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Blog - Brent Patterson November 26
Facebook photo by Extinction Rebellion.
Brent Patterson | As Extinction Rebellion actions continue in the United Kingdom, activists are rapidly connecting online to take action in this country.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 25
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has been the master of all it surveyed as long as anyone can remember, perpetually the richest province in Canada. This was thanks to our petroleum reserves, not our good management.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 23
Photo courtesy of Raluca Bejan
Open letter | In an open letter, students from St. Thomas University in Fredericton ask government to remedy the housing shortage that is so clearly evident by the tent city that has sprung up in the urban centre.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 23
Finance Minister Joe Ceci, flanked by public service pension members, discussed Bill 27 at a press conference Tuesday (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act will bring public service pension governance in Alberta into the Canadian mainstream.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 21
rabble staff | We are less than two weeks away from our Nov. 30 deadline and we are getting close to our $50,000 goal.
Blog - David Suzuki November 20
David Suzuki | Lack of science literacy is a problem in journalism and society in general. Science is a useful tool, but it’s not perfect. With the ocean study, the method worked as it should.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | By adopting an energy policy founded on low royalties and pipeline development, Alberta has squandered an opportunity to implement a program that could have strengthened Alberta's economy.
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 - Alberta Diary November 16
David J. Climenhaga | On Tuesday, the president of Cenovus Energy Inc. called for temporary production cuts across the Canadian oil sector to push prices back up. It's all about supply and demand.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | This week, the NDP threatened to defund 28 religious schools if they don't implement diversity policies, and a video emerged in which a prominent UCP member compared Pride flags to Nazi swastikas.
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 - Brent Patterson November 16
Twitter photo via @fordnation.
Brent Patterson | What was in the economic statement released by the Ford government in Ontario?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 15
rabble staff | Thanks to our readers we're well on the way to our goal of $50,000 for our fundraiser and you have until November 30 to help make that happen.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Calgary Olympic Park. Photo: David Wilson/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A plebiscite on a plan clearly strongly opposed by many on both sides of Alberta's political divide is probably not a reliable barometer of voter intentions in the election next spring.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Monday was not a good day for Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and his supporter John Carpay. Yesterday wasn't either.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 13
Extinction Rebellion/Twitter
Brent Patterson | More of our support needs to go to Extinction Rebellion-like strategies based on disruption in order to shift our political culture and advance transformative change.
Blog - David Suzuki November 13
David Suzuki | Rising populist politics are weaponizing climate action as a wedge issue for political advantage -- with tragic implications. How can we reverse this?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yogi Acharya | The Ontario government's plan to review social assistance plans and its absurd refrain that ‘the best social program is a job’ are cause for concern.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 12
Francois Legault/Twitter
Will Dubitsky | Quebec’s new provincial government is proposing shift on many issue -- from immigration to tolerance and the environment -- and not letting a little hypocrisy get in its way.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 12
Twitter photo via @JustinTrudeau.
Brent Patterson | A wealthy, privileged establishment defending liberal democracy risks being an accelerant, not an antidote, to right-wing populism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
David J. Climenhaga | A prominent Jason Kenney supporter has compared the rainbow pride flag to the swastika flag of Nazi Germany and the hammer and sickle of communism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
David J. Climenhaga | If he's looking for extremists in the UCP, Leader Jason Kenney may not actually need a database that can peer into the dark corners of the internet.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada November 10
Suzanne Berliner Weiss | Justine Trudeau's recent apology to Jewish refugees rings hollow when he also denounces the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 10
Brent Patterson | Jean Charest wants France to back CETA's investment provision, but concerns are raised about the impact that would have on elections to the European Parliament.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 9
 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez canvasses in Sunnyside, Queens on June 26, 2018. Photo: Corey Torpie/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A Generation X political activist asks if there is hope in a renewed collaboration between electoralism and social movement activism.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 8
Kim Elliott | We've raised over $20,000 from readers so far! But we still need your help to take it even further and meet our goal of $50,000.
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 - Brent Patterson November 8
Photo by Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | Doug Ford's "open for business" government sees water as a commodity; delaying new permits doesn't equal a commitment to the right to water.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 8
Aerial view of Alberta tar sands. Photo: Dru Oja Jay/Howl Arts Collective/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Last year's aggregate profit for five largest oilsands companies was within spitting distance of total revenues collected from all sources by the Alberta government.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 8
Person hanging their head. Photo: Alex/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | It's very human to feel down about the injustices in the world around us. How do we cope and find the strength to work for a better world?

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