Dermod Travis

BIO

Ministerial Accountability In B.C. Slip Slidin' Away

Dermod Travis | October 1, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Batten down the hatches, because this fall it's not just the threat of extreme weather British Columbians need to worry about; MLAs are returning to Victoria for a rare fall sitting of the legislature as well. And if the spring sitting was any indication, don't hold your breath hoping for much in the way of ministerial accountability.
Jeremy Wright

What I Learned From 24 Hours of Posing as Doug Ford on Ello

Jeremy Wright | September 30, 2014 | Canada Politics
It all started simply enough. I registered "Doug Ford" on Ello in jest. And then decided to start adding some friends. At which point, the fun began. I left the office with hundreds of email notifications from Ello, dozens of tweets and even an article in the Toronto Standard! Which is when things turned dark. Very dark. My 24 hours of being Doug Ford taught me 7 key things.
Michael Møller

We Should Rally Against Nuclear Weapons Like We Do Climate Change

Michael Møller | September 30, 2014 | Canada Impact
Earlier this week over 600,000 people took to the streets to make their voices heard on the urgency for climate action. There is no reason why we shouldn't feel the same level of determination to eliminate nuclear weapons. The stakes are equally as high.
Jonathan Crombie

Let Men With Same Sex Lovers Donate Blood

Jonathan Crombie | September 30, 2014 | Canada Politics
Over a year ago, Canada lifted a 30-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. However, Canada Blood Services still includes a ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the past five years. That is why the Young Liberals of Canada want a policy that is based on evidence, because no single, loosely defined group should be discriminated against based on generalized statistics, perceptions or prejudices. A blanket ban on sexually active MSM is not merely discriminatory; it's unsafe.
Nicky Byres

Teach Trades To Children If You Really Want Skilled Labour

Nicky Byres | September 29, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The massive disconnect here is clear. The B.C. government talks up trades and minimally delivers post-secondary trades education, but does not fund the very building blocks the people filling those seats will need: well-resourced shops and shop teachers.
Jon Packer

BIO

Toronto Transit Solutions No One Is Talking About

Jon Packer | September 30, 2014 | Canada Living
Public transit alone will not solve our congestion problems or improve the health of our cities. Here then is a selection of transit solutions NOT making headlines in Toronto's municipal elections.
Mark Taliano

BIO

Israel Tries To Brand Itself as a Peaceful, Democratic Oasis. Don't Fall For It

Mark Taliano | September 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Admissions Committee Law, for example -- which was recently upheld by the Israeli Supreme Court -- legalizes racial segregation. According to this law, 43 per cent of Israeli residential areas are legally entitled to deny entrance to Palestinian Arab citizens of the Israeli state. Most of this land, to which the Palestinians are not welcome, was originally confiscated from Palestinian refugees.
University of Toronto News

BIO

Understanding Toronto's Transit Future

University of Toronto News | September 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
On an average weekday, 1.6 million people use public transit to navigate Canada's largest city, relying on the Toronto Transit Commission's four subway lines, 11 streetcar routes, and more than 140 bus routes to reach their destinations. Writer Dominic Ali spoke with University of Toronto expert Matti Siemiatycki about where Toronto's transit has been and where it's heading.
Emmett Macfarlane

Justin Trudeau vs Sun Media: Should Politicians Boycott the Media?

Emmett Macfarlane | September 30, 2014 | Canada Politics
The decision by Justin Trudeau to refuse to answer questions from Sun Media reporters -- in the aftermath of a lame, offensive diatribe by one of their television personalities -- sparks an interesting debate about the media and its relationship with our elected representatives. I'm not entirely sure where I stand on Trudeau's decision, other than to raise the following questions: How disreputable does a "news" organization have to be before a politician's decision to boycott would be palatable?
Sujata Dey

BIO

Hey Harper, What's Your Excuse for Missing the UN Climate Summit?

