Erin OToole

Canada Never Left

Erin OToole | November 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
The day after winning the election, Prime Minister Trudeau proclaimed to the world that 35 million Canadians were now "back" and the team behind him seemed to revel in that line. Such a bold claim within hours of an election win deserves some scrutiny to find out where Canada had been if we were now back.
Jordan Bateman

Why Do Governments Feel The Need To Bribe Us With Our Own Money?

Jordan Bateman | November 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
There are tax credits for putting your kids in sports or music lessons, for volunteer firefighting, for taking a bus, for fixing up your kitchen, and for joining a search and rescue team. All worthy things, sure, but expensive for taxpayers. Now we're talking about a leftovers tax credit. Where will this trend end?
Nick Fillmore

Fossil Fuel Companies Threaten To Undermine Paris Climate Talks

Nick Fillmore | November 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Fossil fuel companies have not managed to get a much coveted seat at the actual negotiating table during COP decision-making. But they are lobbying so hard that they hope politicians will come up with pro-industry solutions. A growing number of public interest groups want the fossil fuel lobby barred from the UN process.
Senator Mobina Jaffer

Climate Change Is A Human Rights Issue

Senator Mobina Jaffer | November 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
It has become clear that climate change will disproportionately impact the world's most vulnerable because they are heavily dependent on resources that will be affected by climatic change. Whether by virtue of socio-economic status, conflict, gender or geography, certain groups are more liable than others to be negatively impacted by climate change, which directly implicates the question of human rights. How will this differentially influence people's lives, living conditions and livelihoods, and who are the most vulnerable?
John Laforet

Corruption In The Green Energy Sector Costs Ontarians

John Laforet | November 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
With NextEra as a major player in Ontario's wind energy business along with Siemens (who has the distinction of paying the largest fine ever under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and Samsung (with it's own scandals), one has to wonder whether the government knew who they were inviting into the province when they opened the flood gates under the Green Energy Act in 2009.
Yves Engler

Hold Canadian Mining Companies Accountable For Abuses Abroad

Yves Engler | November 26, 2015 | Canada Business
Is Justin Trudeau prepared to defy Canada's powerful mining industry and adopt legislation to constrain their abuses abroad or will he continue to place the full power of Canadian foreign-policy behind this controversial industry?
Sean Mallen

Rachel Notley Has Staged A Masterwork Of Political Imagery

Sean Mallen | November 26, 2015 | Canada Alberta
Rachel Notley's challenge has been to reassure the fiercely skeptical Alberta business elites that were horrified to wake up last May to discover the NDP had risen to power. With the economy already hammered by plummeting oil prices, they feared that the New Democrats would inflict further damage through a climate change plan that would drive up costs and cripple the oil sands. But business leaders in the Alberta can read the financial press as well as the rest of us and now seem to be buying Rachel Notley's view that they better try to be part of the solution.
Julie Barlow

France Is Fighting Its Own Taboos

Julie Barlow | November 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
France's war against terrorism will be long and hard. That's because it's not just a war against external enemies. The investigation on the Paris attacks is forcing France's political class to face three blind spots: the integration of immigrants, religion and Europe.
Wellesley Institute

What Will Canada's New National Early Learning And Child Care Framework Look Like?

Wellesley Institute | November 25, 2015 | Canada Parents
Canada's current patchwork of child care does not meet the needs of Canadian families. The new federal government has shown an understanding of the importance of improving our child care for the health and well-being of children and their parents.
David R. Miller

This Is How We Can Protect B.C.'s North Coast

David R. Miller | November 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
During my first visit to British Columbia's north coast, I was immediately struck by the area's extraordinary natural wealth. It's a place renowned for its rich ocean habitats, temperate rain forests as well as humpback whales, bears, salmon and orca. We refer to this region as the Great Bear Sea.
Dermod Travis

B.C. Trade Missions Fail To Deliver The Bang For The Buck

Dermod Travis | November 25, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
For those not counting, there have been eight B.C. trade missions to China alone in the last 18 months. Forests minister Steve Thomson is set to leave on a ninth mission this Friday. Trade missions aren't cheap, they set the B.C. government back $767,000 in 2014 and that doesn't include the bill for local governments, universities and other agencies.
Farzana Hassan

This Book Rests On A False Premise About ISIS

Farzana Hassan | November 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Journalist Gwynne Dyer's book Don't Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today's Middle East rests on the premise that ISIS poses no major threat to the Western world. Dyer suggests the West is not affected by events in Syria and must not be involved in the civil war. However, there is a moral imperative that we need to acknowledge.
David Suzuki

Canada's Oceans Matter, At The Paris Climate Talks And Beyond

David Suzuki | November 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
It's encouraging that our newly elected federal government has agreed to improve efforts to safeguard Canada's oceans. Ocean protection here is shamefully deficient, currently at around one per cent. Weak ocean protection hinders our coasts' ability to remain resilient in the face of many challenges.
Catherine Chatterley

The Western Double Standard On Terror In Israel Must Stop

Catherine Chatterley | November 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by Arabs in Jerusalem and other cities in Israel do not.
Sohail Gandhi

Ontario's Health-Care Cutbacks Are Starting To Affect Vulnerable Patients

Sohail Gandhi | November 24, 2015 | Canada Living
Wynne and Hoskins are simply referring to this as a "modest reduction" in physician income. People like myself, who warned that it's actually some of the targeted fee reductions that will cause more harm, were told we were fear mongering. Unfortunately, it appears that I was right, and the harm to the residents of Ontario is only beginning.
Jillian Skeet

The Truth About Terror Isn't That Complicated

Jillian Skeet | November 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Like all westerners, I watched in horror at the terror that was unleashed across Paris. But my horror quickly turned to frustration when, immediately in the aftermath, western leaders took advantage of the situation to reinforce a false narrative, and to justify the very policies that have brought us to such a crisis. Our governments do not want us to understand that wittingly or unwittingly (the jury is still out on what role they have really played) they created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and they did so through exactly the same disastrous policies that they now claim are the only way to destroy it.
Jeff Begley

Responding To Quebec's Provocation Of The Public Servants Unions

Jeff Begley | November 24, 2015 | Canada Business
Martin Coiteux doesn't give the impression he's very interested in negotiating with workers in the public sector. Despite the fact that the Common Front has significantly lowered its demand on pay it seems clear to me that the chair of the Conseil du trésor had already written his speech before he even met with the Common Front.
Charles Lammam

Trudeau Should Rethink The Finance Minister's Mandate

Charles Lammam | November 24, 2015 | Canada Business
In an attempt to increase transparency, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made "mandate letters" to his ministers publicly available. These letters are intended to clarify the focus of each minister's portfolio. When it comes to the mandate delineated for the minister of finance, the prime minister should seriously rethink some of the priorities.
Miranda Frum

France Has An Internal Problem

Miranda Frum | November 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
The neighbourhoods outside of Paris, where the longtime Muslim European residents live have become a security problem. They have become slums which the central government actively avoids. Due to a lack of government involvement, a growing detachment from the State grows within the local Muslim youth. In these lost neighbourhoods, the terrorists of today and tomorrow are raised. These are the areas were ISIS operatives look to recruit new foreign fighters.
Development Unplugged

The First Steps In Global Goal Partnership And Implementation

Development Unplugged | November 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Success requires thinking about both SDG-wide and SDG-specific priorities in parallel. Although the goals represent a universal agenda for all countries, they also fuse the aspirations of many disparate issue-focused global communities. Goal 17 is SDG-wide and thus different from the others.
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