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China Must Free These Activists and Restore Confidence in Their Country

Patricia Adams | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

Guo Yushan and He Zhengjun are accused of having written and published books and articles, and of having given lectures at universities, on such subjects as taxes, law reform, and environmental protection, with funding that included four foreign sources. They are just two of 1.4 billion Chinese citizens, but their work represented all that is hopeful and optimistic about China. Rather than jailing them, the government should free them, tap their confidence in their country and their dedication to their fellow citizen, thaw the chill that has accompanied their incarceration and help the country thrive.

After I Won Miss World Canada My Father Was Threatened in China

Anastasia Lin | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Anastasia Lin

My father was never so proud of me as when I was crowned Miss World Canada in May. It's an incredible honour to be able to represent my country on the world stage. To my father, who still lives in China, it was validation that all of his efforts to support me have paid off. Although access to information is restricted in China, news of my win spread quickly in my home province of Hunan, and my father was inundated with messages congratulating him and wishing me well. But things soon took a dark turn. Now, just a few weeks after I was crowned, my father is afraid to speak to me.

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Project Is Undemocratic, Unpopular And Environmentally Devastating

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

When the French tried to build a canal through Panama in 1880, malaria, yellow fever and other tropical nastiness wiped out 20,000 people and the proj...

How Canada Becoming an RMB Hub Helps Our Companies

Peter Hall | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

On Monday the renminbi (RMB -- Chinese currency) will step into Canada with the inauguration of the only RMB hub in the Americas. We know in Canada it will be greeted with fanfare, but what is less certain is whether or not Canadian exporters and international investors will take action once the celebration ends. Should they?

China Releases Canadian Woman Accused Of Spying

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The couple, who are originally from Vancouver, have been charged with stealing secrets and spying.

Beijing Sets a New Sustainability Bar

Joseph Kirschke | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada
Joseph Kirschke

In central Burma, where minerals, community upheaval and foreign investment have collided since political reforms four years ago, the Letpadaung coppe...

Obama's Megawatt Diplomacy Is Great News For Sub-Saharan Africa

David Himbara | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada
David Himbara

Obama is rightly emphasizing the reality that electricity is an input into nearly every good and service in households, villages, towns and national economies. A region in which 600 million out of 960 million are without power cannot possibly ignite, expand or sustain economic growth and development.

5 New Year's Resolutions For B.C.'s Politicians

Dermod Travis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In the spirit of giving, here are five ideas for B.C.'s politicians to consider as they set their resolutions for 2015.

Suzuki's Blue Dot Tour, the People's Climate March And Obama's Secret Pact With China

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

November was a watershed month in the war on climate change. Canadian environmentalist legend David Suzuki spent the month crossing the country on his...

First China Brings the Money, Now They Bring the Muscle

Colin Kenny | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

The Chinese have been pushed around a lot over the years, most notably by Britain, Japan and the United States. That isn't likely to continue as China develops. Middleweights can put on a lot of muscle in a hurry when they have money, determination and technical skills. China has all three in spades.

What Obama's Joint GHG Emissions Announcement With China Really Means

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

What does this mean for Canada? First and foremost, it means a reinvigorated green crusade for renewables, which can only harm Canada's economy, as we showed when Ontario took this path. In addition, the green movement will likely use this agreement to push for other harmful policies such as a national carbon tax. The U.S.-China agreement will also reinvigorate green opposition to Canadian fossil-fuel production of all sorts: the no coal, no gas, and especially the no oil sands people will be using the new announcement as a cudgel with which to demonize anyone who opposes them.

How Canada Has Maintained a Strong, Principled Voice in China

Paul Hong | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Paul Hong

China continues to want to do more business with Canada. However, given that many Canadians have serious misgivings about China and the communist party, various media outlets have reported that despite Chinese offers to negotiate a free trade agreement, Canada has yet to agree to such measures.

Canada, Hold China Accountable For Its Suppression of Human Rights

Irwin Cotler | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

In a word, Dr. Wang's and Dr. Liu's continuing detentions are case studies of the Chinese government's massive repression of human rights defenders and violations of their own undertakings to us to respect their domestic and international legal obligations. Regrettably, the Chinese government has succeeded in having the narrative focus on the regime's openness to trade, technology, and business, and away from justice, democracy, and human rights.

Harper, Chinese Officials Sign Deals Worth As Much As $2.5 Billion

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Business

BEIJING, China - Stephen Harper and Chinese officials signed a flurry of trade and currency deals on Saturday worth as much as $2.5 billion while tens...

Playing Ball With China

Peter Hall | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

If you build it, he will come. In this case, "it" is not a baseball diamond, but a renminbi (RMB) hub, and "he" is not Shoeless Joe Jackson, but rather a business community eager to trade and invest in RMB. So far, the "build-it first" approach has paid dividends for Hong Kong, London, Taipei, and Singapore. Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Seoul, and a host of other jurisdictions are also showing initial promise after recently signing hub agreements. But will this approach work for Canada?

What Happens When Empire Intervenes in the Affairs of Other Countries

Mark Taliano | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Taliano

In an article entitled "Why Canada And The U.S. Are On The Wrong Side Of Democracy", I describe the shocking downward spiral of Honduras since the illegal coup, and the concurrent loss of economic and political self-determination. This, then, is the consistent pattern when Empire intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.

Canada's Special Relationship With the Dalai Lama

Paul Hong | Posted 12.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Hong

Despite these negative views on the Dalai Lama coming from a more assertive China (now reportedly the world's largest economy and our second largest trading partner) Canada has provided considerable support to the Dalai Lama and issues of concern to him.

Why Does China Get To Renege on Its Promise of Democracy in Hong Kong?

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane M. Francis

China's recent ruthlessness has shocked many including Emily Lau, a long-standing Member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. In a recent interview, she said: "These demands are modest and reasonable and protesters are peaceful. There is no compromise. The ball is now in China's court. Promises were made."

If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why? "Occ...

Expat Chinese People Need to Join the Fight Against the Ivory Trade

Sangita Iyer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Seventy per cent of illegal ivory ends up in China -- the world's largest ivory consumer, as the insatiable demand for the "white gold" is surging with the growing middle class populous. The root cause of this insane craving for ivory is ignorance. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), more than 70 per cent of Chinese don't realize that elephants are being killed for their ivory.

Canada Shouldn't Feel Superior to China's Charity Regulation

Blake Bromley | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When considering civil society organizations, there are few things to which government officials are more sensitive than political activities. It is doubtful that the activities considered unacceptably political by the Communist Party of China are any more overtly political than the impugned activities of charities in Canada.

One of Hong Kong's Most Influential Demonstrators Is in His 80s

Paul Hong | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Paul Hong

One of the important figures in the democratic movement in Hong Kong is Joseph Cardinal Zen, the retired Catholic Bishop of Hong Kong. Cardinal Zen, aged 82, attended the recent demonstrations. He told Reuters that "It's high time that we really showed that we want to be free and not to be slaves...we must unite together."

Do You Know About Canada's Contentious FIPA Trade Treaty With China?

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada
Capt. Trevor Greene

There is a famous Chinese curse that goes "may you live in interesting times." The government ushered in some interesting times indeed on September 12...

Why American Universities Are So Alluring To Asian Students

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The number of foreign students has doubled since even 2000. Some 265,000 go to Canada, over 200,000 to Australia, and more than 420,000 to the UK. While the American empire may be in decline, its universities still hold a great allure for the youth of the world for their academic leadership, freedom to explore and create and share, and their inviting and equitable atmosphere.