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Blog - David Suzuki February 10
Woman holding test tubes. Image credit: National Cancer Institute/Unsplash
David Suzuki | We need more observational science, but we have to recognize its fundamental weaknesses and inadequacies, and scientists must be careful not to confuse their biases with truths.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 9
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video
David J. Climenhaga | There are important caveats. The Kenney government left the door wide open to reviewing coal policy later and coming up with "a new, modern coal policy" when things settle down.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood February 9
Hospital room. Image credit: Daan Stevens/Unsplash
Pam Palmater | A new report confirms what most Indigenous peoples already knew -- that racism against Indigenous peoples is prevalent in B.C.'s health-care system.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 8
Police at a demonstration. Image credit: Pxhere/Creative Commons license
Maya Bhullar | As we work against police violence and racism, how do we influence the actions of the police unions? How do we stop them from obstructing efforts to change police practice and create oversight?
Blog - Alberta Diary February 8
Willow Square Continuing Care Centre. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has tried to spin its modest spending on COVID-19 as being for the good of all. That can be disputed. Anyway, most pandemic funding in Alberta comes from Ottawa.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 4
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Why is an ostensible political winner, touted as a restoration of a successful political dynasty, acting like a party that knows in its bones it is a loser?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor February 3
Bell building, Montreal. Image credit: Jacques Meynier de Malviala/Flickr
John Miller | Bell Media is cutting journalism jobs while using pandemic-related labour subsidies to increase dividend payouts to its shareholders.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 3
The Straits of Mackinac near the path of Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline. Image credit: Peter K. Burian/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Instead of trying to come up with a solution, we spent years insisting the line was safe, insulted or patronized U.S. politicians who were worried about it and belligerently demanded more of the same.
Blog - David Suzuki February 3
Person holding plant. Image credit: Benjamin Combs/Unsplash
David Suzuki | Working with others for the betterment of your neighbourhood, town, city, province, country or world contributes to well-being and happiness.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Immunization in 1943 -- Canada had more vaccine production and manufacturing capacity then than now. Image credit: John Vachon/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The minute memories of COVID-19 begin to fade, the Conservative clamour for Canadian vaccine and PPE manufacturing will disappear as quickly as a Canadian summer.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 30
Olivia Chow | Where can you find the voices of the ordinary folks who discovered their power to challenge a workplace or a political system that has left them behind? rabble. And they need your support.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at Friday's COVID-19 daily briefing. Image: Video screenshot/Alberta government
David J. Climenhaga | What business wants in Alberta, business gets. Also, the Alberta inquiry goes into triple overtime.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 29
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro bashes Justin Trudeau at yesterday's daily COVID briefing. Image: Screenshot of Alberta government video
David J. Climenhaga | The Kenney government's strategic brain trust is trying hard to change the channel on a series of blunders and scandals. Bashing Justin Trudeau is the favoured tactic, and it could work.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Across the street, at left, the building in Washington's lobbyists' quarter a few blocks north of the White House that houses Energy in Depth and the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Image: Google Street View
David J. Climenhaga | Sure, "Foreign Funding Targeting Canada's Energy Sector" is tendentious and needs to be taken with a grain of salt. But it's a competent work of industrial propaganda, even if it cost too much.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 27
Is this what the "Transnational Progressive Movement" has in mind for us? Image credit: Screenshot of Monte Python's "Anarcho-Syndicalist Commune" skit
David J. Climenhaga | Your tax dollars at work: apparently Transnational Progressives, corporatists, and Marxists decoupled from socialism are planning to replace Western industrial capitalism with cold and misery.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 27
Wooden tiny shelter built by Khaleel Seivwright. A sign on the house says "Someone lives here, do not remove." Image credit: Jeff Bierk
Cathy Crowe | A skilled carpenter in Toronto has simply started building shelters for people trying to survive the housing crisis, shelter shortage and COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog - David Suzuki January 27
Keystone XL construction site. Image credit: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David Suzuki | This use of tax dollars to discredit climate science is egregious, but it's peanuts compared to the more than $1.5 billion the Alberta government has invested in the Keystone XL pipeline.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 26
Bridge over Avon River, Stratford, Ontario. Image credit: Ken Lund/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Stratford city council hit pause on Xinyi Canada Glass Limited's proposed $400-million glass plant in Stratford, Ontario. But the respite only lasts as long as the current pandemic lockdown.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 25
Image credit: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | When Daniel Schubert read that one-fifth of Canadian youth don't know what the Holocaust is, he documented his grandmother's incredible journey from Auschwitz to Winnipeg.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Stacked pipes awaiting installation in oil pipeline. Image credit: Loozrboy/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Don't count on resales of unused pipe from the Keystone XL pipeline offsetting much of Alberta's "investment" in Premier Jason Kenney's $1.5-billion bad bet.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
NDP Energy Critic Kathleen Ganley at the Premier's Breakfast in 2016. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Claiming he had no regrets about what he did, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney said in response to a reporter's question that "any responsible Alberta government would have made that decision."
Blog - Alberta Diary January 22
Joseph R. Biden -- when it comes to Alberta's demands, the new U.S. president can afford to laugh a little. Image credit: The White House
David J. Climenhaga | We're lucky, in truth, that Jason Kenney's gamble didn't cost us more. He was ready, after all, to blow another $6 billion of our money on this doomed project.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 22
Rachel Notley during the NDP leadership campaign in October 2015. Image credit: Olav Rokne, used with permission
David J. Climenhaga | These fundraising numbers, like recent polling, add to the narrative of a badly led party increasingly rejected by the public that has the potential to bedevil the UCP right up to the next election.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 21
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at yesterday’s Keystone XL news conference. Image credit: Video still/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States yesterday and almost the first thing he did was sign an executive order killing the Keystone XL pipeline.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 20
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Erin O'Toole. Image credit: Erin O'Toole/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Most Canadians, one suspects, will conclude that with or without Derek Sloan, Erin O'Toole's still-Trumpified Conservative party is a poisoned chalice, from which they would be wise not to imbibe.
Blog - David Suzuki January 20
Wildfire in California. Image credit: Russ Allison Loar/Flickr
David Suzuki | New research shows global average temperatures could stabilize within a couple of decades if we quickly reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at left. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you're wondering if the government is on the ropes, or just playing rope-a-dope and letting its opponents tire themselves out, the answer is probably rope-a-dope.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 19
Economist Jim Stanford addressing an Alberta audience in 2019. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "For the sake of fossil-fuel workers, as well as the sake of the planet, the inevitable phase-out of fossil fuels must be announced and confirmed quickly and firmly." -- Jim Stanford
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan. Image credit: Video still/Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to imagine that things are going to get any better if the inquiry's report is ever released.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 18
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will rescind the Keystone XL Pipeline permit as soon as he's sworn in on Wednesday, the CBC reports. Image credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | "Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit," says the transition team's briefing note for day one of the Biden administration on Wednesday. Will Alberta finally wake up and smell the coffee?

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