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Blog - Alberta Diary March 27
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith last night in the basement of Edmonton’s First Presbyterian Church, where public sector trade unionism got its start in Alberta 100 years earlier. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | The struggle to protect the fundamental rights of working people to bargain collectively for their own good and the good of society continues today.
Blog - David Suzuki March 27
David Suzuki | Children, inspired by Greta Thunberg, are telling adults their future is at stake. Those who believe short-term economic gain is more important than protecting the biosphere are betraying them.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 26
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta Premier Rachel Notley wants to make affordable child care "the medicare of the 21st century." UCP leader Jason Kenney wants to make schools safe for "basic religious freedom," meaning no GSAs.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Siete Lagunas, Municipality of Cachira. Wikimedia photo by Grupo Areas Protegidas CORPONOR, Ismael Contreras.
Brent Patterson | Eco Oro wanted to build a gold and silver mine in an area that provides 2 million people with their drinking water. When they didn't get their way, they sued.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 26
Twitter photo by CCALCP.
Brent Patterson | The Luis Carlos Perez Lawyers' Collective in Colombia is working with communities to stop fracking by corporations, including Calgary-based Canacol Energy Ltd.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 25
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley surrounded by supporters at yesterday's rally in Edmonton Photo: Marshall Boyd, used with permission.
David J. Climenhaga | "Here is Jason Kenney's argument in a nutshell," Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said: "His team made a terrible mess. We didn't clean it up fast enough. So fire us and put the old boys back in."
Blog - Pulpit and Politics March 25
St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver. Photo: Can Pac Swire/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | As Democrats look to Medicare-for-All and Canada as a model, attacks by some in the U.S. on our system will increase.
Blog - Dented Blue Mercedes March 25
Premier Rachel Notley announces a Made-in-Alberta energy strategy in February 2019. Photo: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
Mercedes Allen | Albertans looked to Rachel Notley to lead them through a transition, and somewhere along the way, industry convinced the government and the public alike that the transition needed was a pipeline.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 24
Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith in 2014
David J. Climenhaga | Danielle Smith's recent op-ed was certainly not the ringing endorsement of the UCP one would have expected from a former conservative Opposition leader at this moment.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 22
Neal Bernard Hancock, better known as "Bernard the Roughneck," is now the Freedom Conservative Party candidate in Grande Prairie. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Neal Bernard Hancock first appeared on the national scene in September 2016, when he appeared on Parliament Hill in coveralls and a hardhat, complete with streaks of grime on his face.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 22
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Podemos MEP Tania González Peñas brought together three women activists who have fought for justice, fair wages and safer working conditions in coal mines.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 22
Twitter photo by La Minuta/ Educa Oaxaca
Brent Patterson | Tailings spills from Canadian mines in Zapotec territory in Mexico and Xat'sull territory in Canada show that laws are falling short of protecting Indigenous peoples and the environment.
Blog - KAIROS Witness March 22
Amelia Berot-Burns | Clean water is a human right and yet billions of people, including in Canada, are deprived of it. World Water Day shines a spotlight on this human crisis.
Blog - Indigenous Nationhood March 21
Prime Minister Trudeau attends the budget speech delivered by Minister of Finance Bill Morneau in the House of Commons. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Pamela Palmater | The exclusion of Indigenous women and girls as a priority in this federal budget is a glaring example of the ongoing racism and sexism that is so deeply embedded in Canada's laws and policies.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 21
Former MP Jason Kenney, now the leader of the United Conservative Party Opposition (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | For a government perceived to be campaigning from behind its principal challenger in popular support, the campaign didn't get off to a bad start for the NDP.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog March 21
Photo Credit: Angela N. Riley, Extinction Rebellion Halifax used with permission
Maya Bhullar | We were inspired by students coming out on March 15 to demand that local and federal government take real steps to combat climate change. Here's what worked, what didn't and what's next.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 20
Photo by Department of National Defence.
Brent Patterson | Sixteen years ago, the U.S., the U.K. and other countries launched an illegal war on Iraq. The costs of this war continue to mount.
Blog - On The Other Hand March 20
U.K. industrial hemp farm, 2007. Photo: Nabokov/Wikimedia Commons
Penney Kome | A reclaimed industry produces renewable food, shelter, clothing, and medicine, from one crop -- and we have hardly begun to explore the potential of the hemp plant's 25,000 marketable products.
Blog - David Suzuki March 20
David Suzuki | Our rapid shift away from rural life has disturbed habitats and food supplies for bees, but new research says cities could hold the key to their survival.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 20
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Isidro Baldenegro Lóperz, Juan Ontiveros Ramos, and Julián Carrillo Martínes died defending their ancestral territories from extractavist industries.
Blog - Making Waves March 19
Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Emma Lui | This article provides an overview of the water justice movement in Canada and the ways in which power is manufactured and deployed in water governance.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 19
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at the National Music Centre in Calgary (Photo: Screenshot of Facebook livestream).
David J. Climenhaga | Before a cheering crowd, diverse in every way, in the National Music Centre in Calgary, Rachel Notley was at her best -- charismatic, warm and yet coolly focused.
Blog - Brent Patterson March 19
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Mexican Ambassador Juan Jose Gomez Camacho promises reform in the mining sector, but significant changes are needed in both Canada and Mexico to respect Indigenous rights and protect the environment.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 19
Candles outside the Al Huda Mosque, New Zealand. Photo: Mark McGuire/Flickr
Azeezah Kanji | In the Christchurch massacre and its aftermath, two forms of racism have been put on display: a far-right Islamophobia that kills Muslims and a mainstream Islamophobia that normalizes the deaths.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 19
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney at yesterday's news conference (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Peppered with questions for the better part of an hour, United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney never gave an inch. No contrition, no admission; an explanation for everything.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 18
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at her nomination meeting in the Edmonton-Strathcona riding (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Inevitably, the ballot question for many Albertans in the election Premier Rachel Notley will call soon will be, "Can Jason Kenney be trusted?"
Blog - March 17
Image: Flickr/PresidenciaRD
Thomas Woodley | The tragic mosque attack in Christchurch, New Zealand should serve as a kick in the pants for the Trudeau government to take action to combat Islamophobia in Canada.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 17
David J. Climenhaga | Perhaps it's just me, but with each passing day Jason Kenney reminds me a little more of Richard M. Nixon, the talented but deeply flawed American president who in 1973 resigned from office.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 16
United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, in the midst of the Kamikaze Mission investigation whether he likes it or not.
David J. Climenhaga | Calls for Jason Kenney to resign as Opposition leader and for Alberta’s election to be delayed flooded social media on news the RCMP has taken over investigation of UCP leadership vote irregularities.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 15
Former MP Jason Kenney, now the leader of the United Conservative Party Opposition (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | All this hoo-haw on the right has been to keep everyone from doing what they really ought to be doing, to wit, speculating idly about the date of Premier Rachel Notley's election call.

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