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Blog - Progressive Economics Forum May 13
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Angella MacEwen | For youth 15-24, the unemployment rate was up from last April -- to 20.9 per cent -- so more than 1 in 5 youth are looking for work and can't find it.
Blog - Policy Note May 13
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Marvin Shaffer | There will be green and renewable energy industry pressure on whatever party forms the next government to force BC Hydro to develop or buy renewable energy we don't need and can't justify.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 13
Adrienne Silnicki | The Saint John Common Causes committee invited me to Saint John this week to offer a public talk on the current state of medicare and the 2014 Health Accord.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 13
The bridge before Unist'ot'en territory where pithouses and permaculture gardens
Maryam Adrangi | Partway through the Building Resistance tour, we visited the Spring Work camp on Unist'ot'en territory located just outside of Houston, B.C.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 13
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David J. Climenhaga | It's pretty obvious the job of doing something meaningful to solve Athabasca University's crisis is going to fall to Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk and Premier Alison Redford.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog May 13
Gerry Caplan | When an American graduate student uncovered errors in Reinhart and Rogoff's study upholding the merits of austerity, many thought its adherents would eat some crow. The laugh, as usual, remains on us.
Blog - Blind Man with a Pistol May 13
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Michael Stewart | Over the last two weeks, Vancouver's downtown has witnessed an unprecedented rash of closures or evictions. In response, the city has adopted a new defensive pose: embarrassment and boredom.
Blog - Christopher Majka May 12
Cover: La Bataille de Londres
Christopher Majka | Frédéric Bastien's La bataille de Londres claims the patriation of the Constitution was a coup d'état. Is this so? Must we endlessly replay the partisan battles that have disfigured Canadian politics?
Blog - Feminist Current May 12
Meghan Murphy | "Feminist pornographer," Anna Arrowsmith, debates Germaine Greer about the "merits of porn" -- Greer's critiques turn out to be far more "sex-positive" than Arrowsmith's
Blog - Daniel Wilson's blog May 12
Photo: by Kim Elliott,
Daniel Wilson | Daniel Wilson looks at how information is used, or not used, to misinform policy concerning First Nations.
Blog - Activist Communiqué May 11
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Krystalline Kraus | Members of Cheyenne Fox's family are demanding that Toronto police fairly look into her sudden, tragic death at twenty years of age and treat it like a homicide.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 11
Guy Smith
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta government came right out in a statement of claim to the Labour Relations Board and called the president of the jail guards' union a liar. Then someone leaked it to a local newspaper.
Blog - Michael Laxer's blog May 11
Rob Ford. Source allanbeatpoet/flickr
Michael Laxer | Rob Ford may get his wish. If he does, the city's transit expansion plans will be stalled and stymied yet again.
Blog - Feminist Current May 10
Karen Ingala Smith | Data on male victims of domestic violence is misrepresented in order to exaggerate the extent of the problem. Karen Ingala Smith sets the record straight
Blog - Open Media's blog May 10
Arielle dela Cruz Yip | This week's update talks about the Bell Astral Takeover.
Blog - Democracy Watch's blog May 10
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Democracy Watch | Today, Democracy Watch released its Report Card on the 2013 Democratic Good Government Election Platforms of the five main British Columbia political parties
Blog - Roger Annis's blog May 10
Roger Annis | President Bill Clinton and Canadian Ambassador Henri-Paul Normandin are among those who extol sweatshop factory investment as a key to Haiti's future. Many women who work there think otherwise.
Blog - Elizabeth May May 10
Elizabeth May | Two back-to-back House rulings have confirmed the absolute right of free speech and of the right of all MPs to have fiscal information essential to the role of the Parliament as a whole to govern.
Blog - Campus Notes May 10
Mick Sweetman | Like transit, the main problem that the funding for post-secondary education hasn't kept up with the rising demand on an aging system.
Blog - Derrick O'Keefe's blog May 10
Derrick O'Keefe | After a dozen years of the B.C. Liberals, enough is enough. Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals are indeed unfit for office.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 10
Fracking wells on Highway 567 outside of Calgary.
Maryam Adrangi | That is a lot of nodding donkeys… that is the first thing that came to mind when I took a drive down Highway 567, just 20 minutes northwest of Calgary, which locals call Frack Alley.
Blog - Policy Note May 10
Sources: BC Ministry of Finance, British Columbia Financial and Economic Review
Iglika Ivanova | Both main parties in this election campaign are accusing the other of being big spenders. But is too much of the public debate around this election focused on reducing the size of government?
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 10
Stuart Trew | As expected, people aren't very happy with the WTO decision this week reaffirming the illegality (under global trade rules) of local content requirements in the Ontario Green Energy Act.
Blog - Democracy Watch's blog May 10
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Democracy Watch | Today, Democracy Watch released federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson’s refusal to investigate yet another clear case
Blog - Policy Note May 10
Seth Klein | Climate issues have received some welcome profile in this election, and in some of the platforms. It is possible to offer some assessment of where the parties have landed on climate action.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon May 10
David Taub Bancroft | We British Columbians must "think globally" while we vote locally. It is time for us to embrace the Green Party.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Trevor Harrison
David J. Climenhaga | Researchers say: fully 84% of Albertans either agree or strongly agree that election-spending limits should be introduced in the province.
Blog - Open Media's blog May 9, Catherine Hart, Policy Coordinator | The Industry Minister’s inaction has left a vacuum for Big Telecom to act with impunity, as new charges are added to our bills for no reason
Blog - Open Media's blog May 9, Catherine Hart, Policy Coordinator | Michael Froman was just appointed as the new Trans Pacific Partnership chief negotiator, providing a unique window of opportunity to speak out against the criminalizing of our Internet use
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 9
Karl Nerenberg | Recently the House Finance Committee heard from a number of expert witnesses on -- believe it or not -- the subject of inequality.