Michael Møller

International Rules Aren't Made to Be Broken

Michael Møller | August 20, 2014 | Canada
The international rules that determine how we should be governing the affairs of the world don't seem to matter much these days. A well-organized society is based on agreed-upon rules of the game. Setting them aside and trampling on them only brings chaos that will affect us all sooner rather than later.
David Suzuki


Politicians: Clean Water, Air and Soil Should Be Your Priority

David Suzuki | August 20, 2014 | Canada
We are, above all else, biological beings, with an absolute need for clean air from the moment of birth to the last death rattle. We are about 60 per cent water by weight, so we need clean water to be healthy. We eat plants and animals for our nourishment, so whatever they're exposed to ends up in our bodies. We need clean soil to give us clean food. These are basic, biological facts and should be the prism through which any decision is made at individual, corporate or government levels. Protection of air, water, soil and the web of life should be the highest social, political and economic priority.
Lizanne Foster

Why Supporting Students With Special Needs Benefits Us All

Lizanne Foster | August 19, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
What if we looked at the whole concept of benefits in a different way. Who actually benefits when we support students whose brains work differently? We are going to need out-of-the-box kinds of thinking that students with special needs do naturally, all the time. We need special solutions to the special challenges we all face.
Dermod Travis


What We Should Take Away From The Mount Polley Spill

Dermod Travis | August 19, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
B.C.'s economy -- already facing what seems like the perfect economic storm of stagnant job growth, an acute skills shortage, and the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision on First Nation land title claims -- can now add one more low pressure system into that mix: the Mount Polley mine disaster.
Richard Perron

Protecting Whistleblowers Is the Key to Ending Corruption

Richard Perron | August 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Passing legislation to protect whistleblowers is critical in the fight to end corruption and collusion. And that's the point I'll be making on behalf of the 25,500 members of Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec (SPGQ), in my talk at the Peoples' Social Forum.
Carol Linnitt


B.C. Can Expect More Mount Polleys

Carol Linnitt | August 18, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The industry needs productive, safe, and enabling parameters to work within, and British Columbians deserve to rest assured that our business leaders and elected representatives are engineering those limits properly -- with a foundation much stronger than that of the Mount Polley tailings pond.
Mary Donohue


Oh, You Think the Ferguson Incident Could Never Happen in Canada? Think Again

Mary Donohue | August 17, 2014 | Canada
Many Canadians are sitting back smugly stating how horrible and thank goodness that would never happen here, but if you believe this, you live in a bubble. Just look at what happened at York University last week. A hate filled piece was distributed by an anonymous group arguing the school would be better without people of different cultures. Hate isn't geographical, it is universal and based in fear of differences. Every city, state, province, business and government in North American needs to face facts, the issue isn't diversity. Look at the demographics. We are diverse, the issue is inclusion.
Kenneth P. Green


We Are Focusing On the Wrong Problem When It Comes To Oil Transit Accidents

Kenneth P. Green | August 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
In the wake of the Lac-Mégantic oil-by-rail disaster, when a train carrying crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken field exploded in Quebec, some people began to characterize Bakken crude oil as "uniquely flammable," with an implication that new rail car standards might be required to move the material.
Gabriel Granatstein

Whichever Side You're On In the Israel-Gaza Conflict, Stick To the Facts

Gabriel Granatstein | August 16, 2014 | Canada
The tragedy of friendly fire is perhaps the starkest proof that militaries can make deadly errors that are neither intentional nor illegal. In the same vein, civilian casualties are painful, but they do not automatically represent a breach of the international law so long as the distinction, proportionality, and intentionality are observed (and other rules of course).
Jordan Bateman


What Is It With B.C. Government And Expensive, Poorly Managed Computer Projects?

