Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

Craig and Marc Kielburger | July 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want? Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank announced in May. For decades, we've heard that Canada is a "just society" -- based on equality and freedom for all upheld in laws. We've built our just society, but is Canada becoming a less compassionate one?
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Free Expression Is Slipping Away

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | July 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
Free expression is democracy. Without it, political choice is a farce. You can have all the elections you want and they will mean nothing without the secure right to express, share information and advocate for your views. Canada's federal government has been no friend of the right to know since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power.
John McKay

The Liberals Will Create Real Change for Canada's Environment and Economy

John McKay | July 3, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canadians no longer need to make the false choice between the environment and the economy. On Monday in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau unveiled a detailed plan for real change that will create jobs, grow the economy and protect the environment.
Development Unplugged

What Will Be the Role of Country Ownership in the Post-2015 Agenda?

Development Unplugged | July 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
The need to ensure developing country ownership over development processes has been well-established. Yet, as the world moves towards the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, there has been little conversation on the extent to which the new agenda will indeed support country ownership of sustainable development processes.
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

Why We Should Care About Dominican Expulsion of Haitians

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | July 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
The immediate response to the unjust treatment of Haitian-Dominicans by the government of the Dominican Republic should be a collective one. The opposition to the slated deportation or expulsion of over 200,000 Haitian-Dominicans is a cause that needs to be taken up not only by Caribbean leaders, but also by the people living in the region and its diaspora.hile circulating awareness of the treatment of Haitian-Dominicans via social media outlets has served its purpose, let's also include proactive measures such as lobbying governments and pressuring foreign companies to stop investing in the Dominican Republic.
Arnold Chan

The Conservatives Have Changed What it Means to Be Canadian

Arnold Chan | July 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
As a second generation Canadian I grew up with a proud sense of attachment to our nation. I often listened to stories from my parents about the effort they made to immigrate to Canada so that my younger brother and I could enjoy the many opportunities that this nation has to offer.
Carlo Dade

Canada Needs to Increase Its Focus on North America

Carlo Dade | July 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
That the U.S. is changing is not news; it may be the definition of pabulum. But what is surprising is how out of touch or uninformed most of Canada seems to be with the drastically changing U.S. and also Mexico, in other words with North America.
David Suzuki

Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

David Suzuki | July 2, 2015 | Canada Impact
If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel-free future. Moving toward zero carbon emissions -- in a much shorter timeline than agreed upon by Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States -- is absolutely necessary, and not just for the climate.
Robert Osborne

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | June 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

Bill C-24 Is a Hostile Greeting to New Canadians

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | June 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
While Canada Day is usually a time to celebrate the swearing in of new citizens, this year will be the first time that their citizenship will be marked with an asterisk, thanks to Harper's passage of Bill C-24. The new law threatens dual citizens and immigrants to Canada with revocation of their citizenship. Now, citizenship can be revoked by a Citizenship Officer without a live hearing, without opportunity for appeal, without a judge, and for reasons other than a fraudulent application.
Andreas Souvaliotis

A Marketer's Indictment of Toronto's New Airport Express Train

Andreas Souvaliotis | June 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
My UP ride started as a curious marketing inspection after I smelled blood from all the wasteful promo blunders of the past year, but it culminated in a much broader indictment and plenty of citizen rage. This is my town, my trains, my money. This was supposed to reflect my brand, as a Torontonian. Instead, we got yet another product of small minds, narrow agendas, parochial bureaucrats and classically low expectations. We should all feel a little bit embarrassed by those empty seats, the angry diesel engines, the misaligned stations and the giant billboards. All brought to us by our town's multiple, unrelated, disconnected transport authorities.
Lizanne Foster

Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Lizanne Foster | July 2, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.
Jordan Bateman

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | June 29, 2015 | Canada Politics
The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.
Christopher Sands

Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico

Christopher Sands | June 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Making the case to deepen ties with Mexico to Canadians on the basis of a thoughtful review of the arguments and the evidence of twenty years of NAFTA experience is a valuable contribution to the Canadian debate, and very much in the tradition of sober second thought on issues of the day.
Glen Pearson

Del Mastro Isn't the Problem, Politics Is

Glen Pearson | June 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
He looked at me through moist eyes and wanted me to know how delighted he was that our adopted kids from South Sudan had arrived and were seated in the visitor's gallery above the parliamentary chamber. Question Period had just concluded and his face had been a mixture of anger, mockery and clear disdain the entire time, and yet here he was, one of Stephen Harper's attack dogs, fighting back tears and being touchingly human.These thoughts came back to me as I watched the video of Dean Del Mastro being led into a paddy wagon following his conviction for electoral fraud in the 2008 federal election.
Brian Golden

We Need to Invest in Our Community Health Leaders

Brian Golden | June 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Hospital or home? Given the choice, most of us would rather stay close to what we know, in our communities, as long as we could receive comparable medical care and support. Those who run our healthcare system agree. They know that the traditional acute care-focused model is not financially sustainable, or often appropriate.
Kathleen O’Grady

How We're Trying to Inject Health Policy Into Mainstream Media

Kathleen O’Grady | June 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
For the last 30 years or so, Canadians have repeatedly flagged healthcare as the most important national concern and the issue they want their political leaders to prioritize. Surveys and studies and polls and panels -- there have been plenty -- all come up with the same finding: Canadians care about healthcare.
Mark Towhey

6 Road Safety Changes That Could Save Lives

Mark Towhey | June 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
In Toronto on Monday, councillors ordered a blanket reduction in speed limits from 40 to 30 km/h on local roads in the old cities of Toronto and East York. While this approach may make them feel better, it won't do much to improve road safety or reduce congestion. But, here's six ideas that might. If every Ontario driver had similar training, and we adopted these simple rule changes, our roads would be the safest in North America.
Robert L. Brown

Canadians Need a Policy Nudge to Enhance Pension Contributions

Robert L. Brown | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Pundits and politicos are weighing in now with blunt talk of "voluntary" or "mandatory" enhancements to CPP. Neither may be exactly what Canadians want. Here's why.
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Harper Has Made Canada Irrelevant in Global Governance

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Harper's decisions on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United States have officially shut the last nails on the coffin of Canadian relevance in global governance. The Conservative government's hard power strategy officially commits Canada to the role of a fireman in an incandescent region, at the taxpayer's expense, with zero influence on the regional levers at the core of the Middle East's most pressing fires today. It is time for the opposition parties to fine-tune their foreign policy chops in the coming official campaign period in order for Canada to chart its way back to the world's bargaining table.
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