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Blog - KAIROS Witness June 11
Women drummers at a KAIROS blanket exercise in Ottawa, 2017. Image: Extremeline Productions
Chrystal Waban | Is the federal government's delay in delivering its response to the MMIWG report due to plans to infuse it into its pandemic recovery strategy? Recent government actions leave room for doubt.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during his daily COVID-19 press briefing on June 9, 2020. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | No one in the Alberta government appears to be taking responsibility for deciding who in fact has a legitimate journalistic reason to attend government media events.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 11
Image: Graham Ruttan/Unsplash
Hisham Shokr, Nisha Kansal, Arnav Agarwal | The inconvenient truth is that in Canada, hundreds of thousands of people do not have access to health coverage as a result of their immigration status.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 11
An RCMP cruiser on the UBC campus in 2014. Image: British Columbia Emergency Photography/Flickr
Jeff Shantz | Growing movements against police brutality raise concerns over the self-serving relationships between criminal justice agencies and post-secondary institutions.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 10
This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S. Image: NIAID/Flickr
Jim Harding | Federal and provincial governments were clearly caught off guard when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. A look at the emerging trends could help spark reforms as we seek a green and just recovery.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 10
Image: Virginia Rivers/Flickr
Farah Shroff | We can turn the age of pandemic into the pivotal transformation we've needed all along -- towards stronger communities, rooted in empathy.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 10
Two police officers at the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Reakash Walters, Rachel Zellars | What would it mean to hold the intimacy and wellness of our friends as "our business," rather than allowing domestic and interpersonal matters to remain the business of the state?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 10
Rex Murphy at the UBCM conference in 2014 Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
John Miller | There is plenty of evidence that mainstream newspapers and broadcasting outlets in this country are institutionally incapable of covering race and racism in our society.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 9
Police at the June 6, 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto. Image: Mitchel Raphael
Lesley Wood | New tools and policies will not resolve the problem that emerges from arming a small group of mostly white men in an unequal, racist society, and giving them the power to defend the status quo.
Blog - David Suzuki June 9
Two caribou on a highway in Alaska. Image: Terry Feuerborn/Flickr
David Suzuki | As cities that converted roads to bike lanes during lockdown enter recovery phases, many people are advocating to keep the lanes open. Having fewer roads for cars increases human and wildlife health.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
Panelists at a March, 2020 "fair deal" panel town hall meeting. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has promised to release his "fair deal" panel's report next Monday, but it's not at all clear Albertans are going to like what they hear.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
Protesters gather at the Alberta legislature on Friday, June 5, 2020. Image: Photo by Olav Rokne, used with permission.
David J. Climenhaga | The size of the crowd is a telling sign of how troubled young people are by the institutionalized racism that continues to plague many countries -- including Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 8
Image: Screenshot of Instagram #Blackouttuesday
Shanese Steele | Individuals who previously stayed silent on Black death are using this moment to share photos, posts and attend protests in hopes to be seen as "woke" or not "anti-Black."
Blog - The Views Expressed June 8
Protesters in Queen's Park, June 6, 2020. (Image: michael_swan/Flickr)
Robin Browne | People in power are suddenly eager to do things for Black folks. Black people should ask for everything they can get now, because these moments are fleeting.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Jason Kenney giving a press conference in March 2020. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Passage of Alberta's Critical Infrastructure Defence Act demonstrates Premier Jason Kenney's contempt for the rule of law.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 5
Stephen Harper at a press conference in 2010. Image: Number 10/Flickr
Wyatt James Schierman | Government debt is not the bogeyman neoliberals make it out to be. Reductions in government spending are the real danger.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
MLA Michaela Glasgo, chair of Alberta's new firearms advisory committee, at a press conference on June 3, 2020. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP's announcement it's standing up for the rights of "law-abiding gun owners" was mostly grandstanding and mindless Ottawa bashing, and is unlikely to actually change anything.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Police at a protest against the Kinder Morgan pipeline in Burnaby in 2014. Image: Mark Klotz/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | The oft-repeated mantra of "we are not a racist country" provides comfort to many Canadians that racism and white supremacy are uniquely American problems, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Protesters confront police in Washington D.C. on May 30, 2020. Image: Geoff Livingston/Flickr
Judy Rebick | On the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, we are seeing a diverse, Black youth-led uprising against racial injustice.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the annual CARICOM reception in Ottawa, February 2019. Image: CanadianPM/Twitter
Yves Engler | Until Canada actually walks the anti-imperialist walk, rather than spouting occasional progressive talk, Caribbean countries should vote against Canada's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
BDS activist Gilad Paz. Image: Independent Jewish Voice Canada
Aaron Lakoff | Gilad Paz, a 38-year-old lawyer, fled his native Israel to come to Canada in August 2016. Now that Paz has exhausted all legal avenues to remain in Canada, he faces a removal order back to Israel.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
 Image: Neal Wellons/Flickr
David Suzuki | Why are Canadians subsidizing and bailing out what has been the most profitable industry in human history when those billions could do so much to put us on a healthier path?
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has declared rodeo a culturally distinctive activity, announced plans for frivolous lawsuits so Albertans can have more guns, and proposed setting up a provincial parole board.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 3
Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Nicholas Erwin-Longstaff | If a basic income were to be introduced in Canada, it is unlikely the left would be in a position to ensure its implementation would safeguard the social safety net.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 3
Image: Johnny Silvercloud/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | Tools for allies of the ongoing protests against police brutality.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 1
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro in a press briefing on May 29, 2020. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta Video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | The United Conservative Party government is deeply committed to erasing the connection between government and services that are essential to the functioning of society.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 1
Image: Kim Deachul/Unsplash
Food Secure Canada | We have the opportunity to reimagine the food systems we need. We can build a future of food in a way that respects the health and dignity of both people and the planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during his COVID-19 speech in the legislature last week. Image: Screenshot of Alberta legislature video
David J. Climenhaga | In a speech in the legislature last week, Kenney referred half a dozen times to influenza, sometimes in ways that clearly tried to blur the distinction between the two respiratory diseases.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change June 1
Image: Taylor Wilcox/Unsplash
Lizanne Foster | In too many B.C. schools, it will not be easy to follow all the public health guidelines for a safe return to the classroom.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 30
A supermarket checker works behind a plastic shield. Image: Russ Allison Loar​/Flickr
Penney Kome | The pandemic is showing us all our weaknesses. We have time to correct them, before we destroy the planet in the endless pursuit of profit.

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