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dear followers, many of you know me for my science & technology-related work. it's common knowledge how the church has worked with the state to colonize & exploit Indigenous ppl. S&T's role in colonization is lesser recognized. I have focused on genomics.…
while continuing to build #IndigenousSTS programs @UANativeStudies including a summer genome training program for Indigenous ppl, i've recently begun researching the suppression of Indigenous sexualities by settler states and their institutions.
@UANativeStudies genomics & sexualities may seem unrelated, but settler thought is preoccupied with purity & contamination in their thinking of race, sex & nature. genomics prefers to bleed "unadmixed" Natives. while Indigenous women are hypersexualized. In both cases we're exploitable resources.
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In light of the #UCP hitting pause on plans for supervised injection services in Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Calgary, I asked McCauley Community League president Greg Lane about the existing facility in his neighbourhood. I didn't expect him to say what he did... (1/3)
"I don't think anyone's going to argue the value of saving lives. The data's there in the proof of how many lives they've saved. It's an intervention opportunity. This is a thing that's been stigmatized. There's been an issue with needles in the community for a while..." (2/3)
"Overall, the data I've seen from EPS re: disturbances and unrest, those numbers have not gone up. It's not had a negative impact in that regard." MCL president Greg Lane's comments re: supervised injection sites begin at 8:00 mark:… #yeg #ableg #PWUD (3/3)
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1. I was not expecting this to be so widely shared & requested.

Folks wanted this in a non-fb format - a Treaty Acknowledgement I gave this week in Urban Planning Committee.

It is very brief and therefore imperfect but maybe it helps.

#yeg #yegcc #abpoli #canpoli #treaty6 #TRC
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Something @jkenney has repeatedly failed to mention - rebates for lower-income families have increased their purchasing power as they generally have a smaller carbon footprint - taking transit & living in smaller homes. That income boost will now disappear. #ableg
As noted in @edmontonspc's Feb '17 Profile of Poverty in #yeg:

"[w/ rebates], most low income households will likely come out ahead from the carbon levy [as] people living in low income tend to live in smaller [homes], use transit, & drive less"… #ableg
That's one of many steps our gov't took that helped to cut child poverty in half from 2015-17.

Much like the 33% cut in small biz tax & support for public transit/LRT & green rural infrastructure, I think that's a good use of funds collected from a price on pollution. #ableg
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Fear & Loathing in Alberta: the Big Fat Lie of Election 2019 THREAD #GentThreads #abpoli #ableg #cdnpoli #yeg #yyc
First of all, thank you Edmonton, for being the intellectual & moral hub of this entire province. The rest of us, evidently, were all too ready to elect to power a team already revealed as white supremacists, homophobes, misogynists, frauds, criminals & climate deniers /2 #abpoli
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I wrote a story about hate groups in Edmonton. I would like to give you some insight into why I decided to do so. I don't even know where to start.
First off, it should be said that the fact we've reached a point in Edmonton where it's totally normal for people to recite neo-Nazi slogans in a public square, literally in a place named after a guy who fought Nazis, is not just ironic, but deeply troubling and dangerous...
“It should be national news for that reason alone. We’ve got these racist, essentially white street gangs, who are saying neo-Nazi (slogans) and saying they’re going to beat up anti-racist demonstrators,” says @ebalgord. “And they’re barely beating around the bush about it.”
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Stephen Mandel makes announcement today in #YEG that he’s heard people are getting robocalls and those calls are being made in his name, saying Stephen Mandel endorses Jason Kenney. #ableg
Mandel says “where is the morality?” and says the campaign has reached an “all time low.” #ableg #yeg
Mandel says he has had enough and is asking the Rcmp and elections commissioner to investigate. #ableg #yeg
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After looking at the platforms, additional information and the leaders debate this is what I am let with. ALL parties will be running a deficit. Oil revenue paid for a lot of things which allowed us to have low taxes 1/ 18
#abvote #abpoli #shpk #yeg #yyc #strathco
Oil prices crash, we have been through this often. And every time it happens it is the same. Jobs are lost, people's lives go off the rails and the Alberta economy crashes. This time is no different than the last time or the time before. We have some hard choices to make 2/18
Just looking at the top 2 parties. At the end of the next 4 year term #UCP will have us at 86 bill in debt and #abndp will have us at 95 bill in debt. This is a difference of 9 bill over a 4 year term or 2.25 bill per year. So what does each plan get us? 3/18
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This is an interesting poll, and like all the other more-recent polls, it has some wrinkles that deserve to be unpacked.
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
The published document includes the questionnaire, the cross-tabs, etc, which is super-awesome because it helps shed some light on why different polls might yield different results. Often these details are hidden behind a paywall.
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
I believe this is a commissioned poll (for the Global Petroleum Show?) as well, like the recent EKOS poll (which was commissioned for Unifor). These tend to get excluded from poll-aggregators for a few good reasons:
#ableg #abvote #abpoli
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1/ My daughter and I were waiting at Shoppers Drug Mart for a prescription. Along comes an woman with a senior, who sat next to us.

