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ALL GROWN UP

CP | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that ...

GE's CEO Can Rescue the Oil Sands

Diane Francis | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

General Electric Co. chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Immelt is just what Canada needs to develop its oil sands -- an American leader with stature in Washington, Wall Street, the oil patch and Silicon Valley.

Obama Says U.S. Should Offer Paid Maternity Leave

CP | Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothe...

'The Great Satan' And Iran: Together At Last?

CBC | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Politics

More than 30 years ago Iran dubbed the United States "the Great Satan," and more recently the U.S. branded Iran part of an "axis of ev...

Proof that Canada and Australia Don't Care About Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

Harper and Abbott have to understand that we can no longer have economies that exist outside of the ecological limits of our planet. Our reliance and exploitation of fossil fuels is endangering our future as well as our present and it needs to end. We need to transition to green energy and we need to keep more fossil fuels, especially high-carbon fuels like the tar sands, in the ground.

The Release of Jonathan Pollard Is a Matter of Justice

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

With President Obama's call for a "pause" in the floundering if not failed Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, the U.S. gambit to use the promise of Jonathan Pollard's release as an incentive for talks has arguably now ended. The injection of Pollard's release -- the former U.S. naval intelligence analyst sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for passing secret documents to Israel -- as a bargaining chip should not have happened anyway and here is why.

Obama and Kerry Are Going Too Far To Prove We Are Tolerant and Inclusive

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

This ethic came under attack in the 20th century when Frans Boaz and Bertrand Russell introduced moral and cultural relativism. Boaz wrote there were no inferior or superior cultures, that all were equal and couldn't be ordered in an evolutionary scale. Russell believed the survival of democracy required tolerance and understanding of others.

How the Keystone Pipeline Will Shut Putin Down

Diane Francis | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

A Keystone bomb would deliver several payloads: punishment toward anti-American Venezuela; proceeds toward Canada which buys more goods and services from the U.S. than the European Union does; punishment toward Russia by casting into the markets more Venezuelan oil and replacement of Venezuelan oil with Canadian oil that is $30 a barrel cheaper.

NSA REFORM

CP | Eileen Sullivan, The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada

WASHINGTON - The White House wants the National Security Agency to get out of the business of sweeping up and storing vast amounts of data on American...

Ukraine's Breakup Has Nothing To Do With Russia or Washington

Diane Francis | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Diane Francis

Crimea is a pity, and likely victimized by Moscow pressure, but the reality is that Ukraine is a failed state without a government, a constitution that can be enforced, an army that can be called upon to defend its people or an economy. If I lived in Crimea I'd vote for the devil I know (Moscow) rather than the devils to come (Kiev).

The West Should Butt Out of Ukrainian Politics

Jackson Doughart | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

The West, and especially the English-speaking West, has wrongly taken sides in the present conflict in Ukraine. Instead of making empty promises or threats, our message should be clear and decisive: "What is happening in Ukraine is a matter that its population has to sort out for itself. But, if asked, we will work with all interested parties to mediate a speedy and peaceful resolution." No more, no less.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Canada Should Listen to Australia on Internet Censorship

David Christopher | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership could wreak havoc on Canada's economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause.

What Oil-By-Rail Could Do to the Keystone XL Decision

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Could rail realistically provide an alternative to the Keystone XL, aiding in the expansion of Canada's highly-polluting tar sands? The Keystone XL will undoubtedly support tar sands production, promote continued tar sands investment, and contribute to Canada's already-significant greenhouse gas output.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

We've Never Seen Anything Like it Before

David Christopher | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada
David Christopher

What an incredible response! It's been just a few days since OpenMedia launched our 'No to Internet Censorship' letter calling on world leaders not to...

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.

Obama's Plan to Punish Assad Is Not Nearly Enough

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Obama's "small footprint" action will, even if authorized by Congress, likely produce no advantageous consequence vis-à-vis American interests in Syria, but could illicit all of the bad consequences that are inevitably associated with acts of war. As the sports types say, he should go big or stay home.

Pipelines Create Jobs. Or Do They?

Sandy Garossino | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sandy Garossino

There's a big dust-up between Barack Obama and Keystone XL proponents over how many jobs the pipeline is projected to produce.This debate can be summarized by asking the question: "How many jobs do you want it to produce?" Whatever your answer, it's not hard to find someone to support your claim.

With Latest Comments on Keystone XL, Obama Favouring Environment Over Economy

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Kenneth P. Green

Keystone watchers are in something of a swivet over comments made by U.S. President Barack Obama in a recent interview with The New York Times. Mr. Ob...

Snowden is a Heretic, Not a Hero

Diane Francis | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Diane Francis

His motivation aside, there is no debate that Snowden broke the law and should go to prison. But his methods are important and will determine what happens next. U.S. lawmakers have been demanding answers from intelligence officials on how Snowden, a high-school dropout, got his hands on the country's top-secret programs.

Obama's Oscar Surprise Angers Right-Wingers

CP | Lee-Anne Goodman, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - In a country where anything to do with the Obamas can set off a partisan firestorm, conservative commentators vented spleen on Monday abo...

Obama Will High-Five Keystone -- and Flip Environmentalists the Bird

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Wolfe

I do not think Obama will impose a carbon tax. That would require Congressional consent. And he will never get that. But he will not kibosh the Keystone pipeline either. There are too many jobs on the line. If Obama nixed Keystone, he would lose the Senate.

Watching the Watchdog: Obama's Been Playing the Part Too Long

Tim Knight | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

This week, in his fifth State of the Union address, Obama showed every sign of no longer believing in his words. He was Hamlet, unable to make up his mind, over-trained and over-rehearsed. This Obama speech was so flat, so monotonous, so uninteresting. But Florida Senator Marco Rubio had been carefully chosen by the Republican Party bigwigs to offer the party's answer to Obama. The Republicans must be insane.

Should The Next Liberal Leader Follow Obama's Lead?

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 03.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Errol P. Mendes

President Obama's liberal warrior call happens at the same time as the Liberal Party of Canada seeks not only a new leader, but also to reclaim its place as the alternative to the hard right government of Stephen Harper that has more in common with the hard right of the Republican Party than the Progressive Conservative Party of Diefenbaker, Joe Clark and Mulroney.