Jan 14
Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
The emphasis on fundraising will hinder caucus candidates anxious mainly to raise their profiles nationally, or draw attention to pet issues.
Jan 9
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That's the task that Catriona Sandilands and the 45 other contributors to "Rising Tides: Reflections for Climate Changing Times" have set for themselves. And it's no small challenge.
Jan 8
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If we had political leaders willing to act with the urgency the scientific evidence shows is necessary, curbing climate breakdown would still be a challenge this late in the game, but we could do it.
Jan 2
As we move into 2021, one thing we know is that the need for independent media is stronger than ever.
Jan 2
Independent media is not inevitable. It takes your help. It takes you making a new year's resolution to support media democracy.
Dec 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
The SNC-Lavalin affair, which cast a shadow over 2019, highlighted the Trudeau government's ambiguity, if not outright double talk, on both democratic reform and Indigenous rights.
Dec 19
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Climate change, the federal election, #MeToo, the rise of the right: our staff's favourite books from 2019 touch on all of these important issues and more.
Dec 17
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It is hard to imagine a viable leader of any major party who could not campaign vigorously and convincingly in both official languages.
Dec 16
Maxime Bernier and Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Had he not left the Conservative party in 2018, Bernier would be a prime candidate for the party leadership after Scheer's departure.
Dec 12
Andrew Scheer speaking at Alberta's United Conservative Party annual general meeting in November. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
The Conservative party leader's resignation signals that in Canada, opposition to same-sex and reproductive rights is now an out-there, fringe position, well beyond the mainstream.
Dec 11
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in 2017. Image: Raul Mee/Flickr
For the first time ever, NATO has acknowledged outer space as what it calls the "fifth domain" of warfare. The other warfare domains are land, air, sea and cyberspace.
Dec 10
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to media December 6, 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
In an incomprehensible attack on the foundations of an advanced society, the Kenney government has decided to slash funding to 21 post-secondary Alberta institutions.
Dec 6
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Thirty years later, remembering the killings at L'École Polytechnique and what came next.
Dec 4
Aerial view of person using computer laptop and a smartphone. Image: Rawpixel Ltd/Flickr
Big Telecom is fighting tooth and nail to reverse a landmark CRTC decision that already lowered internet prices in Canada. But we can still stop them.
Dec 1
Widespread privatization, shuttered health care facilities, and service cuts are all in Kenney's cards as Alberta's government breaks earlier promises on health care.
Nov 29
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About 96 per cent of Canadians are now connected to the internet, but a digital divide still exists.
Nov 27
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Children are especially vulnerable to climate disruption. But governments around the world are still putting the fossil fuel industry's interests first.
Nov 26
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There's nothing like a good-natured rivalry to raise spirits during a government-inflicted recession. David Climenhaga bets Edmontonians can do a better job booing Jason Kenney than Calgarians.
Nov 25
Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
The Liberals have abandoned any pretence to the idealistic and aspirational spirit of reform that -- at least rhetorically -- informed their first mandate.
Nov 23
Anti-Trump protest, Washington D.C., March 21, 2016. Image: Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr
Anti-Semitism doesn't go away but it waxes, wanes, and transforms. That's its power. It's a version of racism but with particular features, always capable of surprises.
Nov 21
Among Doug Ford's extensive cutbacks -- aimed at reducing the deficit without tapping the corporate elite for more tax revenues -- are a dizzying array of cuts to our public health-care system.
Nov 20
Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns in July 2019. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
The Alberta premier's aggressive manner, coupled with the rise of a fringe western separatist movement, have too many Ottawa insiders overly worried.
Nov 19
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with media on January 18, 2019, following a cabinet retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
On three big issues that any government faces, the Trudeau government was weak: it neglected official languages questions; misplayed Canada-U.S. relations; and bungled federal-provincial relations.
Nov 15
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Whatever led to inquiry commissioner Steve Allan's decision to use a law firm that employs his son, it doesn't pass the traditional political sniff test.
Nov 13
National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Paul Gorbould/Flickr
All wars are fought twice, "the first time on the battlefield, and the second time in memory." What is often forgotten is the memory of those who were oppressed, exploited and unrecognized.
Nov 13
Image: Jeanne Menjoulet/Flickr
Reimagining and acting to create a better world can be a deeply positive experience. In the act of coming together, we can rewire the status quo so that taking care of each other becomes the norm.
Nov 11
Poppies on National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Robbie/Flickr
When we commemorate the sacrifices of Canadians who have gone to battle over the years, let's honour not only the soldiers, but those who take risks to prevent war or to repair its damage.
Nov 8
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention. Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr
The Trump impeachment frenzy in the U.S. among Democrats, especially by party heavies like Nancy Pelosi, makes zero sense on its face.
Nov 7
Peace River MLA Dan Williams being sworn into office. Image: Dan Williams/Facebook
This ploy is a well-understood part of the anti-choice playbook, so it seems likely the bill is an attempt to find a way to limit access to abortion services and contraception.
Nov 5
Elizabeth May at a Trans Mountain pipeline protest on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Elizabeth May/Facebook
Given the built-in biases of our electoral system, it is a minor miracle that the Greens managed to win any seats at all in the House of Commons.

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