Dermod Travis

B.C. Election Campaign Spending Limits Are So High, They're Meaningless

Dermod Travis | May 24, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The bigger issue isn't what candidates and parties can spend before the campaign, it's what they can spend during it. B.C.'s limits are so high they're pretty well meaningless.
Jeff Matthews

17 Ways the Government Is Helping Kill Wild Salmon

Jeff Matthews | May 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
In British Columbia, salmon are sacred. For centuries, they have nourished First Nations and settlers alike, and continue to sustain virtually all of the wildlife we cherish in B.C.: orcas, eagles, bears, seals and sea lions, wolves and even our forests. Wild salmon make life possible on the West Coast. So why are our federal and provincial governments trying to kill them? I do not speak of simple neglect. I mean actively working towards the destruction of wild salmon.
Steve Morgan

Canadians Should Not Shoulder Prescription Drug Costs

Steve Morgan | May 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Cities have to spend this money, taken from local taxpayers, because Canada's medicare system is the only universal, public health care system among developed countries that does not include universal coverage of prescription drugs. It is not wrong for cities to care for their employees. But leaving these costs to the cities makes about as much sense as requiring every homeowner to maintain the roads and infrastructure surrounding their property. Here's why.
Mike Schreiner

Selling Hydro One Is a BIG Mistake

Mike Schreiner | May 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
The sorry saga of liquidating Hydro One is the direct result of not having an honest debate at Queen's Park about how to fund transportation infrastructure. This is a perfect example of how partisan political games have real world consequences.
Dr. Joshua Tepper

The Use of Antipsychotics in Seniors' Homes -- How Much Is too Much?

Dr. Joshua Tepper | May 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
The percentage of long-term care home residents who are using antipsychotic medications varies from zero per cent in some of the province's homes to 67 per cent in others, according to a new report published by Health Quality Ontario. That's a striking amount of variation.
Faisal Kutty

The Miseducation of Ontario's New Sex Ed Curriculum

Faisal Kutty | May 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
The curriculum is aimed at preparing kids to navigate the complicated interpersonal and sexual situations in today's hyper-sexualized world. But opponents have latched on to a number of provisions. It should be clearly understood that the new curriculum is not a "How to Manual" and that the state is not promoting a particular relationship structure. Ultimately, the government must do a better job of convincing some parents that it is responding to the changing realities. All stakeholders must feel that at least some of their concerns are heard and validated.
Samuel Getachew

Toronto's Newest Public Library Should Be Named After This Man

Samuel Getachew | May 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
Like many public institutions named after noted Canadians, such as the Barbara Frum Branch Public Library, I hope this library is also named after a Canadian that is still respected and adored and left a powerful legacy. I have such a name that needs to be acknowleged by naming the new library after him
Development Unplugged

How Social Media Helps Human Rights

Development Unplugged | May 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
During the Arab Spring, social media usage in the Middle East skyrocketed. Social media has become a tool of empowerment, handing the reins over to the citizens. Over in Afghanistan, human rights activist Omaid Sharifi and IHRTP alumnus uses social media in all aspects of his work. Sharifi is a man of all trades, but focuses heavily on women's rights. Recently, he and a large group of civil society activists came together to organize a protest to condemn the recent increase in violence against women in Afghanistan
Kenny Yum

Why We Want To Host The Leaders' Debate

Kenny Yum | May 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
We couldn't agree more that the federal election debates need a refresher. So last week HuffPost Canada and Twitter Canada, along with Samara Canada, submitted a proposal to the federal parties that invited them to a debate worthy of a connected and social age.
Lizanne Foster

It's Time B.C. Liberal Government Showed Us All Those Rainy-Day Savings

Lizanne Foster | May 20, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
Saving is a simple concept in some sense. You do without now so that you can have something you need or want later. The incentive to save now is the later reward. But what is the reward that the B.C. Liberals have in store for us after "saving" taxpayers' money for the past 14 years?
David Christopher

Could This Be the Antidote to Bill C-51?

