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Oil By Rail Is In Desperate Need of Clean-Up

Diane Francis | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

Railways are transforming North America's energy sector and are, coincidentally, helping to save Canada's bacon. But the train business has been allowed to remain a 19th-century technology run with 19th-century mentality by workers without credentials. Aviation, by contrast, is heavily supervised and operated by licensed personnel with professional expertise and constant surveillance. For the moment, the critically important oil industry has been saved, but if governments aren't as tough as nails in their demands and dealings with the railways, then all bets are off.

Republicans Are Like Toddlers

Darlena Cunha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Darlena Cunha

Government shutdown? You can blame Obama. Sure. Many people do. There's a whole meme about it that I see daily. Thanks, Obama. You can blame the Affo...

You're Living in a G-Zero World

Diane Francis | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The G20 summit this week, and the growing Syrian catastrophe, underscores the reality that we are living in a G-zero world. The bonds that once held nations together have severed, and there is nothing close to an international consensus on any hot-button matter being discussed today. Welcome to the G-Zero world, where we exist in a geopolitical power vacuum as the west declines and emerging nations (China, India) concentrate on their own domestic problems. It may be this way for a long while.

Why Obama Will Lose the Syria Vote

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Obama and political strategist David Axelrod are confident that the Congressional Republicans will put aside their personal disdain for Obama and domestic partisan concerns and support Obama's limited military strike against Syria. I predict Obama will not obtain Congressional support and will suffer a humiliating personal and political defeat.

The Closed-Door Media Talks That Could End the Open Internet

David Christopher | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Big Media lobbyists and unelected bureaucrats are holding closed-door meetings in Malaysia this week, as they continue secret talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a highly secretive and extreme trade deal that includes extreme new copyright rules that could end the open Internet as we know it.

Michele Bachmann Needs a Civics Lesson

Todd Herron | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada
Todd Herron

Michele Bachmann needs a civics lesson. In a staggering public display of ignorance, Michele Bachmann -- a four term congresswoman -- showed the wor...

Internet Freedom: How Canadians Are Kept in the Dark

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

Here at OpenMedia.ca, we've already been hearing from Canadians outraged that our own Members of Parliament are still being denied access to the TPP text -- access that has now been granted to their counterparts in Washington D.C. We know that Canadians will not accept their Members of Parliament being kept in the dark

Who Does Your Representative Represent?

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 06.29.2013 | Canada
Aaron H. Emery

It took four months to go from the tragedy of Newtown to the disgraceful lack of leadership that saw the United States Congress -- with its 15% approv...

A Visit With Bob Dole, the Last Centralist

Robert Waite | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada
Robert Waite

When Bob Dole subsequently offered me the job as his press secretary, I at first resisted. What I subsequently came to learn over the next several years was that Bob Dole was at heart a centralist, a pragmatist, a problem-solver. Unlike some of his colleagues, he understood and enjoyed the machinery of the Senate.

Hide Your Broomsticks, Michelle Bachmann's on a Witchhunt

Hina P. Ansari | Posted 09.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Hina P. Ansari

During Ramadan, a time for focus and introspection, Michelle Bachmann and her posse are testing me. Big time. She believes that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the U.S. government -- and she's calling them out in public. In today's ballooning and increasingly influential social media landscape, sure sticks and stones can break bones, but a correctly phrased Google search can be even more devastating.

The Ethiopian Determined to be the Next Barack Obama

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

In the great mass of Ethiopians in the United States, one man sees great potential for American's newest immigrants. A radio personality, a writer, and an activist, Tewodros "Teddy" Fikre is seeking a sear in the eight Congressional District in the Commonwealth of Virginia. A huge step for any Ethiopian.

Sequestering U.S.-Canadian Relations

Christopher Sands | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

If the U.S Congress' does not reach a deal to lift the debt ceiling once more before the 2012 elections, the automatic budget cuts to defense that would follow could have a serious impact on agreements and relations with Canada.

Europe's Choice: To Capitulate or Decapitate

Andrew Pyle | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada
Andrew Pyle

The EU must decide whether or not to take the 'union' to its logical endgame. Creation of a single currency zone, without the strength of a centralized fiscal power to effect stabilization and redistribution, was never a sound economic idea. It was always a political idea.

Markets Unimpressed By Debt Deal

CP | Posted 10.02.2011 | Canada

BEIJING, China - Global stock markets tumbled Tuesday after downbeat U.S. data fueled fears the world's largest economy might be sliding back into rec...

Obama Says Wealthy Must Pay Fair Share

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2011 | Canada

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama appealed for public support Saturday to push Congress to avert an unprecedented default on America's national debt...