ANDP membership growth provides a real opportunity to do mass politics

In order to defeat the UCP, the Alberta NDP are going to have to do something they’ve never really done in their life as a political party—engage in mass politics. While early signs from the leadership race are encouraging, they must be nurtured to grow a party that can defeat the UCP behemoth. 

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Fire the chief or resign, police commissioners

Edmonton police chief Dale McFee finally emerged, Punxsutawney Phil-like, to speak about the reasons why his officers used pepper spray and batons at dawn to clear a pro-Palestinian protest encampment at the University of Alberta quad over the weekend. And because we are stuck in a Groundhog Day-esque time loop McFee employed a cynical trope political leaders have used for nearly two centuries to violently smash effective protest movements—outside agitators

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Police accountability in action: Chief McFee no-shows city council and police commission meeting is now online-only due to "safety considerations"

Two rallies were organized on May 14 in response to police’s violent dismantling of a pro-Palestine encampment at the University of Alberta over the weekend, with both coalescing at Edmonton city hall, requiring overflow seating in the building concourse to accommodate all attendees. 

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An open letter from two U of A PhD students resigning from the U of A after violent sweep of anti-genocide protest camp

To Bill Flanagan, the University of Alberta Board of Governors*, and the Administration of the University of Alberta.

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Students, teachers, unions and NDP united in denouncement of police raids at U of A and U of C

Students and faculty are calling for boycotts and the NDP are issuing fierce denouncements after police violently raided pro-Palestine demonstrations at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary this weekend.

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Pro-Palestinian protest encampments pop up at U of A and U of C

Pro-Palestinian protest camps popped up at the University of Calgary and University of Alberta this morning. The protesters have clear demands of their university administration, which include disclosing their investments and divesting from Israeli institutions and companies complicit in the genocide of Palestinians. 

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POD: housing crisis + UCP power-grab intersect in weeks-long Calgary zoning hearings

The pod returns for a discussion on why exactly Calgary is having a two week long public hearing on zoning. Joel Laforest has been melting his brain watching days and days of zoning bylaw hearings so you don't have to and here's to talk to Duncan about that and the broader housing crisis issue we all face. 

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Academic defending Yaroslav Hunka receives standing ovation in Edmonton

This piece is co-published with the Orchard, Jeremy Appel’s Substack.

A Royal Military College historian who once fantasized about defacing the National Holocaust Monument in an error-riddled Ottawa Citizen column was hosted at Edmonton’s Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex to promote a new pamphlet defending the 14th Grenadier Division of the Waffen-SS. 

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Julie Kusiek breaks promise to keep cops out of schools, is deciding vote to bring them back

The Edmonton Public School board has voted for a return of the cops-in-schools school resource officer (SRO) program, with the deciding vote coming from a trustee who told voters in 2021 that she was opposed to the program.

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Temporary Indigenous housing trailer residents at risk of homelessness again as provincial funding ends

A temporary winter housing project is closing down on May 1 and despite promises from the operator that everyone will be housed, some residents are warning that they’re about to be evicted back onto the streets and into homelessness. 

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