David Christopher | May 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
Today's the big day, folks: Wednesday morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.
Maude Barlow

The EU Conversation Harper Refuses to Engage With

Maude Barlow | May 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canada's trade minister Ed Fast believes that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) does not need to be renegotiated to address growing European concern about its investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision. We can hope that this intransigence could be the undoing of CETA in Europe.
David Martin

"At Least We're Not That Bad" and Other Potential Federal Election Slogans

David Martin | May 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
In anticipation of the next federal election, the Conservatives launched an ad campaign last September with the less-than-inspiring slogan, "We're better off with Harper." No expression of grand ideas for Canada. No glorious visions for our national future.
Tom Freda

On Victoria Day, Think About Ending the Monarchy in Canada

Tom Freda | May 18, 2015 | Canada Politics
We still have a foreign person, a queen living in a castle on another continent -- Victoria's great, great, granddaughter, in fact -- as Canada's head of state. And it's a pretty safe bet that Canada isn't on her mind a whole lot either, if at all. So why do we put up with it? Without question, Canada deserves to have its own head of state, chosen by us and from among our citizens. How have we made it this far without taking the final step to full nationhood? The reason lies with misinformation.
David Christopher

We've Got a Plan to Restore the Privacy Rights of Canadians

David Christopher | May 17, 2015 | Canada Politics
Even casual followers of current affairs will know from recent developments that Canada faces a stark privacy deficit. And anyone who's been within hailing distance of OpenMedia these past months will know we've been pushing back hard against the way the government is shredding our privacy rights.
Robert  McMurtry

How to Reduce Wait Times in Canadian Health Care

Robert McMurtry | May 16, 2015 | Canada Politics
Wait times have long been a source of concern for Canadians, and in some jurisdictions, remain a significant problem. Recently the Canadian Institutes of Health Information (CIHI) released their report for 2015. There is both encouraging news and areas in need of attention.
Dennis Howlett

Canada Needs to Act on Its Promise to Tackle Tax Havens

Dennis Howlett | May 16, 2015 | Canada Business
Canada and its global partners can't keep relying on whistleblowers, snitch lines and investigative journalists to assure the integrity of our tax system. So far, there is little evidence to show that the government has the political will to end this. It is estimated that Canada loses at least $7.8 billion each year from tax haven schemes. The practice hurts both federal and provincial economies. It also undermines public confidence in our tax system. The world of tax havens is a murky one inhabited by the very wily and the cynical.
Ralph Goodale

93 Per Cent of Canadians Get Nothing from Doubling TFSA Limits

Ralph Goodale | May 15, 2015 | Canada Business
For those who readily have an extra $4500 available every year, after they've paid their taxes, this increase would be an attractive future tax break. But is a higher limit fair to taxpayers across the board? The answer to that question depends on how many taxpayers at various wealth levels will be able to benefit from the higher contributions.
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

Craig and Marc Kielburger | May 15, 2015 | Canada Politics
When Canadian soldiers returned from World War II, local business and community leaders formed committees to ensure vets had jobs and the support they needed to start a new life. It's time to re-examine that idea. Soldiers deserve more than a handshake when their service ends. "Support our Troops" must be more than an empty slogan on a bumper sticker.
Samuel Getachew

I Regret Not Voting For Olivia Chow

Samuel Getachew | May 15, 2015 | Canada Politics
In the 2014 municipal election, I should have voted for Olivia Chow. I voted for John Tory and that was a mistake.Citizens like me and many others made him look smart, progressive and moderate. Sadly, he is not. Essentially, we became the human face of a man whose ideals are wrong for Toronto and Torontonians. We should have known better. I voted for Tory but I certainly did not endorse a second-class citizenship for myself. Why is he endorsing public policies that Torontonians, for the most part, do not want? Why are we, our fellow black and brown citizens, allowed to be treated in such a way?
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