Caroline Riseboro

Beyond Brexit, Let's Take A Cue From Our Youth

Caroline Riseboro | June 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Numbered at 1.8 billion, the world is now home to the largest generation of young people aged 10 to 24 in its history. Having grown up in a digital era and more connected than ever before, younger generations are able to see the world's boundaries as more fluid, recognizing their shared interests and values with people around the globe.
Niki Sharma

We Will Not Be Fooled By The Lies Of Today's Far Right

Niki Sharma | June 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
To those politicians today with the power to compel people to your will with fear and anti-immigration sentiment -- stop blaming immigrants for neoliberal policies that relentlessly concentrate wealth at the top while leaving the majority with weakened social programs, poverty, uncertainty and fear.
Michael Bociurkiw

Is Ukraine Really Ready To Be Open For Business?

Michael Bociurkiw | June 27, 2016 | Canada Business
Business sells business best -- not government folks. Ukrainian officials are putting forth a good sales pitch: they sell themselves as pro-western and pro-business in a country which has a 99.7 per cent literacy rate and is just a two-day truck drive from most EU hubs.
Hassan Arif

Consequences Of Brexit: No Country Is An Island, Not Even Britain

Hassan Arif | June 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Many observers did not expect it. Former British prime ministers, academics and other experts warned about the negative consequences of a vote for Brexit, but nonetheless a majority of the voting public ignored this advice. While it is too soon to fully judge the implications of this vote, it does not bode well for Britain.
John Johnston

We Need To Keep Calm And Find Common Ground After Brexit

John Johnston | June 24, 2016 | Canada Politics
What truly scares me is that if Trumpism can make the unthinkable happen in the UK, could the unthinkable happen in the U.S. too?
Ida Mahmoudi

Canada's Shortened Ban On Gay Blood Donors Still Fails LGBTQ

Ida Mahmoudi | June 24, 2016 | Canada Politics
Antiquated policies like the ban against men who have sex with men (MSM) bring into question just how progressive health and social policies are. The MSM policy mandates that even if MSM are healthy, they must abstain from intimacy for a pre-determined period in order to donate their blood to those who need it.
Blair King

Debunking Some Leap Manifesto Talking Points

Blair King | June 24, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
While, to the energy world, "100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World" is simply a thought experiment; it also serves as the Leap Manifesto's energy plan.
Aaron Binder

Heavily Regulated Marijuana Distribution No Benefit To Ontarians

Aaron Binder | June 24, 2016 | Canada Business
The LCBO is hoping to cash in on marijuana sales. The dubious reasoning being that they, and only they, are capable of handling the burdensome task of quenching the insatiable thirst of millions of Ontarian adults -- so obviously they and only they are responsible enough to distribute marijuana. Too bad Ontarians don't view it this way.
Nick Fillmore

Old Canadian Media Reveals Its Washington Bias With Recent Coverage

Nick Fillmore | June 24, 2016 | Canada Politics
An analysis of Canadian mainstream media's reporting of U.S. President Obama's visit to Vietnam recently was so biased that stories may as well have been written by the White House. Just about all traditional media provided Washington's pre-packaged message to the Canadian public.
Joe Killoran

The Unexamined Significance Of Donald Trump

Joe Killoran | June 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
While most reasonable people are mystified and disgusted by the popularity of Donald Trump, his appeal isn't surprising considering the way the Republican party has conducted itself for the past 50 years. But while Trump is adept at using the type of bigotry the Republican Party has employed for decades, he deviates from Republican orthodoxy in the areas most important to Republican elites. And that makes all the difference.
Glen Pearson

EU Not To Blame For One Of Canada's Greatest Diplomatic Failures

Glen Pearson | June 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
Deepak Obhrai served the Harper government well during his many years of service, but in blaming Canada's rejection at the UN on the European Union he has shown a partisan and clear disregard for those numerous other issues that resulted in one of our great diplomatic failures.
Adam Chambers

Canadian Politicians Should Stop Meddling In Foreign Votes

Adam Chambers | June 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
Why were non-UK politicians around the world obsessed with weighing in on the Brexit debate? It's unbecoming for politicians to act like the nosy neighbour and get involved in the domestic dispute of a sovereign state. Unfortunately, Brexit has polarized the population in the UK. It has pitted regions against each other and has caused deep divides within political parties. But what's more troublesome is people that have no right to vote in the referendum aren't just engaged in the debate, they are attempting to influence its outcome. It's doubly worse that many of these people are elected politicians of foreign states.
Cody Green

Policymakers Are Failing Vancouver's Young Tech Workers

Cody Green | June 23, 2016 | Canada Business
For several years, BC's tech sector has grown at double the rate of the provincial economy, in spite of the fact that our province lags behind other jurisdictions when it comes to tech exports, jobs, GDP contribution and availability of investment. In other words, the sector is succeeding in spite of a lack of attention from policymakers.
Maria Calleja

To Leave Or To Remain In The EU?

Maria Calleja | June 23, 2016 | Canada Politics
I have been in London for about a month now, and I cannot ignore a feeling of tension and a darkness brought on by the referendum that will decide if Britain stays in the European Union or leaves it entirely.
Michael Cayley

Let's Innovate The Sh*t Out Of The Liberals' Innovation Budget

Michael Cayley | June 22, 2016 | Canada Business
In the hit movie The Martian Matt Damon's character, astronaut Mark Watney, is left in the dust of Mars alone to survive. He realizes that to live, "I'm going to have to science the sh*t out of this." There are some lessons in there for the Trudeau government as they conduct their consultations on Canada's wait-and-see innovation budget.
Jerry Dias

Manitoba's Anti-Union Bill Is A Step Backward

Jerry Dias | June 22, 2016 | Canada Business
Canadians have a constitutional right to join a union. There is no legal (and I would argue moral) ambiguity about the place of unions in Canada. Conservative governments who can't rewrite the constitution to take that right away will use underhanded tactics to rob Canadians of their rights at work.
Bill Bogart

Should We Pay People Not To Take Drugs?

Bill Bogart | June 22, 2016 | Canada Living
The War on Drugs has been a failure, and soon enough using drugs will shift from a criminal to a public health issue. But what if we paid people not to engage in harmful consumption? If we rewarded them for stopping damaging use? Couldn't the savings in all manner of costs greatly outweigh the comparatively small expense of any incentive?
Vincent Gogolek

Pressure Is On Trudeau To Seriously Improve Access To Information

Vincent Gogolek | June 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
The Access to Information, Ethics and Privacy Committee dropped a major report last week before wrapping up for the summer. Unanimously approved by the multi-partisan committee, the report pushes the Trudeau government to make some serious and long-overdue changes to the law.
Ralph Goodale

We Have Advanced Key Commitments On National Security

Ralph Goodale | June 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
As the House of Commons finished its spring sitting last week, the Government of Canada introduced new legislation to make progress, as promised, on critical national security priorities. Publishing the details now will give ample time for these three measures to be studied before they come up for debate and votes in the fall.
David Martin

U.S.-Canada Border Wall Is Starting To Sound Like A Good Idea

David Martin | June 21, 2016 | Canada Living
After three years of feverish construction, the long-awaited Canada-U.S. wall has finally been completed. At a dedication ceremony held at the heavily fortified Detroit-Windsor border crossing, President Donald Trump and the Canadian prime minister jointly conducted a ribbon cutting.
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