We were making small talk when the woman's daughter asked her why her bank card was getting declined. Of course she didn't know. #Parenting #yeg
2/ Some conversation goes back and forth and it's revealed she went out to dinner with a friend and paid because it was her birthday. The daughter, dumbfounded, asks how she intends to get her meds now? She's getting kind of loud and is obviously frustrated. #Parenting #yeg
3/ The senior lady honestly looks like she's about to cry. It's heartbreaking. Truly it is.

Suddenly my daughter pulls me close and whispers "rak attack..." and smiles. I shoot her a nod and she asks the elderly lady if there isn't something she could help with? #Parenting #yeg
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So, it looks like it’s not going to be a coronation, after all! A large poll conducted by EKOS for Unifor suggests that the wheels are starting to fall off Kenney’s wagon. #ableg #abpoli #abvote #yyc #yeg
The NDP has strengthened its lead in Edmonton and closed the gap in Calgary.
Also, a clear majority of Albertans now pick Notley as the “best Premier” over Kenney.
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Another day, another education-related announcement that shows the #UCP didn't do their homework and didn't listen to what we shared with them about the work school districts are already doing on career education and skilled trades. #abed #ableg #abvote
The NAIT Collegiate project was initiated through an agreement between #EPSB, #ECSD, and #NAIT in 2014. We've been waiting for Blatchford redevelopment and also have had to prioritize high school construction in south #yeg because space needs there are dire.
Our district, #EPSB, also already offers the Career Pathways model to all students to help them begin thinking about life after high school from day 1. At this stage, they use My Blueprint to imagine their futures.
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I want to talk about covering the cost of enrolment growth through finding efficiencies in administration. Trustees think about this a lot. Here's an #epsb report on operational efficiency for 2018/19 (we do this annually). 1/13 #abed #ableg #abvote…
As you can see, we look hard at our internal practices and seek external partnerships to improve our use of operational resources, especially when it comes to district administration. It's an important bit of our fiduciary responsibility as trustees to use public funds well. 2/13
We're pretty lean in #EPSB as admin goes. While the provincial cap is set at 3.6% of district budget, we run at 3.2%. That's lower than charities (where admin spending is usually seen as efficient at 5-10%). Admittedly, different sector, but it's enlightening to compare. 3/13
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Albertans have some decisions to make regarding what direction they want our province to go. I am hearing a lot about track records and taxes on all sides of the fence so I wanted to throw my 2 cents out into the internet universe. #ableg #abpoli #abvote 1/
Society pays taxes for a reason. Those dollars collected are designed to go to needed infrastructure, repair & maintenance as well as programs that save us money in the long run and make our society a better place to live. It's literally the governments JOB to spend those $$ 2/
Both sides have a track record. Albertans need to decide which track record they like and which track record they want to see for Alberta's future. I have chosen my view and my side and I would like to tell you why I think we are #BetterOffWithRachel 3/
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I'm following the Alberta Party again today on the #abvote campaign trail. Leader @SMandel_AB will announce at 10:30 a.m. he plans to double the number of educational assistants in schools while reducing class sizes. #ableg #abed
The Alberta Party is promising a "boost in funding for inclusive education." Current provincial budget for inclusive education is $461 million. Some smaller school boards have said they divert $ from other areas to meet the needs of students with disabilities. #abed #ableg
Mandel’s education announcement is at Al Mustafa Academy in SE #yeg. Not sure if this is a signal about his position on private schools, or because of public school rules about no political campaigning on grounds. #abed #ableg
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Next up, @BashirMohamed is here to tell us about Edmonton - but his story started in Kenya. #nerdnite #yeg
In 2016, an Edmontonian at a red light shouted the n-word at Bashir, a cyclist, which he video recorded, and it exploded.

Many people said that wasn't the Alberta they know. But are we sure about that? #nerdnite #yeg
The Edmonton Bashir moved to looked pretty darn white, but he started to dig into the black history of Edmonton, and Alberta. #nerdnite #yeg
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Was this the first time @edmontonjournal put menstruation on the front page? But @NoWomanWithout is the second #yeg non-profit formed recently to collect menstrual products (see also All Cycles YEG).
It's part of a growing global discussion #yegcc #ableg…
Women and trans folk in shelters aren't the only ones impacted. Low-income girls who can’t access enough products are likely to miss school. Any woman surprised by an unpredictable period in public faces a desperate scramble. #yegcc #ableg (2/...)
New York City made emergency tampons/pads free in schools, jails and shelters. @TorontosMayor declared last May 28 "Menstrual Hygiene Day" and several university campuses now stock backup product. #yegcc #ableg (3/...)

