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Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Stephanie McLean and baby Patrick at the Legislature in 2016 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Stephanie McLean played a historic role as the first Alberta MLA to give birth while in office. Her son was born on February 12, 2016.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 3
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel, back in the days he was a Progressive Conservative cabinet minister (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | It's time for our government pick some economic winners instead of doubling down on an industry that increasingly looks like a loser over the long term.
Blog - On The Other Hand January 3
Jackie Shan publicity photo
Penney Kome | Collectors revere Jackie Shane's soul recordings from the 1960s. Now the musician is being recognized with a nomination for a Grammy.
Blog - Alberta Diary January 2
Former Wildrose Leader Brian Jean. (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The former Alberta Opposition leader's holiday messages suggest a politician not quite ready to leave politics. It's happened with Brian Jean before.
Blog - A change is gonna come January 2
Canadian coins. Photo: KMR Photography/Flickr
Doreen Nicoll | 2019 is a new year full of hope and promise. It's time to share those gifts by implementing a basic income.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 31
Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Mars didn't invade Alberta, but orphan wells could end up being bigger than Orson Wells! We need a Green New Deal … or at least a sales tax! Don't hold your breath for either.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood December 30
Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Trump's presidency represents a clear and present danger to Canada, and his disastrous policies have particularly devastating impacts on sovereign Indigenous nations across Turtle Island.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 29
rabble staff | We’ve reached the end of 2018 (can you believe it?) and big changes lay around the bend! Be a part of the change and make a resolution for 2019 to support rabble with a donation before December 31.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 28
FCP Leader Derek Fildebrandt, back when he was still a member of the UCP Caucus. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | MLA asks Elections Alberta to investigate claim Jason Kenney's UCP leadership campaign 'deliberately hid' donation. Derek Fildebrandt made the accusation in news release.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 27
Donna Kennedy-Glans in March 2015. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | 'Has Trudeau committed treason?' The answer is no and the question the question a former PC Cabinet minister is asking is completely bonkers.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 24
Christmas at the Alberta Legislature, not a separatist in sight. Photo: Government of Alberta
David J. Climenhaga | The Alberta separatism squall is over, folks. Watch for commentators to start backing away soon as they start to realize how little traction this partisan claptrap has.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 23
David J. Climenhaga | About a week remains in December. Will there be any more allegations in 2018 about UCP voting irregularities, or will we have to wait till 2019?
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog December 23
Image: Pezibear/Pixabay
Maya Bhullar | This year, we stood in solidarity with activists organizing against hate. Check out the Activist Toolkit's favourite fights of 2018.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 21
Freedom Conservative Party Leader Derek Fildebrandt, back in his UCP days, filling up extra gas cans to avoid the carbon tax. The next day gas prices went down (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | Derek Fildebrandt, the UCP exile who is the Freedom Conservative Party's sole MLA in the legislature, is trying to build a case for Catalonia along the Cordillera. Support for the idea is negligible.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics December 21
Jennifer Henry of KAIROS Canada. Photo by Dennis Gruending.
Dennis Gruending | The federal government has reinstated funding chopped in 2009 by the Harper regime for KAIROS Canada's Women of Courage program.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog December 21
Front page Toronto Star in 1998. "Plight of the homeless a national disaster."
Cathy Crowe | Homelessness has reached post-apocalyptic levels in the absence of a national housing program.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 20
Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer riding in a truck. (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | The purpose of the truck convoy protest was supposedly to demand a pipeline to tidewater, immediately, thereby improving the fortunes of Alberta's oil industry.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 20
rabble staff | Our staff pick their favourite reads from this year, including a groundbreaking biography, a psychological thriller, and a memoir on parenting and race.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 20
Image: Jason Zhang/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | As 2018 comes to a close, what political dates are in your calendar for 2019?
Blog - Alberta Diary December 19
Perfesser Dave (Photo: Dave Olecko)
David J. Climenhaga | Some stories are just too confusing for ordinary bloggers to explain. That's when we turn to the expert knowledge offered by academics such as Perfesser Dave, Canada's expert on Alberta politics.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 18
Twitter photo by @ec_minister.
Brent Patterson | Emission trading systems and weak carbon pricing coupled with a new tar sands pipeline do not add up to a credible action plan to stop climate breakdown.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 18
Athabasca University campus. Photo: daryl_mitchell/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Forcing Athabasca University administrators to reach a contract their faculty can live with would serve the public interest and government's political interest. What's not to like about that?
Blog - On The Other Hand December 18
Abandoned oil well
Penney Kome | Geothermal engineers point to the potential to channel gas wells' heat to local homes and businesses.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog December 18
rabble staff | Are you stuck on gift ideas? Just can’t decide on those last-minute presents for your friends and loved ones? We have a gift idea for you.
Blog - The Views Expressed December 17
Photo: Image from kohl_photographer via Flickr.
Alex Sangha | There is a distinction to be made between being spiritual and religious. But how does God fit in? What unites us and divides us as a people? The concept of spirituality can lead to more caring, compas
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog December 17
Image: Alisdaire Hickson/Flickr
Linda Leon | No country is immune from the plague of ultra-right movements. But countries with fairer electoral systems do have some resistance. First-past-the-post offers no resistance at all.
Blog - Alberta Diary December 16
David J. Climenhaga | Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor smuggled six Americans out of Tehran in 1979. It's hard to imagine the U.S. returning the favour today.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 16
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in 2017
Brent Patterson | As the United Nations climate conference in Poland comes to a close, Canada fails to increase its ambition to address climate breakdown.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada December 15
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in Ukraine, Dec. 2017.
Judy Haiven | Description of fascist and anti-Semitic tendencies in Ukrainian state and military, to which Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland turns a blind eye.
Blog - Brent Patterson December 14
Facebook photo by El Comandante Cheronimo
Brent Patterson | The Canadian Yellow Vest movement targets the carbon tax and "illegal" immigration, rather than reflecting the anti-austerity demands resonating in France.

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