Sujata Dey | September 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced he will not be among the 125 heads of states attending the UN Secretary General's Climate summit, the Council of Canadians and Ottawa residents challenge him to join the caravan from Ottawa heading to New York City's global climate march on Sunday.
Paul Hong

BIO

How Canada Has Provided Moral Clarity in the Pyongyang Mess

Paul Hong | September 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
In 2010, Canada imposed the toughest sanctions in the world against the North Korean regime, banning all exports and imports (albeit, actual economic activity between Canada and North Korea was extremely limited). Exceptions exist for humanitarian goods.
Jordan Whelan

BIO

Why Olivia Chow Will Lose in October

Jordan Whelan | September 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
Chow has dangerously slipped too fast and too far in polling for a miraculous rebound in such a scant time frame. Voters are gridlocked, stranded and unapologetic in demanding expedited change from Day 1. Chow's ideas are too late, too small and too old school for this electorate. She may very well be a good-hearted, industrious politician but her efforts as a pioneer and consensus builder leave little to be lauded.
Mike Hudema

BIO

The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change

Mike Hudema | September 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
Working in Alberta, the belly of the tar sands beast, the odds are often overwhelming but, over the past few months, something has changed. The resistance to the tar sands has not only grown in leaps and bounds, it is changing the dynamics of the entire fight.
Blake Bromley

BIO

Don't Frame TWU's Community Covenant Issue as a Freedom of Religion Issue

Blake Bromley | September 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
TWU's statutory object is to provide a university education to persons of any creed. It is the BC legislature which has enacted the statute which uses the mandatory "shall" when articulating the requirement that TWU's education be provided to persons of "any creed". It went on to expressly state that TWU's Bylaws must not include anything "that is in conflict with this Act".
Paul Hong

BIO

This Has Been a Good Week For Stephen Harper and Canada's Trade

Paul Hong | September 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
The overall benefit to Canada are such that even the New Democratic Party, which has historically been opposed to free trade agreements, has announced its support for this deal that is expected to increase Canadian exports by 32% and add $1.7B to our economy.
Lawrence Solomon

BIO

Merck Has Some Explaining To Do Over Its MMR Vaccine Claims

Lawrence Solomon | September 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
Merck now faces federal charges of fraud from the whistleblowers, a vaccine competitor and doctors in New Jersey and New York. Merck could also need to defend itself in Congress: The staff of representative Bill Posey (R-Fla) -- a longstanding critic of the CDC interested in an alleged link between vaccines and autism -- is now reviewing some 1,000 documents that the CDC whistleblower turned over to them.
David Burke

Citizens Should Demand That B.C. 'Completely Rethink' Its LNG Strategy: Expert

David Burke | September 26, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Given all the impacts and uncertainties, he added, "Maybe one of the best things you can do in British Columbia is kee this resource in the ground."
Patrick Luciani

BIO

Why Higher Taxes on Sugary Foods Don't Work

Patrick Luciani | September 26, 2014 | Canada Politics
I would agree with the Heart and Stroke Foundation's recommendations if higher taxes actually worked. The problem is they don't. As with most advocates of higher taxes on so-called junk foods, they always look to tobacco as an example. But tobacco is a single product with no alternatives; taxing beverages is an entirely different matter.
Mike Klassen

BIO

Canadians May Finally Get To Taste B.C.'s Premium Wines

Mike Klassen | September 26, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
It has been over two decades since B.C.'s wineries first received international gold medals for producing premium wines, yet most Canadian consumers still struggle to get their hands on a bottle. To make matters worse, FedEx has recently given notice it will no longer ship B.C. wine products without provincial regulations that allow for it.
Brent Rathgeber

BIO

The Prime Minister: The Americanization of Canadian Politics

Brent Rathgeber | September 26, 2014 | Canada Politics
Our elections are so leader-centric that most Canadians believe they elect directly their prime ministers and premiers. Meanwhile, MPs, who should understand that the prime minister is chosen based on the support they command in the House, play right into the Americanization of our polity by becoming "invisible."
All posts from 09.30.2014 < 09.29.2014