DeSmog Canada

Before You Complain About Taxes, Read This

DeSmog Canada | April 24, 2015 | Canada Business
People don't like paying their taxes in part because the connection between what we pay and the goods and services we receive has been broken. Add to that a massive shift toward a consumer society in which people derive a lot of social standing from what they consume and it's an uphill battle for taxes.
Michael Berkowitz

Bruce Hyer Sees Politics Through Green-Coloured Glasses

Michael Berkowitz | April 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Bruce Hyer describes himself as an "independent plus." Strong on representing his constituents, he is a loud voice for conservation, sustainable resource development, small business growth and democratic governmental reform. He has pioneered climate change legislation and fought against the huge subsidies to energy companies.
Colleen M. Flood

How a B. C. Court Case May Threaten Canadian Healthcare

Colleen M. Flood | April 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
A case emerged in response to an audit of Cambie Surgeries, a private for-profit corporation by the B.C. Medical Services Commission. The audit found from a sample of Cambie's billing that it (and another private clinic) had charged patients hundreds of thousands of dollars more for health services covered by medicare than is permitted by law. Dr. Day and Cambie Surgeries claim that the law preventing a doctor charging patients more is unconstitutional.
Stephen Cornish

The Fight Against Ebola is More Hopeful Than Ever, But it's Not Over

Stephen Cornish | April 24, 2015 | Canada Impact
I am in Sierra Leone to visit some of the Ebola treatment centres run by Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in response to the West African epidemic that began just over one year ago. That the Prince of Wales centre in Freetown, and other Ebola centres are closing is a sign case numbers have plummeted from the historic highs seen in the outbreak.
William D. MacGillivray

We Explored Newfoundland's History Through the Story of One Man

William D. MacGillivray | April 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
The documentary Danny is as much about Newfoundland and Labrador as it is about Danny Williams. Despite the usual incursions through mass media and recently the Internet, Newfoundland and Labrador remains quite unique in Canada. A part of the North American land mass, it is also a huge, crazily desolate island off the Atlantic coast.
Carol Linnitt

Canadians Want Climate Action. So What Are the Conservatives Waiting For?

Carol Linnitt | April 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
While the majority of Canadians see climate change as a serious threat to the planet, Canada has no climate legislation and, according to Environment Canada, growing emissions from the Alberta oilsands will prevent the country from meeting its emission reduction targets under the Copenhagen Accord.
Mike Hudema

This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening

Mike Hudema | April 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
There was no Earth Day speech. No urgent call to action. No outlining of the threats we face or the way in which we were going to work together to meet them. There wasn't even an Earth Day tweet -- just silence. It was a very stark reminder of his priorities. U.S. President Barack Obama's speech noted that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. The fact that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, that droughts, storms, and wildfires are increasing all over the planet in both frequency and intensity, and how climate change is already adversely affecting the air our children breathe.
Jason Clemens

A National Sales Tax Would Create a Real Opportunity for the U.S.

Jason Clemens | April 23, 2015 | Canada Business
Contrary to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial, introducing a national sales tax, or value-added tax (VAT) creates a real opportunity for the United States. The nation could shift from its heavy reliance on income taxes (both absolute and comparative) to a consumption tax without affecting the budget deficit.
Marion Roche

A Food Budget of $1.75 a Day Guarantees 'Hidden Hunger'

Marion Roche | April 23, 2015 | Canada Impact
Hidden hunger is the type of hunger where the belly is full but the body is still hungry for nutrition. Poverty and nutrition are two sides of the same coin. Poverty often determines food choices. Although it is possible to make choices of what foods to buy on a limited budget, many nutritious foods are simply not affordable or accessible.
Jonathan Crombie

Canadian Governments Have Failed to Slay the Real Deficit We Face

Jonathan Crombie | April 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Thanks to former Prime Minister Paul Martin, I think we've all been conditioned to think that balanced budgets are very good things. But not all deficits are bad. It is prudent or even smart to slash and scrap into a surplus like Stephen Harper has done. Especially considering that Canada's infrastructure deficit is estimated at nearly $400 billion -- and growing.
Dennis Howlett

