Canada Government

The Couillard Government's Goal: Dismantle the Québec Model

Jeff Begley | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

In last week's blog, I indicated that I would come back to the issue of Canadian averages, which seem to be very important for Premier Couillard. With all its trial balloons, it's clear that the Couillard government is drawing on the Canadian model to dismantle Québec's.

Canadians Need to Stand by the People Who Work Hard to Protect Them Every Day

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Every day, women and men put on uniforms for the RCMP and RCAF, RCN, and the Canadian Army. Every day, those men and women set out to be the wall of flesh between us and harm. Every day, whether a major catastrophe affecting thousands or just one of us lost in the wilds, we know who to look for, who to trust in.

Malnourished Kids Don't Always Look The Way You Think

Jessica Zapata | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease and metabolic syndromes. It leads to a deterioration in the quality of our life and often the length, too. Some experts have gone as far as saying childhood obesity is such an epidemic that this current generation of youngsters will have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents!

Keep Health Warnings Off Junk Food

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The tendency for governments to increasingly regulate the advertising industry, whether in the name of consumer protection or for health concerns, is already on full throttle. After cigarette packs, don't be surprised if sooner or later you see plain bags of chips on the shelves of convenience stores, or plain-packaged chocolate bars. Politicians stand on a steep, slippery slope that could lead to private property and intellectual property violations, and destruction of brands. The economic consequences should be weighted carefully. And such policies backed by solid empirical data, not merely good intentions.

Children Should Not Be Pawns for Violence

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Some of our ultimate values as a civilization have swirled around children. They have prompted our drive towards education, health, training and opportunity. What does it say about us, then, that we are willing to accept the increasing death of millions of children in conflicts in which they have had no responsibility?

How to Reform the Senate Without a Constitutional Amendment

Asher Honickman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Asher Honickman

The senators themselves could also aid in this democratization process by self-imposing term limits. Once again, this would come to pass over time as a matter of convention, not legislation. The senators would legally be appointed to age 75, but as a more democratic culture took hold, they would face pressure to step down after X number of years.

Businesses Need Protection Against Government Snooping Too

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

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

How the Government Should Recruit

Deborah Nixon | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

To wisely and effectively recruit and retain talented staff is always a pressing need at all levels of government. The issues and challenges that governments are dealing with are more complex than ever before.

What Flight MH370 Has Done to Malaysia-China Relations

Munir Majid | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Business
Munir Majid

There have clearly been security lapses which need explanation -- as much to Malaysians as to anybody else. And at the outset, the crisis management could have been better coordinated. However, there is no indication there is something that could have been done to alter the realities of this tragedy. So why has Chinese diplomacy targeted the Malaysian authorities so harshly?

The Roma Family Taking Refuge in a Toronto Church

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Avrum Rosensweig

Over the next few weeks decisions will be made about the Pusumas, a Roma family that has lived inside Toronto churches for about two years. Pronouncements will be heard that will conclude where they live and in fact, how the rest of their lives unfold. The Pusumas are hoping they will receive a fair hearing and that our government will act compassionately and justly with the knowledge that a very dangerous landscape faces them should they be forced to return to Europe.

We Should Adopt Open Data, With Caution

Neil Seeman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Seeman

We believe making data free and open needs to be guided to ensure high impact and meaningful engagement. Successful open data initiatives show that artfully "guided advice" by researchers on how to use the data is important. We cannot let "open data hype" get in the way of the real goal: engagement and mashing up data to deliver high ROI.

Moving Toward Our Goal of Zero Deforestation

Ian Lifshitz | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada
Ian Lifshitz

One year ago Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), immediately halting all natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. Specifically, we outlined four key priorities for 2014 to engage our broader industry and other sectors to help accelerate the realization of zero deforestation.

Journalists, Don't Let Good Stories Overshadow Factual Stories

Alex Vronces | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada
Alex Vronces

Unfortunately, good intentions and unwavering ethics alone do not suffice, for, if more and more journalists churn out such uninformed work, more and more consumers of it will be deluded into thinking that traditionally accepted research has been proven wrong or that they need not consider the evidence that runs against their views when thinking about policy.

