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Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 20
John Miller | The National Newspaper Awards have a diversity problem, and it's worse than you think.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 20
Yves Engler | CIBC is a major player in the region and has been linked to various tax avoidance schemes. Ottawa shaped post-independence Caribbean banking regulations.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 19
Image: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
Erin Weir | Why is Wall making noise about an equalization formula that does not affect transfers to Saskatchewan while keeping quiet about a transit funding formula that massively short-changes our province?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 19
Brian Jean & Jason Kenney (Wildrose Party photo)
David J. Climenhaga | The You See Pee may enter the 2019 Alberta election favoured by political odds makers, but they are as capable of blowing their lead to smithereens as the PCs were in 2015.
Blog - Shenaz's blog May 18
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mahdi Dehghan
Shenaz Kermalli | Amidst an electoral system that screens candidates, disqualifies leading reformists, and a supreme leader who sits on top with the final say -- a form of democracy and dissent does exist in Iran.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 18
Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Pamela Palmater | Given that its terms focus on the "vulnerabilities" of Indigenous women and girls as opposed to failures of governments and service agencies -- the inquiry risks missing the whole point.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike 1972 when we all thought the world might end the same way because Nixon was mining Haiphong Harbour, at least this time there’s someone around who might be able to talk the president out of it.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | The "Asian premium" and "tidewater premium" for Alberta bitumen are myths spread by governments and pipeline proponents, argues earth scientist David Hughes.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 18
Image: Wikimedia Commons/abdallahh
Yves Engler | Proposing Canada acquire Turks and Caicos or rule Haiti may be outlandish, but it's not benign. They enable politicians to pursue ever more aggressive policies in the region.
Blog - David Suzuki May 17
Image: Flickr/Fibonacci Blue
David Suzuki | If more people truly understood the enormity of the climate crisis, we'd be engaged in an all-out effort, comparable to those undertaken during world wars, to reduce the threat.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 16
Rona Ambrose (Photo: Number 10/flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | The Wilson Center is tied closely to the U.S. government and housed in the Ronald Reagan Building. As a former Conservative Party leader, Rona Ambrose should feel right at home there.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics May 15
Ottawa rally in support of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Dennis Gruending | People from various faith groups walked 600 km recently in support of Indigenous rights
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 15
Jonathan Kay
Yves Engler | In addition to the recent cultural appropriation scandal, Walrus editor-in-chief Jonathan Kay has repeatedly smeared Arabs and Muslims.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 13
John Miller | The cultural appropriation prize that circulated on Twitter this week is evidence of how far Canadian media still has to go.
Blog - Common Frontiers May 13
Pictures form protests in Caracas, Venezuela. February 2014.
Jim Hodgson, Steve Stewart | The government of Canada should make clear its support for constitutional government, electoral democracy, and the rule of law in Venezuela.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 12
Jimmy Kimmel
Ed Finn | "If your baby doesn’t have to die, it shouldn't matter how much money you make," Jimmy Kimmel argued.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 12
Shannon Daub (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | The New Climate Change Deniers ask: Why take the flack for denying the reality of climate change when you can have the same effect and get credit for being "green"?
Blog - On The Other Hand May 12
Image: Wikimedia Commons/National Film Board of Canada
Penney Kome | A patched-up racist Act governs Canada's relations with Indigenous people.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 12
Tanya Tagaq
Doreen Nicoll | The arts can can help us understand the horrors of colonization and help us create truthful reconciliation.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 11
Image: Flickr/University of the Fraser Valley
Martha Friendly | International comparative research shows Canada lags behind other countries when it comes to child care. This article explores two possible ideological and structural explanations.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
Graffiti against Barrick Gold corp
Yves Engler | If it had to justify its existence beyond making money for capitalists, Barrick Gold would have ceased to exist.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Rachel Notley in Tokyo, April 2017
David J. Climenhaga | Success on the pipeline file is apparently essential to political success in Alberta -- never mind the world market for petroleum.
Blog - Free Expression Watch May 10
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | A global coalition calls on Justin Trudeau to take action to stop the decline of press freedom in Canada, starting with the passage of Bill S-231, the Journalistic Sources Protection Act.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 10
Libby Davies | Canada can, and should, use its influence at the UN, in the international community, and with Israel directly, to call for attention and action to respond to the Palestinian prisoner demands.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 10
Ofer Prison
Nahla Abdo | Palestinian political prisoners have been on a hunger strike since April 16, demanding respect for their basic human rights.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog May 10
Sarah Miller | In a nail biting election where the outcome is still uncertain, one thing is clear: Citizens want change.
Blog - David Suzuki May 10
8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest
David Suzuki | We work the same hours as 20th century labourers, depleting Earth's resources to produce more goods that we keep working to buy, use and replace in a seemingly endless consumer cycle.
Blog - Policy Note May 9
Voting Place
Vanessa Brcic | For people young and old, there is a lot to worry about. Get on the phone and ask the younger people in your life to vote, or ask what matters to them in this election.
Blog - Open Media's blog May 9
Marie Aspiazu | Corporate greed has insatiable thirst and so, lobbyists are gathering in Toronto to try and resurrect the infamous TPP. But we are not going to let that happen, so here's the plan.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 8
A Roma boy in Toronto
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberals have made many salutary changes in Canadian refugee policy, but they continue the practice of identifying potential refugees abroad and blocking them.

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