Wade Rowland

A Lame Senate Report on the CBC's Future

Wade Rowland | July 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
It's time to end this perverse nonsense, to put CBC television back on the rails producing objectively high-quality programs to serve audiences both as citizens and consumers, enriching rather than impoverishing their lives. We know how to accomplish this: the senate committee archives are stuffed with sane, solid suggestions, almost none of which showed up in the report released last week. Yes, it will cost some money, but what price do we put on the maintenance of democratic values, the spread of education, and the promotion of cultural literacy?
Terezia Farkas

Why Trudeau Can't Say Yes to a Coalition With Mulcair

Terezia Farkas | July 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is right to say no to any coalition talks with the NDP. It's a con game by the NDP and one that would make voters punish the Liberals. For one thing, the Liberals and the NDP are very different on issues like the Sherbrooke Declaration and the Senate. Then there's the question who'll lead and for how long. A coalition also begs the question why should you vote if the second and third status parties are going to knock out the sitting government.
Dr. David Robertson

Dying and Vulnerable Canadians Deserve Better

Dr. David Robertson | July 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week the government announced the membership of the panel that will conduct the public consultation on Physician Assisted Dying. One of the questions they will have to answer are the very real concerns around how to protect vulnerable populations. People are classed as vulnerable when they are in a position of weakness relative to some other group who can wield power over them.
 Megan Hooft

Why NGOs Are Relieved the UN Called Canada out on the Income Tax Act

Megan Hooft | July 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canada has received a rebuke from a United Nations treaty monitoring body for its lack of respect for human rights. The Human Rights Committee (HRC) released a lengthy list of issues it cited as concerning as part of its concluding observations on the country's review of civil and political rights. Included was an important reference to the federal government's efforts to silence human rights organizations and advocacy through the Income Tax Act -- a welcome expression of support for charities under audit.
Yves Engler

The Conservatives Are Fawning Over One of the World's Most Repressive Regimes

Yves Engler | July 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week new Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson continued a Harper government tradition of lauding deceased Saudi royalty. In a release the MP from Niagara Falls said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal" and "impressed by his distinguished career serving the people of Saudi Arabia." Of course, Nicholson omitted any mention of the former Saudi foreign minister's efforts to undermine the Arab Spring democracy movement or arm the fundamentalist opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, which has led to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Sen. Art Eggleton

Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

Sen. Art Eggleton | July 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
The CBC is facing significant challenges. There is the continued rise of the Internet and digital services like Netflix that are changing the broadcasting landscape. More and more content is consumed online. There are also long-standing challenges of competing against the U.S. entertainment giant to our south. With these challenges in mind, here is what I propose. It is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.
Robin Perelle

I'm Proud Of The Vancouver Pride Society For Demanding Something More Meaningful For Parade

Robin Perelle | July 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
It's not as if this particular pledge -- to support equal rights for trans people in federal and provincial legislation -- presents too onerous a moral stretch. At least it shouldn't if you're planning to walk in a parade celebrating lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people.
Alan Cassels

Canada Takes Long to Approve New Drugs - and That's Good

Alan Cassels | July 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Provinces are clearly voting with their budgets, going slow and low on approvals and coverage of new therapies. Canada is not wrong to be prudent in taking our time to decide how, or if, a new drug needs to be covered -- a precautionary approach is just the smart way to go.
Jino Distasio

Canada Needs To Better Protect the Homeless During Heatwaves

Jino Distasio | July 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Governments of all levels across the country need to consider the mounting evidence for increasing climate variability and create actionable plans for vulnerable persons to ensure that those most likely to be adversely effected by extreme weather events are protected with the right supports. This must start with ending homelessness for as many Canadians as possible and closing the widening income gap that pushes far too many into poor quality housing.
Lionel Fritz Adimi

What If Trudeau Was Right About ISIS?

