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Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 7
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Gerry Caplan | The party will have to think very hard and cleverly -- and very soon -- to win back citizens.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 5
Rachel Notley moments after her election victory was announced on May 5, 2015.
David J. Climenhaga | There's a big difference between sensing change is coming and seeing it take place before your eyes. So the events of the evening of May 5, 2015, shocked almost everyone.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 4
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Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians is engaging in multiple ways in these key struggles with imminent dates over the next ten weeks.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 4
A WestJet aircraft at Las Vegas airport in 2015. Photo: Tomas Del Coro/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A strike would do serious harm to the goodwill WestJet has built over the years with travellers, especially in Western Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 3
Jason Kenney. Photo: michael_swan/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | After the weekend, the UCP will quietly get to work on its real priorities: tax cuts for the rich, benefit cuts for the poor, and carte blanche for the fossil fuel industry.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 2
Paul Kagame. Image: Veni/Flickr
Yves Engler | Canada’s humanitarian hero is openly aligned with Africa's most bloodstained ruler.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 2
Wind turbines. Photo: Tobias Nordhausen/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The furious debate about the merits of current and future pipeline projects underscores the need for an evidence-based long-term energy strategy for Canada.
Blog - David Suzuki May 1
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David Suzuki | The debasement of public discourse through poorly moderated online commenting and unreliable media has spawned an army of people who don't concern themselves with facts or logical consistency.
Blog - On The Other Hand April 30
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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 - Yves Engler's Blog April 30
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Yves Engler | The Montréal police have a problem with democracy that the new progressive city council should address.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 30
David J. Climenhaga | An official conclusion to the Korean War would be another step toward a multipolar world, which the U.S. political and military establishments are both committed to avoiding.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 28
David J. Climenhaga | Governments are hesitant to move forward on workplace safety legislation, lest it compromise the profits of the "job creators" we celebrate.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada April 27
A Gaza march and rally in London in August 2014.
Diana Ralph | We must stand in support of Palestinians demanding the right to return to their ancestral homes and the ability to leave the Gaza Strip.
Blog - Behind The Numbers April 27
Saskatchewan Legislative Building. Photo: daryl_mitchell/Flickr
Nick Falvo | This budget, while relatively status quo, is mostly bad news for low-income households in the province. And this comes one year after a budget that announced significant cuts to social programs.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog April 27
A box in the Tent City memory archive shows a KFC box, can of fruit, hammer, electrical cord. Photo credit: Nicole Brumley
Cathy Crowe, Jon Alexander | The Department of Public Memory collaborates with the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in a hands-on archive to remember their joint campaign for affordable housing.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 26
Jason Kenney in role as Citizenship and Immigration Minister at press conference Feb 13, 2012. Photo: Rob Salerno/Daily Xtra/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Let's consider the case of the Israeli university that in 2012 came up with a scheme to give an honorary degree to an unsavoury right-wing foreign politician …
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 26
Canadian soldiers point guns. Photo: Cpl Alana Morin/4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC/Flickr
Yves Engler | The alleged perpetrator of Monday’s van attack in Toronto has ties to a powerful patriarchal institution that is Canada’s biggest purveyor of violence.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 25
David Suzuki. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Want to hand a victory to those who would shut down Alberta's oilsands tomorrow? Withdraw the U of A's offer of an honorary degree for David Suzuki. Trust me, that'll work.
Blog - David Suzuki April 24
Traffic in Beijing. Image: Safia Osman/Flickr
David Suzuki | To meet our climate commitments and protect citizens from pollution and climate disruption, we need policies and regulations to make all vehicles -- including trucks and SUVs -- less polluting.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 24
The author’s favourite boots, handmade by the Alberta Boot Company of Calgary. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | One would have thought a corporation with revenue of US$14 billion could afford to hire people who would keep them au courant about how things work in the countries where they do business.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 23
Electoral reform rally in Guelph, 2017. Image: Ryan Hodnett/Flickr
Brent Patterson | Justin Trudeau's government has broken its promises on democracy, the environment, trade, water, and health. The Council of Canadians is mobilizing for the 2019 federal election.
Blog - Alberta Diary April 22
Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley in 2016
David J. Climenhaga | The Liberals setting up a national election campaign that is about 50 per cent Sunny Ways and 50 per cent Beware of the Dog. Jason Kenney looks good for the part of the dog.
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 - Alberta Diary April 20
Alberta Opposition United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J.Climenhaga | It's time, perhaps, for Alberta Premier Rachel Notley to spend more energy explaining how her government is different from Jason Kenney's Opposition and less on how it's the same!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog April 19
Members and supporters of the Stop the JNF Campaign in NYC. Image: Joe Catron
Yves Engler | A number of members of the subcommittee on anti-Semitism have personal or institutional ties to the Jewish National Fund, which practices a form of discrimination outlawed in Canada seven decades ago.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 19
Sophia Reuss | In honour of rabble's 17th birthday, Judy Rebick, rabble's co-founder, and Duncan Cameron, president emeritus of rabble, reflect on our impact.
Blog - Policy Note April 18
Seth Klein stands with Indigenous leaders and #ProtectTheInlet protesters outside the Kinder Morgan facility on Burnaby Mountain. Photo: Protect the Inlet/Flickr
Seth Klein | Here's a different take on Kinder Morgan's ultimatum and the so-called "constitutional crisis" it has sparked.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog April 18
Picture taken from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter of Lac-Mégantic, the day of the derailment, July 6, 2013. Photo: Sûreté du Québec/Wikimedia Commons
Bruce Campbell | The feds do not favour the request. Why? The reasons extend to Transport Canada decisions.
Blog - David Suzuki April 17
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David Suzuki | If people, especially those in positions of power, truly understood the severity and urgency of the climate crisis, they would be doing everything possible to confront and resolve it.
Blog - Progressive Economics Forum April 17
Apartment buildings in Vancouver. Photo: Robert Ashworth/Flickr
Nick Falvo | A federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) framework agreement on housing was signed on April 10 in Toronto. It supports the Trudeau government's National Housing Strategy, which was released last fall.

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