Development Unplugged

Alive They Were Taken, And Alive We Want Them Returned

Development Unplugged | March 28, 2017 | Canada Politics
This cry, "alive they were taken, and alive we want them!" has been taken up by the Caravan of Central American Mothers Searching for their Sons and Daughters. The Caravan is made up of women of all ages, wearing photos of their missing children around their necks and carrying the flags of their countries.
Surjit Singh Flora

Is Kevin O'Leary Ready For His 'Close-Up'?

Surjit Singh Flora | March 28, 2017 | Canada Politics
While it may be tempting to draw parallels between his entry into the race and the path to the White House travelled by Mr. Trump, I suspect at some point soon Kevin O'Leary will realize that he is not Donald Trump, and this is not the United States
Jeffrey Ansloos

The Federal Budget Forgets Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention

Jeffrey Ansloos | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
Budget 2017 is all about strengthening the middle class, strengthening their access to services, but what gets lost in the numbers and system is that indigenous youth have the least access to these services and do receive equitable funding as compared to any other young Canadian.
Suzanne Wexler

Andrew Potter's Resignation A Sad Day For Free Speech In Canada

Suzanne Wexler | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
A few days ago, the (usually) brilliant writer Andrew Potter resigned as the director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada amid scrutiny over an ill-received March 20 article in Maclean's. As such, many in the journalistic community are left horrified about the state of free speech in Canada - as they ought to be.
Gregory Marchildon

It's Time To Move On From Federal Health-Care Funding Debate

Gregory Marchildon | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
Hardly a week goes by without this thorny issue being disputed between federal and provincial governments - even now that the budget has been tabled. The simple solution is that health costs should be shared, 50-50. But this solution is far from simple and very misleading.
Aaron Binder

Why Canada Cannot Give In To Isolationism

Aaron Binder | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
We are entering a new era of identity politics -- the increasingly common practice of political campaigns throwing actual policy to the wind and instead playing directly to our emotions -- this method is defined by selfies, sunny-ways, hope and change, fear and division and class anger turned into blind rage.
Hélène Laverdière

I Am Ashamed Of The Liberals' Position On Nuclear Disarmament

Hélène Laverdière | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
Not only did Canada vote against starting negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban treaty this fall, but now that the international community is moving ahead with the negotiations beginning March 27, Canada is boycotting them. The Liberals have given three different excuses, but none of them make much sense.
Sarah E. Leamon

Genetic Non-Discrimination Act Vote Is Government In Action

Sarah E. Leamon | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
Polls indicate that many Canadians, who would otherwise undergo genetic testing in order to become better informed about their health-care needs, and make positive changes in their lifestyle according to those needs, were dissuaded from undergoing the procedure for fear of repercussions from insurance companies. The concerns associated with being denied coverage, or paying inflated premiums, were enough to stop people from using advancements in genetic testing to their benefit.
Vince Wong

Ontario Workers Deserve A Wage-Theft Protection Program With Teeth

Vince Wong | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
The public needs to stand up and declare with one voice that they will no longer permit these affronts to justice to go on. Ontarians need to demand that their government reinstate the Provincial Employee Wage Protection Program immediately.
Nav Persaud

Essential Medicines Must Be Available To All Canadians

Nav Persaud | March 27, 2017 | Canada Living
Surveys and polls often show Canadians are proud of our universal health system, which provides publicly funded care for doctor and hospital services. Canadians don't have to worry about filing for bankruptcy to get care for themselves or their families when they need it. But when it comes to prescription medications, our health system comes up short.
Richad Hirani

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.
Sid Ryan

Federal Budget Brings Back Slippery, Cynical Liberal Party Of Old

Sid Ryan | March 27, 2017 | Canada Politics
Thanks to the federal budget presented by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, we saw not the self-described feminist, environmentalist, progressive Justin T, but the reigning prime minister of austerity and broken promises. Clearly, "sunny ways" for the "middle class" are no longer part of his weather forecast.
Gerard Montpetit

Trump's Budget Blueprint Offers A Glimpse Of His Dark Vision

Gerard Montpetit | March 24, 2017 | Canada Politics
In this week's headlines we learn that U.S. President Donald Trump is proceeding to present a budget according to his "America First" policy.
Karen Selick

The Sickening Hypocrisy Of Marc Emery's Criminal Charges

Karen Selick | March 24, 2017 | Canada Politics
This time around, the penalties Marc faces are so high that he will finally get the jury trial he has long desired. Let's hope the jury recognizes the injustice of being asked to impose life imprisonment on a man whose only "crime" has been to openly do something the government has agreed should be legalized.
Warren Kinsella

Sorry, David Eby. That 'Liberal Spy' Is What Democracy Looks Like

Warren Kinsella | March 24, 2017 | Canada Politics
Some people wear tinfoil hats. Some see conspiracies everywhere. Some even look around at public meetings, and see spies where there are none. B.C. NDP MLA David Eby, for instance, sees spies. B.C. Liberal spies, to be precise.
Sarah Miller

The 10 Biggest Deceptions Of Christy Clark

Sarah Miller | March 24, 2017 | Canada British Columbia
As the provincial election is fast approaching it can be hard to keep up with or remember all the deceptions of Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals. So let's take a look at 10 of the biggest ones.
Jerry Dias

Federal Budget Is High On Symbolism, Low On Details And Plans

Jerry Dias | March 24, 2017 | Canada Business
The new federal budget is high on symbolism, and low on details and money. All that said, it is all too easy to criticize a budget. An important thing worth noting is the general direction the 2017 budget shows. The government is headed in the right direction, it just might take longer to get there.
Paul Franklin

Liberal Budget Brings New Decade Of Darkness For Canadian Forces

Paul Franklin | March 24, 2017 | Canada Politics
The Trudeau government's second budget is more a cautionary one than one with the revolutionary zeal of the first. The budget does show us that the military is not a priority, with no increases and deferred spending on purchasing for eight years. From the time of Trudeau's father and former prime minister Pierre Trudeau to the times of Jean Chretien, the military has never been the priority of the Liberals.
Erin O'Toole

What You Didn't Know About M-103

Erin O'Toole | March 24, 2017 | Canada Politics
Motion 103 did not come from a genuine desire to have a serious debate on discrimination in the House of Commons. The origin of Motion 103 is found in the e-Petition on which it is based. This seems to have been missed by many observers who think this motion was brought after the terrible attack on the mosque in Quebec.
Glen Pearson

Have We Taken Our Democracy For Granted?

Glen Pearson | March 23, 2017 | Canada Politics
One of the great lessons we are now learning since World War Two is that democracy is fairly useless if it is merely inherited. Growing up in countries that have enjoyed advanced political systems doesn't guarantee that they will automatically function effectively. For it to truly work democracy must be reinvented in every generation.
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