Lionel Fritz Adimi | July 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Justin Trudeau has said that, if elected, he would end ISIS' combat mission. Further operations in the region will only benefit ISIS, as it has become a major source of attraction for foreign fighters from all over the world, coming to defeat the West and establishing the caliphate. The West is losing the war against ISIS so far.
Karri Munn-Venn

5 Reasons I'm Not Celebrating My Universal Child Care Benefit Deposit

Karri Munn-Venn | July 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Quality, universal childcare is good for kids and it's good for families. It is also good for the economy and the tax base as gainfully employed parents spend their pay cheques and pay taxes. And, access to affordable childcare helps reduce poverty and inequality, meaning that it's good for society.
Bacchus Barua

What Is the True Value of Time Lost Waiting for Medical Treatments?

Bacchus Barua | July 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Imagine being told you need medical treatment, but have to wait for more than two months before you can get it. This is the average wait time experience for more than 900,000 Canadian patients. While some of them may be lucky enough to wait for their treatment without an impact on quality of life, others may endure weeks of pain and suffering. In some cases, patients waiting for treatment may no longer be able to do their jobs properly and may be forced to take time off work and forgo their income.
Blair King

Our Demand For Renewable Energy Comes With Canada's Dirty Little Secret

Blair King | July 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Asking lesser developed countries to deal with the negative consequences of the mining and refining of rare earths is the ultimate in hypocrisy. We ask for clean technologies but refuse to get our hands dirty in the process.
Ecojustice

Nexen Pipeline Spill Highlights Critical Flaw In Premiers' Energy Strategy

Ecojustice | July 22, 2015 | Canada Alberta
A week after the spill was first reported, Nexen still does not know what caused the pipeline to rupture or when it might have started to leak. The pipeline may have been leaking for hours or even days before a problem was finally detected. Clearly, when it comes to pipelines, new does not necessarily mean better -- or even safer.
Dermod Travis

Bad Blood, Seething Passions Corrode Some B.C. Town Councils

Dermod Travis | July 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sadly, the civic mayhem isn't limited to staffing, it's cross-contaminated a few council chambers, sometimes making the Hatfield and McCoy feud seem like an episode of the Brady Bunch.
Brent Rathgeber

The UCCB Isn't About Parents - It's About the Election

Brent Rathgeber | July 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Both Treasury Board Guidelines and the Ethics Commission state it is inappropriate for a government official to blur the lines between a government and a partisan announcement. However, Minister Pierre Poilievre felt no apparent shame. He was quick to point out that neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats support the UCCB (a half-truth at best). Accordingly, he was not so subtly attempting to persuade an apparently gullible public that only the Conservatives could be trusted to protect families. It's not new for governments to attempt to play politics with taxpayer money; but vote buying has rarely felt more shameless.
Stephane Dion

Trudeau's Plan for the Middle Class Will Reduce Inequality in Canada

Stephane Dion | July 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Reducing inequalities, if well done as per the progressive Trudeau Plan, will benefit our economy; increasing inequality -- the regressive Harper or Mulcair way -- will only harm it. A strong economy, a just society, a healthy environment: why should we have to choose? If we make the right decisions, we can better achieve all of these goals, precisely because we will not have given up on any of them. Trudeau's plan for fairness to the middle class is one of those good decisions Canadians have to make, in the interest of all.
David Suzuki

The Premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy Doesn't Go Far Enough

David Suzuki | July 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
The premiers' Canadian Energy Strategy focuses on energy conservation and efficiency, clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. But details are vague and there's no sense of urgency. Although the language about climate change and clean energy is important, the strategy remains stuck in the fossil fuel era.
Gabriel Yiu

Harper's Conservative Party Doesn't Uphold Traditional Family Values

Gabriel Yiu | July 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
Those who support the Conservatives see their party as practicing and upholding traditional family, moral and biblical values. Even though the Conservative government is extreme and disrespectful of science, knowledge, fact and rationality, its supporters would simply overlook faults even when they are glaring.
Ann Hawkins

Teachers Are Spending This Summer Fighting for Your Kids

Ann Hawkins | July 22, 2015 | Canada Parents
This week, I'll sit down with the Premier and the Minister of Education and encourage them not to balance their books on the backs of teachers. We're doing our best to avoid a strike action this fall, but not at any cost to education. No matter what season it may be -- the summer vacation season or the fall election season -- teachers care deeply about their students and their schools. And Ontario parents should care deeply about the deal teachers get from their government, too.
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