Changes at home, and abroad, mean many changes for Albertans
Our southern neighbour is also gearing up for an election and, given the state of Canadian sovereignty and the possibility of the U.S. economy tanking, the U.S. race may influence Canadians more than our own election. Most people in my circle are following American politics with unprecedented interest. Read more...
Alberta up close
Dam poses serious environmental risks to the Peace River corridor
Currently in the process of a joint review by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA), the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), and the Natural Resources Conservation Board (NRCB), Glacier Power's proposal is to erect a weir almost 12 metres high across the width of the Peace River two km upstream of Dunvegan Provincial Park, southwest of the town of Fairview, Alberta. What will follow will be the flooding of productive riparian and valley lands, the alteration of the river's ice regime, and the creation of an obstruction for fish across the entire width of the river. Read more...
Activism and social movements
Networking sites like Facebook and MySpace break down barriers for activists— but good strategizing is still the key to success
Whether you are sixteen or sixty, a professional who knows the ins and outs of the political system or someone who shakes her head in confusion at the process of making things happen, social networking sites give you a place to learn about advocacy. If you don't know what to do next, there's probably someone who does—you just have to connect with them. And Facebook is the place to do that. Read more...
Economy and politics
A closer look at a neglected history
To onlookers from outside, it appears as unjustified rage. But by examining recent history, we see that there are many reasons behind the recent growth of militancy in the Islamic world. Read more...
Economy and politics
North America's conservatives manipulate voters by stirring up emotional debates about values, religion
How do they do it? How do right-wing conservative parties, whose only major objective is the pursuit of policies that benefit the corporations and the wealthy, get elected? The 9/11 attacks certainly electorally aided the former U.S. President George Bush, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper used fear to sell the ongoing Afghanistan occupation. But by far, the favourite solution for politicians in both countries has been to climb on board the "values" bandwagon. Read more...