(Didn't ask @doniveson his plans 😏)
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The illegal federal political contributions from #SNCLavelin were to both federal parties back in 2004-11

All the funds have been repaid to the federal treasury by the respective national parties, both of whom disavow any knowledge of the scheme

@StephenHarper appointed gov't employee remained on payroll despite links to illegal fundraising

Former #SNCLavalin VP #NormandMorin was named by PM @StephenHarper to the port authority in 2006!!

#Cdnpoli #Abpoli #Ableg #Alberta #Yyc #Yeg
The #CPC gov appointment of #ArthurPorter to Canada's intelligence oversight agency after allegations surfaced the he was involved in a kickback scheme in #Montreal involving #SNCLavalin.

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1. “I’m not racist but...”

We’ve all heard the phrase, we all know what it REALLY means, and in light of recent events at 2 #yeg mosques I’ve been asked to make a statement as an elected official.

It may different than what you expect.

2. First, do I condemn this hate and all Islamaphobia? Yes. Of course. As should we all. But that doesn’t solve the problem, does it?

All it does is shout at the symptoms. That’s not how we heal wounds. Just shouting at hate won’t heal racism.
3. Let’s get to the root of the problem and confront a truth. We have seen politicians & pundits light the flames of blame & “otherness” & paint a target on a group of people for their own gain. Is it truly a surprise, then, when someone in their audience sadly takes action?
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if @sandela and @NoLore's recent shout-out to the "ladies in edmonton" isn't referring to @bronwentucker, @GabbyGelderman, and I then we need to meet these other "ladies in edmonton" ASAP to start planning the general strike against Kenney

hmu ladies of #yeg.
@sandela come to #yeg for the general strike!!!
we'll get fried chicken
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Edmonton rolled out a juicy bonus this month for local homeowners looking to upgrade windows, furnaces and insulation.

But I’ll let you in on a secret. No one thinks this is a silver bullet.… #yegcc #yeg #ableg
#yeg will top up the carbon-tax rebate by an additional 20% for furnaces, windows, insulation... (as it does for solar).
But the bump-up is expected to convince all of 300 homeowners to take action this year (that's 300 of 300,000 eligible properties).
#yegcc #ableg
More is needed and the math shows why.
Read details on the upcoming pilot to get homeowners access to low-interest loans, paid off on the property tax bill.

Also, can we fix how electrical bills currently discourage conservation? Thoughts?… #yegcc #ableg
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STATEMENT: I cannot even begin to explain what the last 24 hours have been like… I received my first death threat (a man told me I should be hanged)… (1/8) #yeg #ableg #cdnpoli
I’ve been harassed relentlessly on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter… I’ve been told I should be fired and disbarred… (2/8) #yeg #ableg #cdnpoli
And—I’ve been called every name in the book (including: a “liar”, “nasty”, an “idiot”, a “low life”, “deplorable”, a “fraud”, a “pyscho”, a “pinhead”, “creepy”, a “fag” and an “asshole”). (3/8) #yeg #ableg #cdnpoli
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1/ If after reading all the accusations and evidence surrounding @jkenney's illegal activities, you still want to vote for him, you aren't looking out for Alberta's best interests. You're buying into lies, cheating, and deviant behavior at Alberta's cost #ableg #abpoli #yeg
2/ @jkenney has proven time and time again that his interests come before Alberta's. He came here campaigning to be the #pcaa leader while still receiving his MP pay from Ottawa. He's paid others to run suicide campaigns to dirty up his rivals to ensure a win. #ableg #abpoli #yeg
3/ @jkenney promised Albertans that he would stay humble and earn every vote, but we're learned he's done just the opposite. He's cheated, lied, paid people off, ran illegal campaigns, and took illegal donations. #ableg #abpoli #yeg
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#Ottawa has not failed #Alberta!!

Watch this video from Oct 15th explaining why #ABoil prices were on the decline.

#BNN US refineries, which have been offline during maintenance work, may help explain the recent decline in Canadian #Oil prices

#Abpoli #Ableg #Cdnpoli #Yyc #Yeg
#CtvNews🎥@JustinTrudeau "In order for a pipeline to come online this week, it would have to be started effectively, under the previous #CPC Gov, & we know that didnt happen, because they didnt have the right approach on pipelines"

#Abpoli #Ableg #Alberta #Cdnpoli #Aboil
Bill C69 or C48 did not delay these piplines. Failed environmental assessments & a lack of sincere #Indigenous consultations caused these delays.

#KeystoneXL (Court delays)
#TMX delayed (IC)
#EnergyEast cancelled
#NorthernGateway delayed (IC)

#Abpoli #Ableg #Alberta #Cdnpoli
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