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Blog - A change is gonna come July 10
Doreen Nicoll | WWW is planning for the next phase of the Nestle campaign and they're hoping you'll join in on the conversations to strategize and develop tactics to fit working with Doug Ford's government.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 9
David J. Climenhaga | Adopting a policy proposed by the United Conservative Party would be tantamount to declaring law-free open season on anyone who wanders onto an isolated property.
Blog - A change is gonna come July 9
Doreen Nicoll | With the research and information supplied by environmentalists and actionists from across Southern Ontario, Burlington city staff made changes to protect milkweed.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 6
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2013
David J. Climenhaga | Will the day come when it is acceptable for a Canadian Conservative politician to give a speech to a "freedom rally" put on by ISIS? Never say never!
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 6
Image: Flickr/alexxx-malev
Yves Engler | In response to Ukrainian Canadian Congress campaigning, two NDP MLAs recently convinced the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to withdraw a brand of Russian vodka from its stores.
Blog - July 5
Brent Patterson | Kinder Morgan Canada is fined just $920 for four violations of the Water Sustainability Act. Meanwhile, more than 200 activists are facing criminal contempt charges and hefty fines for direct actions.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 5
Soon-to-retire former NDP leader Brian Mason, now Alberta’s minister of transport, at yesterday’s news conference (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Brian Mason's last line at his news conference: "Let's call it a career, then. Shall we?" Exit, stage left. Not a dry eye in the house.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 4
Old Glory, the Star Spangled Banner, the current and probably terminal version of the national flag of the United States (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | We're not sorry! Independence Day 2018 demands from Canadians polite restraint, even chilly reserve, toward our neighbours.
Blog - David Suzuki July 4
Fish on ice. Photo: David Rogers-Worrall/Flickr
David Suzuki | With Seafood Progress, consumers can support retailers that follow best practices, and retailers can demonstrate corporate responsibility and help the seafood industry progress toward sustainability.
Blog - On The Other Hand July 3
Penney Kome | Three years after Charlie Hebdo, Trump leads attacks on news media. While Trump furthers his own ends by encouraging distrust of the media, he also raises the risk level for journalists on the job.
Blog - Activist Communiqué July 3
Krystalline Kraus | After several amendments to the Cannabis Act, marijuana will no longer violate the Criminal Code as of October this year. The marijuana laws in Canada will be even more liberal than the Netherlands.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog July 3
Yves Engler | Claiming to be dialoguing with both sides is a cruel joke. The NDP should heed 200 well-known musicians, academics, trade unionists and party members' call to withdraw from Israel Parliamentary Group.
Blog - Alberta Diary July 1
Entrance to the Sherwood Park Freeway (Photo: Found on the Internet, unattributed; modifications by the author).
David J. Climenhaga | I don't know how the Beaverton stays in business with the brutal competition they’re facing nowadays from Alberta.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 30
Doreen Nicoll | Doreen Nicoll recently came home to a Notice of Violation stating she had to remove or destroy the milkweed plants in her garden.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 30
Former Canadian PM Stephen Harper with former U.S. president George W. Bush, in 2006 when Harper had a decent excuse to visit the White House
David J. Climenhaga | If Stephen Harper wants to serve his country in the conduct of foreign affairs, he needs to wait to wait until he is asked by the elected government of the day.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
David J. Climenhaga | A foot in the door. This is how the fight to destroy women's reproductive rights began in the United States, and this is how the social conservative right intends to see it start in Canada too.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog June 29
Gerry Caplan | We rich white countries sure are generous when it comes to handouts for our Black kin in Africa. Except when we rip them off, of course, which is the real story of Canada and the West in Africa.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 29
RCAF Chinook helicopter on Parliament Hill. Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/Flickr
Yves Engler | A volatile leader in charge of a military behemoth prone to aggression has repeatedly attacked Canada and its prime minister in recent weeks. But the "defence" community has barely made a peep.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 29
People holding signs with human rights messages on them. Photo: Geoff Campbell/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | Come to an introductory session about the work of Amnesty International and learn how you can protect human rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 28
Alberta Court of Queen's Bench in Medicine Hat. Photo: Lynne Ayers/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Education Minister David Eggen quickly hailed the ruling as a victory "for justice and equality in the province of Alberta." As for the UCP Opposition … crickets.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 28
Photos of France Gélinas, Peter Tabuns, Laura Mae Lindo, Terence Kernaghan, Mike Schreiner and Chris Glover
Maya Bhullar | Learn what their constituents are saying and what they need from us to fight back.
Blog - June 28
David Climenhaga | Postmedia is shutting down six more community papers in Canada, four in Ontario and two in Alberta.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 27
David J. Climenhaga | What does Alberta do instead of acknowledging the obvious and doing something about it? What we always do in our role as the spoiled little rich kid of Confederation! Whine about Quebec.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 27
Doreen Nicoll | Take part in 150 days of reconcili-action by joining others across the country taking the #NEXT150 Challenge. Together we can work nation with nation to make the next 150 years something to celebrate.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 27
Janelle Monae performs at the 2012 TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 23, 2012. Photo: Brian Goldschmied. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Concerned Residents of Ottawa, Amy Kishek, Geneviève Nevin, Trevor Purvis, Bill Skidmore | An open letter to the Ottawa Jazz Festival regarding its partnership with the State of Israel.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog June 27
Doug Ford speaks to a group. Photo: Doug Ford/Flickr
Yves Engler | In one of his first post-election moves Ford announced that he would seek to ban an annual Palestinian solidarity event. Ford will further link Israel campaigning and bigoted, right-wing politics.
Blog - David Suzuki June 26
David Suzuki | To downplay the urgent need to protect caribou and manage habitat, forest industry associations are using tactics the fossil fuel industry uses to sow doubt and confusion about scientific evidence.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 25
Wolfe Erlichman | Is the Anti-Semitism Subcommittee of Ontario's Anti-Racism Directorate excluding organizations for criticizing Israel?
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 25
Isabel. Image: KAIROS Canada
Rachel Warden | Women are often prime targets in war but, when given the chance, they can also be critical agents for peace.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 25
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney
David J. Climenhaga | The 2018 budget brought down in February sets out the Trudeau government's equalization formula plan unequivocally in terms anyone can understand. You actually have to read it, though.

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