Why Flaherty's Sin Tax on Cigarettes Won't Work

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This is precisely what happened in Canada in the early 1990s. Indeed, following a steep increase in duties and taxes applicable to tobacco products by the federal government and the provinces, a vast illegal trade in cigarettes sprang up. Contraband's share in the Canadian tobacco market jumped from 1 per cent in 1987 to approximately 31 per cent by the end of 1993.

Canada Abandons a Former Partner

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The recent troubles in the south that sprung up only a month ago, and the instability that has resulted, has pressed that African region to the precipice. But just this week, the Harper government, through its Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), has recommended, "that Canada consider downgrading its development program (in Sudan), or exiting entirely."

Stop Using Our Personal Mental Health Records Against Us

Arthur Gallant | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

Independence and privacy: These are two very valuable things that we cherish in our daily lives; many of us have a habit of taking them for granted. But for those with mental illness like myself it appears as if we now have to fight vigorously to maintain our independence and privacy.

Younger Canadians Will Suffer the Most From This Failing System

Susan Eng | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

The solutions are to either improve government transfers or to improve access to viable retirement savings vehicles. So what has Canada done? The opposite. In the name of more sustainable government budgets, the eligibility age for OAS has been raised from 65 to 67 leaving those who cannot hang on for the extra two years without a safety net.

The Senate Scandal's True Victims Aren't Well-Dressed Elites

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real scandal of politics at present is not about a number of high profile, well-attired, and well-trained political elite caught in scanda. The true victims in this very moment are all those Canadians seeking work, lining up at food banks, hoping for better Veteran's benefits, the hundreds of Aboriginal women gone missing and presumed deceased, those waiting for extensive times in emergency rooms, and those on the wrong side of the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in this country. They look in vain to both Houses of Parliament for a proper addressing of their circumstances.

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

Nigeria's a Mess -- But Don't Blame the Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

The tragedy in Nigeria is less about the oil itself than it is about failed governance. Without radical improvements in public policy, Nigeria will continue to be a poor destination for investment. That's bad for everyone. But don't blame the petroleum for the problems there -- blame the public policy.

Buying Wines From Other Provinces Still Makes For Sour Grapes

Mark Milke | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

As vacationers travel around Canada this summer, here is a question to ponder for those who sip fine Canadian wine: why do so many provincial politicians oppose free trade in wine among the provinces?

A Junk Food Tax Belongs in the Junk Bin

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Nadeem Esmail

Health associations have long been calling for a "fat tax"; taxes on foods that some nutritionists and researchers don't want us to eat or drink. Unfortunately, the lack of sound thinking behind vilifying sugary drinks or less healthful snacks has not changed, nor has the blunt, imprecise, and unfair nature of a "junk food" or "sugary drink" tax. Overly simplistic solutions to obesity that vilify an industry or food product are bad public policy. The reality is that "junk food" taxes or sugary drink taxes are ineffective instruments that fail to recognize the complex and manifold causes of obesity. It's time we put the idea of such taxes in their rightful place: the junk bin.

What Your Provinces Did While You Were Out Partying

Mark Milke | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Politicians are often derided because they treat the public with disdain, such as when governments try to bury bad news by releasing it when they hope no one pays attention -- say, at the end of a day close to the first long weekend of summer. This happened twice in just the past two weeks.

Canada Today: Not What the Founding Fathers Envisioned

Mark Milke | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canada is a superb creation and initial credit for that must, obviously, go to Canada's founding fathers. How we came about is a fascinating tale of seemingly intractable regional disputes resolved, at least for a time, by new institutions and a new country. Thus, today, inter-provincial debates are similar to pre-1867 tussles where one province's citizens complain of how others are on the federal dole courtesy of tax dollars from the more prosperous regions. And all the provinces again regularly press the federal government for more money.

For Canada's Birthday, Give it a New Constitution

Duff Conacher | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

As Canada turns 146, many recent surveys show that most Canadians are hankering for a new constitution. So is Canada's Constitution a completed document? Some commentators have claimed since 1995 that Canadians are tired of constitutional talks, and while this was likely true back then there is no evidence that the fatigue continues. As Canada moves toward its 150th birthday in 2017, what more appropriate national discussion could take place than about the document that founded both our country and our governments, and about the changes Canadians want in a new constitution?