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Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 21
Paul Dewar in 2019. Photo: Phillip Jeffrey/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | Former Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who died of cancer in February 2019, was known to say that all religious faith is political.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 21
UCP Leader Jason Kenney, assiduously signing stuff (Photo: Twitter).
David J. Climenhaga | If Alberta elects a UCP government, we'll likely have to learn that lesson of what's wrong with private health-care delivery all over again, and every day will be Groundhog Day.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 21
Brent Patterson | The development of a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights will be discussed by the United Nations in October.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 20
Photo: Rachel Docherty/Flickr
Ed Finn | Corporate barbarism has intensified on a colossal scale, to the point of endangering the very sustainability of human life on the planet. The scourges of poverty and inequality run even more rampant.
Blog - David Suzuki February 20
Image: Phil Fiddyment/Flickr
David Suzuki | When the bottom of the food chain is endangered, so too is everything up the chain -- including people. Insect declines threaten birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, and plants.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 19
Centre Block, Parliament Hill. Photo: Thomas Dimson/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | As was said of the Watergate scandal, the cover-up is usually worse than the crime. Expect revelations soon.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 18
Shahroze Khan | If Canada is going to be a progressive leader at the international level, we need stronger and bolder leadership on Palestine. Canada needs an Ilhan Omar -- a prominent progressive voice on Palestine.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 18
Jason Kenney in 2013. Photo: michael_swan/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Encouraging "free votes" may seem odd for a leader who quick-marched his MLAs out of the legislature every time there was a vote on protest-free bubble zones around abortion clinics. But maybe not.
Blog - Pulpit and Politics February 18
Andrew Scheer at truck convoy in Alberta on December 19, 2018. Photo: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Dennis Gruending | Those in the United We Roll truck convoy want pipelines now and hate a carbon tax. Here are some questions for them.
Blog - The Journalism Doctor February 18
John Miller | Journalist Jill Abramson is under fire for her new book, and with good reason.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 17
David J. Climenhaga | It's not too late for Premier Rachel Notley's NDP Government to promise an August statutory holiday in the Throne Speech scheduled to be read on March 18.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 15
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | Last year Peace Brigades International-Canada hosted two human rights defenders opposed to Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver Mines Inc. in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Blog - The Views Expressed February 15
Prescription bottles. Photo: Airman Valerie Monroy/U.S. Air Force/Wikimedia Commons
Ed Finn | If Canadian voters vociferously demand that all the contending candidates and parties make pharmacare an unbreakable priority in the 2019 federal election, it may really become a reality next year.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 15
Transportation Minister and former NDP leader Brian Mason introducing TheTruthAboutJasonKenney.ca yesterday (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's NDP has published a website attacking Opposition Leader Jason Kenney's record as a federal Conservative MP, cabinet minster and social conservative activist.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 15
Tania Ehret | On Valentine's Day -- with snow in forecast -- the Downtown Eastside community comes together to honour and grieve the lives of women, missing and taken too soon, and recommit to justice.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 15
Photo by Peace Brigades International.
Brent Patterson | A human rights defender and union activists were the subject of an assassination plot for opposing the privatization of a water, telecommunications and electricity utility.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 14
How to read a Restaurants Canada op-ed in the Calgary Herald -- with a pinch of salt. (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Last fall's report on Alberta's restaurant business by ATB Financial showed Albertans were spending record amounts in restaurants, and predicted they'd continue to do so.
Blog - rabble.ca's staff blog February 14
rabble staff | Here are a few reasons why we think rabble.ca could be your perfect online Valentine.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 13
Workers in a steamy kitchen preparing food. Photo: John Legrand/Wikimedia Commons
David J. Climenhaga | UCP Leader Jason Kenney appears to be backsliding on a pledge not to lower the minimum wage in Alberta.
Blog - David Suzuki February 13
Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr
David Suzuki | While governments support the fossil fuel industry with subsidies, incentives and propaganda, young people must consider what kind of world they'll inherit from their short-sighted elders.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 12
Brent Patterson | Days before the release of a National Energy Board report, a rebranded Yellow Vest convoy of up to 400 trucks from across Canada is expected to arrive in Ottawa for a pro-pipeline rally.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 12
Stephen Mandel regrets. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | While this might mean Stephen Mandel ends his long political career on a sour note, it may be an opportunity to put the little party that never quite grew out of its misery.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 12
Social conservative activist and lawyer John Carpay before the doors of a courthouse. Photo: Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms
David J. Climenhaga | Will Jason Kenney stand by stand by John Carpay after he publicly stood by his inflammatory comparison of the Nazi swastika flag and Communist hammer and sickle banner to the rainbow Pride flag?
Blog - Brent Patterson February 11
Twitter photo by @SHEOrganisation.
Brent Patterson | The K'iche' People's Council in Guatemala face criminalization and attacks for their defence against logging and Canadian mining companies.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 9
Alberta Party Leader Stephen Mandel in a typical recent pose
David J. Climenhaga | The former Edmonton mayor and Progressive Conservative Party cabinet minister appears not to have filed his post-vote financial accounting paperwork in a sufficiently timely fashion.
Blog - Brent Patterson February 9
Brent Patterson | Human rights defenders are critical in the struggle to stop climate breakdown, but increasingly they are paying with their lives in this fight.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 8
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland
David J. Climenhaga | It's just a matter of supply and demand. A big increase in supply, conveniently located for inexpensive ocean transfer, will depress the price fetched by Alberta oil.
Blog - The Activist Toolkit Blog February 8
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Maya Bhullar | The Activist Toolkit takes a look at changing fortunes of Progressive Conservatives across Canada in the slate of elections coming up.
Blog - Alberta Diary February 7
Former Alberta deputy premier and minister of employment and immigration Thomas Lukaszuk (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | The investigation centers on allegations by Amandeep Singh Panesar, a former temporary foreign worker, about labour abuses by Devinder Toor, the UCP candidate in the Calgary-Falconridge riding.
Blog - On The Other Hand February 6
Beer glass with orchid
Penney Kome | Cancer-prevention month whispers, not shouts, that liquor causes cancer.

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