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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 13
Kim Elliott | We are just $7,000 shy of our summer fundraising goal.
Blog - Taking Sides September 13
Image: Tayrona Estereo/WACC
Philip Lee | Democracy fails when heads of state, populist politicians and unregulated corporate interests are allowed to ride roughshod over freedom of the press.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
Jason Kenney, Alberta's head of government. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has only been in power for four and a half months. He still enjoys a post-election honeymoon with voters. Isn't it a little soon for him to jump the shark?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Heather McPherson, the NDP candidate in Edmonton Strathcona. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | But things are only a little harder than normal for federal Liberals around here. Albertans always vote like this, even though it doesn't make much sense.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Amnesty International Canada's Secretary General, Alex Neve. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Amnesty International says the world expects Alberta to do better while Alberta's premier petulantly trots out the same old unconvincing excuses.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog September 11
Robin Tress, Dylan Penner | The Federal Court of Appeal will soon hear six legal challenges to the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. But Indigenous communities have not given clear consent for the pipeline.
Blog - David Suzuki September 11
Image: NASA/Flickr
David Suzuki | All living things depend on a stable climate and functioning ecosystems. As daunting as the climate and biodiversity crises are, we can't look away. We must face them and change course.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor September 11
Image: screenshot/Vancouver Sun
John Miller | The Vancouver Sun's apology after publishing a racist, anti-immigrant op-ed left everyone alienated.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 11
Photo of Lorraine Johnson's garden. Image: Lorraine Johnson
Doreen Nicoll | Burlington, it's time to walk the talk. The sooner we educate the population on the real impact of climate change, the better the chance we have of mitigating its impact.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews and Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Even real conservatives, if such a species exists anymore, know something's gone awry with Alberta's fiscal setup and that part of the solution's on the revenue side.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Anything you say may be used against somebody who runs afoul of Premier Jason Kenney's $2.5-million inquiry to ferret out foreign-funded eco-subversives.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 10
Antheia's garden. Image: Doreen Nicoll
Doreen Nicoll | On August 16, while a resident worked to save her plants, the City of Burlington cut down six feet of her naturalized garden to less than an inch in height. No plants were spared, including milkweed.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 9
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Image: Chatham House/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Use of violent and abusive language on social media, sometimes translating into actual violence, is becoming a particular problem for women in politics, especially progressive women.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 9
Sri Lankan Parliament. Image: Nigel Swales/Flickr
Brent Patterson | The well-known Quaker peace activist has an extraordinary story to tell about protecting human rights lawyers from state repression.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 8
Image: Peter Blanchard/Flickr
Penney Kome | Two jarring incidents occurred at the end of August that could indicate more complications than usual in the upcoming federal election.
Blog - Taking Sides September 6
Image: Peter Hershey/Unsplash
Lorenzo Vargas | Linguistic issues do not make headlines every day, but the struggles of communities working together to bring greater attention to the concerns of ethno-cultural minorities are very real.
Blog - Nima Maleki's blog September 6
$100 U.S. Federal Reserve note. Image: United States Government/Wikimedia Commons
Nima Maleki | There's declining support for the global U.S. financial system because of growing structural problems and changing balance of forces.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 6
Alberta Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. Image: Adriana LaGrange/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | We don't know what the government of Alberta has in mind with this change, only that it doesn't seem to be inclined to volunteer the information.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog September 6
Workers at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton striking in 2014. Image: M.o.B 68/Wikimedia Commons
Maya Bhullar | This Labour Day, unions across Canada are facing new attacks as the majority of provinces now have conservative governments which are rolling back social services and workers' rights.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 5
Matthew Adams, Nicole Johnson | Our approach shows what can be done when people come together, to support social justice journalism and media democracy.
Blog - Policyfix September 5
 Apartments on Winnipeg's Broadway Ave. Image: Loozrboy/Flickr
Kirsten Bernas, Sarah Cooper | The Manitoba election is an opportunity to hold the province to account, and to demand that low-cost housing be given the support it needs.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 5
Doreen Nicoll | When Suzanne Carte joined the Art Gallery of Burlington, it was clear she was passionate about inclusion. This year, catch four groundbreaking shows featuring radical contemporary artists.
Blog - KAIROS Witness September 4
KAIROS Climate Action Month
Amelia Berot-Burns, Chrystal Désilets | To galvanize awareness and action on the climate emergency, KAIROS is promoting September as Climate Action Month.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 4
Satellite image of fires burning the Amazon rainforest on August 11 and August 13, 2019. Image: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Flickr
Ed Finn | The outbreak of thousands of fires in the Brazilian rainforest starkly exposes the refusal of the world's business and political leaders to take the threat of climate change seriously.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 4
"Blue-ribbon" panel chair Janice MacKinnon during yesterday's Calgary news conference (Image: Screenshot of Government of Alberta video).
David J. Climenhaga | It is quite clear this is not a legitimate study, but a political document intended to justify what the government has already decided to do.
Blog - David Suzuki September 4
Image: SFU/Flickr
David Suzuki | To profit as much as possible from fossil fuels before markets fall under the weight of climate chaos and better alternatives, industry and its allies say fracked gas is a climate solution. It's not.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog September 4
Photo: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Following her mom's lessons on advocacy, Cathy Crowe complained to the Toronto Sun when she was repeatedly called a "poverty pimp."
Blog - A change is gonna come September 4
Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | This film takes a fresh, often moving look at a variety of LGBTQ athletes who are working to overcome the stereotypes and prejudices in order to improve life for all athletes.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 3
Public entrance of the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau. Image: Wladyslaw/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The leaders' debate on October 7 and 10 provides an opportunity for the climate justice movement to shake things up this election.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 3
Image: Road to the Lemon Grove/Facebook
Doreen Nicoll | Writer, storyteller, actor and musician Charly Chiarelli has captured the immigrant experience in this romantic comedy that has depth and layers.

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