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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.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 13
Burning tire. Photo: Stephanus Riosetiawan/flickr
James Hutt | Lafarge-Holcim, the world's third-largest building supplies company, wants to burn 400,000 used tires a year at its cement plant just four kilometres away from the village of Brookfield, Nova Scotia.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 13
A wildfire in B.C. (Photo: B.C. Wildfire Service).
David J. Climenhaga | Why are you allowed to state one obvious conclusion when B.C. is afire, but not when Alberta is burning?
Blog - Policy Note July 13
Image: Pinpoint Photography courtesy of the National Trust for Canada
Seth Klein | Fraser Institute chose National Aboriginal Day (June 21) to release a report by Tom Flanagan claiming that a sharp increase in people with Registered Indian status will drive up government costs.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog July 12
Credit union signage. Photo: Big City Signs/flickr
Nora Loreto | Banking jobs are moving online, where both customers and workers lose real-life interaction, and worse, in many cases, are replaced with nothing so that the banks can continue to make record profits.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 11
Left to right: Niki Ashton, Charlie Agnus, Guy Caron, Jagmeet Singh
Erin Weir | When federal NDP leadership candidates debate in Saskatoon on Tuesday, they need to explain how they would help make carbon pricing work for Saskatchewan.
Blog - David Suzuki July 11
A bee and a butterfly. Image: Pixabay
David Suzuki, Jode Roberts | Pollinator pathway. Bumblebee highway. River of Flowers. Bee Line. These all describe habitat corridors created to help pollinators like bees and butterflies. We can add Butterflyways to the list.
Blog - Media Watch blog July 11
Nick Fillmore | A new report asking the federal government for $350 million to prop up Canada's newspapers is out of step with the times.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 10
Banro mining site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Image: Flickr/USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
Yves Engler | The Globe's failure to even mention Canada's role in impoverishing Congo reflects its bias and helps to explain why Canadians are so confused about their country's role in the world.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 9
Car2Go Smart car charging in Amsterdam. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Ludovic Hirlimann
Penney Kome | Bans on gas-fueled cars loom as lawmakers try to meet climate pledges. Ready or not, e-cars are here now.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 8
Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray
David J. Climenhaga | Labour Minister Christina Gray needs to get on with implementing the recommendations of the review panel looking into Alberta Workers Compensation system.
Blog - Raluca Bejan July 6
Anwar Nillufary
Raluca Bejan | On Friday, July 7, 2017, Anwar starts his 108th day of protest: 64 days of hunger strike plus 44 days of regular protest on the doorstep of the UNHCR in Athens.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 6
 Image: Flickr/OFL Communications Department
Ed Finn | The callous mistreatment of working people was not only condoned, but even extolled -- and not just by the business establishment.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Photo of Omar Khadr. Image: Khadr family/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Never mind the cause. What kind of a "tax watchdog" starts a petition demanding that the government, which is acting prudently with our money, hose more of it away?
Blog - The Views Expressed July 5
Three children operating rocker at a gold mine on Dominion Creek, Yukon Territory. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Eric A. Hegg Photographs
Ed Finn | Corporate-decreed barbarism and inequality is already rampant in many developing countries, and even in some developed ones. Including Canada.
Blog - The Views Expressed July 5
tax image labeled for reuse on pixabay
Dennis Howlett | The tax system can be a powerful tool for redistributing wealth and reducing inequality and poverty. We all benefit from a more equal society with better health, reduced crime, and better education.
Blog - David Suzuki July 4
 An Orca from lunging towards a salmon, just west of San Juan Island in Puget Sound. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Kevin Nichols
David Suzuki | Two of B.C.'s most iconic species, chinook salmon and southern resident killer whales, are in trouble. Orcas depend on the salmon to survive. It's time to manage chinook fisheries with orcas in mind.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Derek Fildebrandt (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta regulation of flavoured tobacco has little to do with adults and lots to do with protecting children and youth from an effective gateway to addiction.
Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog July 2
Bonnie Burstow | Justice Paul Perell's recent landmark decision found that patients at Oak Ridge were subject to torture between 1966 and 1983.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 30
Pipes for the Keystone Pipeline. Image: Wikimedia Commons/shannonpatrick17
Gordon Laxer | The rule obligates Canada to make available to the U.S. the same share of oil, natural gas and electricity as the previous three years. No other country has signed away access to its energy resources.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 30
Dixon Terbasket at the first billboard raising on IR #2 (Lower Similkameen Indian Band) Photo credit: Zeus Helios
Neil Nunn | An Okanagan-Syilx-led collaborative awareness project called Rethink 150: Indigenous Truth brings awareness to the work that Canada 150 does to erase and occlude current and historical injustices.
Blog - Bound but not gagged June 30
Meg Borthwick | Arthur Manuel's book is required reading for Resistance 150.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 30
Penney Kome | Republicans are experiencing a backlash of constituent anger over the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 30
A Light Armoured Vehicle patrol on August 14, 2016 at Petawawa, On. Image: Flickr/4 Cdn Div / 4 Div CA - JTFC/FOIC
Yves Engler | The sober reality is Trudeau represents a continuation of his predecessor's foreign policy. I might need to redo my 2012 book "The Ugly Canadian," with the tagline "Justin Trudeau's foreign policy."

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