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Blog - Alberta Diary August 12
A typical workday for UFCW 401 President Doug O'Halloran. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | On Friday, Doug O'Halloran, one of Canada's last old style union leaders -- tough, plain spoken and deeply committed the workers he represents -- announced his life is coming to an end.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 10
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Brent Patterson | Travelling by train wouldn't make Trudeau or Scheer climate leaders, but jetting across the country for 36 days is deeply problematic.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 9
Mark Iype attends "Words Matter" event at Peter Lougheed Leadership College, University of Alberta in 2017. Photo: Peter Lougheed Leadership College/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Do the latest changes at the Journal have anything to do with the placement of one of Canada's most right-wing commentators in charge of political coverage at Postmedia?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 8
Judy Rebick | rabble remains resolved to amplify underrepresented voices and bring media democracy to the forefront of the Canadian media landscape.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 8
Jason Kenney, Andrew Scheer and Tim Uppal (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Investigations by the RCMP and the Office of the Election Commissioner keep turning over new rocks in the 2017 UCP leadership race won by Jason Kenney.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 8
Image: Sally B. Tuck/Flickr
Robin Tress | From Kenney's war room to CSIS and the RCMP monitoring Indigenous activists and sharing knowledge with oil giants, democratic institutions have been captured by the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
Thomas Dang, one of the NDP members of the Alberta legislature's member services committee (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | From the perspective of practical politics, what is important, and what will be remembered, is that the vote of the committee was unanimous. NDP members should have voted no.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 7
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Maya Bhullar | August is here. It is time to think of the fights that will be coming up when legislatures come back into session. Here are some summer reading suggestions to make effective change.
Blog - David Suzuki August 7
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David Suzuki | Those who continue to spread doubt and confusion about climate science are starting to look even more ridiculous with their many conflicting, insubstantial arguments.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 6
Dialogue with civil society representatives. Photo: Patricia Leiva/OAS/Flickr
Philip Lee | The shrinking of civil society spaces has become a topic of intense debate, increasingly flagged by activists, academics, and rights advocates who discuss its causes and impacts.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Being exposed as a politician willing to put our country's future at risk isn't a good look for a guy who still harbours his own prime ministerial ambitions.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 4
Postmedia political columnist Licia Corbella. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Bans on journalists employed by major media operations holding party membership cards are a ridiculous affectation of the sort commonly known as a fig leaf.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | When Sonya Savage said "the lies end now," was the energy minister referring to what the CEOs of the oil giants have to say? Or just those pesky foreign-funded environmentalists?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
AUPE President Guy Smith addresses union members and supporters Wednesday in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Should the Appeal Court uphold the injunction, it will be interesting to see which is more important to the UCP: preserving the federal Tories' election chances, or pursuing their own radical agenda.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 2
Leo Gerard speaks at a Capitol Hill trade deal protest in 2010. Photo: AFL-CIO America's Unions/Flickr
Leo Gerard | As he retires from his job as president of the United Steelworkers, Leo Gerard looks back at his half century in the trade union movement and makes the case for why unions are needed more than ever.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes August 2
Image: Screenshots/Mercedes Allen, waxing tools/Adobe Stock, with composition by Mercedes Allen
Mercedes Allen | Trans human rights protections were never meant to be used to force cis women to touch a penis that they did not consent to. But here's the secret: they don't.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 1
rabble staff | We are at an important midpoint in our summer fundraiser, and we'd like to thank you for continuing to be a part of our story.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
Premier Jason Kenney cutting red tape. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Support for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council's peer-reviewed grant application-review process appears to cross political lines.
Blog - Brent Patterson August 1
CF-18 flyover in Toronto. Photo: synestheticstrings/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | A rebellion against our extinction and the winning of a Green New Deal means challenging the spectacle of burning jet fuel for entertainment.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 31
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith speaks wither reporters about Bill 9 earlier this month at the Alberta Legislature (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term, this doesn't leave the government a lot of palatable options if it doesn't want to upset federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer's rickety applecart before October 21.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood July 31
Photo: Provice of British Columbia/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Canada needs to turn its resources inward and work on a national action plan in partnership with Indigenous governments and led by Indigenous women.
Blog - David Suzuki July 31
Photo: Sivanesan/Flickr
David Suzuki | There's room for discussion about the most effective ways to address the climate crisis, but ultimately we have to deploy every solution available and keep developing new ones.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 30
Handwritten hearts are left outside Toronto Mayor's office. One says 'Please make the right choice and respond to our housing crisis now!!' Photo credit: Paul Salvatori
Paul Salvatori | There is no relief in the city's heat relief network, nor is there compassion.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 30
Photo from Reclaiming our Past, Present and Future Facebook page
Vi Bui | Three weeks after Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency over its water quality, there are no signs of concrete actions from the federal government to address the community's water crisis.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 30
Jason Kenney, 22, tells CNN why women at the University of San Francisco have no right to speak freely on campus in favour of their reproductive rights (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube).
David J. Climenhaga | Premier Jason Kenney has a history of opposing free speech rights of people he disagrees with. Now we're supposed to believe his government is concerned about free speech on campus?
Blog - Brent Patterson July 28
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | On July 26, thousands took part in a "march for life and the defence of social leaders" global day of action.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
Pengrowth Saddledome and the Calgary skyline. Photo: James Teterenko/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | If Calgary city council had been paying attention, someone might have asked: Does Mr. Calgary really want to go down in history as the Peter Pocklington of Southern Alberta?
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
One of the subjects of the Corporate Mapping Project’s ongoing study (Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr).
David J. Climenhaga | Given the great work the Corporate Mapping Project has been doing, I am astounded it has taken this long for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their former CEO to start trying to discredit it.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 25
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in the day. Photo: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Meanwhile, back in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney has been strangely silent about his enthusiastic support for the Brexiteers two years ago.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog July 24
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