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Unhoused people and supporters protest against police as they prepare to clear homeless encampments in Edmonton on Jan. 9, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Encampment sweeps in Edmonton are yet another example of settler colonialism

Encampment sweeps in Edmonton are a brutal attack on both human and treaty rights, as well as a continuation of the violent removal of Indigenous Peoples from their land.
A family harvests their wheat crop near Cremona, Alta. Pesticide use is common throughout Canadian agriculture. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Striving for transparency: Why Canada’s pesticide regulations need an overhaul

Canada is long-overdue for scientifically-driven, robust and transparent pesticide regulation. A newly created Science Advisory Committee aims to address this.
Attendees clap as they listen during a ‘teach-in on Gaza’ lecture at Rutgers University on Oct. 27, 2023, in New Brunswick, N.J. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Campus tensions and the Mideast crisis: Will Ontario and Alberta’s ‘Chicago Principles’ on university free expression stand?

In Ontario and in Alberta, university decisions about balancing free expression and protection from harm will be an important test of recent university policy shifts pertaining to free expression.
A decomissioned pumpjack near Cremona, Alta. Signifficant liabilities for cleaning up abandoned sites represents a regulatory failure and financial burden for all Canadians. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

How secrecy and regulatory capture drove Alberta’s oil and gas liability crisis

Decades of secrecy and industry influence in Alberta have created a crisis of liability in abandoned oil infrastructure which only a serious course correction can hope to fix.
The Blue Quills Indian Residential School in St. Paul, Alta., Aug. 15, 1931. When the federal government announced plans to shutter the school in 1970, the community fought back, and Blue Quills became the first residence and school controlled by First Nations people in Canada. (Provincial Archives of Alberta)

Inside the search for the unmarked graves of children lost to Indian Residential Schools

To honour Truth and Reconciliation Day, we spoke with Terri Cardinal, who headed up one of the many community searches for the children who went missing while attending an Indian Residential School.
The costs of climate change are clear with the flood devastation in Lybia simply being the latest grim example. What is also clear is that traditional policymaking has failed and climate assemblies may provide a novel and more equitable path forward. (AP Photo/Jamal Alkomaty)

How climate assemblies can help Canada tackle the climate crisis

Climate assemblies may just provide the breakthrough required to develop popular, just and sustainable climate and energy policies.
People without vehicles line up in Yellowknife to register for a flight to Alberta; residents were ordered to evacuate the area because of encroaching wildfire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Braden

Yellowknife fires: Evacuees will need culturally specific support services

As the mass evacuation of Yellowknife unfolds, the needs of minority populations will emerge. Past experiences indicate emergency officials may not be ready to meet the needs of a diverse population.

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