Karen Selick

Don't Make Taxpayers Responsible For Supporting All of Canada

Karen Selick | March 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
In 2010, Jennifer Tanudjaja chose to become an applicant in a court case that sought to establish that having to spend 52 per cent of her monthly benefits on rent violated her Charter right to life, liberty and security of the person. Ms. Tanudjaja wanted the taxpayers to do even more for her and her sons than they were already doing.
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Gender Equality In Norway: Progressive Policies And Major Challenges

Mona Elisabeth Brother | March 5, 2015 | Canada
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.
Samuel Getachew

Why the NDP Is Not Government Material

Samuel Getachew | March 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
The reason Canadians do not look at the NDP as government material is obvious. Its public role has been to shout, scream and protest from the sidelines and that reality has and should not change. I would never question nor discount their public contributions -- Medicare and minimum wage -- however these admirable ideals were achieved with the adult supervision of the traditional governing parties.
Joseph Heath

Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives

Joseph Heath | March 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
Defending federalism, in Trudeau's view, meant defending the principle of reason in politics. "Reason before passion" became his personal motto. And yet, over the course of his first term as prime minister, this commitment became increasingly difficult to maintain.
Chantal Hébert

The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was

Chantal Hébert | March 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
The pollsters who had been tracking the vote for the pro-sovereignty side as referendum day approached were as categorical as they could be. The lead that the Yes camp had built since mid-campaign had held over the final weekend before the Monday vote. As long as the well-oiled sovereignist machine got the vote out, the Yes camp would have a rendezvous with history that very night.
Sukanya Pillay

Canada's Anti-Terror Bill Is Gift-Wrapped in Rhetoric

Sukanya Pillay | March 4, 2015 | Canada Politics
There is no question the government must keep Canada safe from terrorist activities and threats, but Bill C-51 is not the answer. Bill C-51 is wide-sweeping in powers and gift-wrapped in rhetoric. We already have an arsenal of tools in the Criminal Code and other existing anti-terror legislation, which provides Canadian law enforcement and agencies with robust powers to fight terrorists. It was existing laws that successfully empowered Canadian police to thwart, arrest and charge suspects in the Toronto 18 and Via Rail terror plots. Bill C-51 simply increases government power in ways that can threaten innocent Canadians.
Nicole Trépanier

The Truth About St. Lawrence River's Shipping Activities

Nicole Trépanier | March 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
Using worst-case scenarios to implement the necessary prevention tools is certainly a prerogative. It is what the industry does. Taking only disasters into account to alarm the public without having to prove one's allegations is an entirely different matter. Would it not be more useful to support good practices rather than glossing over them?
Blake Bromley

If a Bible's Allowed in a Courtroom, Why Isn't a Hijab?

Blake Bromley | March 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
Judge Eliano Marengo has declared her Quebec courtroom "a secular place and a secular space", and has denied Rania El-Alloul a hearing because she wears a hijab. The judge proclaimed that there are no religious symbols in her courtroom. It is impossible for a judge who daily has witnesses place their hand on a Bible and swear to tell the truth to claim there are no religious symbols in her courtroom. So did the fact that Rania El-Alloul's attire was Islamic weigh more heavily on the judge's decision than the fact that she wore a religious symbol?
Carol Linnitt

How Come CSIS 'Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny' Spying On Me?

Carol Linnitt | March 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
Unfortunately, when it comes to CSIS, Canadians can expect very little transparency, a cause for additional concern when you recall Harper eliminated the position of the CSIS watchdog in 2012. The only overview of CSIS is handled by the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC), a body comprised of part-time appointees with limited resources that assess CSIS operations after-the-fact.
Jeff Begley

How Health Care and Social Workers Can Stop the Liberal Bulldozer

Jeff Begley | March 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
There is growing definite interest in our affiliated unions for debating the use of pressure tactics up to and including a strike. Some unions are further ahead than others in their consideration of this, while others are beginning to give it thought. All this is encouraging, because mobilization is how workers will be able to stop the Liberal bulldozer.
Heather Roff

