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Blog - Yves Engler's Blog September 18
Augusto Pinochet. Photo: fpealvarez/Flickr
Yves Engler | Since it doesn't serve to justify further domination by the powerful, few in the Canadian media commemorate the "original 9/11." Even fewer recognize Canada's role in the U.S.-backed coup.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 17
Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Gerry Caplan | From Andrew Scheer's antics in India to "Mad Max" Bernier's new political party and Doug Ford's brash, Trump-like politics in Ontario, the Conservatives in Canada are surely in chaos.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 17
David J. Climenhaga | Opposition Leader Jason Kenney wants it to look to his home audience as if he were already a premier. Plus, it’s good to be out of the country when reporters ask the wrong questions.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada September 17
Lia Tarachansky | Many don't understand that Israel/ עם ישראל (the Jewish collective identity), the State of Israel (founded in 1948), and the government of Israel are separate, although they sometimes overlap.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 17
Brent Patterson | The one-year anniversary of CETA is a political moment to reflect and recommit to fighting a "free trade" agenda that worsens the climate crisis and subsumes the imperative of climate justice.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada September 16
SandraLaya Ruch | On August 29, 2018, Ruch witnessed actions by Jews that she found almost as appalling as the atrocities the Israeli government and army perpetrate against the Palestinians.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 16
David J. Climenhaga | The Ontario premier's use of the notwithstanding clause is long overdue proof that the Charter isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 15
Brent Patterson | Ford riding roughshod on Toronto city council and the Ontario legislature is an indicator of the tenor of fights to come.
Blog - Linda Leon's Blog September 14
Linda Leon | This as-yet untested system is one of three options British Columbians will be asked to consider in this fall’s referendum on electoral reform. Could it work in the Yukon?
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 14
Sophia Reuss | Doug Ford's use of the 'notwithstanding clause' to press forth with municipal gerrymandering, Rise for Climate actions across the globe, and next steps in the fight over the Trans Mountain pipeline.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 14
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Blog - Alberta Diary September 14
Alberta constitutional negotiators Merv Leitch and Peter Lougheed, said by some to be the inventors of the Notwithstanding Clause (Photo: Legal Archives Society of Alberta).
David J. Climenhaga | Doug Ford has just given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau the villain he needs to win the next federal election.
Blog - On The Other Hand September 14
Beverly Glenn-Copeland sings in concert. Image: Penney Kome
Penney Kome | Veteran musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland has been discovered by a whole new generation of listeners, who, 40 years later, continue to find his work innovative.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 14
Brent Patterson | An Indigenous camp on Crown land near the Canada-U.S. colonial border seeks to stop construction of a 760,000-barrel-per-day tar sands pipeline.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 13
Image: Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr
Tarek Loubani | The problem with careless politicized accusations of antisemitism is, like recent accusations against Dimitri Lascaris, that they undermine the truth: antisemitism is real and it hurts us all.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 13
Doug Ford and Andrew Scheer. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer had an opportunity to demonstrate real leadership and benefit from it by standing up to Doug Ford. He did nothing.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood September 13
Drumming, Vancouver Kinder Morgan protest. Photo: William Chen/Flickr
Pamela Palmater | Despite the fact that the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the decision in this instance, it also set up the conditions under which the federal government can approve the pipeline in the future.
Blog - The Views Expressed September 13
Child on playground. Photo: Sal/Flickr
Ed Finn | A new report is just the latest account detailing the extent of child poverty and dereliction that has blemished this country's image for a very long time.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 12
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Photo: Marc Lostracci/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | It's tempting to see this as a small matter concerning only ambitious politicians in Toronto. But to paraphrase the old saw about the lost $5 bill, it's not the lousy five bucks, it's the principle.
Blog - David Suzuki September 12
Photo: The Searcher/Flickr
David Suzuki | Durability was a prized attribute of clothing and other products. What's happened? Would a child today happily wear a hand-me-down? How many parents even think of passing clothing on that way?
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
David J. Climenhaga | The rift between Premier Rachel Notley's Alberta New Democrats and the federal NDP led by Jagmeet Singh over the Trans Mountain Pipeline is wide and deep, but it is not unbridgeable -- yet.
Blog - Brent Patterson September 11
Photo by Spielvogel/ Wikimedia Commons
Brent Patterson | To stop climate chaos we need collective action to challenge capitalism. The system that brought us to this dangerous precipice isn't going to rescue us from it.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 11
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces action to uphold the Better Local Government Act. Photo: Premier of Ontario Photography/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Voters now need to ask politicians in what circumstances they would use Section 33. And if you live in Toronto, you should probably grab your pots and pans and hit the streets.
Blog - Activist Communiqué September 10
Krystalline Kraus | The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is calling on Doug Ford to repeal the hiked minimum wage that was implemented by the former Liberal government, right after Ford cancelled the basic income pilot.
Blog - Alberta Diary September 10
Photo: CindyRoss.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Quite far, apparently. Calgary MLA Richard Gotfried defeated candidate Cindy Ross for a United Conservative Party nomination -- after startling revelations about the challenger's past views.
Blog - A change is gonna come September 10
Doreen Nicoll | Astra Taylor takes viewers on the revolutionary journey that is democracy, reminding us that wrestling with ideas and concepts is central to the ongoing struggle to rule ourselves.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 9
Image: Rise for Climate
Sophia Reuss | On September 8, hundreds of thousands of protestors in 95 countries rallied to demand a swift, just transition to 100 per cent renewable energy.
Blog - Gerry Caplan's blog September 8
Gerry Caplan | Those who know Ford's record are convinced he's determined to open universities to "controversial speakers" such as Holocaust deniers, anti-abortion activists, and far-right radicals.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 7
Sophia Reuss | Trans Mountain Pipeline project reveals need for reckoning on Indigenous land rights, belated labour day reading, and NAFTA drama.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog September 7
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