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|Blog - Brent Patterson April 11 Brent Patterson | There are many examples of the toxic impacts of Canadian companies operating in this country and abroad to share with the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and toxic wastes when he visits Canada.|
|Blog - Toward a world with commons and without psychiatry: The Bonnie Burstow blog April 11 Bonnie Burstow | Because of charges laid by survivors, shock machine manufacturers are forced to admit that shock machines cause permanent brain damage. Now survivors are poised for further action.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed April 11 Jason Kunin | The government's announcement that it will raise average class sizes in secondary schools is a variation on an old trick: distract people with one hand while you pick their pocket with the other.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 11 David J. Climenhaga | Apparently someone in the UCP could run a sophisticated vote-diversion scheme but the party didn't have the technical wherewithal to operate a simple candidate vetting process!|
|Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog April 11 Maya Bhullar | The Activist Toolkit followed up with organizers in the crowd and put together this blog to report on the tools activists have developed in their organizing efforts.|
|Blog - Making Waves April 11 Emma Lui | This blog gives an overview of some water justice issues and how grassroots groups, Indigenous nations, communities and organizations are working to protect water.|
Blog - The Views Expressed
Cancers are preventable but won't be if it requires curbing the profits corporations reap from sicknessEd Finn | As long as cancers are profitable and health unprofitable, prevention will be neglected, confined mainly to advising patients not to smoke or gain weight while they continue to be assailed by toxins.
|Blog - Brent Patterson April 10 Brent Patterson | Guatemalans wanting to protect their drinking water from a mine linked to a Vancouver-based company have waged a peaceful struggle at the mine site, in courtrooms and now at the World Bank.|
|Blog - David Suzuki April 10 David Suzuki | A report commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada, "Canada's Changing Climate Report," warned that this country is warming at roughly twice the global average rate.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
The declining impact of 'bozo eruptions' -- are Albertans the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water?David J. Climenhaga | Like the proverbial frog brought slowly to a boil, we may be in for a very rude surprise after April 16.
|Blog - On The Other Hand April 9 Penney Kome | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley doesn't back down from a fight. And her urge to stand up to bullies leads her to battle with Jason Kenney rather than promote all her own achievements.|
|Blog - Brent Patterson April 8 Brent Patterson | From the Gatling gun to armoured vehicles and assault rifles, arms manufacturers have profited from the production of weapons used against Indigenous peoples.|
|Blog - A change is gonna come April 8 Doreen Nicoll | Nestlé is creating the illusion that tap water is only desirable for washing dishes and irrigating crops not drinking. Activists in Wellington, Ontario know water is for life, not profit.|
Blog - Alberta Diary
An election's coming and the PM's treading water -- where's a Russian to blame now that we need one?David J. Climenhaga | It was a year ago Friday that the government of Canada declared Kirill Kalinin and three other Russian diplomats persona non grata and sent them packing.
Blog - Brent Patterson
Indigenous and Afro-Colombian land defenders at risk from business interests backed by paramilitary forcesBrent Patterson | Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities in Colombia face crushing poverty and logging, mining and agribusiness on their ancestral territories.
|Blog - Indigenous Nationhood April 5 Pamela Palmater | Without substantive amendments, this bill may end up causing more harm than good and inject legal chaos into an already broken system and risk the lives of more of our children.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 5 David J. Climenhaga | There were no epic body slams. The closest thing to a memorable moment came in the low-stakes side battle between the leaders of the Alberta Party and the Alberta Liberals.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed April 4 Justin Piché | While Ontario kids are facing an avalanche of austerity, Doug Ford is set to follow through with previously announced infrastructure projects that will expand the province's human caging capacity.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 4 David J. Climenhaga | Even if Kenney were to do the right thing and kick him out, he'd be elected because it's now too late to get another UCP candidate on the ballot.|
|Blog - Brent Patterson April 4 Brent Patterson | The federal environment minister recently held a town hall meeting in Ottawa "to hear from Canadians about climate action," but failed to listen to what was being said.|
|Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 4 Bronwen Tucker | The most important thing to remember is it's still within our reach to avoid most of the future impacts the report describes. We have the solutions.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 3 David J. Climenhaga | The Canadian right has turned its back on "green capitalism" and opted for belligerence and denial. This will not pay off for them.|
|Blog - The Views Expressed April 3 Ed Finn | Today's corporate hierarchy fears those who challenge its "free market" ideology, but the "church" of the modern ruling elite has no need for the stake. Its version of the Inquisition is more subtle.|
|Blog - David Suzuki April 3 David Suzuki | Much of the report details the lack of data or information on everything from water use and impacts on ground and surface water to methane emissions and contamination from radioactive materials.|
|Blog - Brent Patterson April 2 Brent Patterson | CREDHOS seeks to prevent the water depletion and violations to the right to water that would come with the fracking boom expected in the war-torn country.|
|Blog - Open Media's blog April 2 Marie Aspiazu | The government has issued a new policy direction for the CRTC that puts customers at the forefront. But it is up to us to ensure the new direction stands a chance to change the playing field.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary April 2 David J. Climenhaga | Jason Kenney wants to create "a rigged overtime system that employers will use to legally evade overtime payments," says Athabasca University labour studies professor Bob Barnetson.|
|Blog - Brent Patterson April 2 Brent Patterson | A reporter with the Colombian human rights radio station Radio Nizkor who has received death threats and been kidnapped is now reporting on a dam partially financed by Export Development Canada.|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 31 David J. Climenhaga | Sorry, kid, you're going to have to take a pay cut to finance this right now. But, trust me, little buddy, you're going to love it!|
|Blog - Alberta Diary March 31 David J. Climenhaga | If Jeff Callaway, Jason Kenney and the UCP want us to believe their denials, shouldn’t they do as Mr. Trump did and hold their fire until the investigation is done?|