Not What We Bargained For: The Cyber Problem

Heather Roff | March 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week the New America Foundation hosted its launch for an interdisciplinary cybersecurity initiative. I was fortunate enough to be asked to attend and speak, but the real benefit was that I was afforded an opportunity to listen to some really remarkable people in the cyber community discuss...
John Cartwright

Harper Stirs Prejudice Against Muslims

John Cartwright | March 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
It's like watching a train wreck in slow motion. The Prime Minister of Canada is deliberately stirring up prejudice against one group of Canadians for one reason only -- political advantage. The sad reality is that many Canadians and Quebecois seem to be vulnerable to embracing an anti-Muslim sentiment. We are all appalled by the brutality of ISIS, with their voyeuristic killing of innocent victims. The tragic murder of two soldiers in Canada has added a sense of vulnerability inside our own country. Stephen Harper's response is to declare that Canada is under attack by "global Jihadists" and introduce sweeping legislation giving new powers to CSIS.
Ian Young

Canada's Millionaire Immigrants Earn Less Than Refugees

Ian Young | March 2, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Logic would dictate that big-earning millionaires continue to earn big after settling in Canada. They might take a pause from their business activities while they settle in to their new country, but it's only a matter of time before the money, and the trickle-down benefits, start flowing, right? Not so.
Bruce Moncur

Why You Should Look At Injured Veterans Before You Write Off Unions

Bruce Moncur | March 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
I call the areas that used to have an office "Veteran Dead Zones" and encourage any soldier who will have to rely on Veterans Affairs to avoid living in these areas. The frustrating experiences that soldiers have to endure at the hands of an overworked understaffed offices only serves to exasperate soldiers further, resulting in a refusal to seek the services required. In essence, the government saves $5-million in operating costs, but the savings in providing the services will be in the tens of millions of dollars.
David Himbara

What Burundi Can Teach Rwanda About Democratic Governance

David Himbara | March 1, 2015 | Canada Politics
Then there is the matter of political competition for higher office. There is no such a thing in Rwanda. Members of genuine opposition are either in prison, exile or mysteriously die in and outside Rwanda. Leader of the Unified Democratic Forces party, Victoire Ingabire, who was barred from running for presidency in 2010 is in prison.
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Why Medical Marijuana Is Not a Legal Drug in Canada

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | February 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
Medical marijuana is not a legal drug in Canada. It is an illicit (illegal) substance and Health Canada's current accessibility policy hasn't changed that fact. Marijuana has not been designated a prescription medication or medication of any kind. Not only does it not currently have a DIN, it looks like it will not have one any time soon. According to the Medical Use of Marijuana section on Health Canada's website, DIN's can only be issued after Health Canada scientists have assessed a drug's safety, efficacy and quality in order to be sure it meets Regulations and the requirements of the Food and Drug Act.
Mark Milke

Why Ontario Should Stop Demanding Money From the Federal Government

Mark Milke | February 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Instead of demanding more money from the federal government, Ontario could a) cut provincial spending or b) reform everything from labour laws to regulation to tax policy and electricity policy, to unleash the economy and thus produce more at-home tax revenue or c) both. Ontario should not expect continued billions in annual equalization payments. While the exact decline in equalization is unknown -- it depends on how badly the resource economies and their provincial treasuries are hit -- Ontario should face reality and act accordingly.
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Ordering a Woman to Remove Her Hijab in Court Alienates All Muslims

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | February 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
It is mind bogglingly outrageous to learn that a Quebec judge would serve her own religiously discriminatory interests rather than promote the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms under which she governs. As a proud Canadian Muslim woman I firmly believe that we as a society are better than this and we need to speak out against discrimination under the guise of secularism.
Dermod Travis

Vancouver Campaign Spending Contagion Spreading Fast

Dermod Travis | February 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending in B.C. isn't pretty. How the parties spent their moolah also says something about their campaign approach.
Hélène Laverdière

Now May Not be the Time for a Development Finance Institution

Hélène Laverdière | February 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
In the last few months there has been much discussion about the Canadian government establishing a Development Finance Institution (DFI). DFIs definitely have some potential to work for development. But would it really fill an important gap in Canada's development toolkit? And is this the right time and the right government for this move? I am not yet convinced.
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