The Budget Tricks Us With Tax Cut Treats

Dennis Howlett | April 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
The big spending on the income splitting tax break, combined with the impact of lower oil prices has already left only a razor-thin balance and the Parliamentary Budget Officer predicts the budget will slip back into deficit in the next few years. Since it is no secret that this budget sets the stage for the upcoming federal election it is time for us to take a long hard look at the people we elect. We should not allow ourselves to be tricked by tax cut treats but think about who offers a plan for the future. Legacies take guts.
Carolyn Shimmin

Politicians Who Discuss Healthcare Without Poverty Are Missing the Point

Carolyn Shimmin | April 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
With a federal election on the horizon, certain high level policy topics are bound to make the headlines beyond the personalities of the political leaders: the economy, energy prices, jobs prospects even climate change. But what seems surprisingly absent from the political hustings so far has been a fulsome discussion of the health of everyday Canadians.
Brett House

Federal Budget Finally Turns Development Talk Into Action

Brett House | April 23, 2015 | Canada Business
In the 2015 federal budget, the Canadian government announced its intention to create a $300-million initiative to encourage private investment, job creation and growth that will fight extreme poverty in developing countries. Canada is the last G7 country to create a public arm to support private investment in development. Some of our counterparts have been in this business for over 50 years, doing good and making money at the same time.This initiative looks even tardier when one considers that successive Canadian governments since the early Trudeau era have bandied about the idea of creating a public entity to catalyze more private capital for development.
Mark Milke

The Federal Government Doesn't Owe Ontario More Money

Mark Milke | April 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
The Ontario government claims that it's shortchanged because Ontarians send more federal tax dollars to Ottawa than what the federal government directly spends in Ontario. But does this prove that Ontario's government deserves more money from the federal government?
Glen Pearson

Lester Pearson Would Have Scoffed at the Federal Budget

Glen Pearson | April 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Today Canadians celebrate Lester Pearson's birthday. Even as we reflect back on the kind of leader he was and the growing capacities of Canada that he helped to create, we become aware that somewhere between then and now we lost our edge, our diversified global influence, and, sadly, our belief in the public good.
Carol Linnitt

What Premier Brad Wall Gets Wrong About Canada's Emissions

Carol Linnitt | April 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
At the premiers' climate summit last week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall brought up a statistic that has received a fair amount of attention lately: Canada's emissions account for fewer than two per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. He's not wrong, but Canada is also a heavy emitter per capita.
Alex Mifflin

5 Small Things You Can Do to Make an Impact on Earth Day

Alex Mifflin | April 22, 2015 | Canada Impact
We are made aware almost daily of the dire impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. It can be overwhelming, but the good news is that there are simple things we can do in our daily lives that can make a real difference. And Earth Day is the perfect time to consider taking a couple of small steps. I've had the good fortune to travel the world with my brother making documentaries about the environment for more than four years, and here are just a few tips that we've picked up, and you can consider adopting them too.
Sid Ryan

Eliminating Poverty Should Be a Priority for Ontario's Budget Makers

Sid Ryan | April 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
As the Wynne Government prepares to release its next budget, voters are expecting to finally get a formal introduction to the Premier's plan for Ontario. But after years of public sector funding freezes, Ontarians are expecting more than just belt loosening: they want to see concrete investment in their collective future.
Samuel Getachew

Mark Saunders Has a Duty to End Toronto's Racist Carding Policy

Samuel Getachew | April 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
Toronto's Polict Chief-designate Mark Saunders is on record as supporting carding as a "valuable tool." The policy is racist, wrong and reflects poorly on our collective public ideals. If he continues to endorse racial profiling, as a black citizen himself, his historic achievement would be in name only.
Carl Duivenvoorden

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | April 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.
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