Cameron Fenton

Climate Activists Can't Use Fossil Fuels? Then Advocates Can't Use Anything

Cameron Fenton | December 9, 2016 | Canada Politics
There's a common trope among the pro-pipeline crowd that opposing new fossil fuel projects somehow should deny you access to anything fossil fuel related. It's a ridiculous notion, but with it so widespread, I'm willing to accept it, with one caveat. If I have to give up anything fossil fuel related in my life, pipeline pushers have accept their own version.
Nadia Alam

Ontario Doctors Like Me Won't Play Along With Patients First Act

Nadia Alam | December 9, 2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario needs genuine health-system reform. Instead we get the Patients First Act. Doctors are hopping mad. So we are turning our backs on those who willfully ignore our warnings and our advice. They will now stand alone as their committees waste more time and taxpayer money on a sketchy health-care "transformation."
Dr. Joshua Tepper

Silencing The Canaries Of Ontario Emergency Care

Dr. Joshua Tepper | December 9, 2016 | Canada Living
Emergency departments are often the canaries in the coalmine when it comes to the health-care system -- early indicators of broader trouble looming ahead. But while canaries grow silent in a dangerous atmosphere, voices of patients, physicians, and other health care providers grow louder when there are problems with emergency care.
Sol Chrom

Let's Stop Pretending Media 'Balance' Isn't Empowering Hate

Sol Chrom | December 9, 2016 | Canada Living
Let's get set for a steady diet of false equivalencies like "trading barbs" and wishful thinking. We'll have to pretend, in the face of the evidence, that all sorts of horrible people haven't been empowered by this.
Jenna Valleriani

There's Been No Bait-And-Switch On Cannabis Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | December 9, 2016 | Canada Politics
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently expressed frustration around the current cannabis landscape, explaining, "Until we have brought in the proposed system... the current prohibition stands," and encouraging police to enforce the law, particularly as it pertains to the continued expansion of medical cannabis dispensaries in major cities across Canada. The response has been one of uniform frustration from many angles, but I don't believe Justin Trudeau actually lied about the Liberal party's intentions on the cannabis file.
Tara Katrusiak Baran

'Lock Her Up' Chant A Very Real Danger To Canadian Democracy

Tara Katrusiak Baran | December 8, 2016 | Canada Alberta
Threats like these can never be justified in terms of freedom of speech or "anti-political correctness." The self-indulgence, the underlying menace, and the thinly veiled barbarism of this chant are an attempt at intimidation, and undermine the democratic process and the civil discourse that guides our way of life.
Hassan Yussuff

Beyond CETA: Building A Progressive Global Trade System

Hassan Yussuff | December 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
When the full text of CETA was released in February 2016, we all thoroughly analyzed the deal. Each of us came to the conclusion that it wasn't a good deal for workers, so together we set to work to find areas where we could either block the deal or change it in a way that would protect workers' and citizens' interests in Canada and Europe.
Peter Bevan-Baker

Basic Income Could Let Canadians Actually Chase Their Dreams

Peter Bevan-Baker | December 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
Elimination of poverty would have some very obvious and immediate benefits, but a Universal Basic Income would also have some more subtle - and yet, in my mind, very exciting - possible benefits: a universal basic income could enable the greatest unleashing of human potential ever seen.
Marvin Ross

Another Apology Is Needed From Kathleen Wynne

Marvin Ross | December 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
How long does it take the Ontario Government from the time they decide a program is needed until they actually finalize implementation? It sounds like a joke but it isn't and it is one issue raised in the 2016 Ontario Auditor General's report. The answer is close to three decades provided there are no further missteps and/or delays.
Jennifer Riel

Voices From America: Pride, Hope And Disengagement

Jennifer Riel | December 8, 2016 | Canada Politics
Lately, we've heard a lot about Americans who've been left behind. I got the first hint of what this might be last fall when, as part of a project on democratic capitalism, we set out to understand more about the American experience. We spoke at length to two dozen working, middle-class Americans about their lives.
Adam Olsen

