Oct 22
Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
After a short and difficult election campaign, the Liberals won 157 seats, 27 fewer than in the 2015 election but enough to form a minority government.
Oct 21
Climate strike activists in Edmonton. Image: Paula E. Kirman
Greta Thunberg helps amplify, but is not the true centre of protest.
Oct 17
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: 2017 Canada Summer Games/Flickr
Author Martin Lukacs speaks about his new book, "The Trudeau Formula," which argues that progressive branding has played a huge role in Liberal party operations.
Oct 17
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Facebook
Governing from second-place position is not common in Canadian history, but there is nothing untoward or abnormal about it.
Oct 16
Greta Thunberg speaks at Fridays for Future protest in Berlin in July 2019. Image: Leonhard Lenz/Wikimedia Commons
Greta and the young people worldwide urging adults to care about their future don't need a Nobel. They need grown-ups to take them seriously and heed the scientific evidence about global warming.
Oct 15
NDP leader addresses crowd during 2019 federal election campaign. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
In 2019, breaking the cycle of Liberal-Conservative government -- an objective of the New Democrats -- starts with the NDP winning enough seats to play a key role in a minority Parliament.
Oct 12
Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau came into his own, gamely defending himself on one of the most dubious parts of his time as prime minister: the SNC-Lavalin affair.
Oct 10
Climate strike in Ottawa, September 27, 2019. Image: Mike Gifford/Flickr
Anybody who is truly concerned about their children and grandchildren should be anxious to talk about the environmental deficit instead of hiding out behind old fiscal mantras.
Oct 9
Image: 350.org/Flickr
We should all examine the roster of candidates and parties where we live, compare their environmental platforms and records, and ask local contenders about their climate commitments.
Oct 8
Andrew Scheer. Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr
Despite the efforts of many Conservative voices inside and outside media to cover for him, Andrew Scheer is still having trouble talking to Canadians about why he should be the next prime minister.
Oct 5
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
As they prepare for the next round of debates, all of the federal party leaders are fighting their own demons.
Oct 4
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer, when he was a starship captain … really! Image: Andrew Scheer/Flickr.
Who knew that Andrew Scheer would turn out to have a trunkful of dirty little secrets, with the emphasis on little?
Oct 3
Campaign soundbites don't always capture the bigger issues at play in an election. We've rounded up six books that dive deeper into major issues in the 2019 federal campaign.
Oct 2
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. Image: Screenshot/Andrew Scheer/Twitter
For the Conservatives, overseas development assistance, like immigration or Canada's stance on the Middle East, is a political punching bag, designed to attract votes by spreading fear and resentment.
Oct 1
NDP leader addresses crowd during 2019 federal election campaign. Image: Jagmeet Singh/Facebook
A successful election campaign tells a story. Finding and amplifying narratives key to attracting voter support is what will drive the next weeks of the campaign.
Sep 30
An anti-LGBTQ march in Toronto. Image: Mary Crandall/Flickr
How should the news media identify and report on hate and extremist groups in Canada? Should they report on them at all?
Sep 27
Image: Greta Thunberg/Twitter
When it comes to per capita emissions, only three countries exceed Canada's: Australia, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.
Sep 26
Image: Rachel Woroner
The writer and performer speaks with Alexandra Valahu about her new book, "I Hope We Choose Love."
Sep 25
Image: Global Climate Strike
Unequal privilege keeps the door open to those with influence -- from the Koch brothers to Big Oil -- who continue to manufacture distrust of climate science and meaningful solutions.
Sep 24
Image: Jagmeet Singh/Twitter
Good news both for the traditional party of the left and for the progressive side of the political spectrum: the dark and dour media narrative about the NDP has changed dramatically for the better.
Sep 23
Global climate Strike in London in March 2019. Image: Garry Knight/Flickr
Environment minister's pat on the head means the climate strike must continue to escalate its tactics to disrupt business as usual.
Sep 20
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Justin Trudeau/Twitter/Screenshot
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for wearing blackface when he was a teacher and a student. Individualizing blackface incidents overlooks the larger problem of anti-Black racism.
Sep 18
Image: Gary Knight/Flickr
We must do everything in our power to ensure that future generations have a livable future, with clean air, drinkable water, healthy food, biodiverse life and a stable climate.
Sep 17
 Image: Olivia Robinson/rabble
Amid an opioid crisis that claimed 4,460 lives last year in Canada, some libraries are arming themselves with naloxone in an effort to save their patrons' lives.
Sep 16
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Scheer wants to present a reassuring and non-threatening face to voters; Singh stays on message; and May speaks her mind.
Sep 13
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. Image: University of the Fraser Valley/Flickr
We should consider this election a privilege. For the first time, the top issue in voters' minds is the main threat not only to Canada but to organized human life: environmental crisis.
Sep 12
Image: Wab Kinew/Facebook
The good news was that although the total number of NDP seats only rose by four over the last election, many more new NDP MLAs were elected, and NDP Leader Wab Kinew acquitted himself well.
Sep 11
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Image: Adam Scotti/PMO
Now that we're in a new election campaign, it might be instructive to look back and see how many promises the Liberal government kept.
Sep 10
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To move forward with reconciliation in the library, more Indigenous librarians are needed at higher levels to create spaces for the revitalization and renaissance of Indigenous cultures.
Sep 9
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna. Image: Chatham House/Flickr
Use of violent and abusive language on social media, sometimes translating into actual violence, is becoming a particular problem for women in politics, especially progressive women.

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