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Blog - Child Care Canada Now May 11
Image: Flickr/University of the Fraser Valley
Martha Friendly | International comparative research shows Canada lags behind other countries when it comes to child care. This article explores two possible ideological and structural explanations.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 11
Graffiti against Barrick Gold corp
Yves Engler | If it had to justify its existence beyond making money for capitalists, Barrick Gold would have ceased to exist.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 10
Rachel Notley in Tokyo, April 2017
David J. Climenhaga | Success on the pipeline file is apparently essential to political success in Alberta -- never mind the world market for petroleum.
Blog - Free Expression Watch May 10
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | A global coalition calls on Justin Trudeau to take action to stop the decline of press freedom in Canada, starting with the passage of Bill S-231, the Journalistic Sources Protection Act.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 10
Libby Davies | Canada can, and should, use its influence at the UN, in the international community, and with Israel directly, to call for attention and action to respond to the Palestinian prisoner demands.
Blog - The Views Expressed May 10
Ofer Prison
Nahla Abdo | Palestinian political prisoners have been on a hunger strike since April 16, demanding respect for their basic human rights.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog May 10
Sarah Miller | In a nail biting election where the outcome is still uncertain, one thing is clear: Citizens want change.
Blog - David Suzuki May 10
8 hours labour, 8 hours recreation, 8 hours rest
David Suzuki | We work the same hours as 20th century labourers, depleting Earth's resources to produce more goods that we keep working to buy, use and replace in a seemingly endless consumer cycle.
Blog - Policy Note May 9
Voting Place
Vanessa Brcic | For people young and old, there is a lot to worry about. Get on the phone and ask the younger people in your life to vote, or ask what matters to them in this election.
Blog - Open Media's blog May 9
Marie Aspiazu | Corporate greed has insatiable thirst and so, lobbyists are gathering in Toronto to try and resurrect the infamous TPP. But we are not going to let that happen, so here's the plan.
Blog - Hill Dispatches May 8
A Roma boy in Toronto
Karl Nerenberg | The Liberals have made many salutary changes in Canadian refugee policy, but they continue the practice of identifying potential refugees abroad and blocking them.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog May 8
John Horgan. Image: Flickr/bcnewdemocrats
Sarah Miller | Tomorow B.C. will decide if we want four more years of corruption or a much-needed change in government -- please have your voice heard and VOTE.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 8
The Gardiner Expressway in Toronto
Yves Engler | To build a healthier, safer, more pleasant and ecologically sustainable city Toronto needs to jettison a significant share of its current "public space."
Blog - Education in the Age of Climate Change May 7
Lizanne Foster | What happens to our society when what we teach about ethics and citizenship inside our schools is not reflected in the reality outside our classrooms?
Blog - Aalya Ahmad May 6
Rio performing for her fans
Aalya Ahmad | A thought-provoking new documentary by Kyoto Miyake examines gender, social and cultural issues in Japan's idol phenomenon
Blog - Raffi's blog May 6
Raffi Cavoukian | Christy Clark's Liberals have repeatedly shown themselves to be a party for the 1 percent. On May 9th, let's change that.
Blog - On The Other Hand May 6
Image: Wikimedia Commons/	Marc Lostracci
Penney Kome | Section 15's curious history makes it a wild card in the Charter.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor May 6
Image: Facebook/Desmond Cole
John Miller | Activism and journalism don't mix, he's told. So he chooses activism.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 5
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley on May 5, 2015. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Keep an eye on what happens in British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ontario. And take it from Alberta: never say never!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 5
Image: Vimeo/Salaam Shalom
Yves Engler | Canadian media has mostly ignored recent Palestinian efforts to non-violently disrupt a half-century old occupation or Canada’s effort to suppress “popular protests” in the West Bank
Blog - Alberta Diary May 4
Photo: DanielPaquet/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | In the short term it looks very much as if the Saskatchewan government will need to be in court appealing the ruling if Premier Brad Wall hopes to keep it from taking effect.
Blog - Song of the Watermelon May 4
Image: Facebook/The Jeff O'Neil Show​
David Taub Bancroft | With less than a week to go before election day and polls tightening across British Columbia, I find myself in the all-too-common predicament of dreading the electoral options before me.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 4
Yves Engler | The Globe and Mail's close ties to the Munk Debates and University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs should worry journalists and everyone who cares about foreign policy discussion
Blog - Alberta Diary May 3
Fort Mac Fire
David J. Climenhaga | Ignoring the effects of global climate change as a policy, as some political parties, notably not the Alberta NDP, want to do, is not the answer to situations like the Fort Mac Wildfire.
Blog - David Suzuki May 3
Image: Flickr/Province of British Columbia
David Suzuki | Beyond existing commitments to reduce methane emissions by 45 per cent, governments must work to eliminate them from this sector by 2030, with strong regulations, monitoring and oversight.
Blog - Open Media's blog May 3
David Christopher | As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada's future trade relationships
Blog - Alberta Diary May 2
Sandra Jansen (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta conservative circles, apparently what's sauce for the goose isn't sauce for the gander!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog May 2
Canadian soldiers perform an exercise in Hawaii in 2008
Yves Engler | A pro-militarist think tank with influential backers, the Canadian Global Affairs Institute is increasingly influential in shaping the foreign policy discussion in this country.
Blog - Alberta Diary May 1
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former Ukraine PM, with then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper in July 2015. (Screen capture of CBC broadcast.)
David J. Climenhaga | The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation is said to be seeking the extradition to Russia of Arseniy Yatsenyuk for events that took place in 1994 in Chechnya.
Blog - Sarah Miller's blog May 1
B.C. Premier Christy Clark in 2014
Sarah Miller | Clark's rude reaction to a citizen in advance of the election has sparked a social media outpour of #IamLinda.