Ethan Rabidoux

Let's Get as Angry About Political Wrongdoings as We Do About Political Correctness

Ethan Rabidoux | January 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
Why hasn't my Facebook feed filled with at least the same level of indignation about our government's disgraceful treatment of our Veterans as it was about the a tobogganing hill? We must learn to calibrate our anger so it's proportional to the injustice or slight. Let's fight for the things that make life fun for us like tobogganing while also fighting the things that make life miserable such as payday loan companies, multinational corporations, venture capitalists, a failed War on Terrorism and the self-serving hacks in the media and government who enable it all.
Dermod Travis

B.C. Clinical Trials Oversight Shows Need For Health Sheriffs

Dermod Travis | January 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Until Health Canada chooses to honour its commitment to the auditor general, the FDA and OHRP may be the only health sheriffs in town.
Andrew Weaver

It's Time To Rethink B.C.'s Medical Services Plan Tax

Andrew Weaver | January 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Overhauling our current, regressive approach would be a positive step in addressing poverty and income inequality, and ensuring a sustainable health care system for now, and future generations.
John McKay

How Long Will Minister Aglukkaq Ignore the Problem of Endangered Species?

John McKay | January 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
Recent cuts to Environment Canada's operating budget have left the department a shadow of its former self and unable to enforce what little environmental laws are left. The Harper Government has burned enough environmental legislation to keep the Minister warm for an entire winter in her home in chilly Gjoa Haven. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.
Elvira Truglia

Why Is Mexico on Canada's List of 'Safe Countries'?

Elvira Truglia | January 29, 2015 | Canada Politics
Mexico's human rights crisis is staring Canada in the face. According to Amnesty International, there are six times more reported cases of torture and ill-treatment than a decade ago. The 43 disappeared in Ayontizapa are only a needle in the hay stack of more than 80,000 estimated dead and 26,000 disappeared in the last 8 years.
Susan Wright

Alberta: Government by Trial Balloon

Susan Wright | January 29, 2015 | Canada Alberta
Politicians lacking vision (like Mr. Prentice) launch trial balloons left, right and centre in the hope that somewhere along the line they'll get it right. This demonstrates a lack of conviction in the party's platform or a lack of confidence in the government's ability to explain difficult issues to the electorate.
David Suzuki

Canada Is Trading Away Its Environmental Rights

David Suzuki | January 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canada's environment appears to be taking the brunt of NAFTA-enabled corporate attacks. And when NAFTA environmental-protection provisions do kick in, the government often rejects them. According to a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, more than 70 per cent of NAFTA claims since 2005 have been against Canada, with nine active cases totalling $6 billion outstanding.
Nora Loreto

Why Bell Let's Talk Day Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt

Nora Loreto | January 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
We need progressive organizations to build off the publicity of Let's Talk and call for a new day: Let's Act. When it feels like the snow will never melt and spring will never come, let's commit ourselves to act. Let's Act and demand more funding to mental health supports, including the improved public funding of mental health doctors, treatments and facilities. Let's Act and reject Stephen Harper's attempt to criminalize people with mental health struggles: help and rehabilitation rather than solitary confinement and life-long prison sentences.
Samuel Getachew

There Are Only Two Real Candidates in the Ontario PC Leadership Race

Samuel Getachew | January 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
Time to focus on the two leading candidates who actually have a shot at, not just winning the leadership, but the premiership of Ontario in a few years. Both Vic Fedeli and Christine Elliott come from the political rich middle where most Ontarians reside in. They have had distinguished leadership roles in business, law and politics among them.
Catherine Chatterley

Don't Say the Paris Supermarket Attack Had Nothing To Do With Antisemitism

Catherine Chatterley | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Denials of reality about the Jihadist roots of this violence are already feeding frustration in Western populations who know better. The well-intended strategy of protecting Muslims in the West will actually do the opposite -- it will very likely guarantee a backlash against Western Muslims by a growing right-wing movement.
Irwin Cotler

Auschwitz 70 Years Later: Universal Lessons for Our Time

Irwin Cotler | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
I write at an important moment of remembrance and reminder, of bearing witness, and of action. I write also in the immediate aftermath of anti-Semitic terror and killing in France, and in the midst of ongoing mass atrocities by Boko Haram in Nigeria, ethnic cleansing in Darfur and South Sudan, and killing fields in Syria and elsewhere. And so, at this important historical moment, we should ask ourselves: What have we learned in the last 70 years, and more importantly, what must we do?
Marc Garneau

The First Canadian Casualty in Iraq Is the Truth

Marc Garneau | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week we learned that our Special Forces had been on the front lines to provide targeting for airstrikes and had been doing this for some time. Then we learn that our Special Forces returned fire on two other occasions last week. What's at stake here is the truth.
Kirsty Duncan

Violence Against Women in Canada: Enough Is Enough

Kirsty Duncan | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
We know from our daily lives that gender-based violence remains rampant. The facts support this conclusion: half of women in Canada have suffered physical or sexual violence. Exactly when did we, as a society, become accustomed to violence? We must ensure access to coordinated services that keep women and children safe.
Ralph Goodale

Why Are Harper and the Bank of Canada Following Contradictory Strategies?

Ralph Goodale | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
It's strange indeed to see the federal government and the central bank headed in opposite and contradictory directions. The Bank of Canada is moving to stimulate greater growth, while Mr. Harper pushes more austerity -- with the net effect of reducing aggregate demand.
Shahla Khan Salter

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Leaves A Legacy of Shame

Shahla Khan Salter | January 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died at the age of 90. From the time he received the throne in 1995 until the day he died, Abdullah watched, mostly in silence, as the world became mired in religious extremism and as blame for the chaos fell squarely upon the shoulders of ordinary Muslims. Abdullah knew and implicitly sealed the export of hateful Wahabism from Saudi Arabia's borders to all corners of the earth, ignoring centuries of tradition from its Islamic anti-thesis, Sufism.
Barbara Mintzes

How Health Canada Failed to Uphold Its Own Pharmaceutical Ad Standards

Barbara Mintzes | January 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Although advertising of prescription medicines to the public is generally banned in Canada on public health grounds, shifts in administrative policy have allowed two types of ads since late 2000: "reminder" ads that mention a brand name, but make no health claims; and "help-seeking" ads that mention a condition, but do not state a brand or company name. We have identified six main weaknesses in how Health Canada regulates this advertising.
Samuel Getachew

Only a Fool Would Underestimate Trudeau in the Federal Election

Samuel Getachew | January 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Trudeau is the most impressive, practical, and smart political leader since the Jean Chrétien era. Since taking over a near-bankrupt, third place, humiliated party less than two years ago, he has made it a growing political movement. The party is now well-organized, better funded, and has attracted strong candidates and volunteers that truly represent the new Canada.
Marvin Ross

The Mental Health Commission of Canada Is Stuck in Groundhog Day

Marvin Ross | January 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
The Mental Health Commission of Canada has just released the first of two reports on indicators showing how poorly we treat those with mental illness in Canada. I really have to ask why, as this is something we already know.
Colin Kenny

On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk

Colin Kenny | January 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
The two terrorist attacks in October and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris have created a climate of fear in Canada around terrorism. In order to assuage these concerns, the government recently announced its intention to introduce further anti-terrorism legislation. But there are two ways to stop terrorism: you can create new laws and you can also provide adequate funding. While choosing the former option may create the illusion that Harper is tough on terrorism, it's in the latter area that our national security agencies are in greatest need.
Ecojustice

When Mother Earth Has Nothing Left To Give, We Must Slow Down

Ecojustice | January 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
We must learn from people who have a deep connection to place and accept that the earth has limits that must be respected.
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