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Blog - Nora Loreto's blog May 31
Screenshot via Twitter
Nora Loreto | Brian Lilley thinks he knows best when it comes to Niki Ashton's pregnancy.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 31
Photo: George Rex/flickr
Don Duchene | For over 20 years the idea of Nova Scotians having our own educational broadcaster has popped up, in fits and starts, but it has never put down roots.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes May 31
Mercedes Allen | How the controversy surrounding the song "Walk on the Wild Side" reflects the changes that take place as a social movement -- in this case, trans* activism -- matures.
Blog - David Suzuki May 30
Skyline Hikers. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Alex Vanderstuyf
David Suzuki | Getting outside, especially with the children in your life, is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your family and friends, and the planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Derek Fildebrandt
David J. Climenhaga | "For those of us who supported the man we call 'Mad Max,' Bernier's loss was a heartbreaking disappointment." – Derek Fildebrandt, Wildrose finance critic
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 30
Snowbirds. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Frank Kovalchek
Yves Engler | Each year the Snowbirds participate in some 60 air shows across North America. Part of the military's massive cultural outreach.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 29
Image: Flickr/BC NDP
Karl Nerenberg | The deal between John Horgan and Andrew Weaver does not absolutely assure that the NDP will get to form a minority government. If it does work out, the rest of the country will be watching closely.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
Photo: Marcos Oliveira/Agência Senado/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Despite Andrew Scheer's supposedly human face, don't bet the urban farm on him or his Conservative Party getting very far on the strength of a nice smile.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 28
Photo: British High Commission, Ottawa/flickr
Karl Nerenberg | The Conservatives chose Andrew Scheer as a compromise, supposedly inoffensive candidate, as they did Joe Clark in 1976. But Scheer would mean a return to Harper policies Canadians rejected in 2015.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Joe Clark & Maureen McTeer, 1976 (Toronto Public Library)
David J. Climenhaga | The Conservative Party of Canada has announced selection of a new leader, a 38-year-old MP from the west named Andrew Scheer. Dear readers, do you see a pattern here?
Blog - Shenaz's blog May 27
Image: Flickr/The White House
Shenaz Kermalli | For all the ignorance President Trump feigns around foreign affairs, he is undoubtedly up to speed when it comes to Saudi Arabia.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 27
Image: Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO​
Yves Engler | No matter what Trudeau says, Zionism and anti-Jewish prejudice have little to do with each other. Historically, many anti-Jewish Canadian politicians backed Zionism
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 26
Screenshot from 2017 Conservative leadership debate in Toronto/CPAC
Karl Nerenberg | It will be a big weekend in Canadian federal politics. The Conservatives will get a new leader, while the NDP leadership candidates will debate each other in Sudbury.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Dr. Doug Klein, Edmonton family physician, Dr. David Ryan, St. Albert family physician, and Minister of Labour, Christina Gray.
David J. Climenhaga | Upon passage, Bill 17 will bring Alberta labour law as it pertains to unions into the late 20th Century and place it squarely in the middle of the legal mainstream.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 26
Penney Kome | Congress can use the 25th Amendment to remove a president and appoint a new VP.
Blog - A change is gonna come May 26
Doreen Nicoll | Hamilton singer, Josh Weresch, hopes people find themselves and a connection to others in his songs.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 25
Joan Crockatt. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | A great Liberal candidate, Kent Hehr, and a great Liberal campaign, Justin Trudeau's, won the election of 2015. Claims to the contrary are codswallop.
Blog - Nora Loreto's blog May 24
Downtown Calgary after 2013 flood
Nora Loreto | Insurance agencies are increasingly profiting from extreme weather events, while government are left to pick up the tab. How much longer can this last?
Blog - Reflections May 24
Image: Flickr/The White House
Ehab Lotayef | Trump may be able to forge a Middle-East "peace" deal, but will it bring peace?
Blog - David Suzuki May 24
David Suzuki | It's one thing to argue over solutions, but to reject the need for them is suicidal. To claim people can't talk about climate change because they use fossil fuel-derived products is nonsensical.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 24
Christina Gray
David J. Climenhaga | Labour law changes expected in legislation in Alberta are not likely to be as bold as those planned by Ontario's Liberal government.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 23
Demonstration in support of the independence of Western Sahara in Madrid
Yves Engler | Recent seizure of phosphate from a Moroccan state company in South Africa and Panama is a blow to corporate Canada, victory for national independence struggles and should embarrass Canadian media.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 20
John Miller | The National Newspaper Awards have a diversity problem, and it's worse than you think.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 20
Yves Engler | CIBC is a major player in the region and has been linked to various tax avoidance schemes. Ottawa shaped post-independence Caribbean banking regulations.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 19
Image: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
Erin Weir | Why is Wall making noise about an equalization formula that does not affect transfers to Saskatchewan while keeping quiet about a transit funding formula that massively short-changes our province?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 19
Brian Jean & Jason Kenney (Wildrose Party photo)
David J. Climenhaga | The You See Pee may enter the 2019 Alberta election favoured by political odds makers, but they are as capable of blowing their lead to smithereens as the PCs were in 2015.
Blog - Shenaz's blog May 18
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Mahdi Dehghan
Shenaz Kermalli | Amidst an electoral system that screens candidates, disqualifies leading reformists, and a supreme leader who sits on top with the final say -- a form of democracy and dissent does exist in Iran.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood May 18
Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Pamela Palmater | Given that its terms focus on the "vulnerabilities" of Indigenous women and girls as opposed to failures of governments and service agencies -- the inquiry risks missing the whole point.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger
David J. Climenhaga | Unlike 1972 when we all thought the world might end the same way because Nixon was mining Haiphong Harbour, at least this time there’s someone around who might be able to talk the president out of it.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 18
Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | The "Asian premium" and "tidewater premium" for Alberta bitumen are myths spread by governments and pipeline proponents, argues earth scientist David Hughes.