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Blog - Brent Patterson March 4
Facebook photo via the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Brent Patterson | Twelve activists who set up the "Camp in Defence of Water and Life" after a mine began to pollute the Guapinol River are now facing decades in prison in Honduras.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog March 1
Photo: niekverlaan/Pixabay
John Foran | The Green New Deal offers us an opportunity to radicalize youth -- and the climate justice movement more broadly -- to consider ecosocialism, and system change not climate change.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog March 1
Hundreds gather in San Francisco with the youth led Sunrise Movement. Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Jennifer Scarlott | If fossil capitalism is to lose the fight, it must be met by ecosocialism embodied in the strongest possible counterforce of environmental justice organizations and allies.
Blog - The Views Expressed March 1
SNC Lavalin Headquarters in Montreal. Photo: Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | SNC-Lavalin had every reason to expect a rescue from a political party whose election campaigns it had so generously funded, and with whom it had developed such a long and cozy relationship.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
Photo: United Conservative Party of Alberta/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | John F. Kennedy observed that "where there is smoke, there is usually a smoke-making machine." There's enough smoke in this Kenney case though, you have to wonder if there's a fire.
Blog - Alberta Diary March 1
Photo: United Conservative Party of Alberta/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | The former UCP financial officer was fined $3,500 for donating the same sum "with funds given or furnished by another person."
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog February 28
Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Carol Dansereau | The Green New Deal will be either our final illusion or a gateway to survival.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog February 28
Hundreds gather in San Francisco with the youth led Sunrise Movement. Photo: Peg Hunter/Flickr
Ted Franklin | Labour's skepticism is the elephant in the room confronting organizers fighting for a Green New Deal ambitious enough to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog February 27
Photo: Senate Democrats/Flickr
Sandra Lindberg | Green New Deal critics threaten because they are worried. But many people, especially those under 30, aren't afraid of the word "socialism" any longer.
Blog - Brad Hornick's blog February 27
Participants in Sunrise Movement protest in Washington. Photo: Becker1999/Flickr
Brad Hornick | The challenge is an immense one. Emergency response to a crisis means there is no longer any time for gradual, incremental or "non-disruptive" reductions in emissions.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 27
Photo Credit: Flickr, sylvar https://www.flickr.com/photos/sylvar/3054077849
Maya Bhullar | We know the danger that organizing using hate poses. We need to organize against it. Here are some groups, both new coalitions and old hats, who are currently active in the fight against racism.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 27
Jeff Callaway and Jason Kenney back in the day when they were running for the leadership of the UCP (Photo: United Conservative Party).
David J. Climenhaga | The manager of Jeff Callaway's 2017 campaign to lead the United Conservative Party was slapped with $15,000 in fines yesterday by Alberta's Election Commissioner for "obstruction of an investigation."
Blog - David Suzuki February 27
David Suzuki | If we continue to elevate only voices of those who have traditionally held power, we won’t likely discover meaningful solutions to the problems we collectively face.
Blog - Raluca Bejan February 27
Gillette packaging. Photo: Terry Donaghe/Flickr
Raluca Bejan | Corporations have always found ways to capitalize on the political climate. Now we're seeing Gillette and Canada Goose commodifying social justice to find new markets.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 26
Miranda Rosin, the UCP Candidate in Banff-Kannaniskis. (Photo: Screenshot of UCP video).
David J. Climenhaga | "We need to look at a two-tiered system, so that we can get those who have worked hard for their money to get out of the system if they would like to," says UCP candidate Miranda Rosin.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 25
Image: U.S. Department of State/Flickr
Sujata Dey | As ratification processes clash, the Canadian government should not rubber-stamp this deal or accelerate it through Parliament. It should take the opportunity to push for progressive changes.
Blog - Cathy Crowe's blog February 25
Crowded conditions in a Toronto respite centre that shelters 200 people.
Cathy Crowe | A UN report defends access to legal advocacy in the right to housing. Meanwhile, Toronto denied its homelessness crisis emergency status, choosing instead to spare no cost to fix potholes.
Blog - Policyfix February 25
Hannah Muhajarine | The idea of a Green New Deal is championed by grassroots movements on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border. Much of the policy framework has already been outlined. All we need is political will.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 25
Tar sands in Alberta. Image: Extinction Rebellion Canada/Facebook
Brent Patterson | The Extinction Rebellion movement was launched 18 weeks ago, and now counts over 200 outposts around the world. As chapters gear up for a global week of direct action, how is the movement faring?
Blog - The Views Expressed February 25
Image: PowerShift Canada/Facebook
Raagini Appadurai | "Today, I am reminded that 'if you still got breath, it's your time.' And we're coming." Reflections on the youth climate justice movement from a PowerShift convergence participant.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 25
New Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh on a recent visit to Edmonton. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | Count on it, the stars in the NDP firmament are moving into alignment for someone. But even if he wins tonight, it may not be Singh.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 25
Image: gnbca/Flickr
Brent Patterson | March 18 is the deadline to comment on Bird Brook and Napadogan Brook becoming "tailings impoundment areas" for mine waste from the proposed Northcliff Resources Ltd Sisson mine.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 24
Brent Patterson | The Trudeau government has yet to deliver on its January 2018 announcement to establish a Canadian Ombudsperson for the Responsible Enterprise, but news could be coming soon.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 23
David J. Climenhaga | Common sense suggests the NEB recommendation on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion is a small but significant step toward its completion. Don't expect any agreement on that.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 23
Brent Patterson | Samir Flores Soberanes opposed a gas pipeline and thermoelectric plant that could contaminate the water on his territory. Now he is dead.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog February 22
Bronwen Tucker | The National Energy Board has approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Sign here to remind Justin Trudeau we won't let him build this pipeline.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 22
Restaurant interior. Photo: Jonas de Carvalho/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Notwithstanding some higher costs, based on the facts it seems likely times for Alberta restaurateurs have never been better.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 22
A typical red brick rural hospital in Alberta, this one in the town of Black Diamond (Photo: Royalbroil/Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | Health-care management at Alberta Health Services is extremely lean by Canadian standards. If you cut it, as UCP Leader Jason Kenney proposes, front-line care will get worse.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada February 22
Sydney Nestel at a protest of the UJA-Toronto Walk with Israel, May 27, 2018. Photo: Raghd Hamzeh.
Sheryl Nestel | A critique of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's uncritical support of Israeli policies -- a stance at odds with that of many Canadians, including Jewish-Canadians.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Andrew Scheer's tweeted observation about Louis Riel, while unique, was paradoxically not unusual.

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