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Blog - David Suzuki February 13
Running water. Image: Eli.berckovitz/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | A David Suzuki Foundation report finds the government failing on eight of 14 indicators developed to assess its progress on ending all long-term drinking advisories in First Nations communities.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
Kirill Kalinin. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It certainly seems from his Twitter feed and his approach to reporters that Kirill Kalinin, Press Secretary of the Russian Embassy in Canada, can make decisions on the fly.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 13
Ahed Tamimi: Image: Haim Schwarczenberg/Wikimedia Commons
Larry Haiven | Discussion of continuity of racist stereotypes applied in different eras to Jews and Palestinians.
Blog - MiningWatch blog February 12
New impact assessment process.
Jamie Kneen | C-69's top-line principles and commitments are laudable, but their execution falls short.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 12
Women in front of YWCA’s Ontario House, 698 Ontario Street ca. 1912 Photographer: William James City of Toronto Archives Fonds 1244, Item 71.22
Maya Bhullar | Some Canadian resources available for activists.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 11
Caroline Mulroney
David J. Climenhaga | Caroline Mulroney, who is currently campaigning to lead Ontario's PC party, was warmly welcomed at the Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa this weekend.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 10
Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Lifted publication ban solves the mystery of why the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake resigned unexpectedly from the UCP Caucus and his seat in the Alberta Legislature.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg February 10
J. Baglow | The unpunished killing of Colten Boushie is a national tragedy and a national disgrace.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog February 9
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh
Yves Engler | At next week’s New Democratic Party convention in Ottawa, Palestinian rights are set to be a major flashpoint. Already a slew of media have published stories regarding the resolutions.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 8
How to identify junk news. Image: Newseum
Penney Kome | An Oxford research project has confirmed what anybody could have told them: the people who voted for Donald Trump are the most "susceptible" to junk news.
Blog - February 7
Traffic on 401 Highway in Toronto. Image: Danielle Scott/Wikimedia Commons
Andrea Harden-Donahue | Between 1990 and 2014 transportation pollution increased 42 per cent. Since transportation is the second largest source of climate pollution in Canada, reversing this trend is essential.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Photo: Paul Downey
Ed Finn | Who benefits from government priorities? Usually just the rich and powerful.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 7
Harvey Weinstein, former chairman, The Weinstein Company. Photo: Thomas Hawk
Peggy Nash | Media attention on Hollywood's abusers will lessen, but the need to take action to end harassment and abuse will not.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog February 6
A cave mouth, roughly in the shape of Africa, on the continent's northern shore. Image: Kevin Walsh/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | The Western world's intervention over the past 600 years is significantly responsible for Africa's problems.
Blog - David Suzuki February 6
Mushrooms. Image: Stu's Images/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Could the same six-legged creatures that form the backbone of ecosystem services also help minimize humanity's environmental footprint? Could insects revolutionize the way we eat and produce food?
Blog - The Views Expressed February 6
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, left, gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up after Pence addressed the Republican National Convention. Photo: A. Shaker/VOA
Jeff Shantz | A new book by pollster Michael Adams explores data to find out if Canada could succumb to xenophobic populism on a mass scale.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 5
Apartment buildings in Toronto. Image: Wikimedia Commons
Krystalline Kraus | Fifty residents of 1251 King Street West in Parkdale are holding a rent strike for the month of February after learning that their landlord was going to be hiking up their rent by 3.4%.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 4
Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | Given the date, the weather and the location, Derek Fildebrandt is likely to be forever associated with groundhogs. The nickname "Didsbury Derek" therefore suggests itself.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 3
Krystalline Kraus | A new initiative by the Toronto Transit Commission includes posters and a website where people share their stories of harassment on the TTC.
Blog - Activist Communiqué February 3
Doug Ford
Krystalline Kraus | While Doug Ford was previously politically overshadowed by his brother and Toronto mayor, Rob Ford, he is now setting the stage to run for the head of the Ontario Progressive Conservative party.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 3
Dave Barrett and David Climenhaga in 2008.
David J. Climenhaga | The death yesterday at 87 of Dave Barrett, premier of British Columbia from 1972 to 1975, is a huge loss to all Canadians.
Blog - Open Media's blog February 2
Marie Aspiazu | This week we delivered over 55,000 signatures calling for the protection of our digital rights in the new NAFTA to Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland!
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 2
The game of tax avoidance. Photo: airpix/aboblist.com/Flickr
Ed Finn | The magnitude of this massive avoidance (if not evasion) of taxes in Canada is not yet known by most Canadians. It comes to at least $10 billion per year lost in tax revenue.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 1
Oil processing facility in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Photo: kris krüg/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The enormous cost associated with burning tarsands reserves underscores the simple reality that business as usual is not an option for the Big Five oil producers.
Blog - January 31
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Image: USEPA/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Council of Canadians opposes the energy proportionality provision in NAFTA, highlights that entrenching Mexico's neo-liberal oil and gas laws in NAFTA would only worsen the climate crisis.
Blog - Open Media's blog January 31
Graphic of a police figure labelled "CSE" standing with a battering ram at a computer.
Marie Aspiazu | Save the date -- we'll be testifying before the parliamentary committee reviewing Bill C-59 on February 8, and want to know what YOU would like us to raise before the committee.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 31
B.C. Environment and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman. Photo: BC Gov Photos/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | This is a complex political fight that, while it appears to pit two NDP governments ironically against one another, actually involves a lot more players.
Blog - David Suzuki January 30
Orca whale. Image: Gail Hampshire/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | West Coast conservation groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, are calling for an emergency order to protect Canada’s most endangered marine mammal: southern resident orcas, or killer whales.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada January 30
Demonstration in Montreal against Israeli actions in Gaza, August 10, 2014. Image: IJV Montreal
Geneviève Nevin | A call to action to fellow NDP members: support diplomatic and non-violent measures for a fair and just peace in Israel and Palestine.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog January 30
Yukon Premier Sandy Silver. Image: Bw14/Wikimedia Commons
Linda Leon | The Yukon government is forming a non-partisan commission to study electoral reform in the Yukon. In response to that welcome initiative, I am writing a series existing electoral systems worldwide.

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