Amira Elghawaby

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Why Has Canada Still Not Signed the UN's Optional Protocol on Torture?

Amira Elghawaby | December 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Canada, along with other democratic nations, is against mob rule. So why is it so difficult for Canada to ratify a document that ensures the type of horrific actions perpetrated by these groups -- including torture -- are stamped out? What is preventing Canada from fulfilling its commitment to ratify the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture?
Steve Morgan

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New Brunswick's Opportunity to Reduce Pharmaceutical Drug Prices

Steve Morgan | December 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Liberal government of New Brunswick appears to be stepping back from the brink of mandatory prescription drug insurance. And so they should. The drug plan chosen by the Conservatives was designed on a false premise: that the private sector can better manage things than government can. In many sectors, that might be true. But not in health care.
John McKay

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Harper's All-in Approach to Carbon Puts Our Economy in Danger

John McKay | December 19, 2014 | Canada Business
For someone with a Master's Degree in Economics, Mr. Harper seems to ignore one of the most important rules of investing: hedge your bets. Harper's all-in bet on the carbon economy means that when the price of oil goes for a tumble, so does our economy and with it, our petrodollar.
Kirsty Duncan

Harper's Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis Is Inadequate

Kirsty Duncan | December 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Today, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) held a conference in Berlin to restructure and highlight vital humanitarian programs to address the needs of the refugee crisis created by the war in Syria. They discussed re-coordination of short-term emergency assistance and long-term structural help. Of note, they also called on the international community to donate $8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015. In light of this new appeal, will Canada finally exercise leadership, commit to resettle at least 10,000 Syrian refugees, and increase our humanitarian aid contributions to the region?
Lawrence Solomon

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Why Doctors Aren't Shocked That Mumps Have Hit the NHL

Lawrence Solomon | December 19, 2014 | Canada Living
Past generations of professional hockey players were never at risk of mumps outbreaks. Today's players are, and tomorrow's will be, along with adults generally. These outbreaks -- which the media portray as coming out of the blue -- don't surprise anyone in medical circles who has been paying attention.
Amitha Kalaichandran

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Protecting Our Children From the Violence on the News

Amitha Kalaichandran | December 19, 2014 | Canada Living
Given that homicide, suicide and trauma are leading causes of childhood death, it is crucial to address how adults can serve as facilitators for children as they become exposed to some of the most pressing issues of our time, where in 2014 alone millions of children have been affected.
Brooks DeCillia

Danielle Smith Is Stubbornly Ideological But Just Not That Loyal

Brooks DeCillia | December 19, 2014 | Canada Alberta
Not so long ago, Smith vilified the Progressive Party, branding it as tired, washed up, and spiralling out of control. Alberta faced certain disaster if Progressive Conservatives continued their uninterrupted reign. Smith was fervent. Committed. She would burn down the village to save it.
Jens Wieting

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B.C. Must Step Out Of Canada's Carbon Shadow

Jens Wieting | December 18, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
It's not too late for B.C. to become a true climate champion.
Jordan Bateman

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'Twas The Night Before A B.C. Taxpayer's Christmas

Jordan Bateman | December 18, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through B.C. The pipeline wars were stirring, even over LNG
Shannon M. Nelson

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Why I Don't Want to Become an American Citizen

Shannon M. Nelson | December 18, 2014 | Canada Business
As a Canadian living in the United States (legally -- I'm a permanent resident), Americans routinely ask me when I'm going to become a U.S. citizen. It's always interesting to watch their reactions when I tell them "no thank you." The simple answer is that don't want to run afoul of that greedy monster, the IRS.
Vincent Gogolek

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Access to Info Was Mostly Gloomy With Some Rays of Light in 2014

Vincent Gogolek | December 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
We can't say 2014 was a banner year for Access to Information in this country. According to the Centre for Law and Democracy, which publishes a ranking of countries that have right to information laws, Canada continues to drop and is now down to number 57 (out of 100). And there are lots of reasons why Canada has dropped.
Dana Wagner

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Why Denmark Should Own The North Pole Instead Of Canada

