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Blog - Alberta Diary February 8
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland
David J. Climenhaga | It's just a matter of supply and demand. A big increase in supply, conveniently located for inexpensive ocean transfer, will depress the price fetched by Alberta oil.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 8
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Maya Bhullar | The Activist Toolkit takes a look at changing fortunes of Progressive Conservatives across Canada in the slate of elections coming up.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 7
Former Alberta deputy premier and minister of employment and immigration Thomas Lukaszuk (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The investigation centers on allegations by Amandeep Singh Panesar, a former temporary foreign worker, about labour abuses by Devinder Toor, the UCP candidate in the Calgary-Falconridge riding.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 6
Beer glass with orchid
Penney Kome | Cancer-prevention month whispers, not shouts, that liquor causes cancer.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 6
The late Jim Prentice's official portrait as it was unveiled in the Alberta Legislature (Photo: Chris Schwartz, Government of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Portrait of Jim Prentice by B.C. artist David Goatley is a more worthy contribution to the collection than several of the recent additions.
Blog - David Suzuki February 6
Image: Russ Allison Roar/Flickr
David Suzuki | While parts of North America are experiencing record cold, places like Australia are seeing record-breaking heat. Globally, the past four years have been the hottest on record.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 6
Cathy Crowe | Last week, Toronto's city council decided homelessness -- which affects over 200,000 people -- does not qualify as an emergency. But the failed measure isn't an excuse not to act.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 5
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Meza requires protective accompaniment to report on human rights violations under a government Canada recognizes despite widespread allegations of electoral fraud in 2017.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 5
David J. Climenhaga | It seems young politicians, no matter how serious, are publicly attacked for their youth -- unless they happen to be conservatives, in which case no shirt's too young to stuff.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 4
Photo: Beatrice Murch/Flickr
Yves Engler | From a defeated interventionist resolution at the Organization of American States to the fact the Lima Group was established less than two years ago, news surrounding Venezuela is underreported.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 4
Part of the crowd at yesterday Bighorn Park open house in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Everything seemed copacetic at the Bighorn Wildland Provincial Park proposal open house in Edmonton on Saturday.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 4
Photo from Unist'ot'en Camp video posted on Facebook.
Brent Patterson | Corporations, the state and security forces must be held accountable for their human rights violations across Turtle Island.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 2
Brent Patterson | Will the provincial Special Investigations Unit consider colonialism and systemic racism as contributing factors in the shooting death of Greg Ritchie by Ottawa Police?
Blog - The Views Expressed February 1
Photo: Tim J Keegan/Flickr
Ed Finn | Rules of corporate governance make moves to slow climate change impossible. Perhaps we can only hope that humankind’s extinction will be forestalled by the too-long-delayed extinction of capitalism.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Dr. Trevor Harrison, director of the Parkland Institute and co-author of Alberta in Context, Health Care Under NDP Governments (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The facts don't support the myth New Democratic Party governments always try to break the bank with health-care spending.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
Supreme Court of Canada. Photo: Michael Muraz/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Stand by for a veritable tempest of wailing about "activist judges" from banking, oil industry and conservative quarters in response to this morning's ruling by the Supreme Court.
Blog - The Views Expressed January 31
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Albert Koehl, Michael Black | Many large cities in Europe no longer passively accept the casualty toll inflicted by trucks. They are adopting measures to improve pedestrian and cycling traffic.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 30
The Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta courts have ruled that banks come first and polluters can't be forced to clean up their messes if they go broke. We'll learn the Supreme Court's take on this tomorrow.
Blog - David Suzuki January 30
David Suzuki | Reducing meat consumption offers environmental benefits regarding air, land and water protection, and it's good for individual health, not to mention the pocketbook!
Blog - Alberta Diary January 29
Woman using a smartphone. Photo: Marco Verch/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | A Medicine Hat preacher doesn't seem to have appreciated the online attention his sermon attracted Sunday -- thanks to an ill-advised tweet by an inattentive UCP candidate in a pew.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 29
Brent Patterson | Trudeau willing to sell weapons to the autocratic monarchy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia but draws the line with Chavezista socialists in Venezuela.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's Elections Commissioner is concerned someone is trying to interfere with his investigation into irregularities in the 2017 United Conservative Party leadership race.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 28
The original Al Rashid Mosque, which opened in 1938, is now located in Fort Edmonton Park. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney's tweets were well meaning, but the dog-whistling habit is apparently hard to break.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 26
Brent Patterson | Forest defenders face risks as deforestation driven by agri-business, logging and drug trafficking worsens climate breakdown and intensifies harm to Indigenous cultures.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog January 25
rabble staff | rabble is pleased to announce Olivia Robinson has been awarded the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog January 25
Crowded conditions in one of the second-tier shelters in Toronto shows rows and rows of cots where 200 people sleep. Photo courtesy of Cathy Crowe.
Cathy Crowe | Despite the Liberal government's promises of a National Housing Strategy, homelessness has worsened in nearly every community across the country. It remains a disaster and Toronto is the epicentre.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 25
Jason Kenney. Photo: Michał Józefaciuk/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Whether UCP leader Jason Kenney likes it or not, this story now has legs. Plus, developments are unlikely to be timed to suit his campaign schedule.
Blog - Brent Patterson January 24
Photo of the Palenque Palace Aqueduct in Chiapas by Ricraider/Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | A proposed multi-billion-dollar tourist train through tropical forests opposed by Indigenous peoples and the Zapatistas draws the interest of Canadian investors.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 24
Jason Kenney in 2011. Photo: FAQMP Ichannel/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Public anger at politicians who bill taxpayers for their living expenses when in reality they live close to their work is nothing new in Alberta. Abusive attacks on their critics are new.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog January 24
Women's March Toronto. Photo: Silvia Maresca/Wikimedia Commons
Maya Bhullar | On January 19, women across the world marched. In many Canadian communities, in freezing cold weather, women stomped and jumped about as they stood up for women's rights.

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