Sarah Miller

B.C. Can't Take Another Four Years Of Christy Clark

Sarah Miller | February 9, 2016 | Canada Politics
We are talking about a government that spent $514 million on a stadium roof, gave $1 million to Clark's church, sold publicly owned land for far less than appraisers said it was worth (costing taxpayers the loss of $43 million, according to the NDP), offers some of the best tax breaks for corporations in Canada and just sold a ferry that recently had $15 million of upgrades for a reported $1.8 million.
Anna Baggio

It's Time For Ontario To Protect The North French River

Anna Baggio | February 9, 2016 | Canada Politics
Moose Cree has spent years using their laws to keep the river safe from resource development. But Ontario has yet to reciprocate and still keeps the watershed open for industrial activities such as mining under provincial laws. This is a recipe for conflict. Moose Cree's efforts to safeguard this river date back to 2002 when the community informed then MNR Minister Jerry Ouellette of the need for permanent protection. The minister rejected that request. The community persevered. Over the next 14 years they would face down mining and forestry companies.
Sarah Miller

9 More Scandals Of Christy Clark, B.C. Liberal Party

Sarah Miller | February 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
Recently it came to light that Clark and her government officials have a bad habit of triple deleting emails and records that should be protected under the Freedom of Information Act. This isn't the first time this problem has come up during Clark's time in office.
David Martin

Top Candidates For Tory Leadership Could Lie Outside Politics

David Martin | February 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
Despite the wealth of available traditional candidates, the race may turn out to be completely different than expected. If what's happening south of the border is any indication, by the time 2017 comes around, we may be looking at an entirely new slate of possible Conservative leaders.
Nadia Alam

Physician Protests Against Liberal Cuts Have Made Me An Activist

Nadia Alam | February 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
In the past, I was generally detached from political rhetoric. Despite the scandals, I naively believed my elected leaders were benevolent. Now, I not only question their motives, I completely disbelieve their promises. What does it say about a leader when their followers no longer trust them?
Jagmeet Singh

International Trade Should Not Come At The Cost Of Human Rights

Jagmeet Singh | February 9, 2016 | Canada Politics
While premier Wynne and her 72-person delegation meet with India's heads of state to talk trade and visit the country's picturesque backdrops for photo-ops, they do so while simultaneously ignoring India's abysmal track record on human rights, systemic inequity and institutional racism.
Sohail Gandhi

The Whitby-Oshawa Byelection Can Send The Liberals A Message

Sohail Gandhi | February 5, 2016 | Canada Politics
In the 2010 election the Conservatives had a 15 per cent plurality over the Liberal candidate. In 2014, that dropped to about nine per cent. A return to a 15 per cent plurality, or even close to that, would certainly be an indication that Ms. Wynne's government is getting progressively more unpopular.
Navid Hassibi

Small Steps Towards Re-Engagement With Iran

Navid Hassibi | February 5, 2016 | Canada Politics
Re-engaging Tehran does not mean that Canada and Iran will become strategic partners, however, if Canada can engage with Saudi Arabia, a country with which little is shared in terms of values, then surely it can engage with Iran whose population is highly secular and Western-leaning.
Yves Engler

Unions Should Oppose Advertisements And Cars

Yves Engler | February 5, 2016 | Canada Business
At their finest labour unions are class conscious organizations that check the corporate elite's influence over public policy. But, even the best Canadian unions have largely failed to provide an alternative vision to the existing system and challenge the power of big business over important areas of our lives.
Camille Labchuk

How A Politician Managed To Blame Animals For Dying In Barn Fires

Camille Labchuk | February 4, 2016 | Canada Politics
Animal advocates have been demanding for years that provincial governments update barn fire codes to stop an ongoing trend of horrifying , since it's clear that the industry will continue to refuse to protect animals from being burned to death unless they're forced to.
Jordan Bateman

Push Back Against B.C.'s MSP-Like Infrastructure Levies

Jordan Bateman | February 4, 2016 | Canada Politics
Road levy. Recreation and culture levy. Transportation for tomorrow tax. Dedicated road tax. Asset levy. Make no mistake: we want our cities to invest in infrastructure. Sewer, water, roads; these are core responsibilities of local government. But repackaging this spending with a new tax is a slap in the face.
The Council of Canadians

Energy East Is Anything But Canadian Oil For Canadians

The Council of Canadians | February 4, 2016 | Canada Business
When TransCanada first announced its 4400km Energy East pipeline project from Alberta to Saint John, the spin was all about nation-building. This spin is dependent on the idea that Energy East will see crude produced in the Prairies replace so-called foreign imports to Atlantic Canada.
Dermod Travis

Lobbying Is A Profession In Need Of A Makeover

Dermod Travis | February 4, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists. Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago. Whoever said the B.C. Jobs Plan wasn't working?
Renu Mandhane

Don't Blame The End Of Carding For An Increase In Gun Violence

Renu Mandhane | February 4, 2016 | Canada Politics
Like most people that call this city home, I am deeply troubled by Sunday's shooting deaths in Toronto's Chinatown and the eight other gun-related deaths the city saw in January. This is obviously unacceptable, and police must be supported in their efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these horrific crimes. That being said, most people would be hesitant to draw any clear conclusions about why we have seen a high number of gun crimes over the past month. Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, the union that represents police officers, feels differently.
Jerry Dias

The Senate Has No Right To Block C-377 And C-525 Repeals

Jerry Dias | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
It took only a few minutes, but with a quick motion in the House of Commons last week, the new Liberal government moved to repeal two appalling pieces of federal labour legislation brought in by the former Harper government, Bills C-377 and C-525. Almost immediately, Conservatives in the Senate promised...
James Patava

Like Berlusconi, Trump's Big Man Politics Pose A Serious Threat

James Patava | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
Like Mr. Berlusconi before him, President Trump would lead the nation as far from the doctrines of the founding fathers as one could imagine. America could quickly become characterized by introverted foreign and economic policy -- underpinned by a suspicion of the wider world.
Development Unplugged

New Gender-Based Violence Guidelines Are A Step Toward Equality In Crises

Development Unplugged | February 5, 2016 | Canada Politics
All societies have challenges with gender inequality, and GBV is not limited to humanitarian crises and emergency situations. But the risk and prevalence of GBV is exacerbated in emergency or conflict situations as people suffer displacement, separation from support networks, overcrowding, loss of documentation, the breakdown of social norms against violence, and other effects that increase vulnerability.
Laura Secor

The Trauma That Shaped Today's Iran

Laura Secor | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
What Iranians lived in that time -- what they channeled through their intellectual salons and prison letters, their dreams and childhood memories -- felt to me like an epic novel, replete with calamities and reversals, crescendos and epiphanies, and a sweeping arc of history that cut through its core.
Jack Jedwab

Wedge Politics Gave Conservatives A 'Wedgie' In The 2015 Federal Election

Jack Jedwab | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
In many countries the admission of immigrants is the object of highly emotional political debates. Several political parties in Europe have adopted anti-immigrant platforms and their leaders have successfully exploited people's fears and insecurities to build voter support. In this version of identity politics the immigrants are cast as a...
Selena Cameron

Trump: The World's Best Content Marketer?

Selena Cameron | February 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
The one thing that has caught us off guard about Donald Trump: he's proven to be a savvy, reliable and, frankly, brilliant self-marketer. He knows what to say, when to say it, and to whom -- and how to elicit the reaction he wants when he needs it.
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