Dana Wagner | December 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The North Pole is a single point on the Arctic map that falls in an area claimed by three countries. Directly beneath this spot, below the polar ice, is the Lomonosov Ridge, now at the centre of a land dispute. Canada, Denmark and Russia are jockeying for exclusive jurisdiction of the submerged mountain range. If the pole went to the country that can best govern it, the winner is Denmark. In second place, Canada would not be bad, especially relative to Russia. But between the two, as one expert told the CBC, "there's absolutely no doubt that the North Pole is most definitely closer to Greenland than it is to Canada." Still, here are some alternative factors to consider:
Jason Congdon

MP Joy Smith Should Focus on the Constitution, Not "Pimps and Johns"

Jason Congdon | December 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
MP Joy Smith's December 10 editorial declares it "appalling" that 25 members of Toronto City Council asked Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to refer the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act to the Ontario Court of Appeal. In imposing her preferred frame of "survivors of prostitution" versus "pimps and johns," she fails to address the crucial point of the councillors' letter.
David Suzuki

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Looking Back on the Blue Dot Tour and Ahead to the New Year

David Suzuki | December 17, 2014 | Canada
I recently travelled across Canada with David Suzuki Foundation staff, from St. John's to Victoria and up to Yellowknife, joined by friends and allies along the way. To resolve the serious environmental issues we face in Canada and beyond, we need people from across the country and all walks of life to join together to make protecting the people and places we love a priority.
Murtaza Haider

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Religious Fanatics Are Dragging My City of Peshawar Back to the Dark Ages

Murtaza Haider | December 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Slowly, but surely, I see my ancestral city die a slow death at the hands of religious fanatics. From Boko Haram in Nigeria, who kidnapped 276 young girls from a school in April 2014, to the TTP, who has repeatedly attacked schoolchildren in Pakistan, the Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking schools and students. Their goal is to deprive the future generation of Muslims of education and return them back to the dark ages. It is time for the West to right the wrongs and help save Peshawar from the apocalyptic mercenaries.
Kirsty Duncan

For Canadians With Eating Disorders, Holiday Meals Are No Celebration

Kirsty Duncan | December 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
At a recent function, a young woman takes me aside, and complains bitterly about the holidays. She finds them stressful, but not for the reason we might think. She explains that, like thousands across Canada, she had waited for the Status of Women report on eating disorders,‎ and that she was praying that it might offer some hope for 2015, a plan to help struggling families. But these hopes have been dashed. She continued to say that many Canadians are so sick that they need urgent help, and that long wait times, few hospital beds and lack of help in the community are killing people needlessly in our communities.
Duff Conacher

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Why Conservatives Changed Reform Act Into 'Hope for Reform Act'

Duff Conacher | December 15, 2014 | Canada
Conservative MPs had an historic, unprecedented chance to throw off their chains and empower themselves and all MPs, and political party riding associations, to represent voters. Instead, they changed the Reform Act to the "Hope for Reform Act," essentially giving up the chance to limit party leaders' powers.
Mark Milke

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Why Western Canada Has More Money, Jobs and Security Than the East

Mark Milke | December 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
Sort through the statistics and the surprise is how consistently Ontario and Quebec now mimic the weak economic opportunities in the Maritimes instead of the bright economic opportunities available in the West. There's no great mystery as to why. Provinces with substantial private sector investment -- something the West has attracted with pro-entrepreneur policies and by simply saying "yes" to resource extraction in specific -- end up with enhanced employment opportunities, higher incomes and better prospects to enjoy a middle-class lifestyle.
Udoka Okafor

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Muhammadu Buhari's Shadow Will Come Back to Haunt Him

Udoka Okafor | December 13, 2014 | Canada Politics
So, come the next election, these are the two choices that Nigerians are stuck with: two leaders with ghastly track records, especially with respect to human rights protection. Mr Buhari can try all he wants to reinvent himself, but his past is as undetachable as his shadow, and it will come back to haunt him, come this next election.
Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Government Is Placing An Unfair Burden on Doctors Who Prescribe Marijuana

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | December 13, 2014 | Canada Politics
At present, this time-consuming service is an uninsured one and its accompanying opportunity cost -- taking physicians away from attending to other patients on a fee-for-service basis -- is borne solely by the physician. Because the College considers the medical document to access medical marijuana equivalent to a prescription and, since prescriptions and activities related to prescriptions are insured services, physicians cannot charge patients; fair enough. But what about the for-profit corporations who are benefitting at the physicians' expense?
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