Nicholas Mizera

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Does No Wrong Accepting Designer Gifts

Nicholas Mizera | July 27, 2016 | Canada Style
A citizen's advocacy group has recently called Sophie Grégoire Trudeau out for accepting gifts and loans of clothing from Canadian fashion labels, deeming her "for sale" for daring to wear support for our country's industry on her sleeve. I can see how gifts and loans can make for some bad optics, even if the role of prime minister's wife has little real political oomph behind it. However, in a world where few powerful individuals direct their influence toward social good like Grégoire Trudeau does, Democracy Watch's threadbare argument seems to be more about populist-pleasing celebrity shaming than hypothetical conflicts of interests.
Abubakar Kasim

Bernie Sanders Has Betrayed Supporters By Endorsing Clinton

Abubakar Kasim | July 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
He could have chosen a different path in support of principle and conviction by offering a viable alternative to those who are not satisfied with how things are going. He could have risen to the challenge by forming an alternative to both Trump and Clinton.
Vikram Vij

Changes To Senate Appointment Process Aim To Give Canadians A Voice

Vikram Vij | July 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
There's not much time left for applications -- the August 4th deadline is not far off, and you need to get letters of recommendation together, as well as the usual paperwork -- but I urge you to think hard about who YOU think would make a great addition to the Senate and get applications in ahead of the deadline.
Nick Fillmore

Baton Rouge Proves Policing And Racial Attitudes Must Change

Nick Fillmore | July 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Police departments across the U.S. need to be radically changed. Brutally racist officers, often working in teams, thrive in too many departments. A massive effort is required to weed out as many racists as possible and rehabilitate those capable of changing.
Serge Buy

Trudeau Must Urge IMF Head To Quit Regardless Of Trial Outcome

Serge Buy | July 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Lagarde will now be facing a trial in France for "negligence" after allowing a compensation payment of close to US$600 million to a French politician and businessman. Canadians would not accept that a politician, being tried for something like this, remain in power while the trial was going on.
Howard Anglin

Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Howard Anglin | July 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Even before Canada's Premiers departed Whitehorse on Friday, media coverage was applauding a "ground-breaking" and "historic" agreement on internal trade within Canada. Not so fast. One key omission was immediately evident. When it comes to alcohol, the agreement will establish "a working group on alcoholic beverages, which will explore opportunities to improve trade in beer, wine and spirits across Canada."
Michael Darch

President Obama Is Right: The World Needs More Canada

Michael Darch | July 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
The situation in both the U.S. and the U.K. indicates disenchantment with conventional political elites. Donald Trump has been playing heavily to white voters who have seen an erosion of jobs, and for those with jobs, no real wage growth. Against this backdrop of polarization, political discontent, uncertainty and nationalism comes Canada.
Sarah Beech

Viral Images Of Police Violence Have Numbed Us Into Silence

Sarah Beech | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
Another depiction of police brutality against a black man caught on tape, sparks outrage among black Canadians and the cycle of violence begins anew: a black person murdered by police is captured on video, the video goes viral and no changes are made to policing strategies or tactics. More importantly, no one is held accountable. Rather, the cycle of violence continues on an administrative level: SIU documents are concealed, police officers go unnamed; are seldom reprimanded and the victim's family and the black community never get justice.
Jino Distasio

Canada Is Plagued By 'Food Mirages'

Jino Distasio | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
The term "food desert" describes geographic areas with limited access to healthy food because the distance to the nearest supermarket is in excess of one km. Living far from healthier options forces many Canadians to fall back on higher priced convenience stores or to find ways to get to food stores elsewhere. Both options are costly.
David Martin

This May Be The Solution To Fixing The U.S. Supreme Court

David Martin | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
The recent faux pas by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underscores what's wrong with the highest court in the land. So what possessed Ginsburg to violate one of the most fundamental tenets of the judiciary? I suggest that it's because, in some ways, the U.S. Supreme Court is above the law.
Neil Seeman

Why Nobody Predicted Trump Or Brexit

Neil Seeman | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
Big Data and artificial general intelligence companies, the new darlings of Silicon Valley and organizations concerned with international security, should pay heed to what has happened this year. The Brexit vote proved that assumptions of fact, the springboard for all deductive or inductive reasoning-- are heavily prone to human error.
John Muscedere

New Health Accord Should Consider A Model Based On Frailty

John Muscedere | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
In a country as diverse and varied as Canada, such a per capita funding model creates winners and losers. For provinces with flourishing economies and/or younger populations, the formula may be a welcome one. But for many provinces and territories, this funding formula fails to recognize and accommodate their particular challenges and needs.
Jess Tomlin

When 'Feminism' Is A Killing Word

Jess Tomlin | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
We can vote, and drive, and march on Parliament Hill without fear. But do we question the deep rooted inequalities that make it possible for Aboriginal women and girls to disappear without a trace, and without an outcry? Do we demand an end to the gender wage gap that has been stuck at around 72 per cent -- and hasn't budged in years?
Nicolas Boeglin

End Abusive Invocation Of 'Self-Defence' In Response To Terror

Nicolas Boeglin | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Among the signatories, we find distinguished members of international law community as well a younger researchers and assistants. The objective of this collective initiative is to challenge the invocation of the legal argument of self-defence by several States in the context of the war against ISIL or ISIS.
Dermod Travis

B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

Dermod Travis | July 25, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
B.C. may still see an LNG plant, but as for that $1 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion prosperity fund the only step left is to call time of death. There's an upside for the government. The public never bought the hype in the first place.
Dr. Brenna Velker

Ontario Physicians Agreement Isn't A Good Deal, But I'm Still Voting Yes

Dr. Brenna Velker | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Lets be honest. The tentative Physician Services Agreement negotiated between the OMA and the Ministry is not a good deal. Anyone with any experience in negotiation, law, or with any common sense can realize that this barely qualifies as a contract. But I'm voting yes, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.
Nadia Alam

Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

Nadia Alam | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.
Samer Majzoub

Condemning Islamophobia Promotes Human Values

Samer Majzoub | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
All human beings deserve to live in peace and safety. Attacking women because of their visible faith as they stroll around a shopping mall or take the metro to school or work, denying jobs because of a candidate's name and background, and vandalizing community and religious properties should stop once and for all.
Liam Massaubi

First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

Liam Massaubi | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed.
Abubakar Kasim

Trump Has Nothing To Offer Except Rage And False Promises

Abubakar Kasim | July 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
I listened attentively to Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech, an address which was described as a "dark and frightening" vision of a United States with him as president, according to a former GOP speechwriter.
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