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On The Other Hand

Award-winning author and journalist Penney Kome has published six non-fiction books and hundreds of periodical articles, as well as writing a national column for 12 years and a local (Calgary) column for four years. She was Editor of Straightgoods.com from 2004 - 2013.

Blog - On The Other Hand November 19
Image: Dennis van der Heijden/Flickr
Penney Kome | Six months after its proclamation, how is the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) holding up in its intent to reclaim personal privacy as a human right?
Blog - On The Other Hand November 16
Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta joined Chief Billy Joe Laboucan, of the Lubicon Lake Band, at a special ceremony held in Little Buffalo on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to celebrate the historic land claim settlement of the Lubicon Lake Band which was signed in late October. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
Penney Kome | Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government have resolved an 1880s oversight that left a small Alberta First Nation stranded on unceded land, without treaty protection.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 8
Voting line-up in Ohio. Photo: Tim Evanson/Flickr
Penney Kome | There's reason to celebrate the new faces, new voices and new perspectives arriving in the U.S. House of Representatives. Finally, the U.S. government begins to resemble the people it governs.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 26
Michelle Thrush's Inner Elder leads the dancing. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Calgarians had a chance to see two pieces of Indigenous theatre on consecutive nights recently, in which artists addressed painful subjects with humour and respect.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 12
Cindy Sheehan, Director of The Women's March on the Pentagon. Photo by Jacob Appelbaum/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Peace organizations haven't been in the news much for a decade or so. But after a year with Trump in the Oval Office, peace is a high political priority again.
Blog - On The Other Hand October 4
Sir Tim Berners-Lee at Open Data Awards 2015. Photo: Open Data Institute Knowledge for Everyone/Flickr
Penney Kome | World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is set to unveil a new commercial-free platform. He's part of a growing movement to decentralize the web and break down online inequality.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 29
Penney Kome | After Christine Blasey Ford's harrowing testimony on Thursday, President Trump ordered an FBI investigation into allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 25
TV reporter interviews FEMA expert. Image: Walter Jennings/FEMA Photo Library via Wikimedia
Penney Kome | The Toronto Star has unveiled a new ethics code, one of many available. Reviewing journalism society standards shows a wide variation in priorities and emphasis.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 14
Beverly Glenn-Copeland sings in concert. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Veteran musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been discovered by a whole new generation of listeners, who, 40 years later, continue to find his work innovative.
Blog - On The Other Hand August 14
Image: By Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine - Own work, CC0
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 - 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 - On The Other Hand July 27
Many kinds of money, banknotes and coins
Penney Kome | After Helsinki, it seems clear that money, not compromising material, is likely to be the hold that the Russians have on the U.S. President.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 20
Vladimir Putin & Donald Trump in Helsinki. Photo: Website of the President of the Russian Federation, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Penney Kome | Demands rise for Donald Trump to declare which team he's playing for. Part one of a two-part series.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 3
Penney Kome | Three years after Charlie Hebdo, Trump leads attacks on news media. While Trump furthers his own ends by encouraging distrust of the media, he also raises the risk level for journalists on the job.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 22
Penney Kome | After federal reforms reduced the national incarceration rate, GEO Group, a private prison company, obtained a lucrative contract to detain immigrant children and families.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 4
North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean union leaders
Penney Kome | Trump's posturing has dominated headlines about the Korean peninsula lately, while it's possible that North Korea's test site has collapsed and is leaking radiation.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 22
Vancouver Men's Chorus finale. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Calgary is the richer for its role as venue for an event draws 20 LGBTQ-and-friends choirs in song and celebration.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 8
Miriam Monsef. Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm
Penney Kome | New Status of Women department generously funds major women’s organizations.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 30
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | With the recent Toronto van attack and the Parkland shootings, the perpetrators seemed to be aiming at women. Femicide has become public.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 20
Scales of justice. Photo: houstondwiPhotos mp/Flickr
Penney Kome | Linda Silver Dranoff's calling changed family and marriage in Canada.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 16
Penney Kome | Last weekend's airstrikes in Syria are just one in a string of recent world-destabilizing events. Luckily, activists everywhere are continuing to mobilize for a more just and peaceful world.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 5
Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson present brief to UN. Image: Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland—Colchester, Nova Scotia
Penney Kome | Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson lobby for UN Committee on Torture to recognize sexualized violence as a form of torture.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 30
Wrist wrapped in a wrist brace
Penney Kome | A meme calling for the avoidance of self-scanners in stores highlights yet again how much the digital revolution has disrupted our understanding of jobs.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 22
Cambridge Analytica logo. Image: Thought Catalog/Flickr
Penney Kome | Facebook is just the latest and most sophisticated medium to sell our eyes and attention to advertisers. There's a new media saying that crops up over and over again, a variation on "buyer beware."
Blog - On The Other Hand March 15
Koeye River Mouth, British Columbia. Image: Sam Beebe/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Canada puts up $1.3 billion to protect wilderness and environment.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 8
Image: Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | If anti-gun wave "flips the house," new Democrat majority likely to impeach number 45.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 23
Image: Marvel studios
Penney Kome | The futuristic Afro-centric film opens public debates and opportunities. Welcome to the gamechanging movie that gently subverts the superhero genre to make it more meaningful.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 16
Penney Kome | After the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, this week, students are demanding change from legislators, but many Republicans remain indebted to the NRA.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 8
How to identify junk news. Image: Newseum
Penney Kome | An Oxford research project has confirmed what anybody could have told them: the people who voted for Donald Trump are the most "susceptible" to junk news.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 24
Women's March: Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | The Women's March roars back in 2018.

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