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Blog - Raluca Bejan August 24
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Raluca Bejan | Charlottesville is symbolically representative of the troubled state of the American society.
Blog - David Suzuki August 23
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David Suzuki | Rather than learning from Sun News's failure that racism and extremism are unpopular and anti-Canadian, Rebel founder Ezra Levant ramped up the bigoted and anti-environmental messaging.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 23
Yves Engler | Stairs and Keating are two of many Canadians who helped colonize the continent and continue to be commemorated.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 22
rabble staff | rabble.ca and Olivia Chow of the Institute for Change Leaders are delighted to announce the inaugural launch of the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog August 21
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Nora Loreto | Today, the mainstream media consensus is that anti-immigrant, white supremacist group La Meute was the true winner in Quebec City yesterday because a handful of people smashed glass and threw chairs.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change August 20
Lizanne Foster | Students should learn how to process that anger so that their relationships can withstand the challenges that dealing with climate change is going to include.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 18
David J. Climenhaga | Now that the NDP and its chief conservative opponents are apparently in agreement about Rebel Media, will the organization continue to be welcomed to government news events?
Blog - The Views Expressed August 18
Elementary school students. Photo: Government of Prince Edward Island/flickr
Benjamin Doxtdator | Tom Bennett, who is the keynote at this week's Leadership Conference for educators, has connections to very troubling claims about links between student performance, race, and the heritability of IQ.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 18
A group of Métis women and children in Alberta circa 1931
Debra Huron | Neither I nor Joseph Boyden can squirm our way into being Métis by means of a DNA test or a laminated card in our wallets.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog August 18
Image: Twitter/Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | Singh wants NDP members to think he's opposed to Israeli violence and supportive of Palestinian solidarity activism. Simultaneously he wants to signal to CIJA and Israeli officials he'll play ball
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change August 18
Image: First Nations Education Steering Committee
Lizanne Foster | Well-being for our children and for our planet should be the ultimate goal of learning. We can't afford for it not to be.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog August 17
Bilan Arte | We need a media that seeks out the stories of equity seeking groups, and we need a media that is not dependent on corporate advertising.
Blog - Behind The Numbers August 17
Chrystia Freeland. Photo: OEA - OAS/flickr
Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood, Stuart Trew | In a series of speeches on Monday morning, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined six broad priorities for Canada in the impending renegotiation of NAFTA.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change August 17
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Lizanne Foster | Have you heard of First Peoples Principles of Learning, a list of approaches to learning common amongst Indigenous peoples for the multiple millennia before colonization and the residential schools?
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog August 16
Protest against fascism. Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr
Nora Loreto | The roots of the labour movement are anti-fascist. How do we get the labour movement to take up the fight today?
Blog - The Views Expressed August 16
The shoreline of Georgian Bay near Killarney, ON, where the author's family is from.
Debra Huron | How I learned that Métis identity is a historical and cultural category that can't be defined by a DNA test alone.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 16
Derek Fildebrandt and his red Ford
David J. Climenhaga | Apparently there is a three-strikes law in Alberta politics, and Derek Fildebrandt, the self-described "liberty Conservative" caught taking liberties with the rules, has struck out.
Blog - David Suzuki August 16
Image: Flickr/U.S. Department of Agriculture
David Suzuki | Climate change doesn't necessarily start fires -- lightning, unattended campfires, carelessly tossed cigarette butts and sparks are major causes -- but it creates conditions for more and larger fires.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor August 16
Ezra Levant. Photo: Raj Taneja/flickr
John Miller | After Charlottesville, Ezra Levant sounds like a man who long ago jumped into shark-infested waters, and is only now starting to complain about the swimming conditions.
Blog - Media Watch blog August 15
Newspapers on newsstand. Photo: greenzowie/flickr
Nick Fillmore | The creation of even one sustainable, independent newspaper project anywhere in Canada would be a huge, unprecedented accomplishment.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog August 15
Demonstrators at London's anti-Trump rally. Image: Flickr/Alisdare Hickson
Maya Bhullar | Many of us are devastated by the news from Charlottesville. The Activist Toolkit has been pulling together tools to help send support.
Blog - Alberta Diary August 14
Image: Facebook/Doug Schweitzer
David J. Climenhaga | The New West Partnership is designed to make it harder for provincial governments to enact their own, tougher policies on a range of issues. So what’s not to like about being kicked out?
Blog - Pembina Institute August 14
Net-zero townhouses with solar panels in Alberta. Image: Roberta Franchuk, Pembina Institute
Karen Tam Wu | Letter to Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
Blog - Behind The Numbers August 14
Kate McInturff | It's that exciting time of year when economists start making submissions to the federal Finance Committee about what they'd like to see in Budget 2018. What would a feminist budget look like?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog August 14
Rally Against Hate. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim/flickr
Brent Patterson | A white nationalist rally -- that included neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan -- took place in the college town of Charlottesville in Virginia this weekend.
Blog - The Views Expressed August 14
Prime Minister Trudeau attends National Aboriginal Day Sunrise Ceremony. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Hans Rollman | Want to get a few billion dollars from Justin Trudeau? All you need is to be a white-settler-dominated provincial government, with a haphazard plan to build an energy mega-project.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change August 11
Lizanne Foster | The class of 2030 will begin school in a few short weeks. How can schooling foster the creativity needed to solve the world's biggest problems, including climate change and the refugee crisis?
Blog - Alberta Diary August 11
David J. Climenhaga | In light of the Alberta conservative history of entitlement, how the UCP deals with loose-cannon MLA Derek Fildebrandt will be an important test.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood August 10
Women’s Memorial March - Vancouver. Photo: Jen Castro/flickr
Pam Palmater | Since its launch, the inquiry has been criticized for its numerous and lengthy delays, its failures to communicate with the families and its continued failure to provide information.
Blog - Behind The Numbers August 10
Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Scott Sinclair, Stuart Trew, Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood | The NAFTA renegotiation drama is taking centre stage -- and it looks more like a summer rerun than the transformative spectacle we were promised.

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