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Blog - Alberta Diary December 2
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is braver than your average politician (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Fasten your seat belts. Alberta's premier will make history if she sets out a plan to deflate the Bitumen Bubble.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 1
Twitter photo by Mark O'Mahony
Brent Patterson | While the yellow vest movement can be seen simply as a revolt against a climate change-tax, it could more deeply signal a populist reaction to liberal democratic elitism.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 1
David J. Climenhaga | Increasing the pace of extraction to increase the supply is not a sound strategy.
Blog - Making Waves November 30
Makasa in front of Nestle sign. Photo: Emma Lui/Council of Canadians
Emma Lui | Makasa Looking Horse is a youth from Six Nations and a student at McMaster University. She led the organizing for the Putting a Stop to Nestlé events on November 24.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 28
rabble staff | Readers have pitched in $40,000 of our $50,000 fundraiser goal this fall. In these final days of the campaign (three to go!) you can help us meet our goal -- and get some great reading material!
Blog - David Suzuki November 28
J.D. Irving smoke stacks in Saint John, New Brunswick. Photo: Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Knowingly putting humanity -- and countless other species -- at risk for the sake of profit is an intergenerational crime against humanity, but it's unlikely any perpetrators will face justice.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 26
Christianne Boudreau
Rick Sterling | In 2014, Christianne Boudreau’s son was killed fighting with ISIS in Syria. After his death, she became an advocate for counter extremism. In 2016, her passport was revoked.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 26
David J. Climenhaga | In its heyday, General Motors employed about 40,000 people in Canada. Now that number is just over 8,000, and is set to fall by nearly half. The prime suspect in the ordeal? Donald Trump.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 26
Facebook photo by Extinction Rebellion.
Brent Patterson | As Extinction Rebellion actions continue in the United Kingdom, activists are rapidly connecting online to take action in this country.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 25
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta has been the master of all it surveyed as long as anyone can remember, perpetually the richest province in Canada. This was thanks to our petroleum reserves, not our good management.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 23
Photo courtesy of Raluca Bejan
Open letter | In an open letter, students from St. Thomas University in Fredericton ask government to remedy the housing shortage that is so clearly evident by the tent city that has sprung up in the urban centre.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 23
Finance Minister Joe Ceci, flanked by public service pension members, discussed Bill 27 at a press conference Tuesday (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The Joint Governance of Public Sector Pension Plans Act will bring public service pension governance in Alberta into the Canadian mainstream.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 21
rabble staff | We are less than two weeks away from our Nov. 30 deadline and we are getting close to our $50,000 goal.
Blog - David Suzuki November 20
David Suzuki | Lack of science literacy is a problem in journalism and society in general. Science is a useful tool, but it’s not perfect. With the ocean study, the method worked as it should.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 19
Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | By adopting an energy policy founded on low royalties and pipeline development, Alberta has squandered an opportunity to implement a program that could have strengthened Alberta's economy.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 19
Image: Dennis van der Heijden/Flickr
Penney Kome | Six months after its proclamation, how is the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) holding up in its intent to reclaim personal privacy as a human right?
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
David J. Climenhaga | On Tuesday, the president of Cenovus Energy Inc. called for temporary production cuts across the Canadian oil sector to push prices back up. It's all about supply and demand.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 16
Alberta Education Minister David Eggen
David J. Climenhaga | This week, the NDP threatened to defund 28 religious schools if they don't implement diversity policies, and a video emerged in which a prominent UCP member compared Pride flags to Nazi swastikas.
Blog - On The Other Hand November 16
Carolyn Bennett, federal Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta joined Chief Billy Joe Laboucan, of the Lubicon Lake Band, at a special ceremony held in Little Buffalo on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, to celebrate the historic land claim settlement of the Lubicon Lake Band which was signed in late October. Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
Penney Kome | Premier Rachel Notley and her NDP government have resolved an 1880s oversight that left a small Alberta First Nation stranded on unceded land, without treaty protection.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 16
Twitter photo via @fordnation.
Brent Patterson | What was in the economic statement released by the Ford government in Ontario?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog November 15
rabble staff | Thanks to our readers we're well on the way to our goal of $50,000 for our fundraiser and you have until November 30 to help make that happen.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 15
Calgary Olympic Park. Photo: David Wilson/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | A plebiscite on a plan clearly strongly opposed by many on both sides of Alberta's political divide is probably not a reliable barometer of voter intentions in the election next spring.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 14
Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Monday was not a good day for Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and his supporter John Carpay. Yesterday wasn't either.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 13
Extinction Rebellion/Twitter
Brent Patterson | More of our support needs to go to Extinction Rebellion-like strategies based on disruption in order to shift our political culture and advance transformative change.
Blog - David Suzuki November 13
David Suzuki | Rising populist politics are weaponizing climate action as a wedge issue for political advantage -- with tragic implications. How can we reverse this?
Blog - The Views Expressed November 13
Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yogi Acharya | The Ontario government's plan to review social assistance plans and its absurd refrain that ‘the best social program is a job’ are cause for concern.
Blog - The Views Expressed November 12
Francois Legault/Twitter
Will Dubitsky | Quebec’s new provincial government is proposing shift on many issue -- from immigration to tolerance and the environment -- and not letting a little hypocrisy get in its way.
Blog - Brent Patterson November 12
Twitter photo via @JustinTrudeau.
Brent Patterson | A wealthy, privileged establishment defending liberal democracy risks being an accelerant, not an antidote, to right-wing populism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 12
David J. Climenhaga | A prominent Jason Kenney supporter has compared the rainbow pride flag to the swastika flag of Nazi Germany and the hammer and sickle of communism.
Blog - Alberta Diary November 11
David J. Climenhaga | If he's looking for extremists in the UCP, Leader Jason Kenney may not actually need a database that can peer into the dark corners of the internet.

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