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Blog - Alberta Diary July 16
The chuckwagon races at the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" back in the day. Photo: Calgary Stampede
David J. Climenhaga | This barbaric and pointless activity should be an embarrassment to every Albertan.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 15
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Justin Trudeau/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Announcements that don't contain much news are absolutely a staple of democratic politics, and Conservatives are masters of the art form.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 14
Buried machinery in barn lot in Dallas, South Dakota, United States during the Dust Bowl. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Doreen Nicoll | "The Promised Land" is a moving and timely show that takes audiences on a journey across America through novelist John Steinbeck's personal and artistic musings.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 14
John McCallum in 2013. Photo: John McCallum/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | John McCallum deserves credit for telling the truth and looking out for Canadians in peril. For this he's excoriated by Conservatives and tossed under the bus by the Liberals.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 11
Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | To help you fight back and organize this summer, the Activist Toolkit has pulled together links to accounts and fact checks for some of the Ford government's cuts.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now July 11
Child and computer. Photo: Nevit Dilmen/Wikimedia Commons
Martha Friendly | This blog outlines the major faults with an online early childhood education program targeting low-income families and illustrates how it is solely about saving money, neglecting the care of children.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 10
Green Party canvasser in B.C. Photo: Vancouver Ghost/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | 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.
Blog - David Suzuki July 10
Photo Credit: Bruce Gordon, EcoFlight
David Suzuki | A review of more than 1,500 scientific studies concluded that fracking contaminates air and water with chemicals that can cause serious health problems, including cancer, asthma and birth defects.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 9
Photo: ibourgeault_tasse/Flickr
Samer Elniz | With the passing of Bill 21 into law in Quebec last month, members of several communities are reeling over the decision by the CAQ government to limit freedoms for its citizens.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at provincial legislature. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Alberta Government/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | More opportunities for drama and legal recourse will arise as the real litigators get their sharp teeth into this matter, as doubtless is already happening.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 7
Former prime minister Stephen Harper, whose 2008 bitumen export plan sounded suspiciously like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's now-reviled version. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | The principal thing that is different at this moment is simply this: there's a Liberal government in Ottawa.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 7
Image: PaulVanDerWerf/Flickr
Penney Kome | The recently passed legislation prohibits civil servants from wearing religious symbols, such as a headscarf or a turban.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog July 7
Image: Pixabay
Cathy Crowe | In more ways than one, public policy is not keeping up with climate change, or the principles of equity and right to shelter.
Blog - Greening the Media July 6
Image: Pixabay
Robert Hackett | People who use fossil fuels while advocating for green policies aren't hypocrites.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 5
New citizens in Prince George take the Canadian oath of citizenship. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Stephen Kaduuli | This week, CBC News released the results of their pre-election online survey. It gives an inaccurate and highly problematic picture of public opinion on Canadian immigration.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 5
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, flanked by Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer and Energy Minister Sonya Savage, at yesterday’s news conference in Calgary (Photo: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
David J. Climenhaga | This can be an honest inquiry, or it can be what the government has promised it will be, but it can't be both.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Cadets of the École Polytechnique parade through Paris on July 14, 2010, looking like what U.S. President Donald Trump presumably imagines he will see in Washington today (Photo: Jérémy Barande, Wikimedia Commons.)
David J. Climenhaga | If today's military parade in Washington is a flop, presumably U.S. President Trump can just lie about the quality of the marching and the size of the crowd.
Blog - Brent Patterson July 4
Twitter photo by Honduras Solidarity.
Brent Patterson | Social media draws attention to Honduran soldiers using Canadian truck, but Canadian mainstream media ignores the story.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog July 3
Job Killing Carbon Tax. Image: Linda Leon
Linda Leon | How does the Conservative Party plan to meet our Paris Accord targets? They don't actually say. This is a plan to "protect our environment" and not a sincere plan to reduce our emissions.
Blog - KAIROS Witness July 3
Picture by Aleksander Pasaric/ Pexels
Amelia Berot-Burns | The Pact for a Green New Deal must also be a social justice pact for the global south.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 3
Tar sands plant north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The online Fossil Fuel Top 50 list contains in-depth information and profiles of the most influential players in the Canadian fossil fuel industry.
Blog - David Suzuki July 3
Image: Fabrice Florin/Flickr
David Suzuki | If we understand the problem and its urgency -- and mountains of scientific evidence amassed from around the world over decades confirms we do -- and we have solutions, why are we so slow to act?
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog July 3
Maya Bhullar | Many activists argue that "environmental racism" is a new and pernicious face of colonialism and historic discrimination. Here are environmental justice campaigns that need support.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor July 2
Pencil on paper. Image: madca7/Wikimedia Commons
John Miller | De Adder's June 26 cartoon was inspired by the shocking photograph of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria, who died attempting to cross into the U.S. from Mexico.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 2
Screenshot of web search for the word "whiteness"
Raluca Bejan | The presumption that there is a universal, global process of racial formation is conceptually and historically flawed.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 1
Canadian flags. Photo: vtgard/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If you're looking for a universal lesson in Canada, it's that those who say governments never do anything right are full of baloney.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 30
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Consider the dissimilar cases of Meng Wanzhou and Stephanie Clifford. The first we won't allow to leave, the second we won't allow to visit.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
Departing Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Stephen Mandel did something no one else could, briefly getting the Alberta Party onto the radar with the province's voters.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 28
Independent Jewish Voices Canada | IJV Canada calls out the NDP for removing Rana Zaman from the party's candicacy for her tweets critical of Israeli policy.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 27
The chamber of the Senate of Canada. Photo: Makaristos/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | This is all you really need to know about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's constitutionally meaningless Senate elections law, introduced as Bill 13 in the provincial legislature yesterday.

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