Joshua Ostroff

To Police Unions: Stop Protecting Rotten Cops

Joshua Ostroff | September 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
People like to excuse police violence by claiming that it's just a few bad apples. Perhaps that's true, but then who is electing the police union leaders who make it their job to defend these bad apples? See, here's the thing about bad apples -- if you don't root them out, then the whole barrel will rot.If the police union was really protecting the police force, then they'd be the most outspoken critics of police brutality and unnecessary police-involved shootings. But they're not.
Tahir Gora

Pakistan's Non-Condemnation Of Terror Strains India Relationship

Tahir Gora | September 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
On one hand, Sharif and the Pakistani establishment talk about their victimhood in the hands of terrorist organizations, but on the other hand, the following known terrorist organizations are operating in Pakistan -- allegedly with the support of Pakistan army and its intelligence agencies.
Oxfam Canada

The Global Refugee Crisis Needs A Feminist Solution

Oxfam Canada | September 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
I am proud to see Canada's leadership in welcoming tens of thousands of Syrian refugees and hope that we inspire other rich nations to open their doors. I also welcome the increase in humanitarian aid announced by Prime Minister Trudeau this week. But resettlement and money alone will not resolve this crisis. Women and girls fleeing conflict, crisis and natural disasters face specific threats -- including human trafficking, exploitation and sexual violence. These risks are often made even worse by others factors like age, race or disabilities.
Raj Grewal

Diversity Requires Effort For All Canadians

Raj Grewal | September 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
Discrimination still exists and the racist posters that surfaced across the University of Alberta campus this week were a reminder of that fact. The posters featured a picture of a Sikh man and disparaging captions targeting Sikh values. As a turban-wearing Sikh, the hatred and ignorance that motivates such material is very close to home for me and the broader Sikh community.
Monia Mazigh

Canada Must Correct Its Wrongs And Apologize To Three Torture Victims

Monia Mazigh | September 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
The case of three Canadian citizens: Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin, resurfaced this week in the media bringing back the dark side of Canadian complicity with regimes that routinely use torture and forced disappearance in their so-called "war on terror."
David R. Miller

'Historic Moment' For Nunavut At Renewable Energy Summit

David R. Miller | September 22, 2016 | Canada Impact
Government representatives and community leaders joined dozens of policy, utility and legal experts in one room for the first time to talk about the realities of weaning Arctic communities off dirty diesel fuel, and onto habitat-friendly renewable energy.
Jordan Bateman

Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden Of Vancouver Natural-Gas Ban

Jordan Bateman | September 22, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
Robertson wants a 70 per cent cut in natural gas use by 2020, and 90 per cent gone within 10 years. This will cost individual residents thousands of dollars -- and was approved by Robertson and his council without any thought to the affordability crisis in Vancouver.
Get Leashed Magazine

Flawed Laws Mean Your Faux Fur Could Come From Dogs And Cats

Get Leashed Magazine | September 22, 2016 | Canada Living
Imagine the horror of learning that the faux fur-trimmed coat you just purchased was not made from synthetic material, but dog or cat fur. Surprisingly, in Canada, this is not only a real possibility but one that is potentially legal.
Anthony Wile

The Cannabis Industry Needs To Clean Up Its Act

Anthony Wile | September 22, 2016 | Canada Impact
Cannabis cultivation operations are dumping sediment, pesticides, fertilizers and trash into the rivers, diverting water for irrigation which has left some riverbeds dry and others unable to sustain the wildlife that depend on the region's waterways, and killing large numbers of wildlife with rodenticides meant to keep rats out of the cannabis plants.
Cesar Jaramillo

We Need To Ban Nuclear Weapons (In Spite Of Canada)

Cesar Jaramillo | September 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
While every other category of weapons of mass destruction has been specifically prohibited under international law, nuclear weapons -- by far the most destructive of them all -- remarkably still have not. What is needed is a global legal ban on nuclear weapons, with specific provisions for the elimination of existing arsenals and a timeline for verified implementation.
Katrina Marsh

Environment Minister Was Right To Stick With Harper's Climate Targets

Katrina Marsh | September 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
How you feel about this decision depends on how you felt about the target was in the first place. The Harper target is a 30 per cent reduction in Canada's greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by 2030. That works out to eliminating 208 million tons of carbon over the next 14 years. Is that ambitious? Maybe not, if you think Canada's goals should be judged by what our peers are doing.
Jerry Dias

It's Time To Change How We Vote In Canada

Jerry Dias | September 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
We have had the same basic voting system in this country since Confederation. After 150 years, it is time for a change to something more modern, inclusive and democratic. It is time for an electoral system that ensures that everyone's voice is heard and counted when deciding the next government.
Oxfam Canada

Why Women's Organizations Should Get The Credit They Deserve

Oxfam Canada | September 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
The Up For Debate campaign sparked incredible excitement and energy among women's groups and their allies around the country. It goes to show we still have so much more to do for women to be equal in this country, and around the planet. There is an enormous strength in women's organizations and feminist movements coming together to do this.
David Martin

Give The Donald A Crown And Hope That Makes Him Go Away

David Martin | September 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
If we can come up with a new, highly visible position that gives Trump maximum exposure and public recognition without providing any actual powers, I suspect Mr. Trump would be more than happy to take it.
Bruce Moncur

Bill C-221 Will Fight Crime, Create Jobs And Help Reduce The Deficit

Bruce Moncur | September 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
I can see no benefit to allowing organized crime to collect one dollar let alone 10 billion. Legalizing marijuana and single sports betting will cripple their abilities to operate. Then there is the income it will produce to eliminate Liberal deficits crippling provinces and the country.
Ontario Association of Food Banks

A Basic Income Could Lift Canadians Out Of Food Poverty

Ontario Association of Food Banks | September 20, 2016 | Canada Politics
Hunger Awareness Week invites us to not only talk about the problem of hunger in Canada, but to think about how we can address it. At the Ontario Association of Food Banks, our long-term vision has always been a hunger-free Ontario. Next summer, this dream may inch a little closer to becoming a reality.
Norman Levine

'Free Money' Interest Rates Are Nearing The Point Of No Return

Norman Levine | September 20, 2016 | Canada Business
We believe that the current "free money" policies around the world of negative or zero-ish per cent central bank rates have not worked and do not work, and cannot understand why central banks continue to follow this course. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Development Unplugged

How Policy Coherence Helps The SDG Wheels Turn

Development Unplugged | September 20, 2016 | Canada Politics
Now is the time to make sure that the right policies and processes are in place to guide sustainable development according to the timeline that the 2030 Agenda requires -- there can be no time for confusion or delay. As UN General Assembly President Peter Thomson observed, implementation of the SDGs is now in the hands of policy-makers.
Dr. Madhukar Pai

Drug-Resistant TB Should Figure Prominently In The Global AMR Response

Dr. Madhukar Pai | September 20, 2016 | Canada Politics
Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) is a perfect example of the threat posed by "Antimicrobial Resistance" (AMR). The most common form drug-resistant TB is multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), which means that TB bacteria are resistant to two of the best first-line antibiotics -- isoniazid and rifampicin.
Guy Caron

Canada Has A Two-Tier Tax System And CRA Is Part Of The Problem

Guy Caron | September 20, 2016 | Canada Politics
In regards to tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) should be part of the solution. At the moment, it rather seems to be part of the problem. Over the last few years, we have seen that the CRA institutionalized various practices, eroding the trust that Canadians place in it.
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