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Oceans - The Need For Strategic Partnerships Between Norway, the U.S. and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

We depend on the ecosystems of the world for our survival. With this in view it is vital to ensure that the oceans of the world are managed responsibly. We need partnerships, and we need goals. And we all have to do our part.

Why the Resource-Rich Canadian Government Is Always Poor

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Gabriel Yiu

Canada has plentiful natural resources and a relatively small population of 35 million. Yet our government always claims it is short of money. Middle East countries are rich because of oil, but Canada has many other valuable natural resources. Why is our government so poor?

Are We on Track for Our Global Education Goals?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The fast approaching deadline for the Millennium Development Goals is a reminder of vital commitments by all the global society on priorities vital for development. On July 6-7 2015, Norway hosted a global summit on education for development and attempted to do precisely this.

Energy Is a Top Foreign Policy Priority

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

History shows how energy and foreign policy issues have been closely intertwined. There is little doubt that this relationship will continue to strengthen in line with increased instability in the international political system. I do not need to say more than Ukraine/Russia and the Middle East to underline this point. For Norway, energy diplomacy is higher than ever on the priority scale. This recognizes that to understand and act in a rapidly changing energy world, there is a need to understand how market and foreign policy factors interact.

Managing the Arctic: Moving North Towards the Ice Edge

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Oil and gas exploration-driven advancement towards the High North and the ice brink is disputed in Norway, as elsewhere. When examining factors such as oil prices and the northern harsh conditions, rapid industrial development in the Norwegian Barents Sea is not a given.

Canada and Norway: An Alliance to Be Remembered

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

To celebrate the ideas of the constitution made more 200 years back might seem irrelevant and outdated. However, for Norwegians everywhere May 17 is a reminder of freedom fight, of identity, and of gratefulness for shared values. In Canada, we find a close ally that share these ideas.

This Country Is Ending FM Radio

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Business

In what reports say is a first, Norway has announced it will be shutting down its FM radio stations in 2017 and switching to digital. “Radio digi...

What Canada Can Learn From Norway's $1-Trillion Oil Fund

CBC | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Business

In Stavanger, a quaint, seaside city on Norway’s coast, a local newspaper publishes a series called "The Oil Kids" that reports on the lifestyles ...

Gender Equality In Norway - Progressive Policies And Major Challenges

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Women's Day on March 8 gives us all a mandate to examine our progress, and to reflect on our values, ideals, and plans for ourselves and our societies. Norway is regularly nominated as one of the best and most equal countries to live in the world.

Why Lower Fuel Prices Are Not a Reason to Celebrate

David Suzuki | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Business
David Suzuki

Some see low fuel prices as good news, but there are many downsides. With driving becoming less costly, more cars and trucks could be on the road, which is good for the auto industry but bad in terms of pollution, climate change and traffic accidents. And because the price of oil is now lower than the cost to extract oilsands bitumen, the industry is starting to put the brakes on rapid expansion plans -- bad news for workers and businesses in Fort McMurray and those heavily invested in the industry but good news for the planet.

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success Story

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

According to the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ), Norway had 5.83 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, the largest oil reserves in Western Europe. The enormous income to the state from the industry made it possible to create a global pension fund that now owns more than one per cent of global share value.

How Is it That Norway Is Rich and We Are Not?

John McKay | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Alberta's economy is on the precipice of free-fall where Norwegians are able to look over the precipice and know that they are not going over it. How did this happen? The simple answer is that Norway decided to de-link its economy from oil revenues and Canada did not.

Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or Practice?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

A celebration of our history brings us to reflect on the present. There are certain questions we must ask ourselves. What challenges do Norway, Canada, and other like-minded countries face in our efforts, for example, to promote democracy, protect, and live in an inclusive society with equal rights and non-discriminatory practices? What is our role in the global picture?

