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Blog - Taking Sides November 22
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Jim McDonnell | Democracies are experiencing a crisis of trust, fuelled not only by the actions of those who seek to manipulate us but also by those who manage the networks that claim to enhance our lives.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 22
UCP cabinet member Grant Hunter. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It's clear Grant Hunter can't be depended upon to exercise the best judgment when choosing metaphors to explain what he's trying to say.
Blog - A change is gonna come November 22
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Doreen Nicoll | "Collapsing The Night" gives audience participants the chance to gently shift perspectives from the negative to the positive.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes November 22
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Mercedes Allen | Alberta's conscience rights in health care -- Bill 207 -- not only codifies a problematic exemption in law, it widens those powers considerably. Here are what problems can arise.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 21
Opposition leader Rachel Notley, on the steps of the Alberta legislature building yesterday. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | "I'll keep telling it like it is," vows Alberta Opposition Leader Rachel Notley, kicked out of the Alberta legislature for calling the UCP house leader a liar.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 20
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David J. Climenhaga | There is only one way to revive honest journalism in Alberta and that is for progressive democrats to put up the money to found a major internet news site employing real journalists.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog November 20
Activists hold a banner at a vigil hat says "Declare an Emergency." Image: Cathy Crowe
Cathy Crowe | Toronto's Shelter and Housing Justice Network takes an extreme measure and calls for the mayor to declare a state of emergency on homelessness.
Blog - David Suzuki November 20
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David Suzuki | Achieving sustainability throughout the seafood industry supply chain remains a work in progress. SeaFood Progress is tracking sourcing information and sustainability compliance across the industry.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
 Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and cabinet swearing-in ceremony, April 30, 2019. . Image: Ian Jackson/Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If you're shocked that Jason Kenney's government has effectively just fired Lorne Gibson, the guy who's been investigating the sleazy kamikaze campaign, you haven't been paying attention.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
Alberta Teachers Association associate communications coordinator Jonathan Teghtmeyer. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If Alberta Premier Jason Kenney could just pull out of the Canada Pension Plan without so much as a by your leave, he would.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 16
Kim Elliott | Canadians who want to make sense of the politics and policy coming out of Ottawa need Karl Nerenberg's distinct political analysis and frontline reporting.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 15
Poppies on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa. Image: Tjololo Photo/Flickr
Matthew Hayes | For some, Don Cherry was fired on Remembrance Day for defending the troops. For others, Don Cherry's bigoted language recalls the evil enemy we defeated at great sacrifice in 1945.
Blog - Taking Sides November 15
Child using tablet computer. Image: Kelly Sikkama/Unsplash
Tess Sison | People under the age of 18 are the fastest-growing online demographic in a world that is in the midst of the fourth Industrial Revolution, which offers greater opportunities and risks.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
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 | 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.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 14
Tyne Cot Cemetary in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. Image: Thomas Quine/Flickr
Shama Naqushbandi | Remembrance poses uncomfortable questions with no easy answers. Do we treat war as an aberration in human history, or as the darker shadows of our better spirits that we need to continuously counter?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Prince Rupert waterfront. Image: A.Davey/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Let's lop off the top half of British Columbia and give it to Alberta! It might be the only way to save the country, dontcha know?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog November 14
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Chris Kruszewski | Prairie communities have reasons to be upset. We feel the negative impacts of an undiversified economy daily. But corporate media is distorting Wexit, amplifying far-right voices.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Paul Gorbould/Flickr
Abdul Nakua | 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.
Blog - David Suzuki November 13
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David Suzuki | 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.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | How much of the UCP's radical project to transform Alberta into a dystopic firewalled statelet was predicated on a Conservative victory in last month's federal election?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
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David J. Climenhaga | Albertans aren't all for a private member's bill which would restrict reproductive rights. But don't count on the common sense or common decency of the UCP caucus to ensure the right thing gets done.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
Preston Manning in 2013. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Good rarely results from Manning's interventions in politics, so don't expect positive results from his appointment by Jason Kenney to new "Fair Deal Panel."
Blog - Greening the News November 11
Poppies on National War Memorial in Ottawa. Image: Robbie/Flickr
Robert Hackett | 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.
Blog - Taking Sides November 8
View of dock in Cape Broyle, NL. Image: Terrilynn Lushman/Unsplash
Lorenzo Vargas | Developed countries like Canada are in the midst of transition from 4G to 5G networks. And yet Canada still suffers from a digital divide.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Political scientist Duane Bratt says Bill 207 shows the UCP is more like the Wildrose Party than the old Progressive Conservatives. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | The private member's bill purports merely to support constitutional rights, but its purpose is clearly to wedge open the door for more restrictions on reproductive rights.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 7
Elections Canada sign at an advance polling station in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 11, 2019. Image: Coastal Elite/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | The inherent unfairness of Canada's first-past-the-post electoral system has been displayed many times in previous federal elections, but never so blatantly as in the recent voting farce.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 7
Peace River MLA Dan Williams being sworn into office. Image: Dan Williams/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | 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.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces the launch of a public inquiry into foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Gordon Laxer | If he truly advocates for Albertans, Kenney will embrace the future by joining with Ottawa to manage a rapid phase-out of the tar sands in ways that support oil workers and their communities.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 6
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
Ed Finn | Albertans should not be piling all the liability for their current malaise on the federal government and environmentalists. Their own political leaders should at least shoulder some of the blame.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog November 6
Protest against Israel attack on Gaza in Berlin. Image: Montecruz Foto/Flickr
Maya Bhullar | The political winds for the last few years have been unrelentingly cruel to Palestine, but at this moment, there are some opportunities for progressive Canadians to act and perhaps make a difference.

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