Chris Genovali


Why Does B.C. Government So Desperately Want Grizzly Bears Dead?

Chris Genovali | April 19, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
We want these bears dead. This is the message the B.C. government's "reallocation policy" sends across the country. This policy is also preventing the implementation of an innovative solution to end the commercial trophy hunting of grizzlies and other large carnivores throughout B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest.
G. Elijah Dann


Squamish on the Precipice: Saying 'No' to LNG

G. Elijah Dann | April 19, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
We were told how other towns that accepted this industrial turn now look. It's not pretty. "Drive through some of those towns," we were told. See for yourselves what industry has delivered. Smell the air. Look around. See what these oil and gas facilities have done to communities.
Jean Kavanagh

Rock Stars, Politicians, Doctors Support Drug Policy Reform

Jean Kavanagh | April 19, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
"The reality is that young people today have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol and tobacco. That should be the core of the conversation right now."
Glenn Thibeault


Budget 2014 Struck a Blow to Small Business

Glenn Thibeault | April 17, 2014 | Canada Business
While the Conservatives like to talk a big game, Canada's SMEs have received very little attention from the Harper government. Instead, when it comes to making policy, the Conservatives have made their priorities clear: they're on the side of Bay Street -- not Main Street.
Tim Paziuk


Advisor, Salesman or Thief?

Tim Paziuk | April 17, 2014 | Canada Business
If you like rants read on... I've had it with an industry that screws young people because of its own greed. Why is it that the government has absolutely no concern for the well-being of the next generation? Is it because most of them don't vote? If that's the reason...
Niels Veldhuis


CIBC Misses the Point About Ontario's Economy

Niels Veldhuis | April 17, 2014 | Canada Business
The analysis of one of Canada's leading banks incorrectly concludes Ontario can't be compared to California, should be compared to other provinces, isn't necessarily at fault for being the second most indebted province, and argues the federal government should consider bailing Ontario out. No wonder Ontario is in the state it's in.
Ivey Business School

Nice Guys Can Win (If They Are Good)

Ivey Business School | April 17, 2014 | Canada Business
There is also ample anecdotal evidence that niceness and excellence can co-exist. The careers of Wayne Gretzky in sport, Chris Hadfield in science and Arlene Dickinson in business are good examples. So does being nice really mean you will finish last?
Adam Olsen

Town With Most To Gain Leads On Northern Gateway Rejection

Adam Olsen | April 16, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
With a federal decision on Northern Gateway imminent, this vote in Kitimat sets the tone. If the Canadian government supports the project, Premier Christy Clark will be facing a challenge to similar to the one Kitimat's leadership stared down on Monday night.
Colleen M. Flood


Medical Tourism Is Not the Answer For Canadian Hospitals

Colleen M. Flood | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
So it looks like the 'magic bullet' solution has been found at last to cure Canada's health care woes: medical tourism. It's a revenue-generating solution for a cash-strapped system, we are told. A handful of other hospitals already engage in this practice. Should we break out the champagne and celebrate? Not so fast.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Businesses Need Protection Against Government Snooping Too

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | April 16, 2014 | Canada Business
There's nothing wrong with raising concerns about respect for privacy with regard to certain commercial practices. But the quantity and quality of data collected, the use to which they are put, and the potential violations of respect for privacy have nothing in common with those of governments and their spy agencie
Peter Hall


The Hidden Truth in Unemployment Stats

Peter Hall | April 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Have you seen the numbers lately? We should be celebrating in the streets! Recent economic performance has driven unemployment rates down to levels that many believed would not be seen for years to come. So why doesn't it feel that way?
Mary Donohue


Canada's Foreign Worker Program Has a Trust Problem

Mary Donohue | April 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Employers are not "hooked" on temporary foreign workers because they provide critical skills on an emergency basis (as the program was intended) but because they work hard (and presumably for cheap). So who's to blame? It's time for management to look in the mirror. For the last 50 years organizations have invested in just about anything except their employees, who are increasingly treated as replaceable widgets. The federal government is also complicit. Why should employers bother to train, motivate and engage their workers when they can simply replace them with foreign "temporary" workers?
Hannah McKinnon


Rejecting Keystone Is a Matter of Morality

Hannah McKinnon | April 16, 2014 | Canada Business
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has turned into one of the most hotly debated topics in North America. There are so many ways to debate about the pipeline and the tar sands oil that would fill it. But, what does it mean when 10 Nobel Peace Laureates, including former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and landmine activist Jody Williams, take a stand and call for a rejection?
Barry Kiefl

Don't Believe Everything You Read About CBC Cuts

Barry Kiefl | April 16, 2014 | Canada
The National Post ran a commentary saying CBC seemed incapable of reinventing itself, which may be true, and concluded that it didn't matter since TV viewing was in decline and the television industry, that is, networks, cable, etc. wouldn't exist in its present form in "maybe two years." This blissfully ignores the fact that TV viewing and cable/satellite subscriptions have shown no decline.
David Suzuki


It's Time For a Real War on Cars

David Suzuki | April 16, 2014 | Canada
In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars -- but there should be. Combatting pollution and climate change, reduced dependency on private automobiles will lead to healthier people, fewer deaths and injuries and livable cities with happier citizens. And that's worth fighting for!
Carol Linnitt


Killing B.C. Environmental Reviews 'Not In The Public Interest'

Carol Linnitt | April 16, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
"Environmental assessments are supposed to allow the public and regulators to better understand and avoid potential risks. Removing the requirement for an environmental review is not in the public interest," said lawyer Jessica Clogg.
Nick Fillmore


Flaherty's Legacy: The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly

Nick Fillmore | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Flaherty, who was only 64 when he died, was devoted to his family and one of the most popular Members of Parliament. And while his life achievements and humanity should be praised, it also needs to be said that during his time in the federal government his policies severely discriminated against the vast majority of Canadians. With apologies to Clint Eastwood, the Flaherty/Harper contributions to the economic life of the country can be broken into three main areas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Dana Larsen


Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

Dana Larsen | April 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
If Health Canada spent as much time and money on researching medical marijuana and creating a properly run system as they have on court battles against patients, then we'd all be a lot better off. But unless you've just taken a big bong-hit, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Andrew Feldstein


If Things With Your New Foreign Bride Fizzle, You Face Fees

Andrew Feldstein | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
Of course it's romantic to have sunset ceremony with a senorita on the Costa del Sol. But before you start picking out wedding invitations and planning on bringing your sweetheart back to Canada, there is a lot of wisdom in getting the facts about your legal obligations if you to want to marry someone from a foreign country and sponsor them to come to Canada.
Sean Speer

What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada's Government

Sean Speer | April 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
For a real-life example of how scaling back government has led to positive and practical economic benefits, Americans should look north. In Canada the conventional wisdom for much of the second half of the 20th century favored increasing the size of government. This led to significant growth in government as a share of the economy.
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