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Blog - Alberta Diary October 20
David J. Climenhaga | Dear America: No one here wants to take Manhattan -- Kansas or New York, take your pick -- or even Berlin. If we're coming for you, it'll just be to bring you gummy bears.
Blog - Your Heart's On The Left October 20
Jesse McLaren | If Doug Ford wants to end hallway medicine, he should support legislation promoting healthy wages and paid sick days.
Blog - Dr. Dawg's Blawg October 19
Cannabis sativa. Photo: Rotational/Wikimedia Commons
J. Baglow | I'm not celebrating the legalization of cannabis. Here's why.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 19
Refugees entering Europe in 2015, arriving by sea through Greece and Italy. Photo by Jmersina/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | There is no common cause with anti-immigration parties in the U.S., France, Italy, Germany and elsewhere when seeking trade justice.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 18
David J. Climenhaga | Fossil fuel industry decision makers lean toward a business-as-usual approach to get full value out of their corporate investments, a study of the sector's highly concentrated financial ties suggests.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 18
Extinction Rebellion Facebook photo.
Brent Patterson | Yesterday, environmental activists from a new U.K.-based movement occupied the Greenpeace office in London, with the message: "It is time to rebel."
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 17
Judy Rebick | It's time to make rabble a sustainable organization for future generations. You have been part of that history, we hope you'll be part of the future.
Blog - Policy Note October 17
David Eby launches the How We Vote public engagement at the B.C. legislature. Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr
Seth Klein | Minority outcomes result in more cooperation in our politics. Parties have to put together governing alliances or coalitions that, in combination, reflect the majority of voters.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 17
Hugh MacDonald shortly before his retirement announcement, at the 2011 Edmonton Labour Council Labour Day BBQ (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | In opposition, Liberal MLA "Hughie" MacDonald was a scourge of the government. He was sincerely offended by dishonesty and self-interest in high places.
Blog - David Suzuki October 16
David Suzuki | Listening to these politicians could lead people to think global warming isn't an urgent challenge or that the science and its well-known, already observable effects are up for debate.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood October 16
Protestors block the gates of the Kinder Morgan Richmond Terminal in solidarity with First Nations in Canada. Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Canada has already decided that the Trans Mountain pipeline will be built, before ever talking to any impacted First Nations. This renders constitutionally protected Indigenous rights meaningless.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 16
Venezualan President Nicolás Maduro with members of his government. Photo: Xavier Granja Cedeño/Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Comercio e Integración/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | Requesting the International Criminal Court investigate Venezuela's government is a significant escalation in Ottawa's campaign of interference in the domestic affairs of another country.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 16
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney addresses the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 9 (Screenshot of Calgary Chamber video).
David J. Climenhaga | A recent speech by Jason Kenney to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce indicates he intends to ram through a radical program with minimal public consultation if the UCP wins the next election.
Blog - Open Media's blog October 15
Marie Aspiazu | Last week, Canada signed a rebranded NAFTA deal after months of suspense and secretive negotiations. But what does the deal mean for the internet? Here's the lowdown.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 15
Jason Kenney & Lance Coulter. Image: Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP nomination candidate kicked off the ballot by party officials for posing for selfies with unsavoury visitors at a constituency beer night alleges he was dumped for refusing to lie.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | An "electronic tidal wave" contributed to the defeat of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998, what lessons does that hold for us today?
Blog - Brent Patterson October 15
Brent Patterson | Despite the spin, commentators argue that culture and media wasn't protected by the Trudeau government in NAFTA 2.0.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 14
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses Alberta Teachers Association social studies teachers yesterday as environmentalist Tzeporah Berman looks on.
David J. Climenhaga | It wasn't a debate, exactly, but there was certainly a contrast of views when Alberta's premier and a prominent West Coast environmentalist addressed a group of teachers yesterday.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 13
Sophia Reuss | As the Toronto election campaign heads into its final days, follow all of our coverage here.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 13
Image: US Air Force
Yves Engler | Canada's aid agency has spent tens of millions of dollars on media projects designed in part to draw journalists into its orbit and shape perceptions of Ottawa’s international policies.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 13
Image: WhisperToMe/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Crown corporation has $5.9 million in stock in the private prisons that hold tens of thousands of detained immigrants in the United States.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog October 13
A protest banner with words Housing Shelter Safe Space Now
Cathy Crowe | While campaigns for a national right to housing flourish, the same attention is not paid to the right to shelter.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 12
Former UCP nomination candidate Lance Coulter, at right, with a controversial selfie friend (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | UCP to canned candidate: Here's your snappy Hugo Boss cap, now, quick march!
Blog - On The Other Hand October 12
Cindy Sheehan, Director of The Women's March on the Pentagon. Photo by Jacob Appelbaum/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | Peace organizations haven't been in the news much for a decade or so. But after a year with Trump in the Oval Office, peace is a high political priority again.
Blog - Alberta Diary October 11
Then a Wildrose MLA, Joe Anglin addressed a crowd from the steps of the Alberta legislature in November 2013 (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Says former MLA Joe Anglin: "The Freedom Conservative Party has now picked up the torch that the former Wildrose surrendered when they sold their souls to the Tories."
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Image: Dig deeper/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The Supreme Court's shameful decision reinforces colonial relationship over Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog October 11
Canadian Forces light armoured vehicle on display. Photo: Mike Babcock/Flickr
Yves Engler | In a system where money talks, militarists on Parliament Hill will always be among the loudest voices. To rise above their din, we need to figure out ways to amplify the Canadians who prefer peace.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog October 11
Pam Palmater | What we need in Canada is an independent media system that is tuned to the activism that fights for a more just, wise, and equal world. That's what rabble is.
Blog - Brent Patterson October 11
Dirty water spilling out of a large glass carboy on its side. Photo by Ildar Sagdejev/ Wikimedia Commons.
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government did not hesitate to spend billions on a tar sands pipeline, but has delayed spending the dollars needed for clean drinking water.
Blog - Mel Watkins's blog October 10
NAFTA Initialing Ceremony, October 1992. Photo: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum/Wikimedia Commons
Mel Watkins | With one trade agreement having failed us, some are arguing that we should diversify our trade beyond the U.S. market by signing on to more trade deals. But is that the wrong lesson?

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