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Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 24
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Maya Bhullar | Tools and updates to support teachers, students and administrative workers this September.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 22
rabble staff | rabble.ca and the Institute for Change Leaders proudly announce the fourth annual search for a recipient of the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 21
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Sunera Thobani | The Trump administration has made starkly visible overt white supremacy and a reformist racial liberalism. Both are, however, deeply intertwined within the global structure of racial-capitalism.
Blog - Taking Sides August 21
A protest against violence against women in Montreal in July, 2020 (Image: Mélodie Descoubes/Unsplash)
Sarah Macharia | A Statistics Canada survey found 10 per cent of Canadian women were "very or extremely concerned about the possibility of violence in the home," during the pandemic.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 21
Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park in 2019. Image: Paul Sableman/Flickr
Lisa Lacoste | "I see constantly in Toronto not a lack of concern about homelessness and income inequality, but a sweeping inability to acknowledge it."
Blog - A change is gonna come August 21
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Doreen Nicoll | As part of the economic recovery from COVID, the federal Liberal government will likely rely on the Canada Infrastructure Bank and its mandate to form P3 agreements to minimize municipal debt.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 20
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Stacey Wakelin | The health and well-being of children is worth the time it takes to get this school year off to a safe start. Our communities depend on it.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 19
Chrystia Freeland in 2017. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Chrystia Freeland has supported billions being spent on the military. Could the $1.2 trillion debt change that?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 19
Members of the Canadian parliamentary press gallery in their offices in Ottawa in 1916. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Why do Postmedia's principles apply in Edmonton but not in Ottawa?
Blog - David Suzuki August 18
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David Suzuki | Bailing out an industry that should have started winding down decades ago is no way to build societal resilience in the face of climate, biodiversity and health crises.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 18
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David J. Climenhaga | Christian P. Champion's main qualification seems to be that his views on the use of history as a tool for shaping society are remarkably similar to Premier Jason Kenney's.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 18
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro in 2018. Image: OEA - OAS/Flickr
Yves Engler | NDP and Green MPs have recently raised concerns over Canada's ties to OAS.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 17
Alberta minister Demetrios Nicolaides in April, 2020. Image: Demetrios Nicolaides​/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | UnemployedProfessors.com says on its website that "we only hire current and former academics or graduate students who teach their own classes."
Blog - Brent Patterson August 14
Police on Haudenosaunee territory, July 2020. Image: Skyler Williams/Facebook
Brent Patterson | Lawyers and experts have repeatedly highlighted the skewed, ahistorical and colonial nature of court injunctions against Indigenous land defenders.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Members of the Alberta legislature press gallery at work. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Postmedia proved that the Alberta press gallery is an anachronism, primarily serving as a gatekeeper for a couple of perks for favoured journalists.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 14
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Ed Finn | Only if enough valiant and dedicated progressives rally behind a global campaign to dump capitalism in time to avert another pandemic will humankind survive.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 13
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Maya Bhullar | As progressives, we need ways to gather together and coordinate our work so that our vision of a better world flourishes.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 13
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Joe Masoodi | Uncovering the silent role that surveillance technologies play in structural racism and police brutality must be an important part of conversations about policing.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 12
Russia's Akademik Lomonosov. Image: TuomoS/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | There's a whiff of scam about efforts to promote the idea of a small reactor manufacturing industry, which wouldn't be located in Alberta anyway.
Blog - David Suzuki August 11
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David Suzuki | Cutting down forests that have never been logged to produce more toilet paper, packaging and other paper products we barely recycle can never be circular, let alone sustainable.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
Edmonton's Royal Alexandra Hospital. Image: Ian Stumpf/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Most of the Edmonton region's orthopedic surgeons would have needed to be on board for the private hospital idea to have legs. At least one of them evidently wasn't.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 10
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage and Premier Jason Kenney in Friday's video. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | The explanation for Friday's announcement, almost certainly, is the embarrassment wrought by the education minister's curriculum-review news conference the day before.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 10
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: PMO
Doreen Nicoll | Four million people will transition to an EI system that is not up to the task. The feds need to keep $500 per week flowing to workers impacted by COVID until a universal livable income is in place.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 10
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Maya Bhullar | Activists are working to demand changes to improve the lives of workers in the food production industry across Canada.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 7
Monia Mazigh | rabble.ca is a platform that helps us to stay informed and well informed.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
Curriculum advisory panel chair Angus McBeath during his rambling remarks yesterday. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one who watched Adriana LaGrange's news conference on her plans for Alberta's K-12 curriculum yesterday could come away with the impression this province's education system is in capable hands.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage at a recent Keystone XL related announcement. Image: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's "war on unions" continues, but the United Conservative Party is happy about the creation of good union jobs in the States because, you know … pipelines!
Blog - Child Care Canada Now August 6
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Martha Friendly, Morna Ballantyne, Lynell Anderson | The shuttering of child care in Canada has put parents and providers in an untenable position, but has also given policy-makers critical insights.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 5
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Brent Patterson | The memory of those killed should be not be historicized, but instead situated in the present day struggle against the threat of nuclear militarism.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 5
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public pressure for a safer school reopening got Jason Kenney's government to budge -- a little. The question is, will worried Albertans decide it budged enough?

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