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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Two new UCP laws aim to give conservatives a leg up in elections

While the Alberta NDP gear up for the next election and work on selecting Rachel Notley’s successor, the UCP are getting ready too—with a batch of legislation this month that aims to give conservatives an advantage in Calgary and Edmonton’s next municipal elections.

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Parents raise concerns about impact of SRO’s potential return to Edmonton public schools

The Edmonton Public School Board (EPSB) will debate whether or not to welcome back armed and uniformed police officers into their schools on April 30. In the meantime, parents and other advocates are sounding the alarm about the potential impacts on racialized and vulnerable students if cops return to Edmonton public schools. 

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LERB decision gives rare glimpse into how SROs criminalize students

Edmonton Public School Board trustees will be debating a return of the controversial SRO (school resource officer, that is, police in schools) program on April 30th. Members of the public will be able to participate in this debate, too. So what exactly do SROs do?

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