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Blog - Alberta Diary October 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It's clearer every day Jason Kenney views the equalization referendum idea, on its face constitutionally meaningless, as a thinly disguised sovereignty-association vote.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 23
Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Image: Coolcaesar/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | Does the outcome of the federal election create opportunities to improve Canada's human rights policies internationally?
Blog - David Suzuki October 22
Image: Peter Blanchard/Flickr
David Suzuki | We need all political representatives to cast aside their differences and work together to solve this challenge. An election is just the start.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 22
The interim House of Commons on January 16, 2019. Image: Leafsfan67/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | What are some observations we can make about the results of this federal election and how could that help shape continued grassroots mobilizations?
Blog - Alberta Diary October 22
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If Jason Kenney is heading back to Ottawa -- as long rumoured in the event Andrew Scheer should lose, which he now has -- the Liberals should take him seriously.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 21
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is making up parliamentary conventions to suit himself, and Albertans are likely to be angry no matter the outcome of today's federal election.
Blog - The Gaza solidarity blog October 19
Illustration created using a wiki image by Howard the Duck with other open-source and public domain elements.
David Heap | The Liberals' ongoing bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council provides an opportunity to send a message to whoever forms the next federal government.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 19
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist, at the start of a large march through Edmonton yesterday. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It would have been a remarkable accomplishment for any group to summon a throng of the size that enthusiastically greeted 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 19
Kim Elliott | Week in and week out, Karl Nerenberg delivers exclusive reporting from the Hill, and it's readers just like you who keep him there.
Blog - A change is gonna come October 18
Antonio Banderas as Salvador. Image: Manolo Pavón/El Deseo/Mongrel Media. Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.
Doreen Nicoll | "Pain and Glory" is a beautiful tribute to celebrating the reaffirmation of one's sexual identity.
Blog - Taking Sides October 18
Image: Marcus Spiske/Unsplash
Philip Lee | Encryption is supposed to ensure that information stays private by scrambling data. In practice, security forces and corporate interests are keen to be able to crack any code.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 18
Paul Taylor. Image: Sandro Pehar. Used wth permission.
Paul Taylor | The research identifies that the higher prevalence of food insecurity among households with Black respondents is simply because they are Black. It's not caused by anything else.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
Heather McPherson, the federal NDP's candidate in Edmonton Strathcona, and former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason. Image: Heather McPherson for Edmonton Strathcona/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Former Alberta NDP leader Brian Mason didn't mention Notley by name, but her recent suggestion she might not vote NDP because of the federal party's pipeline policy obviously didn't impress him.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 18
Still from debate livestream. Image: Global News/YouTube
Pamela Palmater | Reconciliation cannot be achieved if its lifespan is dictated by what carries political currency in each election. The party leaders all have a legal and moral obligation to do better.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 17
Image: Jyrki Huusko/Flickr
Andrea Loken | The energy consumption of data transmitted wirelessly is immense and growing rapidly with the increased use of expanding wireless networks.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Calgary yesterday. Image: Druh Farrell/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Sixteen-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg will lead a lunch-hour march tomorrow from a downtown Edmonton park to the nearby Alberta legislature.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Michael Kalmanovitch back in the day, campaigning for the Green Party of Canada. Image: Michael Kalmanovitch for Edmonton Strathcona/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Within hours of Michael Kalmanovitch's announcement he was dropping out, the Greens issued a statement saying he was is no longer a member of the party.
Blog - Viewpoint: Reproductive Justice October 17
Green party canvasser in B.C. Image: Vancouver Ghost/Wikimedia Commons
Tina S. Beier | How one voter's worries over climate change and reproductive justice are complicating her decision about who she will vote for in the federal election on October 21.
Blog - The Views Expressed October 16
Image: Jim McIntyre from Citizens for Public Justice via United Church/Flickr
Alexandra Zannis | What does it mean to say we want to end poverty in Canada? More than an act of charity, this is a question of basic rights.
Blog - David Suzuki October 16
Greta Thunberg speaks at Fridays for Future protest in Berlin in July 2019. Image: Leonhard Lenz/Wikimedia Commons
David Suzuki | Greta and the young people worldwide urging adults to care about their future don't need awards. They need grown-ups to take them seriously and heed the scientific evidence about global warming.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Doug O'Halloran, 1952-2019. Image: Dave Cournoyer
David J. Climenhaga | A statement from UFCW 401 president Thomas Hesse and secretary treasurer Richelle Stewart said, "it is hard to express how saddened we are by the loss of our great brother, Douglas."
Blog - The Views Expressed October 15
Still from debate livestream. Image: YouTube
Ed Finn | The depletion of tax revenue through profligate business bounties is a cunningly devised strategy, giving political leaders the excuse that they simply don't have the means to improve social services.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Heather McPherson, the federal NDP candidate in Edmonton Strathcona. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Does the Mainstreet poll of voter intentions in the Edmonton Strathcona federal riding indicate a real trend, or is it an outlier for whatever reasons?
Blog - A change is gonna come October 15
Colten Boushie's family at press conference. Image: National Film Board
Doreen Nicoll | Fall has descended and it's time to cocoon with a good movie. Luckily, the 11th annual Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival gets underway this week.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg. Image: Anders Hellberg/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Environmental activist Greta Thunberg appears content to give the Kenney government a few days to work itself into a full-blown swivet before she announces her Alberta itinerary.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 13
Greta Thunberg. Image: European Parliament/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | At the time this was written, no one in Alberta seems to know when or where Thunberg will arrive.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog October 13
A natural gas well in Louisiana. Image: Daniel Foster/Flickr
Linda Leon | Of all of the political parties running in this election, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) was the first to release its election platform.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Alberta Labour Minister Jason Copping. Image: Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | It's unclear whether the client in these circumstances would be the union member on the line or the Government of Alberta.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 11
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Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
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Brent Patterson | Indigenous communities in Colombia want to protect the Amazon rainforest from fracking.

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