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Notley Government decrees no change to Alberta's royalty regime

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Has the Alberta NDP just had its Syriza moment?

Is Alberta dominated by the oil industry the same way Greece is dominated by the Eurozone?

To many of the Alberta governing party's long-time supporters it may seem so tonight.

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Sorry Rick Mercer, Energy East won't unite our country but it will destroy our planet

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I look up to Rick Mercer and have a huge amount of respect for him, and I've been inspired by many of the rants he's filmed in this alley. But as someone who cares deeply about climate change, I'd like to respond to his most recent rant framing the Energy East pipeline as not only necessary for our economy, but a linchpin of national unity.

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I'm not 'neutral' in my classroom and I don't think you should be either

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I have a lot of conversations in my job.  It comes with the territory; I'm a teacher, and if it was a successful day, I've had meaningful exchanges with lots of people, whether they are students, other teachers, parents, or my administrators.

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Wages vs. workers: How Canada's minimum rates compare

Friday, January 29, 2016 In part 1 of rabble's series on the minimum wage in Canada, we examine what the minimum wage is and how it applies to different workers.

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Thousands of signatures against Trans Mountain pipeline delivered to NEB hearings

Friday, January 29, 2016 As the NEB hearings continue for Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, activists deliver thousands of signatures opposing the project.

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Outside the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings in Burnaby yesterday, activists delivered petitions with 26,050 signatures calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

While members of the general public are still not allowed into the hearings, a representative accepted the boxes of petitions on behalf of the NEB.

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What happens when public education is destroyed? You get Donald Trump.

Friday, January 29, 2016

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How did U.S. politics reach this bizarre point, where so many are ready to vote for Donald Trump -- a situation encapsulated in a Daily News shot of Sarah Palin endorsing him, under the headline, "I'm With Stupid."

It's hard to be smart if you've been through a system that forced you to use all your time prepping and taking tests while leaving little space for learning to think and practising thought.

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Tories' Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

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The Conservative Opposition's threat to use its majority in the unelected Senate to thwart the Trudeau government's plan to repeal two anti-labour laws passed when Stephen Harper was still prime minister is a very telling indication of that party's true commitment to the principles of democracy.

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Can Ontario's patient ombudsperson cure what ails health care?

Friday, January 29, 2016

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There are many tangled threads and competing demands in the life of a patient activist. Within your body, your ethics, your politics. It's a murky cauldron at the best of times.  

The job of Ontario's first Patient Ombudsman will be to hear patient complaints and make recommendations to facilities and the ministry to improve care. Is that enough to help a strained system?

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National study on LGBTQ education finds both support and lack of security for students

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Jan. 15 marked the official launch of the final results of a national study on LGBTQ-inclusive education, dubbed the Every Teacher Project. The study --headed by University of Winnipeg professor Catherine Taylor in partnership with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society --is the largest of its kind worldwide with 3,400 participants.

The study is comprised of an online survey, as well as 24 focus groups, with the intention of investigating "Canadian educators' experiences and perspectives on LGBTQ-inclusive education."

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Capitalism is a terrible boss: Saving journalism from its industry

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Canadian media companies are sawing off their arms and legs in a desperate attempt to please shareholders.

Hundreds of media workers have been laid off in 2016 alone. Halifax Chronicle Herald workers are on strike. The Guelph Mercury has ceased printing.

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More of the world's wealth is owned by fewer people -- and our share of the rest of it is collapsing

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The just-released Oxfam Davos Report shows that 62 individuals -- 388 in 2010 -- now own more wealth than 50 per cent of the world's population. More shockingly, it reports from its uncontested public sources that this share of wealth by half of the world's people has collapsed by over 40 per cent in just the last five years.

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