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Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 15
Yves Engler | The Trudeau government has largely maintained the Conservative government's pro-Saudi policies and support for Riyadh's belligerence in the region.
Blog - David Suzuki August 14
David Suzuki | The choices we make over the next decade will determine our future. We've already locked into substantial warming and are seeing the consequences, but it's not yet too late to change course.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 14
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Penney Kome | Did you ever get the feeling the world is going to hell in a handbasket? Statistics show depression rates are rising globally. At least, more and more people are taking prescription antidepressants.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change August 14
Model of Earth's temperature in 2014. Photo: Stuart Rankin/Flickr
Lizanne Foster | What role do teachers have in the necessary transition away from our fossil-fuel dependent economy?
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog August 13
Linda Leon | Now would be a good time for Yukoners to write their MLA and Premier to tell them how important electoral reform is for a fair and democratic electoral system.
Blog - A change is gonna come August 13
Doreen Nicoll | Why is Guelph is joining in solidarity with communities across the country and around the world to demand real climate leadership? For the same reasons your community should be, too.
Blog - Nima Maleki's blog August 13
Nima Maleki | Much of the world's population struggles for basic necessities. Adequately paid jobs, housing, food, clean drinking water, and health-care are not reaching many who need it. But, why is that?
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 11
Yves Engler | Trudeau should see Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's diplomatic break and raise him a wide-ranging ethical challenge. Here's how.
Blog - Activist Communiqué August 11
Image: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | While we don’t know what other cuts Minister MacLeod will announce, communities need to brace themselves for the worst and unite in solidarity with others to defend against these attacks on the poor.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
Athabasca University President Neil Fassina. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J.Climenhaga | When you think about the state of negotiations between Athabasca University and its Faculty Association, remember it is no longer in financial peril.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 11
Image: Linda Silas
Maya Bhullar | Linda Silas of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Union discusses the fight for a national pharmacare guided by principles of universality, single payer, public administration, and national formulary.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 10
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Sophia Reuss | We can't sit around waiting for Trudeau to change his tune on reconciliation and climate change. He's not interested in a politics of liberation, of real material change. His is a politics of fashion.
Blog - Making Waves August 10
Nestlé water bottle. Photo: Nestlé/Flickr
Emma Lui | Two years ago Nestlé's Aberfoyle permit expired. Yet the multi-billion-dollar water corporation continues to pump up to 3.6 million litres a day from the Aberfoyle well.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 8
Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a few weeks before the October 2017 municipal election he won handily (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Panel members looking at polling during the 2017 Calgary municipal election also rapped the knuckles of Mainstreet Research, the company working with the Postmedia newspaper chain.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 8
Yves Engler | If you agree that answering the question "Are we doing all that we could be doing in the world?" requires some critical voices, you may not like the way international development NGOs are funded.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 8
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould speaks at 2017 First Nations Leaders' Gathering. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Joyce Green, Gina Starblanket | The Trudeau government is committed to table legislation on a Recognition of Rights Framework for Indigenous Rights this fall. While not yet finalized, the initial drafts are not encouraging.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 7
David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to Saudi Arabia, our government has a chance to do the right thing. What could the Friends of Saudi Arabia, otherwise known as the Conservative Party of Canada, say, after all?
Blog - David Suzuki August 7
David Suzuki | Many experts argue that energy efficiency could play a major role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially in industrial nations like Canada and the U.S., where we tend to waste a lot.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
David J. Climenhaga | Saudi Arabia is sending Canada's ambassador home. And if we don't shut up about their human rights abuses, they say they'll interfere in Canadian politics.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 6
David J. Climenhaga | Innovative? In 2011, the Conservatives actually started construction on the still-unfinished Grande Prairie hospital before they knew exactly what they planned to put inside it!
Blog - On The Other Hand August 6
Penney Kome | With the Mueller investigation ongoing and the Manafort trial shaping up, the upcoming midterm elections may well be the most important elections in U.S. history.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada August 2
Muhammed Abu Marzouk
Judy Haiven | Contrary to what groups like B'nai Brith Canada would have us believe, the main targets of violence in Canada are not Jews, but people of colour.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 2
Yves Engler | Bernie Farber has been a leading proponent of the idea that expressing support for Palestinians is anti-Semitism, yet he has standing among some Left/liberals.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 2
Janis Irwin with Brian Mason in 2017 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Thanks to previous Alberta NDP leaders Brian Mason, Pam Barrett and Ray Martin, Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood is one of the safer ridings for the NDP in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
Alberta Pollster Janet Brown (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Carleton University Journalism Professor Paul Adams, one of the three high-profile inquiry members, said this morning the surprise announcement leaves the panel "in a bit of a quandary."
Blog - Alberta Diary August 1
David J. Climenhaga | In 2017, the pollster that published optimistic results for the UCP yesterday admitted to "a catastrophic polling failure" in its coverage of the Calgary civic election.
Blog - David Suzuki July 31
David Suzuki | Most of Canada's fossil-fuelled energy policies are on a collision course with reconciliation. Shifting to renewable energy would be a win for the environment, climate, economy, and Indigenous rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 31
David J. Climenhaga | Surely it's time for us to start choosing genuinely progressive leaders whose boldness matches that of the unrepresentative right.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 30
Yves Engler | The military's immense resources and cultural clout enables it to attract Indigenous youth to become soldiers. But First Nations have more reason than most to be wary of the Canadian Forces.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 28
Drumheller-Stettler United Conservative Party MLA Rick Strankman
David J. Climenhaga | It would seem some of UCP Leader Jason Kenney’s MLAs who should have known better have lived down to expectations.

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