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Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Calgary-Currie MLA Brian Malkinson, now minister of Service Alberta (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley described her cabinet-shuffling strategy to reporters yesterday as, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
Image: Daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | No one should expect the questions about the funding of Catholic education in Saskatchewan to be resolved by June 30, or when classes resume in September.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog June 17
Front page of the 1996 Inquest Update. Heading says "Presiding coroner angrily demands: Don't use the H**** word any more!"
Cathy Crowe | Recent inquest into the death of Grant Faulkner, who died in January 2015, excluded evidence on affordable housing, shelter availability, or the effectiveness of the cold weather alert system.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
A statue featuring Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk in Cape Town, South Africa.
David J. Climenhaga | In a recent speech, de Klerk suggested that the challenges faced by Alberta in the waning days of the petroleum industry aren't dissimilar from those facing his country in the last days of apartheid.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog June 16
Linda Leon | The Preferential Ridings Proportional system is a type of Mixed Member Proportional Representation. While complex, it might be the best bet for electoral reform in the Yukon.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 15
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley in Edmonton on June 14, 2018 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It must make the blood of Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's strategic brain trust over at the United Conservative Party run cold to see world oil prices creeping upward.
Blog - Policyfix June 15
Vegetables at a market. Photo: IFPRI -IMAGES/Flickr
Marina Puzyreva | In spite of its devastating effect, food insecurity in the northern First Nations communities in Manitoba remains a largely overlooked problem.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Maxime Bernier, at left, and his leader Andrew Scheer in happier times (Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr)
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard not to feel a little sympathy for federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer for canning Maxime Bernier.
Blog - Making Waves June 13
Bottled water. Image: Flickr
Emma Lui | The corporate takeover of water around the Great Lakes and the violations of the human right to water and Indigenous rights shows that access to water often falls along racial, class and other lines.
Blog - David Suzuki June 12
David Suzuki | With carbon pricing, Canada can compete in the emerging clean economy, encouraging job creation, renewable energy development, conservation and efficiency while shifting away from fossil fuels.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 12
Illustration of White House in flames. Image: The White House/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | You could probably credit Canada with putting White House the fire out. The destruction of Washington was a dud because of heavy rain, and our American cousins always blame bad weather on Canada.
Blog - Liz Kessler's blog June 11
Liz Kessler | Suicides are increasing at an alarming rate, and suicide hotlines are limited in scope. We all have a lot of work to do.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 11
Photo: German federal press office
David J. Climenhaga | Will Conservative Party activists be crossing the Canada-U.S. border once again in 2020 to campaign for the Republicans, and perhaps for President Trump himself?
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 11
Man with cannabis flag. Photo: Linda Flores/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | Our Senate voted to approve the legalization of marijuana on June 7, 2018, voting 56-30, with one abstention, in favour of the move.
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change June 9
John Horgan stands with children on playground. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Lizanne Foster | Even in our worst nightmares we never thought we'd have to debate the morally repugnant issue of "cash for kids" with your government.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 9
Keystone pipeline. Photo: shannonpatrick17/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | No injuries were reported but the blast did shake residents and could be seen and felt as far as a reported 20 miles away.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 9
A scene from the 2016 Edmonton Pride Parade (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney dares not attend the Pride Parade, which has become one of the preeminent political events of the year in Edmonton. And he dares not be missing in action.
Blog - Ben Powless June 9
Ben Powless | On June 3, tragedy struck Guatemala when the Fuego volcano erupted. At least 100 are dead, hundreds more are missing, and many blame the government for failing the people.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 8
University of Alberta campus. Photo: Bill Burris/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney continues to attack the U of A, all he will be doing is damaging a great and valuable Alberta institution, hurting especially the young Albertans who study there.
Blog - Activist Communiqué June 7
Photo: Paul Schreiber/Flickr
Krystalline Kraus | On the eve of election day, I asked around to find out what people felt about strategic voting. In this case, I meant "ABC" -- anyone but conservative.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 7
Image from Her Campus, https://www.hercampus.com/school/york-u/everything-you-need-know-about-potential-strike-york-university
Maya Bhullar | Over 300 university full-time or retired professors, librarians and archivists at York University have signed a letter demanding the university settle with CUPE 3903.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood June 6
Image: JH/Flickr
Pam Palmater | The Liberal Party has taken a significant amount of heat for their collective failures to act on their substantive promises to First Nations. How do Ontario's political parties square?
Blog - David Suzuki June 6
David Suzuki | Drawing lines on a map to meet targets doesn't increase biodiversity. We should create protected areas where science says they're needed most.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Dr. David Suzuki (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | At least one response to a poll commissioned by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation suggests David Suzuki is far more popular in Alberta than his opponents wish us to believe.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 4
North Korea Leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean union leaders
Penney Kome | Trump's posturing has dominated headlines about the Korean peninsula lately, while it's possible that North Korea's test site has collapsed and is leaking radiation.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 2
Israeli flags. Photo: bryan/Flickr
Yves Engler | A recent incident at a Toronto high school demonstrates the depravity of the pro-Israel lobby.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 1
CLAC's office and training facility in Edmonton (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Many working Canadians and their unions believe fervently the Christian Labour Association of Canada fails to meet minimum standards for union representation.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 1
Photo: SandraLaya Ruch
SandraLaya Ruch | An urgent call for solidarity in support of justice and peace for Palestine, especially reaching out to Canadian Jews of conscience.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 31
Gerry Caplan | The Ontario NDP has shot to the top of some polls into an almost unimaginable lead across the province. And even though it's not over 'till it's over, Horwath seems like a premier-in-waiting.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
Alberta Legislature. Photo: Mack Male/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Surely this is the most spectacularly aggressive application of the venerable strategy of campaign "low-bridging" ever recorded in the history of the Westminster Parliamentary system.

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