Kinder Morgan Project Was Approved Using A Flawed Process

Adam Olsen | December 8, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
I am profoundly disappointed with the federal government's approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project. As an intervenor in the National Energy Board (NEB) hearings, I witnessed first hand that the process was fundamentally flawed.
Sandeep Prasad

Trump's Presidency May Have A Global Impact On Reproductive Rights

Sandeep Prasad | December 7, 2016 | Canada Politics
That this presidency could have serious impacts on reproductive rights in the U.S. is clear. But another serious concern is the global impact the election will have; the U.S. is the biggest donor for reproductive health in developing countries. This could mean the closure of organizations and clinics that provide life-saving services.
Daniel Tencer

Liberals' Digital Surveillance Proposals Far Scarier Than Bill C-51

Daniel Tencer | December 7, 2016 | Canada Politics
Imagine how you would feel if the government installed cameras in your home that recorded everything you did, then gave police the power to review the footage without a warrant, whenever they want. If that sounds to you like a gross violation of your privacy, you should probably be aware that the federal Liberals are contemplating pretty much exactly that for the digital world.
Colleen M. Flood

Universal Pharmacare Would Make Medicine More Affordable In Canada

Colleen M. Flood | December 7, 2016 | Canada Politics
Why? Universal drug plans mean national bodies negotiate fairer prices for prescription drugs. The results are dramatic. So, while some critics claim that universal prescription drug insurance is a nice idea, but not affordable - it's very clear that universal prescription drug insurance is actually the key to affordability.
Jerry Dias

We Face Fresh, High-Placed Challenges To Human Rights

Jerry Dias | December 7, 2016 | Canada Politics
International Human Rights Day should be a chance to celebrate the advances we've made to make the world a safer place for those suffering the threats of hate, racism and division. But we seem to be taking steps backwards. The president-elect of the United States got to that office by unleashing and lending legitimacy to the hatred and xenophobia that we normally look to our political leaders to push back against.
Kris Constable

Liberals' Electoral Reform Survey A Personal Privacy Nightmare

Kris Constable | December 7, 2016 | Canada Politics
As a privacy and security expert, I concluded that the MyDemocracy survey is not just ineffective in its stated political objectives, it's literally giving up the privacy of Canadians in real time. This is really dangerous, scary when you realize that this issue applies to all of Public Safety's websites I have tested.
Fransi Weinstein

It's Only A Matter Of Time Before We Get President Pence

Fransi Weinstein | December 7, 2016 | Canada Politics
Does anyone really believe he (Trump) gives a damn? That he's in it for anything other than his ego, the good of his brand, his businesses, investments and, lest we forget, his wallet? Does anyone really think he'll last the full four years? That he won't break precedent for the umpteenth time, get bored or fed up or both, and become the first president ever to willingly resign before his first term is up? Or do something so egregious, or illegal, he'll get impeached?
Rafe Mair

Quit Lecturing Vancouverites For Opposing Pipelines

Rafe Mair | December 6, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
British Columbians have made extraordinary adjustments in their outlook in the last several decades. When I was a boy and a young man there was always another valley to log, another run of fish, more farmland around the corner, more rivers to dam or even reverse. This was considered our birthright. But though it took us a long time to realize it, we saw that we no longer had those luxuries.
Development Unplugged

We Need To Help Protect The People Most Affected By Climate Change

Development Unplugged | December 6, 2016 | Canada Politics
Poor countries, including those in Africa, bear by far the most impact from climate change. Droughts and floods have devastating consequences on agriculture and staple food prices. According to a World Bank study, by 2030, climate change will likely have pushed an additional 100 million people below the poverty line.
Monia Mazigh

Canadian Politicians Need To Stand Up Against Growing Xenophobia

Monia Mazigh | December 6, 2016 | Canada Politics
The world is changing rapidly. We have witnessed the success of the Brexit campaign in the UK, and the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. Amid the social and political turmoil, some political groups and social movements are emerging to exploit this climate of tension and fear and make political and financial gains out of it. Canada has not been immune of this.
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