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Blog - Council of Canadians' blog July 27
The Dufferin pit has opened but the gravel washing operations have not begun.
Mark Calzavara | While the Feds have red-flagged Atrazine, a poisonous herbicide, Ontario seems to have buried its head in the gravel.
Blog - Liz Kessler's blog July 27
Image: Flickr/Quinn Dombrowski
Liz Kessler | The huge amount of power that doctors have makes it likely that Canada's assisted dying laws will be abused.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 26
Image: Facebook/In This Corner - Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas
Doreen Nicoll | Tommy Douglas is very much alive in Dan Ebbs play "In This Corner: Eight Rounds with Tommy Douglas."
Blog - David Suzuki July 25
Pokémon Go at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, joining the fight to achieve a more sustainable world through UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Image: Facebook/UNFCCC​
David Suzuki | In Canada, a blueprint to implement the Sustainable Development Goals exists: the Leap Manifesto, supported by more than 46,000 individuals, communities and organizations.
Blog - David Bush's blog July 25
David Bush | Recent proclamations that a $15 minimum wage will leave the Ontario economy in shambles are nothing new.
Blog - Policyfix July 24
Neon "Wage Hike or Strike" sign above traffic. Image: Flickr/Joe Brusky
Lynne Fernandez | The living wage is one of the most powerful tools available to address this troubling state of poverty amid plenty in Manitoba. It ensures that families who are working hard get what they deserve.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 24
Breanna Ho | Students from the University of Alberta were one of many groups that mobilized on Khadr's behalf over five years ago.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 24
Wildrose leader Brian Jean
David J. Climenhaga | With numbers voting and the vote breakdown much the same, it almost seemed as if the same people were voting in both parties -- which, come to think of it, they may have been.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 23
Yves Engler | In a recent CFIA decision on wines produced in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, free trade trumps Canadian law.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 23
Marianne Daly
Doreen Nicoll | Marianne Daly's one-woman show about a Catholic family's secrets is one of many wonderful shows at the annual festival.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 22
David J Climenhaga | After today, conservative leaders will have to persuade suspicious Wildrose members that technical problems, not a conspiracy, caused the party's PIN problems.
Blog - Free Expression Watch July 22
Image: Flickr/The Public Domain Review
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | CJFE condemns Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Member of Parliament (MP) Cheryl Gallant's use of the terms "fake news," "elite-stream media" and "media-splaining" to denounce Canadian media.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 21
Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | All across Canada initiatives by governments to get the big money out of politics are proving popular with voters. Alberta PC leader Jason Kenney is doing his bit to keep the big money in.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 21
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Guido van Nispen
Penney Kome | Financing a country mainly through one industry has several problems, including economic instability. Divestors challenge the petrostate's financial and political power.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 21
The Ontario Legislative Building on a nice sunny day. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Benson Kua
Doreen Nicoll | The Wynne government's Bill 148 only allows for two days of paid "personal emergency leave," which can be accessed for domestic and sexual violence. This is not good enough.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 20
A leaching pond at the Mufulira mine in Zambia
Yves Engler | A big beneficiary of internationally sponsored neoliberal reforms, First Quantum Minerals is the largest foreign investor in the copper-rich southern African nation.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 20
Brian Jean and Jason Kenney. Image: Facebook/Wildrose Party St.Albert
David J. Climenhaga | With voting starting this week, the campaign to unite the Wildrose and Progressive Conservative parties into a single entity is inevitably being described as entering the final stretch.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog July 19
Premier Wynne delivers Ontario's Fair Hydro Plan Announcement. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/flickr
Nora Loreto | Tracing the financial line from Samsung Renewable Energy to Siemens' recent layoff notices.
Blog - David Suzuki July 18
person drinking through plastic straw.
David Suzuki | Ordering your drinks without straws is a small sacrifice but a big step to reducing the amount of plastic we produce and waste.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 18
Ed Finn | The crucial connection between nutrition and wellness isn't emphasized enough by the medical establishment, leaving us to take matters into our own hands.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 18
 Image: Flickr/Olivia Chow
Krystalline Kraus | Apparently, the word dyke is too controversial for Facebook administrators to trust consenting adults to use appropriately. So you could upload your content but not mention what you were referring to.
Blog - July 17
A now "rare" monarch butterfly photographed by the author's step-mother in early July. It is one from a greatly reduced North American population threatened with extinction due to the use of herbicides and climate change.
Thomas Woodley | Back in the 1970s, "citizen scientists" were engaged to track the migration of the monarch butterfly. Today "citizen scientists" are needed to save this formerly ubiquitous butterfly from extinction.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 17
Edmonton's Macdonald Hotel
David J. Climenhaga | The Fraser Institute has been spreading fables about equalization payments. Why don't the premiers set the facts straight at their meeting in Edmonton this week?
Blog - On The Other Hand July 17
President Barack Obama presents American musician Bob Dylan with a Medal of Freedom.
Penney Kome | Although Dylan's lyrics powered a popular revolution and won him a Nobel Prize for Literature, the music itself seems to be what matters most to him.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 15
Yves Engler | Israel lobby groups' response (or lack thereof) to NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton’s recent support of Palestinian rights suggests they believe previous criticisms backfired.
Blog - July 14
Thomas Woodley | With the recent flip-flop of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on the labelling and sale of West Bank wines in Canada, it's easy to wonder whose interest the agency serves.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 14
Patty Hajdu, Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Canadaaddresses the session "Women and the Future of Work." Photo: UN Women/flickr
Patty Hajdu | Last month Canada finally joined 164 other countries in ratifying the International Labour Organization's Convention 98, a commitment to workers' right to organize and collective bargaining.
Blog - July 14
US nuclear weapons test at Eniwetok in 1956. Image: Flickr/International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Thomas Woodley | Canada's recent failure to step up for the UN vote banning nuclear weapons is just the latest in a series of bewildering decisions.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 13
Krystalline Kraus | Victory for the Grassy Narrows First Nation and surrounding communities has finally come after a decades-long struggle.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 13
G8: Lost tourists or powerful leaders?
Krystalline Kraus | It seems that Canada is not done with hosting big tent, government organizing bodies like the G8 and the G20.

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