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Blog - Alberta Diary January 12
Wexit rally in Edmonton. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Judging from the turnout at its Edmonton rally yesterday, Alberta's minuscule Wexit faction might want to reconsider its demand for a separation referendum right now.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
The "fair deal" panel in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you expected a separatist open mic night in Fort Saskatchewan, guess again!
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 10
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Matthew Adams | For almost two decades, rabble has been a progressive independent voice in a corporate media landscape and we keep doing it every day.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Tehran in 2010. Image: Flickr/Ninara
David J. Climenhaga | In the wake of yesterday's air tragedy in Iran that took the lives of at least 63 Canadians, all Canadians want answers to what caused Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS 752 to crash.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Alberta Minister of Energy Sonya Savage. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party has a lot of time for the rule of law -- but only when the law lets it enforce its own rules.
Blog - David Suzuki January 8
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David Suzuki | If we had political leaders willing to act with the urgency the scientific evidence shows is necessary, curbing climate breakdown would still be a challenge this late in the game, but we could do it.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 7
NDP Opposition energy critic Irfan Sabir when he was a minister of the Crown. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Run competently, the Canadian Energy Centre could do considerably more damage to the democratic rights of Albertans and the state of our rapidly heating globe.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 7
President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto sign the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement during a ceremony in Buenos Aires, on the margins of the G-20 Leaders' Summit on November 30, 2018. Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr
Gordon Laxer | The new agreement, USMCA, is subject to review every six years. When it dies, Canada and the U.S. will revert to an old agreement with an energy clause that would kneecap any future climate action.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
A helicopter drops a bucket of water on a wildfire near High Level, Alberta in May 2019. Image: Chris Schwarz for Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Response to Australian wildfires shows how much has changed since 2016, when connections between Alberta wildfires and climate change were denounced as outrageous.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Linda Silas. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The New Brunswick nurse and president of Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is best known outside labour as a high-profile supporter for a national pharmacare program.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party's austerity program will push Alberta into recession. The UCP, naturally, will blame the NDP and Justin Trudeau.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 31
Kim Elliott | Independent media is not inevitable. It takes your help. It takes you making a new year's resolution to support media democracy.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 28
A homeless person sleeps next to Santa's sleigh on a main street in Toronto. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Cities across the country are evicting people from outdoor tent encampments. Without a national housing program or municipal support for shelters, the homelessness crisis has become an emergency.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 27
Oil pump jacks in Alberta. Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian Energy Centre is churning out thinly veiled propaganda while staffers masquerade as reporters, endangering the integrity of an already struggling media ecosystem.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 21
Left image: Progress Software Corp. logo. Right image: The CEC's first logo.
David J. Climenhaga | It turns out the square-pipeline symbol that was supposedly rustled up just for the Canadian Energy Centre was already in use as the corporate logo of a software developer based in Massachusetts.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes December 21
Mercedes Allen | The "gender critical debate" is designed to disallow any conclusion that trans people exist, let alone that they should have rights or be accommodated in society in any way.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 21
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David J. Climenhaga | What the "war room" came up with in response to a tart column in the Medicine Hat News was more akin to a boring press release, as staffers of the newspaper were soon gleefully tweeting.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 20
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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 20
Kim Elliott | This holiday season, as we move into a new decade, will you join us in the fight for a better world and give the gift of media democracy?
Blog - Alberta Diary December 18
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to media December 6, 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Is Bill C-69 the "No More Pipelines Bill," as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says? Apparently not.
Blog - David Suzuki December 18
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David Suzuki | After the UN climate summit in Madrid, it's clearer than ever that our political leaders are failing us on climate action. It's up to the people to lead.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 18
Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer promises Alberta has a "unique fact scenario" to sway the courts in its fight against the federal carbon tax. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney will take his war on Alberta's carbon tax to the Supreme Court, even as data shows the tax did not significantly harm the province's GDP. Meanwhile, his 'war room' takes on a local columnist.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog December 18
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Linda Leon | In modern times, citizens' assemblies have been used to make decisions where the political system is unable to move forward due to deadlocked party politics and electoral fears.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog December 17
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Sujata Dey | The old NAFTA gutted local economies by putting profit and free trade over people and the planet. Will the new agreement, which will likely be ratified in 2020, be any better?
Blog - Alberta Diary December 15
Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Had he not left the Conservative party in 2018, Bernier would be a prime candidate for the party leadership after Scheer's departure.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 14
Kim Elliott | Join us for an exclusive webinar for supporters on Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. EST to take stock of the year that was and consider what's ahead in 2020.
Blog - Taking Sides December 14
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Lorenzo Vargas, Amanda Soares | The UN has warned that Indigenous communities in Canada's north are among those most at risk from a changing climate, which threatens their safety and food security.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 12
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney will run for Andrew Scheer's job. You'll know this is true if all of a sudden you don't hear much more about Alberta's non-negotiable demands from Confederation.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 12
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The voice of Alberta's oil industry, the $30-million "energy war room," stumbled out of the starting gate yesterday after a news conference graced by Premier Jason Kenney.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 11
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro, at right, poses with two surgeons and a patient at a private Calgary eye-surgery clinic yesterday. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's privatization plan might have a chance if the government is prepared to spend a lot of money to ensure wait lists for everyone are reduced. How likely do you think that is?

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