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Blog - Alberta Diary September 30
Environmentalist Tzeoporah Berman
David J. Climenhaga | Why has no one from mainstream media picked up the phone and asked industry members of Alberta’s Oil Sands Advisory Group their thoughts on Tzeporah Berman’s work?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 29
Photo by Wikimedia commons.
Brent Patterson | The North American Free Trade Agreement has harmed many. NAFTA 2.0 is unlikely to be any different.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 29
Penney Kome | After Christine Blasey Ford's harrowing testimony on Thursday, President Trump ordered an FBI investigation into allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 28
Twitter photo by @manitobahydro.
Brent Patterson | The dam under construction in Manitoba is raising concerns not unlike those with the Site C and Muskrat Falls mega-projects.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 28
Edmonton School Trustee Michael Janz (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP could quickly defuse its latest problem by stating clearly what its education spending proposals are, just as Edmonton public school trustees have requested.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 27
Monia Mazigh | Constantly challenging mainstream stories or bringing new voices and angles for readers is hard work. But rabble.ca does it daily and reaches hundreds of thousands of readers.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 27
Photo: Shealah Craighead/Office of the President of the United States/Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | The renegotiation of NAFTA is approaching a significant deadline on September 30. That's the date set out by Washington to deliver the text of a deal with or without Canada.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog September 26
Voting location sign from Elections. BC Photo: Dennis Sylvester Hurd/Flickr
Linda Leon | Much rides on the continuation of an unfair electoral system like first past the post. Many influencers see real democracy as a barrier to their aspirations.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 26
Brent Patterson | A meeting in Ottawa this October 24-25 will attempt to salvage the WTO.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 26
Scene from Birdie Fire in Coconino National Forest. Photo: Heather Provencio/U.S. Forest Service, Coconino National Forest/Flickr
Ed Finn | As devastating as this year's wildfires have been, they are not the only threat to the world's forests. Massive deforestation caused by human activity threatens much of the world's woodlands.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 26
UCP Amigos Devin Dreeshen, Jason Kenney and Prasad Panda in their Reliance Industries coveralls and helmets (Photo: Facebook).
David J. Climenhaga | The NDP government has asked the province's Ethics Commissioner for a ruling on whether the UCP's three visitors to India broke Alberta conflict of interest rules.
Blog - David Suzuki September 25
David Suzuki | The return of monarchs is great news, because only four years ago their situation looked bleak. The eastern monarch population had plummeted from one billion two decades before to only 35 million.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 25
Photo by Brent Patterson.
Brent Patterson | Hearings begin today on the proposed Teck Resources Frontier tar sands mine that could produce at its peak 260,000 barrels of oil a day.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 25
TV reporter interviews FEMA expert. Image: Walter Jennings/FEMA Photo Library via Wikimedia
Penney Kome | The Toronto Star has unveiled a new ethics code, one of many available. Reviewing journalism society standards shows a wide variation in priorities and emphasis.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 25
Nicolas Maduro. Photo: President of the Russian Federation/Wikimedia Commons
Yves Engler | In their push for regime change, Ottawa is backing talk of an invasion of Venezuela.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 24
Calgary-Hawkwood MLA Michael Connolly (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Michael Connolly, NDP MLA for Calgary-Hawkwood, announces he won't seek reelection in 2019; Green Party of Alberta chooses the province's first Indigenous woman leader.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 24
Twitter photo by @CanadianPM
Brent Patterson | Trudeau government's renegotiation of Safe Third Country Agreement may be at odds with UN Refugee Convention.
Blog - Raluca Bejan September 24
Raluca Bejan | The push for de-colonial education is oftentimes a matter of political performativity. So is the "benevolent" act of the compassionate agent who "allows" the colonized to tell their colonizing story.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 22
A tornado forming in Kansas in 2016. Scientists suspect Tornado Alley may move northward with climate change.
Brent Patterson | On Friday evening, a tornado hit the Ottawa-Gatineau area with winds of up to 200 kilometres per hour. Can we expect tornadoes to increase with climate change?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 21
B.C. environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, who was once jailed for civil disobedience.
David J. Climenhaga | The stream of vituperation directed at the B.C. environmentalist for her consistent opposition to Alberta's pipeline demands is unprecedented, hypocritical and dangerous.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 21
Yves Engler | If we claim to be the "doctors without borders" of international relations, shouldn't Canada swear to "first do no harm" like MDs before beginning practice?
Blog - Brent Patterson September 20
June 2007 Critical Mass bike ride in Vancouver. Photo: Tavis Ford/Wikimedia commons
Brent Patterson | A global movement is highlighting the need to address the health and climate change impacts of cars and trucks.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood September 20
Crowd taking part in Salt Spring-Kinder Morgan action. Photo: Christina Marshall/Leadnow Canada/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | We cannot count on either federal or provincial governments to put the health of peoples, lands, waters, plants or animals ahead of the money to be made from the extractive industry.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 19
rabble staff | The heroes of the indie media movement are the many thousands of individual community members chipping in to build something different.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 19
Photo: Guelph RISE Up for Climate Action. Used with permission from Guelph Citizens Climate Lobby.
Doreen Nicoll | Why is Ford meeting secretly with Xinyi Glass, a corporation seeking to extract over a million litres of water daily from Wellington county's already precarious aquifer despite opposition from locals?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 19
Alberta Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney and two of his MLAs are running around India acting as if they are representatives of the governments of both Canada and Alberta.
Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 19
Parking lot in Vancouver. Photo: velkr0/Flickr
Yves Engler | Even the most walkable, bike-able and mass transit-oriented neighbourhoods still require parking spots to be built in new residences.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes September 18
Mercedes Allen | The American Academy of Pediatrics released a policy statement affirming support for transgender and gender-diverse youth and emphasizing the need for their acceptance.
Blog - David Suzuki September 18
David Suzuki | The notion that storms and other weather events will follow predictable historical patterns is being shattered by record climate-related storms, droughts, floods and heat waves worldwide.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 18
Interior of House of Commons. Photo: Tania Liu/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Bravo, Leona Alleslev! Enjoy the cheers and the roses from the Conservative benches. History will soon forget you.

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