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Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
A photo from 2017 in downtown Calgary, where there are still many empty office spaces. Image: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta Investment Management Corp.'s first quarter report is due soon, and there's going to be bad news in it -- and probably more in later quarters.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 29
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Ed Finn | An alternative model, to be effective, would need to impose far better levels of care and staffing for residents, along with frequent oversight and enforcement.
Blog - KAIROS Witness May 29
Women drum at the Kitchi KAIROS blanket exercise in Ottawa, June 2, 2017. Image: Extremeline Productions
Chrystal Waban | This June, KAIROS invites you to learn about Indigenous women working to make change in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health during yesterday's daily COVID-19 briefing. Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta Video/YouTube
David J. Climenhaga | Dr. Deena Hinshaw told a reporter she hadn't "had the opportunity" to speak to the premier about the government's plan not to renew the state of public health emergency on June 15.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 27
Screenshot from video filmed from inside workers' living quarters at a farm near Leamington, Ontario. Image: Video Screenshot/j4mw/YouTube
Jade Guthrie | The pandemic has shown just how essential agricultural workers are. Permanent status must be extended to ensure their safety, particularly as they risk their lives working on the front line.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 27
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Kim Elliott | Would you take a few minutes to fill out our 2020 reader survey?
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 27
The Toronto Star building, photographed in 2010. (Image: petmutt/Flickr)
John Miller | Jordan Bitove and Paul Rivett, the Star's new owners, say "we believe in news" and that their ownership will ensure a future for "world-class journalism." That remains to be seen.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
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David J. Climenhaga | Canadian nurses have been warning for years about the deteriorating situation in long-term care, and the potential for catastrophe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 26
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Toby Sanger | Even in a pandemic, many fortunate Canadians will still be able to file their taxes with virtual support. Low-income Canadians who don't have access to these resources will have a much harder time.
Blog - David Suzuki May 26
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. (Image: NIAID/Flickr)
David Suzuki | The outbreak is showing us the cracks in our systems, the fault lines. If we begin to address them, we'll be in a better place to respond to the longer-term climate and biodiversity crises.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at left. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "Now is a great time to be building a pipeline because you can't have protests of more than 15 people," Savage told a podcaster at the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 26
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Matthew DiMera | Will you tune in tonight as we bring you the third webinar in our COVID-19 series?
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice May 25
Pro-choice demonstrators in Bern, Switzerland, in 2018. (Image: jan zuppinger/Flickr)
Olivia De Brabandere | To truly care about women's rights means recognizing the harmful effects that the criminalization of abortion can have on women and transgender people throughout the world.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney during a news conference in Calgary on Friday, May 22, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's United Conservative Party will apply for funds from the federal government's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to keep party staff employed.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 25
rabble staff | Join us in welcoming Lidia Abraha, recipient of the 2020 Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 23
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Maya Bhullar | Help for workers to make sense of their benefits and stay safe.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 22
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Archana Rampure | Seniors in long-term care facilities are dying of COVID-19 in the thousands. Ultimately, the well-being of residents in these facilities depends on the well-being of the staff who work there.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 22
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro during a COVID-19 press briefing on May 4, 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More than a month has passed since the UCP promised a $2-per-hour coronavirus-crisis top-up to Alberta's lowest-paid health-care workers. There's still no sign of it.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
The UN Security Council chamber from the vantage point of the president of the council. Image: United Nations Photo/Flickr​
Canadian Foreign Policy Institute | Despite its peaceful reputation, Canada is not acting as a benevolent player on the international stage.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 21
A pile of anti-choice placards at the 2016 March for Life in Ottawa. Image: Ross Dunn/Flickr
Sandeep Prasad, Alba Onofrio | The "March for Life" rally may not seem like a major problem in the short term. But its supporters have a broad agenda aimed at promoting Christian supremacy and marginalizing vulnerable groups.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada May 21
Palestinians crowd into checkpoint "cattle pen," Checkpoint 300, Bethlehem. Image: David Kattenburg
David Kattenburg | By conflating boycotts and other pro-Palestinian activities with anti-Semitism, as it does in its 2019 audit of anti-Semitic incidents, B'nai Brith Canada undermines the fight it claims to champion.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 20
Jason Kenney celebrates his victory in the United Conservative Party leadership race in October, 2017. Image: Jason Kenney/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Conservatives always thought they could afford some rebellion to open the Overton window further to the political right. The NDP's Rachel Notley proved them wrong in 2015.
Blog - David Suzuki May 19
Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image: NIAID/Flickr
David Suzuki | We have a lot to learn still, but COVID-19 can teach us ways to address a crisis with many unknowns, whether it's a pandemic, a rapidly heating planet or accelerating biodiversity loss.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 19
Premier John Horgan and Dr. Bonnie Henry during a COVID-19 press briefing on May 15, 2020. Image: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Robert Hackett | While thousands of B.C. businesses have closed and millions of British Columbians are urged to stay at home, fossil fuel-related expansion projects continue as if they are "essential services."
Blog - Brent Patterson May 19
A Lockheed Martin F-35 jet on display in Germany in 2018. Image: Lutz Blohm/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Global spending on arms could decline due a drop in the price of oil, pandemic related debt and the imperative of a Green New Deal. How does Canada's plan to buy fighter jets by 2022 fit into this?
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 19
A crowded shelter. Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | It took a lawsuit at the Superior Court level to push Toronto to commit to enforceable physical distancing in shelters.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 19
Democratic presidential candidate, former vice-president Joe Biden speaks at a rally in Norfolk, Virginia at Booker T. Washington High School, March 1, 2020. Image: NSPA & ACP​/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has called sinking $7.5 billion into the Keystone XL pipeline "a solid bet." But the investment is not likely to benefit Alberta's taxpayers.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 18
The crowd at the January 9 "fair deal" panel town hall in Fort Saskatchewan. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Friday before a long weekend is commonly viewed as the traditional time to publish information governments would like voters to forget about. What does this say about the so-called "fair deal" panel?
Blog - The Views Expressed May 15
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Jeff Shantz | Prisoners across the country have raised concerns about the conditions they are experiencing and expressed their frustration, anger and fears over the health risks they face.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 15
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Ernie Lightman | In the last 25 years, there has been an increase in the proportion of long-term care beds provided by for-profit corporations that are primarily interested in cutting costs and maximizing profit.

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