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Blog - Alberta Diary January 14
A scene from Alberta’s beautiful Bighorn Country. Image: Government of Alberta.
David J. Climenhaga | The NDP's security concerns about future Bighorn town halls are fully justified despite a cynical effort by the UCP to spin cancelled meetings as a plot to stifle opposition.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 11
Derek Cook, Director, Canadian Poverty Institute. Image courtesy of Derek Cook.
Penney Kome | Members of the new federal Advisory Committee on Canada's Poverty Reduction Strategy all have personal experience of poverty, and they are working to build resilient communities across the country.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 10
The entrance to the University of Calgary (Photo: University of Calgary).
David J. Climenhaga | A new paper by two B.C. academics doesn't mince words about the role of the University of Calgary and corporate media in a 2015 controversy about corporate influence in the academy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 9
Brian Jean and Kimberly Michelutti (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The old Wildrose Party smoke-making machine was certainly working overtime for the past couple of weeks on the topic of former Wildrose Party leader Brian Jean's impending announcement.
Blog - David Suzuki January 8
Image: Greenpeace Switzerland/Flickr
David Suzuki | There's little evidence that governments are treating the climate emergency as seriously as is warranted, preferring to focus on short-term economic gains and election cycles instead.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Gene Zwozdesky in the days he was Alberta's minister of health (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Gene Zwozdesky's character encapsulates the qualities that made the PCs so successful for so long in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 8
Troy Lanigan, former president and CEO of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, at the 2013 Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Right now, it's hard to see where the right-wing Canadian Taxpayers Federation ends and SecondStreet.org, new right-wing think-tank to be launched in March, begins.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics January 7
Image: Rasande Tyskar/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | Tommy Douglas and others were populists who privileged the needs of ordinary people while leaders like Trump are wannabe demagogues.
Blog - Activist Communiqué January 7
Krystalline Kraus | The five united clans of the Wet'suwet'en have called for a solidarity day of action against the Trudeau government and the RCMP on Tuesday, January 8. Actions are planned across the world.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon January 6
David Taub Bancroft | When it comes to referendums on electoral reform, perhaps the problem isn't too much voting, but too little.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 6
NDP strategist Brian Topp
David J. Climenhaga | In a lengthy social media essay published Friday, Topp outlines what the NDP must do to capture votes on both sides of the Rockies.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Stephanie McLean and baby Patrick at the Legislature in 2016 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Stephanie McLean played a historic role as the first Alberta MLA to give birth while in office. Her son was born on February 12, 2016.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel, back in the days he was a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It's time for our government pick some economic winners instead of doubling down on an industry that increasingly looks like a loser over the long term.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 3
Jackie Shan publicity photo
Penney Kome | Collectors revere Jackie Shane's soul recordings from the 1960s. Now the musician is being recognized with a nomination for a Grammy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
Former Wildrose Leader Brian Jean. (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The former Alberta Opposition leader's holiday messages suggest a politician not quite ready to leave politics. It's happened with Brian Jean before.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 2
Canadian coins. Photo: KMR Photography/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | 2019 is a new year full of hope and promise. It's time to share those gifts by implementing a basic income.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Mars didn't invade Alberta, but orphan wells could end up being bigger than Orson Wells! We need a Green New Deal … or at least a sales tax! Don't hold your breath for either.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood December 30
Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Trump's presidency represents a clear and present danger to Canada, and his disastrous policies have particularly devastating impacts on sovereign Indigenous nations across Turtle Island.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 29
rabble staff | We’ve reached the end of 2018 (can you believe it?) and big changes lay around the bend! Be a part of the change and make a resolution for 2019 to support rabble with a donation before December 31.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 28
FCP Leader Derek Fildebrandt, back when he was still a member of the UCP Caucus. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | MLA asks Elections Alberta to investigate claim Jason Kenney's UCP leadership campaign 'deliberately hid' donation. Derek Fildebrandt made the accusation in news release.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 27
Donna Kennedy-Glans in March 2015. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | 'Has Trudeau committed treason?' The answer is no and the question the question a former PC Cabinet minister is asking is completely bonkers.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 24
Christmas at the Alberta Legislature, not a separatist in sight. Photo: Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta separatism squall is over, folks. Watch for commentators to start backing away soon as they start to realize how little traction this partisan claptrap has.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 23
David J. Climenhaga | About a week remains in December. Will there be any more allegations in 2018 about UCP voting irregularities, or will we have to wait till 2019?
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog December 23
Image: Pezibear/Pixabay
Maya Bhullar | This year, we stood in solidarity with activists organizing against hate. Check out the Activist Toolkit's favourite fights of 2018.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 21
Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrandt, back in his UCP days, filling up extra gas cans to avoid the carbon tax. The next day gas prices went down (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt, the UCP exile who is the Freedom Conservative Party's sole MLA in the legislature, is trying to build a case for Catalonia along the Cordillera. Support for the idea is negligible.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 21
Jennifer Henry of KAIROS Canada. Photo by Dennis Gruending.
Dennis Gruending | The federal government has reinstated funding chopped in 2009 by the Harper regime for KAIROS Canada's Women of Courage program.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 21
Front page Toronto Star in 1998. "Plight of the homeless a national disaster."
Cathy Crowe | Homelessness has reached post-apocalyptic levels in the absence of a national housing program.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 20
Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer riding in a truck. (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The purpose of the truck convoy protest was supposedly to demand a pipeline to tidewater, immediately, thereby improving the fortunes of Alberta's oil industry.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 20
rabble staff | Our staff pick their favourite reads from this year, including a groundbreaking biography, a psychological thriller, and a memoir on parenting and race.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 20
Image: Jason Zhang/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | As 2018 comes to a close, what political dates are in your calendar for 2019?

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