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Blog - Indigenous Nationhood June 6
Image: Peter Burka/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | The justice system was designed to fail Cindy Gladue, just as it has failed to deliver justice for countless Indigenous women, girls and their communities.
Blog - June 6
Robert Hackett, Noam Chomsky | In the first part of a two-part interview, Noam Chomsky critiques the corporate media coverage of climate crisis for failing to offer urgency and empowerment.
Blog - David Suzuki June 5
David Suzuki | The push for greater ocean protection marks a growing shift in our perception of the seas, from a resource storehouse and dumping ground for wastes to a source of life.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 5
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment President Courtney Howard speaks yesterday in Fredericton as University of Saskatchewan professor Wanda Martin listens. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | To critics who advise nurses and doctors concerned about climate change to stay in their lane, they have an easy answer: the health impacts of fire, drought, and famine are right in their lane.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 4
Kim Elliott | In the wake of these vital issues and this year's fast-approaching Canadian federal election, will you continue to stand with us?
Blog - Brent Patterson June 4
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers' Collective and the Comité Santurbán are leading voices in the campaign to defend the drinking water of 2 million people from a proposed mine.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics June 4
MP Romeo Saganash at 2017 teach in on Bill C-262. Dennis Gruending photo.
Dennis Gruending | Conservative senators are obstructing Bill C-262, which would ensure that Canadian laws are consistent with UNDRIP, in hopes it will die when Parliament prorogues for the fall election.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 4
Woman at microphone for Women Deliver conference. Image: Women Deliver/Facebook​
Penney Kome | Women Deliver's main pitch is to make sure that women's specific concerns are included as developing nations strive to expand their economies.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 4
Grapefruit half. Photo: Push Doctor/Flickr
Ed Finn | Rather than a health-care system fixated on "treating" sickness and searching for elusive cures, it would be far better to have a system that puts a priority on helping people avoid illness.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 3
St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative MP Michael Cooper. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | My guess is St. Albert is going to continue to be embarrassed by Michael Cooper. Pity.
Blog - Brent Patterson June 2
Photo: Pedlann/Wikimedia
Brent Patterson | The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will be released on June 3. How will the government respond to its claim of a "Canadian genocide?"
Blog - Alberta Diary May 31
Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Premier Jason Kenney at the swearing in of Alberta's cabinet. Photo: Government of Alberta/Flickr​
David J. Climenhaga | The respected Canadian Institute of Health Information says Alberta Health Services has the lowest administrative costs in health care in Canada.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 31
Newsboxes. Image: Max Pixel
John Miller | Bill C-97, which would allow news outlets deemed "qualified" by an ostensibly independent panel to receive federal funds, is dangerous. But Canada's publishers are lining up at the trough.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog May 31
Maya Bhullar | American justice is quite expensive. Under the Trump administration, it's become even more expensive for immigrants. Here are six ways to help on the ground
Blog - Brent Patterson May 30
Photo: Brent Patterson
Brent Patterson | On May 29, nearly 100 activists blocked the two entrances to the largest arms fair in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 30
Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage talks to reporters at the foot of Parliament Hill. Photo: Sonya Savage/Twitter
David J. Climenhaga | Is "Ottawa, we have a problem" on those Tory blue advertisements about a pipeline, or a government? If the latter, why are our tax dollars paying for it?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 29
Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | It's hard to understand why this is happening when the best way out of this mess for everyone would be to appoint a special prosecutor and step aside.
Blog - David Suzuki May 29
Image: Philip Bump/Flickr
David Suzuki | Many new and some mainstream media outlets in Canada and elsewhere are stepping up to fill the void in reporting on issues critical to our well-being and survival, but they often lack resources.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 28
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Labour Minister Jason Copping, in shirtsleeves. Photo: Screenshot of news conference
David J. Climenhaga | Canadians don't elect Conservative governments to be empathetic. They elect them to squeeze people they resent. In this regard, the UCP is performing to specifications.
Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 28
April protests at Queen's Park in Toronto. Photo: Mary Crandall/Flickr
Martha Friendly | Ontario's brew of rapid-fire cuts, chipping away, and misrepresentation of childcare add up to a picture of a childcare future that isn't good for anyone -- not children, parents or educators.
Blog - May 28
Image: Jason Woodhead/Flickr
Robert Hackett | Climate action involves challenging the petrobloc, including corporate media. Independent media that diversify debate deserve policy support as a public good.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 28
Group of men laughing. Photo: David Bergin/Flickr
Ed Finn | As I approach my 93rd birthday while still remaining in good health, the requests increase that I divulge the "secret" of my longevity. One is to maintain as much as possible a good sense of humour.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
Quebec Premier François Legault. Photo: XVIIe Sommet de la Francophonie à Erevan
David J. Climenhaga | History in the era of global climate change: one has the feeling that this time Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's not going to come out on the right side of it.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 27
An undated stock photo of work on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Photo: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Since it has now been clearly established that B.C. cannot control what goes through a federally regulated pipeline, a strong argument can now be made that neither can Alberta.
Blog - Brent Patterson May 27
Photo: Peace Brigades International
Brent Patterson | The LGTB Rainbow Association of Honduras is accompanied by Peace Brigades International because of the high level of danger it faces for its advocacy work.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 26
Photo: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Ironic it is. But was the Edmonton Journal's editorial something to do with NDP MP Charlie Angus's letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau, or just coincidence?
Blog - Alberta Diary May 24
A wildfire at Loon Lake on the Ashcroft First Nation Reserves in British Columbia in 2017. Photo: Shawn Cahill/Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Think of climate obstructionism in Alberta today as a three-legged stool. Postmedia is one leg, the Kenney government another, and fossil fuel industry lobby groups the third.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 23
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, channeling Ralph Klein, arrives in the legislative building's rotunda after the throne speech. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | If you were paying attention during the campaign, you've heard most of the United Conservative Party's first throne speech before. The interesting stuff was between the lines.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 23
Nathan Cooper in campaign mode. Photo: Nathan Cooper/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Back in 2015, Alberta's new Speaker said asking MLAs to come to work an hour earlier, at 9 a.m., two days a week showed "blatant disrespect for the Opposition."
Blog - David Suzuki May 22
Image: Melbourne Water/Flickr
David Suzuki | Politicians often justify their undying support for the fossil fuel industry by claiming they're looking out for jobs and the economy -- but those claims simply don't hold up.

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