Entries by Hassan Arif from 02/2012

Harper's Misplaced Targets: Criminals and the Poor

| Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada Politics

Rather than social programs to help the poor and vulnerable, to help seniors, there is an emphasis on fulfilling a right-wing agenda in areas such as crime. This reflects the lack of fact-based policy which is needed in a government that promotes economic growth.

There's Growth in New Brunswick -- But is it Smart?

| Posted 02.13.2012 | Canada

While the growth of New Brunswick's urban and suburban areas is not on the scale of larger cities in Canada, there are lessons to be learned from these larger centres where, after periods of rapid growth which led to vast landscapes of generic car-oriented sprawl, there has been a backlash and a desire to return to more walkable downtown-like neighbourhoods.

Millenials: Victims of the Drummond Report

| Posted 02.20.2012 | Canada Politics

The Millennials are the first generation that will be worse off than their parents. By repealing the 30 per cent tuition credit -- as the Ontario government has done -- many youth cannot afford post-secondary education, condemning them to minimum wage jobs and hindering their ability to fully contribute to our society's economic life.

If Latin America Became Democratic, So Can the Middle East

| Posted 02.27.2012 | Canada

The people of Latin America have been able to make their voices heard through the ballot box, electing governments responsive to their concerns and aspirations. During the 1970s and 1980s, when dictators like Pinochet reigned supreme, this would have seemed a dream to many.