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Blog - David Suzuki December 11
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David Suzuki | The facts of the climate crisis aren't in dispute -- and yet climate deniers abound. A new chatbot is designed to help people navigate difficult conversations about climate disruption.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 11
A detail from Joe Versikaitis's portrait of former Alberta Speaker Bob Wanner. Image: Legislative Assembly of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | That former Speaker Bob Wanner accomplished this by turning to a "sports artist" -- Joe Versikaitis -- just goes to show one ought not to be snooty about such matters.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada December 11
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Michelle Weinroth | Seemingly remote from Canadian concerns, the war on Gaza is closer to us than most think; it encapsulates the global eco-disaster we all share as inhabitants of a sick planet.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 10
Anti-Brexit march in London on March 23, 2019. Image: Puckpics/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | By laying bare uncomfortable latent prejudices in our society, the Brexit referendum has turned a much-overlooked peripheral pain into a national tragedy.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 10
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney with his cabinet. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one visits Canada's capital just before Christmas expecting to get any business done with the government.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 8
Image: Jason Kenney/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta premier has just added Moody's Investor Service to his growing list of public enemies, moments after it downgraded the province's credit rating for its dependence on fossil fuels.
Blog - Taking Sides December 6
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Sarah Macharia | For decades now, "very few" stories in Canadian news media have challenged gender stereotypes, according to a global monitoring project conducted every five years since 1995.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 6
Journalist Nora Loreto. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Every Canadian should read Nora Loreto's essay in the National Observer -- and every Canadian man should read it in a spirit of reflection and honest self-examination.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 4
Tunney's Pasture LRT station in Ottawa. Image: Sean_Marshall/Flickr
Ed Finn | Uncontrolled global capitalism can be considered the ultimate outcome of the Peter principle, which theorizes the development of business and political incompetence.
Blog - David Suzuki December 4
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David Suzuki | The biggest threat to the Arctic is climate change, not geese. When nature is out of whack, human activity and our extractive economy are most often to blame.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 3
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews speaks about budget 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's public disparagement of nurses is a troubling development, which shows just how cocksure the party is right now as it sets about dismantling public health care.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 3
Protesters at COP21 in Paris. Image: John Englart/Flickr
Brent Patterson | As COP25 kicks off and the House of Commons reconvenes this week, Brent Patterson breaks down the numbers behind the Trudeau government's failure on climate policy.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 3
Kim Elliott | On this #GivingTuesday, please consider making us your cause and show some love for non-profit media.
Blog - Raluca Bejan December 2
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Raluca Bejan | The social determinants of health are the strongest predictors of individual health and mortality. With the collapse of social welfarism, matters of life and death have been left to the market.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
Image: United Nurses of Alberta/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Widespread privatization, shuttered health care facilities, and service cuts are all in Kenney's cards as Alberta's government breaks earlier promises on health care.
Blog - Taking Sides November 29
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Philip Lee | About 96 per cent of Canadians are now connected to the internet, but a digital divide still exists.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 29
Earth peace together symbol. Image: cocoparisienne/Pixabay
Maya Bhullar | As you plan your charitable giving for the holiday season, let's stand with the rebuilders. Here are some global social movements that need our support.
Blog - Greening the News November 28
Jagmeet Singh at climate strike in Victoria, B.C., Sept. 29, 2019.Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
Robert Hackett | With one single pro-climate act, Singh could show a firm commitment to a fundamental plank in the NDP's platform -- to end subsidies to fossil fuels.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | We're not just going to build a firewall, we're going to build two firewalls, with lots of pipelines running through them, and you're going to pay for them!
Blog - The Views Expressed November 27
View from interior of transport truck. Image: AILAFM/Flickr
Ed Finn | Nearly 2,000 Canadians are killed every year and another 10,000 seriously injured in highway crashes, most of them involving collisions between cars and heavy trucks.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 27
Jason Schilling. Image: David J. Climenhaga
Maya Bhullar | Jason Schilling assumed the presidency of the Alberta Teachers' Association on July 1, 2019. Read what he had to tell us about the UCP government's effort to undermine public schools.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 27
CN Rail grain train at Spences Bridge, B.C. Image: Mick Hall/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't look for any Conservative to confess they were wrong about the CN rail strike. Admitting error -- even when it's blatantly obvious -- is just not in their political DNA.
Blog - David Suzuki November 27
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David Suzuki | Children are especially vulnerable to climate disruption. But governments around the world are still putting the fossil fuel industry's interests first.
Blog - KAIROS Witness November 27
Isabel Zuleta of Movimiento Ríos Vivos Antioquia in Colombia and Natalia Atz Sunuc of the Guatemalan association Kaji' Ajpop. Image: KAIROS
Gabriela Jiménez | Large-scale resource extraction perpetuates violence, even in countries with peace accords. Women are often on the frontlines of mobilizing to protect land and water.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
In what is again becoming a typical Alberta scene, workers, this time unionized nurses, protest Kenney Government policies at the Alberta Legislature last week. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If Canadian charter rights stand in the way of the objective of silencing unions, Alberta's UCP seems prepared to bulldoze them.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
Image: Jason Kenney/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | There's nothing like a good-natured rivalry to raise spirits during a government-inflicted recession. David Climenhaga bets Edmontonians can do a better job booing Jason Kenney than Calgarians.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 24
Teamsters Canada Rail Conference strikers at the Alberta legislature last week. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives demanding train workers return to work with no change in their collective agreement are also demanding that they continue to risk their lives.
Blog - Judy Rebick's Blog November 24
La Paz, Bolivia. Image: EEJC/Wikimedia Commons
Judy Rebick | In 2006, I spent five weeks in Bolivia interviewing Evo Morales and several of his ministers. Afterward, I thought that Bolivia was a singular light in a dark neoliberal world.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor November 23
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John Miller | Torstar's closure of commuter dailies calls into question the effectiveness of the federal government's $600-million bailout for legacy publishers.
Blog - Taking Sides November 22
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Jim McDonnell | Democracies are experiencing a crisis of trust, fuelled not only by the actions of those who seek to manipulate us but also by those who manage the networks that claim to enhance our lives.

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