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When it Comes to the Arctic, Canada Is Unprepared

Global Shapers Community Ottawa | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Business
Global Shapers Community Ottawa

Years of underfunding have left Canada's Coast Guard woefully unprepared to fulfill its increasing responsibilities in the Arctic. Thinning sea ice is creating new economic opportunities in the North, including resource development and rising shipping traffic.

Baird Announces New Sanctions Against Russia

CBC | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Politics

Canada is adding to the sanctions it has imposed against Russia in order to further condemn the actions of Vladimir Putin's regime, Foreign Affairs Mi...

Political Traction: Harper Gets an A+ in International Conflicts

Jaime Watt | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Jaime Watt

While it might sound bizarre to say so, the crises, both in Iraq and Ukraine, are playing to the strengths of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Within all of the uncertainty, Canadians have been largely satisfied with Prime Minister Harper's response.

NATO Approves Rapid Response Force

CP | John-Thor Dahlburg And Julie Pace, The Associated Press | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada

NEWPORT, Wales - Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters in Eas...

Canadian Jets Edge Closer To Russian Airspace

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canadian fighter jets will be patrolling the edge of Russian airspace next week as part of NATO's response to the unravelling situation in Uk...

Don't Believe Gloomy Headlines - The Global Economy Is Picking Up

Peter Hall | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

We expect developing markets to re-emerge. They've gone quiet in the past couple of years, weary of waiting for the world's large economies to get going again. Their recent record has persuaded pundits to throw them into the 'new normal' soup.

Harper is all Talk and No Action Against Putin

Colin Kenny | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

The Department of National Defence is currently being hounded by Treasury Board, which had designed a system that makes it impossible for DND to manage its budget. As a result, the military keeps falling behind in equipment purchases and capacity keeps declining. The government could put an end to this stalemate if it wished to, but instead seems delighted that it is pocketing the unspent money to meet its deficit-fighting promises. Canadians already have a small military and it just keeps shrinking.

Russia Promises To Support Locals Hit By Western Sanctions

CP | Laura Mills And Julie Pace, The Associated Press | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Business

MOSCOW - Russia was counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors on Wednesday, with the central bank ...

Putin Isn't Crazy, He's Ruthless

Diane Francis | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The facts are that Putin is not erratic or crazy, but is rational and predictable. He knows the West is divided and he is executing his plan like the KGB officer that he is. He wants total control over Europe's gas markets, and accompanying influence, and has done, and will do, whatever it takes to achieve this.

Having Women In Power Is A Matter Of Justice

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

Women worldwide have faced discrimination, injustice and the infringement of their rights for centuries. In the 21st century, there still exists a great number of women who don't have basic civil rights, and female representation on different levels of our society remains low.

On International Issues, Harper Commits Selective Morality

Murtaza Haider | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

The Harper government has mastered the art of selective morality. When it is convenient, Mr. Harper takes cover behind international law to attack those he disagrees with on ideological or religious grounds. And those with whom he has an ideological or religious connection, his government wilfully ignores their indiscretions. This selective application of morality is at odds with the principles of social justice, which all Canadians hold dear.

Harper Wrote An Editorial?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the western world can't soften its tough stand toward Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, even at the expe...

Baird: No 'Blank Cheques' For Ukraine

CBC | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will live up to the obligations it has made to Ukraine, but will not “write blank cheques.” Ear...

What The Tories Stand To Gain From Denouncing Putin

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics

Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have heavily criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the crash of flight MH17 in Ukr...

More Canadian Troops Headed To Europe

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - About 120 Canadian soldiers leave for eastern and central Europe today as part of a continuing show of support for Ukraine.The military would...

Canada To Impose More Sanctions

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada will impose economic sanctions and a travel ban on another 14 individuals involved in militan...

Get High-Speed Rail Policy On Tracks

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

Clearly the Government of Canada doesn't have an HSR policy, but surely it's time it did the minimum? A basic and badly-needed step would be to lay the policy and political tracks for a future ''blue sky'' proposal regarding high-speed rail.

Harper Announces More Sanctions As Putin Puts Military On Combat Alert

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Canada is imposing economic sanctions and travel bans against 11 Russian and Ukrainian individuals plus one additional entity over Russia’s...

How Growing Trade Alliances Among Middle-Power Countries Will Harm the Dollar

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Qais Ghanem, MD

The acronym BRICS stands for the group consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. If predictions are true, Iran and Turkey may soon join, creating BRICSIT. Increasing trade among these economies may be bad news for the U.S. dollar.

The Fourth Revolution: A Good Read

Diane Francis | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

"The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State" by Economist Editor in Chief John Micklethwaite and Economist Managing Editor Adrian Wo...

Why Would Anyone Want To Host the Winter Olympics?

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

What country in its right mind would willingly and consciously walk into a Winter Games with the possibility of anything even reaching toward $50 billion on its table? The Sochi Games gave everyone else a chance to think about it for a second, and once you do it's sort of like being sober in a club where all your friends are buying bottle service... you can only get so drunk.

Boycott Russia's FIFA World Cup in 2018 Movement

Diane Francis | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

I stand solidly behind my friend, Eugene Melnyk (Owner of the NHL's Ottawa Senators) who's of Ukrainian heritage for his call to launch a boycott agai...

Ukraine Must Play Tough After This Week's Election

Diane Francis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

If Ukraine calls Putin's bluff, Russia's stability may be shaken and certainly western Europe's indifference will be. Putin's nationalistic narrative has temporarily supplanted the protests in his own country and allowed him to impose repressive measures, but his power is fragile.

Tories Asked Why They Won't Sanction 'Putin's Buddies'

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Montreal-based Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) said Friday it did not lobby the Harper government to keep a Russian executive off Canada's list o...

Canadian Oil Can Make the World a Safer Place

Mark Milke | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Milke

Given Canada's proximity to the United States, we tend to take our peace and security for granted. This comfortable distance from most of the world's violence has also led us to underestimate how useful Canada might be in defusing threats elsewhere using an item some people overlook as leverage: energy. Canadians might have a general sense that oil in particular matters to world affairs; but given that Canada has never been a superpower, it has never been responsible for the wider world order to ensure that oil (or natural gas) flow to countries that need it. Given recent developments at home and abroad, that blissful unawareness merits re-thinking.