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Blog - Liz Kessler's blog June 11
Liz Kessler | Suicides are increasing at an alarming rate, and suicide hotlines are limited in scope. We all have a lot of work to do.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Photo: German federal press office
David J. Climenhaga | Will Conservative Party activists be crossing the Canada-U.S. border once again in 2020 to campaign for the Republicans, and perhaps for President Trump himself?
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 11
Man with cannabis flag. Photo: Linda Flores/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Our Senate voted to approve the legalization of marijuana on June 7, 2018, voting 56-30, with one abstention, in favour of the move.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change June 9
John Horgan stands with children on playground. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Lizanne Foster | Even in our worst nightmares we never thought we'd have to debate the morally repugnant issue of "cash for kids" with your government.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 9
Keystone pipeline. Photo: shannonpatrick17/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | No injuries were reported but the blast did shake residents and could be seen and felt as far as a reported 20 miles away.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
A scene from the 2016 Edmonton Pride Parade (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney dares not attend the Pride Parade, which has become one of the preeminent political events of the year in Edmonton. And he dares not be missing in action.
Blog - Ben Powless June 9
Ben Powless | On June 3, tragedy struck Guatemala when the Fuego volcano erupted. At least 100 are dead, hundreds more are missing, and many blame the government for failing the people.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
University of Alberta campus. Photo: Bill Burris/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney continues to attack the U of A, all he will be doing is damaging a great and valuable Alberta institution, hurting especially the young Albertans who study there.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 7
Photo: Paul Schreiber/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | On the eve of election day, I asked around to find out what people felt about strategic voting. In this case, I meant "ABC" -- anyone but conservative.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 7
Image from Her Campus, https://www.hercampus.com/school/york-u/everything-you-need-know-about-potential-strike-york-university
Maya Bhullar | Over 300 university full-time or retired professors, librarians and archivists at York University have signed a letter demanding the university settle with CUPE 3903.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood June 6
Image: JH/Flickr
Pam Palmater | The Liberal Party has taken a significant amount of heat for their collective failures to act on their substantive promises to First Nations. How do Ontario's political parties square?
Blog - David Suzuki June 6
David Suzuki | Drawing lines on a map to meet targets doesn't increase biodiversity. We should create protected areas where science says they're needed most.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Dr. David Suzuki (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | At least one response to a poll commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation suggests David Suzuki is far more popular in Alberta than his opponents wish us to believe.
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 - Yves Engler's Blog June 2
Israeli flags. Photo: bryan/Flickr
Yves Engler | A recent incident at a Toronto high school demonstrates the depravity of the pro-Israel lobby.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
CLAC's office and training facility in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Many working Canadians and their unions believe fervently the Christian Labour Association of Canada fails to meet minimum standards for union representation.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 1
Photo: SandraLaya Ruch
SandraLaya Ruch | An urgent call for solidarity in support of justice and peace for Palestine, especially reaching out to Canadian Jews of conscience.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 31
Gerry Caplan | The Ontario NDP has shot to the top of some polls into an almost unimaginable lead across the province. And even though it's not over 'till it's over, Horwath seems like a premier-in-waiting.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
Alberta Legislature. Photo: Mack Male/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Surely this is the most spectacularly aggressive application of the venerable strategy of campaign "low-bridging" ever recorded in the history of the Westminster Parliamentary system.
Blog - Open Media's blog May 30
Victoria Henry | Yesterday, Christopher Wylie, former Director of Research at Cambridge Analytica, testified before a Canadian parliamentary committee and answered questions on the state of privacy.
Blog - Making Waves May 30
Emma Lui | The Trudeau government confirmed that it would pay $4.5 billion to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Yet the water in First Nations is underfunded and the number of advisories increased this month.
Blog - Making Waves May 30
Emma Lui | The Ontario 2018 election is just one week away. We asked thousands of people across Ontario what issues matter most and what will inform how they vote on June 7. Here's what matters to you on water.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog May 30
A report card grades the four Ontario political parties on a number of social issues. Image credit: Health Providers Against Poverty
Cathy Crowe | Health Providers Against Poverty analyzes Ontario party platforms with an equity lens.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Justine Trudeau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | Yesterday's announcement puts Canada's opposition in an uncomfortable spot. But when it comes to talking points, modern Conservatives can turn on a dime.
Blog - Ben Powless May 29
Ben Powless | In January, her partner was arrested by the Honduran government. Now, Karen Spring is working to free him and other political prisoners targeted by the regime.
Blog - David Suzuki May 29
David Suzuki | As cities grow, challenges around pollution, traffic congestion and automobile infrastructure increase. Studies show you can't build your way out of congestion. More roads and bridges bring more cars.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 29
Doreen Nicoll | The documentary Metamorphosis shows the fallout from climate change and environmental devastation can include creativity, sustainable ingenuity, and a beautiful future.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
An idle well site in Alberta's Peace River Region. Photo: Regan Boychuk
Regan Boychuk | Alberta's Energy Regulator estimates the province's oilpatch has accumulated $260 billion in unfunded cleanup liabilities.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 27
An installation on violence against women in Mexico City, 2018
Doreen Nicoll | By not distinguishing this form of torture in the Criminal Code, society diminishes the human rights violations survivors have endured and keeps women and girls silent, powerless, and invisible.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 27
Alanis Obomsawin in 2014
Doreen Nicoll | Thirty years after its original release, the documentary filmmaker's newly remastered album is as relevant as ever.

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