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Blog - May 12
Caracas neighbourhoods
Jim Hodgson | While most other Canadians enjoy their long weekend, seven of us are heading off to Venezuela to observe the May 20 election.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
The NORAD command centre in Colorado
Yves Engler | The 60-year-old agreement was supposed to defend the two countries from an invasion by Soviet bombers coming from the north. But the Berlin Wall fell three decades ago and NORAD continues.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog May 10
Al Awda (The Return) at Kristiansand, Norway
David Heap, Wendy Goldsmith, Canadian Boat to Gaza, Freedom Flotilla Coalition | The Freedom Flotilla boat Al Awda (The Return) has left the Norwegian port of Bergen, to break the illegal blockade of Gaza. Canadians will be on board, but we need your help to pay for it.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 10
Child colouring. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Dorothy MacLeod | One woman's experience of difficulty accessing child care paints a bigger picture that illustrates why Canada needs universal child care to close the gender wage gap and achieve gender equity.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray (Photo: Alex Shevalier).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has finally joined other Canadian provinces by giving working people the right to refuse unsafe work. The United Conservative Party says it will roll back this change if it's elected.
Blog - Making Waves May 9
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends WWF-Canada’s Healthy Waters Summit reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Emma Lui | Trudeau's progress on drinking water advisories is misleading and the government's approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline -- without Indigenous consent -- is further putting drinking water at risk.
Blog - David Suzuki May 8
Image: CECAR/Flickr
David Suzuki | Cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is one of the least expensive, most effective ways to address climate change.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 8
Image: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Prediction: The UCP is going to run against itself and its policies are bad enough it just might work!
Blog - On The Other Hand May 8
Miriam Monsef. Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm
Penney Kome | New Status of Women department generously funds major women’s organizations.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 8
Justine Trudeau. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Yves Engler | The Five Eyes arrangement has made Canada complicit in belligerent U.S. foreign policy. It's time for a debate about Canadian participation in the "Anglosphere's" intelligence-sharing agreement.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog May 7
Image: Joey Coleman/Flickr
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
Image: Council of Canadians
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
Image: Twm/Flickr
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
Image: Wikimedia Commons
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
Image: JustinLing/Flickr
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.

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