Subsidizing Electric Cars Is a Waste of Money

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

There's no doubt that electric cars are hot. From the beginning of 2012 to the beginning of 2014, the number of them on the road around the world quadrupled from 100,000 to 400,000. When you look at the numbers, though, it turns out that subsidizing electric cars is an extremely inefficient way of curbing GHGs. In other words, it costs a lot to reduce a little.

Canada and Norway's Shared Polar History: An Important Testament to Cooperation in the Arctic

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway, like Canada, has a time-honoured history of polar exploration. Canada's Arctic Archipelago is one of the least accessible regions in the world; this maze has been the object of fascination and obsession for centuries.

Ocean Acidification: A Common Cause and a Common Concern for Norway and Canada

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The only way to fight ocean acidification is through a reduction in the global level of CO2 emissions. It is vital for Norway and other key players that the climate summit in Paris next year is successful. Norway is committed to the process and to achieving an ambitious outcome as we work towards the two-degree target and a low carbon society.

What Can the Arctic Governments Do About Climate Change?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The Arctic is one of the places where climate change is most rapid and easy to observe. As it is also very sparsely populated, it is easy to think that, similar to the small island states in the Pacific, the Arctic peoples have to pay a big price for developments elsewhere.

Cooperation Between Arctic Stakeholders Is Crucial To the Climate Change Problem

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Cooperation between Arctic stakeholders is crucial for each country's success in dealing with climate change. We are in a new era of sustainable development as the Arctic presents us with major opportunities and major responsibilities. Cooperation is the only tool to ensure ethical, social, and ecological sustainable development.

Norway Celebrates 200 Years of Democracy

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

In Norway, 1814 is known by many as "The Year of Miracles" because of the huge national and political changes that suddenly and rapidly took place that year. 1814 is the starting point for modern Norwegian democracy. It had both a national and a democratic element: independence for the state of Norway and liberty for Norwegian citizens

Time Stands Still For Canadian Olympic Hockey

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada

There are only two things that can grind Canadian productivity to a halt: bringing Timbits to the office, and Olympic hockey. Check out how Canadia...

7 Things Canadians Can Learn From The 'World's Happiest Country'

The Huffington Post Canada | Nikki Gill | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Travel

It’s not often the internet goes crazy for an entire country but Norway seems to be the exception. By now you've probably heard Norway is not only o...

The Next Nobel Peace Prize Should Go to a Dog

Robert Waite | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Robert Waite

The next Nobel Peace Prize should not go to a human, or a human organization, but to man (and woman's) best friend -- the dog. Don't laugh -- I'm serious about this. Our canine companions have been protecting and befriending us for 10,000 years or more.

BAPE Independence As Advantagious To Quebec As Shale Gas

Michael Binnion | Posted 03.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Michael Binnion

The decision of the past Government of Quebec to reverse course and order a BAPE review was a financial disaster for Questerre and others. Having lost much of our stock value due to well delays, we lost most of the balance, when the BAPE stunned us with its recommendations.

Canada's No Safe Haven From Breivik-Style Hate Crime

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Is domestic terrorism, instigated by white supremacists, such as Breivik, on the rise? Recently, more incidents of hate crimes are reported to be taking place, with alarming frequency. There have been at least seven reports of hate crimes targeting Muslims and mosques in the last 10 days in the United States. Here in Canada we look down at the U.S. and say, "well, everything is worse down there, more guns, more violence, more racism." Not so fast. According to Statistics Canada figures from 2009, the frequency of hate crimes are up.

Human Rights vs Human Monsters in Norway

Jonathan Foreman | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada
Jonathan Foreman

While it recently played host to the Oslo Freedom Forum, Norway's capital is gripped by the Anders Breivik trial. What happens at the Breivik trial has a bearing on the libertarian and humanitarian values that underly the Forum -- one that is neither left wing nor right win, and has highlighted oppression and dissident courage in places as various as China, Singapore, Turkish Kurdistan, India and Sudan.