Jordan Bateman | August 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Taxpayers deserve to know why these projects are going over budget, why they are failing, and precisely what government plans to do about it.
Mark Milke


How Alberta Blew Through an Extra $41 Billion

Mark Milke | August 15, 2014 | Canada Alberta
Governments, like families, have choices. And governments, as with families, sometimes make picks that close off other options. Spend a lot of money on having dinner out every night and that might foreclose the purchase of a nicer automobile.
Fred McMahon


Continued Cronyism Is the Arab Spring's Worst Enemy

Fred McMahon | August 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
The violence that spun out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria grabbed the headlines but the real problem received little attention -- lack of opportunity. This lack of opportunity for the people of the Middle East is an issue the West largely ignored and partly caused.
Stéphane Dion


How the Harper Government Manipulates Canadian History

Stéphane Dion | August 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
We must pay tribute to the courage and sacrifices of our soldiers, past and present, and highlight their essential contribution to peace and democracy. But we must also highlight the other remarkable aspects of Canadian history. The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is almost here and its preparations are lagging. Mr Harper and his Heritage minister, Shelly Glover, seem unable to give the celebration a clear focus. There is room for concern that once again, they will be content with showcasing Canada's military feats and refuse to acknowledge everything else that has made our nation a source of hope and envy in the world.
Jorg Cieslok

Why Digital Billboards Shouldn't Be Banned

Jorg Cieslok | August 14, 2014 | Canada Politics
In Dave Meslin's article "Driven to Distraction" he links the distraction caused by digital billboards to automobile accidents as a leading cause of death; he suggests billboards are altogether unsafe and should be banned. Meslin's claims need debunking.
Sujata Dey

The Robocall Verdict Isn't the End of 2011 Election Fraud

Sujata Dey | August 14, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Ontario Superior Court ruled today that Michael Sona, the young Conservative aide, is guilty of participating in the robocall scheme. But this verdict does not resolve the issues surrounding the widespread orchestrated electoral fraud in the 2011 election. This fraud took place not only in Guelph,...
Sujata Dey

The Robocall Verdict Isn't the End of 2011 Election Fraud

Sujata Dey | August 14, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Ontario Superior Court ruled today that Michael Sona, the young Conservative aide, is guilty of participating in the robocall scheme. But this verdict does not resolve the issues surrounding the widespread orchestrated electoral fraud in the 2011 election. This fraud took place not only in Guelph,...
Karen Selick


This Marijuana Activist Is a Hero to Me, and I Don't Smoke the Stuff

Karen Selick | August 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
Unlike the "Prince of Pot," I don't use marijuana. I never have, and probably never will, even if it were to become legal for recreational use. Nevertheless, I have been a staunch admirer of Marc's ever since I first met him. While Marc Emery didn't do this single-handedly, there is no question that he is at least partly responsible for the fact that hundreds of thousands of people across North America now have legal access to a medication that helps relieve their pain and epileptic seizures. Margaret Wente said that Marc's no hero, but I disagree.
Blake Bromley


This Conservative Attack Dog Should Not Bite Trudeau

Blake Bromley | August 13, 2014 | Canada Politics
The conservative attack dog, whose attacks on environmental charities precipitated "political activities" audits by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), has now turned his attention to Muslim mosques and Justin Trudeau. My fear is that Ezra Levant is seeking to duplicate his political success against environmental charities by fomenting complaints against Muslim charities. His attacks on Justin Trudeau are being publicized by Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino and given coverage by the CBC.
Corey Levine

The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan

Corey Levine | August 13, 2014 | Canada Politics
While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.
Maikel Nabil Sanad


Though I Keep Getting Detained, I'll Never Stop Being an Activist

Maikel Nabil Sanad | August 13, 2014 | Canada Impact
I was sitting on a bench inside the military court that day, accompanied by a military intelligence agent, waiting for my military judge to arrive in the courtroom. It was a spring day, in April 2011, just few months after the revolution started. It was the fifth time I was detained in Egypt because of my activism. It isn't that I can understand the situations of people facing injustice from afar, I can feel their pain, because it's my pain as well.
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