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Blog - Alberta Diary June 30
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Consider the dissimilar cases of Meng Wanzhou and Stephanie Clifford. The first we won't allow to leave, the second we won't allow to visit.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 29
Departing Alberta Party leader Stephen Mandel. Photo: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Stephen Mandel did something no one else could, briefly getting the Alberta Party onto the radar with the province's voters.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 28
Independent Jewish Voices Canada | IJV Canada calls out the NDP for removing Rana Zaman from the party's candicacy for her tweets critical of Israeli policy.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 27
The chamber of the Senate of Canada. Photo: Makaristos/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | This is all you really need to know about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's constitutionally meaningless Senate elections law, introduced as Bill 13 in the provincial legislature yesterday.
Blog - A change is gonna come June 27
Scene from film Zaagi’idiwin. Image: Zaagi’idiwin/NFB
Doreen Nicoll | Short films that celebrate reclamation, rematriation, and revitalization of Indigenous knowledge, languages, and culture help settlers understand the long journey out of colonization.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 26
Libby Davies | If independent, community-based, progressive media is important to you and your life, then it's time to give a little or a lot.
Blog - David Suzuki June 25
David Suzuki | With greater worldwide demand for responsibly obtained and produced products, companies can reap marketplace rewards for responsible practices and avoid boycotts and legal challenges.
Blog - KAIROS Witness June 25
Figure 1 Members of REMA Mujeres and the From Relajo to Refusal Work Group at UNAM, Mexico City, June 12, 2019. Photo courtesy of Kate Klein.
Gabriela Jiménez | An ensemble of living and non-living beings is calling an alarm: America is a mass grave. América es una fosa común.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 21
rabble staff | The 'A Green New Deal for all" tour stops tonight in Vancouver, and you can tune in live!
Blog - The Views Expressed June 21
Crowd ripping up hatred sign at Ford Fest annual picnic in 2014. Photo credit: Elizabeth Littlejohn
Roy Mitchell | Right now, we're all rainbows and celebration, but this time of year will pass and we won't see rainbows splashed over logos and flying from flagpoles the rest of the year.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 20
Antonia Zerbisias | As coalitions form and new activists and fresh voices emerge to fight the right, independent media plays an important role and needs your support.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 20
NYC ShutItDown People’s Monday march for Berta Cáceres in 2017. Photo: Alec Perkins/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | There is no shortage of money in Canada. Our per-capita GDP has more than doubled over the past 50 years. But its dispersal has been ruthlessly skewed to favour the most opulent among us.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Michael Cooper stands among fellow Conservative MPs. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Michael Cooper is threatening to sue two of his former law school classmates for publicly alleging the St. Albert-Edmonton MP once made disparaging comments about immigrants.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 19
Prime Minister Trudeau speaks with journalists during a press conference at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
David J. Climenhaga | The PM's comments in 2016 about why he approved the TMX suggest Liberal talk's as cheap as gasoline in Edmonton after Premier Jason Kenney tore up the NDP's carbon levy.
Blog - David Suzuki June 18
Image: onnola/Flickr
David Suzuki | We have little time to get emissions under control before we lock in so much CO2 and other greenhouse gases that temperatures will rise to catastrophic levels. Even the oil companies know this.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 18
Photo: Mpelletier1/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | Conservative politicians and pundits are questioning the feasibility of adding pharmaceutical coverage to Canada's public health-care system, but they are asking the wrong question.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog June 18
Image Credit: William James Topley/Library and Archives Canada/Wikimedia Commons
Maya Bhullar | On June 21, 2019 Canada commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day. Let's stand with the organizers fighting for Indigenous rights.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 18
One of those "Alberta Fights back" billboards. Image: Alberta Fights Back/Facebook
David J. Climenhaga | Obviously, the financial and political oxygen for this fake Alberta separatist movement is coming from somewhere to achieve something.
Blog - On The Other Hand June 18
Image: Women Deliver CEO and President Katja Iversen, from Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada Facebook page
Penney Kome | Canada leads the way with a new monster international fund to promote gender equality, women's empowerment, and reproductive health.
Blog - Independent Jewish Voices Canada June 18
Anti-racism demonstration in Montreal, Nov. 2017. The placards read, “Without Fear, Without Hate,” “Fraternity Without Borders." Photo: Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein | An examination of the links between patriarchy, racism, capitalism and environmental destruction, and a call to resist all of these together.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 17
Pope Francis: "prioritizing short-term economic benefits" is not a good enough reason not to have a carbon tax. Photo: Catholic Church England, Creative Commons
David J. Climenhaga | Pope Francis, leader of 1.3 billion Catholics, has declared global warming to be a real thing and putting a price on carbon to be "essential" to saving the planet.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 16
The coal-fired Kashira power plant near Moscow. Image: Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | In 2011, the Americans called cyber attacks an act of war. Now they're carrying out online attacks against Russia's power grid, according to the New York Times.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 14
Photo: Mike Gifford/Flickr
Mel Watkins | The Waffle, a product of the '60s, didn't last. But left nationalism, progressive nationalism, was what the world needed and needs. In that sense, the Waffle was prescient.
Blog - The Views Expressed June 14
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister Catherine McKenna take part in ministerial meeting on climate change in Montréal. Photo: Adam Scotti/PMO
Gordon Laxer | Why would a government so publicly committed to climate action throw more good money at a dodgy pipeline expansion, especially when Alberta has torn up its side of the climate understanding?
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews holds a news conference yesterday in a hallway of the Legislature inaccessible to most members of the public (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The UCP won't risk passing legislation bad enough to become part of the federal election campaign in battleground Ontario until after the vote. Bill 9 buys time.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 14
The interior of the Lois Hole Branch of the Edmonton Public Library (Photo: EPL).
David J. Climenhaga | There will be no changes to student page wages at this time, a statement from the Edmonton Public Library says.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor June 14
John Miller | Ottawa's plans look more and more like a bailout, designed to prop up old journalistic platforms, not an investment in something that is likely to find a new audience.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 13
Stanley Milner branch of the Edmonton Public Library. Photo: Marcia O'Connor/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | The Edmonton Public Library youth pay cut makes a lie of Jason Kenney's promise that workers subject to collective agreements wouldn't be impacted by his minimum wage cuts.
Blog - Alberta Diary June 13
UCP Finance Minister Travis Toews (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Today the UCP is introducing legislation called the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, a lead-up to the government's presumed plans to roll back the wages of public employees.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog June 12
Brent Patterson | Will you stand with climate activists to spread their messages on rabble.ca?

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