Aug 22
Elections Canada poll sign. Image: Dennis Sylvester Hurd/Flickr
Ready or not, we are embarking on an experiment to see whether Harper's legacy of election laws can support an actual election. For example, take the ethics commissioner.
Aug 21
Image: Vladvictoria/Pixabay
Nearly any democratic institution in Canada is susceptible to manipulation by corporate interests, making claims about serving the "public interest" or "public security" highly dubious.
Aug 20
The new central branch of the Calgary Public Library is 240,000 square feet and has more than 600,000 items in its collection. Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
Public libraries are changing how they serve vulnerable and marginalized patrons -- and proving that they're home to more than just books.
Aug 19
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
The changes, and the way they were made, are harbingers of both how radical the UCP program is likely to be and the shock strategy it will use to implement them.
Aug 16
Police tape. Image: British Columbia Emergency Photography/Flickr
Why do we tolerate certain actions when it comes to violating the rights of Muslims but hate groups get a free pass no matter how violent the ideologies they espouse?
Aug 14
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Photo: Obert Madondo/Flickr
Many Canadians perceive our system to be more socialized than it actually is, because they think of health care only as doctors' visits and hospitalization.
Aug 13
Photo: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay
As libraries across Canada face mounting challenges and funding cuts, the question asked by skeptics is the same: does the public library still matter?
Aug 12
Photo: Brent Patterson
Peace Brigades International visited The Pines in 1991 and takes note of the escalating tensions over land ownership in 2019.
Aug 9
Former prime minister Stephen Harper in 2013. Photo: michael_swan/Flickr
n Harper is still writing the conservative playbook. The clues are everywhere, as Harper makes stops on his tour of the rubber-chicken circuit.
Aug 8
Pro-choice activists stage counter-protest. Photo: Zhu/Flickr
Canada's pro-choice movement is in good fighting form, and stronger than ever. That's the undeniable conclusion after living through ongoing anti-choice activity over the last three months.
Aug 7
Image: Dunk/Flickr
Those who continue to spread doubt and confusion about climate science are starting to look even more ridiculous with their many conflicting, insubstantial arguments.
Aug 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: 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.
Aug 2
Leo Gerard speaks at a Capitol Hill trade deal protest in 2010. Photo: AFL-CIO America's Unions/Flickr
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.
Aug 1
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr
As the debate over climate change intensifies, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's refusal to shine the spotlight on the real foreign meddlers grows ever more absurd.
Jul 31
Photo: Sivanesan/Flickr
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.
Jul 30
Photo from Reclaiming our Past, Present and Future Facebook page
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.
Jul 29
Pengrowth Saddledome and the Calgary skyline. Photo: James Teterenko/Creative Commons
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?
Jul 26
Ontario Premier Doug Ford attends the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce and the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade Luncheon. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
You have to wonder if federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer wishes he could push Ontario's Doug Ford down and out of media range between now and the federal election in October.
Jul 25
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson back in the day. Photo: EU2017EE Estonian Presidency/Flickr
Meanwhile, back in Alberta, Premier Jason Kenney has been strangely silent about his enthusiastic support for the Brexiteers two years ago.
Jul 24
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May at a Trans Mountain pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Elizabeth May/Facebook
The stakes are too large for a typical political cop-out. Greens will never agree to support any government that fails to address the climate emergency.
Jul 23
Calgary cityscape. Photo: Wayne S. Grazio/Flickr
Calgary could afford a new arena for the Flames and a decent transit system. But that would mean fair business taxes, among other things.
Jul 22
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm/Flickr
Before voters take her seriously, the Green leader must be frank and clear about what her newfound willingness to partner with the Scheer Conservatives would mean in practice.
Jul 19
Economist Jim Stanford. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
"Canada is never going to run out of oil, just like we never ran out of beavers." Alas, notes economist Jim Stanford, that doesn't mean there will always be a market for the stuff.
Jul 18
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney with Jason Luan, associate minister of mental health and addictions, at cabinet swearing-in ceremony. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
If the UCP doubles down and announces another inquiry, this time into foreign pharma funding of propaganda to sell Naloxone kits, we'll know they've gone over the edge.
Jul 17
Photo: Wil C. Fry/Flickr
If we accept the goal of a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, we have to start on it immediately and on an enormous scale. This must be the highest priority for every party.
Jul 16
The chuckwagon races at the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" back in the day. Photo: Calgary Stampede
This barbaric and pointless activity should be an embarrassment to every Albertan.
Jul 15
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
Announcements that don't contain much news are absolutely a staple of democratic politics, and Conservatives are masters of the art form.
Jul 12
Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath. Photo: Ontario NDP/Flickr
Forget the past. What youth are most serious about is the present, in which they're starting to drown. Urgency may be the socialism of today.
Jul 11
Murray Rankin speaks at 2013 NDP convention in Montreal. Photo: Foreen/Wikimedia Commons
A reference to the NDP having removed "socialism" from the preamble to its constitution at the 2013 NDP convention has had surprising longevity -- given that it is not true.
Jul 10
Green Party canvasser in B.C. Photo: Vancouver Ghost/Wikimedia Commons
It's possible that neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives will win a majority in this election. Many former Liberal supporters may decide to "go Green" instead of voting NDP or Conservative.