Canada Corruption

The IOC And WADA Will Either Save Or Destroy One Another

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

WADA had called  --  in vain  --  for the IOC to ban the Russian team from Rio. Since, the agency has endured a campaign of vilification by political actors and cyberattacks by hackers. Far more insidiously, too many of WADA's partners appear to feel that the agency has betrayed them by unmasking the ugly truths that lie behind impeccable fictions.

Food Production Must Serve Human Need, Not Corporate Greed

Colin Todhunter | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

Across the globe healthy, sustainable agriculture has been uprooted and transformed to suit the profit margins of these transnational agribusiness concerns. If we continue to hand over the control of society's most important infrastructure -- food and agriculture -- to these wealthy private interests, what might the future look like? We don't need to imagine: We can see the effects right now.

Big Oil Hits New Low With Financial 'Blackmail' Of Government

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

Before using the threat of equalization payments as a "poke in the ribs" to provinces such as British Columbia and Quebec, perhaps the petroleum industry should rethink its own dependency on subsidies. It should be aware that it, too, is vulnerable to budgetary policy.

The View From Quebec Of The NEB's Energy East Hearings

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Gerard Montpetit

As the month of August draws to a close, the National Energy Board (NEB) begins its hearings on the Energy East pipeline project amidst a swirl of controversy. But the most objectionable aspect of the hearings of the NEB is the fact that it is engulfed in a sea of questionable ethical considerations.

Imagining A Plan B For Bernie Sanders' Grassroots Revolution

Raffi Cavoukian | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Raffi Cavoukian

Here's a thought, Bernie. You could decide you're forming a new party: The Progressive Party, say. Millions of donations would carry you, millions of independents would cheer and vote for you. Progressives would run for Congress. The U.S. political culture would finally gain a progressive flag to wave -- for a long time into the future.

Supreme Court's World Bank Decision Compromises Our Justice System

Patricia Adams | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Patricia Adams

The case before the Supreme Court hinged on whether the World Bank and its officials should need to cooperate in a case involving Canadians accused by World Bank whistleblowers of conspiring to corruptly win a World Bank contract for a Bangladesh bridge-construction project.

David Cameron Must Take A Real Stand On Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Corruption breeds in the dark and withers under the glare of public scrutiny. As a result, we believe that the most powerful tools to combat corruption are publicly accessible registers of beneficial ownership of corporations. These registers ensure that the true owners of corporations are known to public institutions, media and citizens.

What The Panama Papers Have Shown The World

Jerry Dias | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

As the deadline looms for honest tax-paying Canadians to file their income tax, word comes this week that the wealthiest among us are going to extreme lengths to avoid paying their fair share. The Panama Papers, at 2.6 terabytes of data believed to be the largest-ever leak of documents, reveal the secret dealings of the world's rich and famous who avoid paying taxes. The scheme is to funnel cash through shell companies offering tax havens around the world. And Panama is just one of many examples.

Local Governments Have A Problem With Transparency

Dermod Travis | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Dermod Travis

When most communities in B.C. have more in-camera meetings than the City of Toronto, there's a problem. In Ontario, councils are entitled to go in-camera to consider six specific matters. There are four reasons that councils must go in camera and over a dozen reasons why they "may" close a meeting. The nuance between "may" and "must" seems to have been lost on a few.

Trudeau Needs More CRA Fixes To Repair Damage To Charities

Gareth Kirkby | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Gareth Kirkby

The Trudeau government seemingly called off the CRA from harassing Canada's charities on January 20. Well, not really, in fact. The Trudeau government's timidity so far in fixing this abuse of power by the previous government will probably result in some of Canada's most popular and important charities heading toward decertification and oblivion.

5 Resolutions B.C. MLAs Should Ponder For The New Year

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

It's that time of year when many of us consider making a few resolutions for self-improvement. In the spirit of the season, it only seems fitting to suggest five resolutions for the British Columbia's MLAs.

Corruption In The Green Energy Sector Costs Ontarians

John Laforet | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Politics
John Laforet

With NextEra as a major player in Ontario's wind energy business along with Siemens (who has the distinction of paying the largest fine ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Samsung (with it's own scandals), one has to wonder whether the government knew who they were inviting into the province when they opened the flood gates under the Green Energy Act in 2009.

Lax Laws Are Turning Foreign Bribery Into a Canadian Value

Yves Engler | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

While the federal government recently strengthened anti-bribery legislation, Ottawa has so far largely turned a blind eye to corporations paying off public officials abroad. Should bribery really be seen as "Canadian" as the RCMP's Musical Ride?

I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.

Harper's Conservative Party Doesn't Uphold Traditional Family Values

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Those who support the Conservatives see their party as practicing and upholding traditional family, moral and biblical values. Even though the Conservative government is extreme and disrespectful of science, knowledge, fact and rationality, its supporters would simply overlook faults even when they are glaring.

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

Anastasia Lin | Posted 06.30.2016 | 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.

Integrity Is Good for Business and Boards

Richard Leblanc | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Western industry will mistakenly argue that integrity laws will disadvantage them or cost their industry jobs, but the reality is the opposite. Tough integrity laws will prevent substandard competitors from offering bribes, will disincentivize recipients from receiving bribes, and will strengthen Western companies who compete on the basis of price, quality and service.

Nigerian and South African Crises Render Africa Rudderless

David Himbara | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics
David Himbara

Imagine Asia with both Japan and China in shambles. Or the Americas in which both the United States of America and Brazil are limping. Or Europe in which both Germany and France are in doldrums. The result would be political, intellectual, and economic vacuum. And that is the situation in Africa.

Do You Recognize Any of These Anti-Fraud and Corruption Governance Red Flags?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Do you recognize any of these red flags? On a board or in a company of which you serve? Allegations of wrongdoing can put assets and reputation at risk. Regulators have enormous power, and are focusing their sights much more on the role a board plays, or does not play, in overseeing the affairs of the company.

Yet Another Despot Gets Away With Grand Corruption

Priya Sood | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Priya Sood

At the end of November, the Egyptian court dropped corruption charges against Hosni Mubarak, former president of Egypt, who was alleged to have stolen an estimated $1.2 billion from the country. This turn of events now means that one more despot has been allowed to steal from his own citizens and not face any consequences.

You Might Have Just Bought an Illegally Cut Piece of the Rainforest

David Fogarty | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
David Fogarty

If you've just been shopping at the supermarket or hardware store, chances are you've brought a little bit of tropical rainforest home with you. And chances are some of it was illegally cleared.

Money Laundering Hinders the Fight to End Poverty

Priya Sood | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada
Priya Sood

Legislators can mitigate the proliferation of money laundering by strengthening laws, policies and processes. They have the power to pressure their governments to ensure that information on the beneficial ownership and control of companies, trusts and foundations is available on public record to facilitate effective due diligence.

How Foreign Aid Is Used To Buy Votes

Patricia Adams | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada
Patricia Adams

The problem, according to Jablonski, is that donor countries often "lack information about who is most deserving of aid funds" and so delegate that responsibility to recipient governments, who then take advantage of the windfall by delivering those funds to voters most likely to keep them in office.

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.

RCMP Tracks Its Own Corruption

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An internal RCMP study found 322 incidents of corruption within the national police force over an 11-year period — including a dozen exampl...