Alberta's warmed over 20th anniversary commemoration of Stephen Harper's 2001 Alberta sovereignty-association manifesto.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 17
Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | The COVID-19 pandemic has placed front and centre the need for meaningful structural and financial reforms across employment sectors dominated by women and migrant workers.
Blog - David Suzuki June 16
Bicycles in Toronto's Roncesvalles Village. Image: wyliepoon/Flickr
David Suzuki | The shortcomings of car-oriented streetscapes are being highlighted like never before during the pandemic. The health crisis is forcing cities to re-think how people get around.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 16
Image: Ryerson School of Journalism/Facebook
John Miller | Journalistic organizations are facing demands to change, and many won't admit they have a problem.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 16
Athabasca University president Neil Fassina. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Athabasca University can enroll international students without them having to travel to Canada. If Jason Kenney harbours prime ministerial ambitions, he can try to sell that as a success for Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Demetrios Nicolaides explains his government's plan to overhaul Alberta's post-secondary education system in a video on June 12, 2020. Image: Demetrios Nicolaides/Screenshot of Twitter video
David J. Climenhaga | Promises by highly ideological governments to enact ambitious change in institutions they have targeted as hotbeds of opposition should be viewed with some distrust.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 15
Protester at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Toronto, in June 2020. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Dariusz Dziewanski | Addressing protests and policing in United States means also addressing the continuum of suicide, racism, incarceration, poverty and alienation that affects racialized peoples every day in Canada.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 15
Police officer at a Toronto Black Lives Matter demonstration in June 2020. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Maya Bhullar | Much needed community support services have faced cuts while the total operating expenditures of police forces have generally increased for over two decades.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 15
The 2010 BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill. Image: kris krüg/Flickr
Penney Kome | We need an economic metric that includes social and environmental costs, and to put our efforts into reviving the global ecology that sustains us all.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 12
Sherri Barnes (left) and Kwamena Mensa harvest fresh vegetables from the high tunnel at D-Town Farm in 2014. Image: U.S. Department of Agriculture/D-Town Farm/Flickr
Robin Browne | The death of George Floyd has many Canadians saying we're glad we're not like the U.S. Modeling initiatives like the Detroit People's Food Co-op would be a good place to make an exception to that.
Blog - Taking Sides June 12
Image: Oleg Magni/Unsplash
Philip Lee | The right to communicate is never more urgent than when lives and livelihoods are at stake because access to trustworthy information and news is blocked.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 12
A George Floyd mural in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | As we reflect on George Floyd, it would be a mistake to think that the murder revealed something new to the Black community about the injustice that led to his death.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 12
Bank of Canada building in Ottawa. Image: Brent Eades/Flickr
Ed Finn | Economists are already warning that pandemic-induced borrowing amounts will have to be repaid. This will likely entail the imposition of higher taxes and cuts in public services.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
Alberta's associate minister of natural gas and electricity, Dale Nally, at a press conference on May 6, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After NDP MLA Marie Renaud criticized the UCP government's track record on LGBTQ rights for students, Dale Nally expressed his outrage in a letter to St. Albert's mayor.

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