Bruce Moncur

Giving a U.S. Company the Contract for Canada's Community Mailboxes Is Insult To Injury

Bruce Moncur | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Queen Elizabeth did not want to be the last monarch of Scotland, Lyndon Johnson did not want to be the first president to lose a war, ergo the postmaster general that has door to door mail eliminated during his tenure will go down in history as the worst to hold the position. If mail delivery to Canadian homes is eradicated on his watch, the postmaster general should be forced to resign.
Daniel Dickin


It's a Depressing Time for Ontario Politics

Daniel Dickin | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Ontario had a rough summer. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the hangover from the June 2014 election that shamefully saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals re-elected with a majority government.
Jamey Heath

There's Nothing Smart About Strategic Voting in the Mayoral Election

Jamey Heath | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
At this point in campaigns--especially absurdly long ones--pundits love to obsess about voting for someone you don't agree with to defeat someone else who is disagreeable. Some, oddly, call this strategic, as if it's really smart to vote for things you don't want. I'm with Olivia because I agree with her. And I'm not voting for Mr. Tory because I don't. That's what an election is about. And what's strategic is voting to replace the Ford agenda with something better by electing Olivia Chow mayor.
Romeo Vitelli


How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

Romeo Vitelli | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Despite the high rates of exhaustion and cynicism in drone operators, only a very small percentage of drone operators met the formal criteria for occupational burnout or viewed themselves as being ineffective at their jobs. The exhausting schedules that drone operators need to follow are definitely cause for concern due to the increased risk of mishaps during drone missions.
Mark Taliano


What Happens When Empire Intervenes in the Affairs of Other Countries

Mark Taliano | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
In an article entitled "Why Canada And The U.S. Are On The Wrong Side Of Democracy", I describe the shocking downward spiral of Honduras since the illegal coup, and the concurrent loss of economic and political self-determination. This, then, is the consistent pattern when Empire intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.
Jeff Rose-Martland


Canadians Need to Stand by the People Who Work Hard to Protect Them Every Day

Jeff Rose-Martland | October 18, 2014 | Canada
Every day, women and men put on uniforms for the RCMP and RCAF, RCN, and the Canadian Army. Every day, those men and women set out to be the wall of flesh between us and harm. Every day, whether a major catastrophe affecting thousands or just one of us lost in the wilds, we know who to look for, who to trust in.
Bacchus Barua


How Much "Free" Health Care Really Costs Canadians

Bacchus Barua | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
"Don't touch my free health care," is a common refrain from defenders of the status quo whenever anyone broaches the topic of reforming Canada's health-care system. While politicians and interest groups no doubt share a portion of the blame for perpetuating the myth of a $0 price tag for health care in Canada, their ability to carry public opinion with them stems from the murky manner in which health care is funded.
Kirsty Duncan

Canada Should Not Forget the Humanitarian Crises That Aren't Making Headlines

Kirsty Duncan | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
Will the Government of Canada make a second humanitarian contribution to South Sudan to avoid yet another human catastrophe? Moreover, given that nutrition is one of the key pillars of the Every Woman Every Child Initiative, it is counterproductive to wait until South Sudan is classified as a severe famine before intervening.
Joshua Belick

Young Canadians Are Hurting the Oil Sands Debate

Joshua Belick | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
The typical young Canadian professional's engagement with the oilsands is like this: You pull your smart phone out and skim through your social media feed. You see post after post about the Canadian oilsands and its negative impact on the environment. You see countless re-posts about celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio protesting Canada's poor environmental standards. After a quick read you "like" the post or possibly share it with a short comment to the effect of "This needs to change!" You lock your smart phone and head out the door with a new sense of accomplishment, thinking to yourself "I just effectively contributed to the debate on the oilsands." But what exactly did you really accomplish?
Craig and Marc Kielburger


How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

Craig and Marc Kielburger | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
So many young Canadians are looking to make their mark on the world. Some pick up a shovel to build a school or a ladle in soup kitchens to serve the homeless. A small number choose a different way, traveling to Syria to pick up an AK-47. Where does the road diverge between the youth who choose the path of helping and those on the path of harm? And for those on the road toward extremism, are there points along their journey where they might be set on a positive path?
Russell Williams


Why Canada Is Looking More Attractive to Global Health Researchers

Russell Williams | October 16, 2014 | Canada Business
As the CETA negotiations have progressed, our community has seen an opportunity to make Canada a more attractive destination for global investment in health research by modernizing our Intellectual Property rules as they pertain to the life sciences.
Romeo Vitelli


What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska

Romeo Vitelli | October 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
According to the most recent statistics, suicide rates outside Alaska's main cities are four times the national average and among the highest in the world. In 2010 alone, the number of suicide in Alaska's Kuskokwim prompted state and local officials to mount an emergency response. Despite their efforts however, suicide rates in rural Alaska are still high.
Samuel Getachew


Why I'll Be Voting for John Tory

Samuel Getachew | October 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Isn't John Tory exactly the kind of mayor we all want after the disaster Ford years? He is a real consensus builder that will actually make an exceptional 65th mayor of Toronto. He is a candidate that is rare and worth supporting. I hope many will.
Derek Taylor

Why I Want the Right to Die

Derek Taylor | October 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
I was completely paralyzed -- I couldn't even scratch my nose or wiggle my toes. I just lay there, staring at the ceiling. But that was many years ago and I had the exuberance of youth -- I just knew I would recover to play football in the autumn. That was after I contracted Polio, some 60 years ago. I am still disabled and I never did play football, but I did recover enough muscle strength to lead a meaningful life with a good profession and a great family. Some 25 years later, my muscles started to weaken due the late effects of Polio. Some even disappeared. When assisted end-of-life becomes the law in Canada, your life can have a peaceful ending.
Lizanne Foster

B.C. Needs To Turn Jobs Blueprint Green

Lizanne Foster | October 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The B.C. Jobs Blueprint has a few worthy goals that, if achieved, will go a long way toward addressing both societal injustices and economic needs: a dramatic increase in young people entering the trades, training opportunities for aboriginal students, and support for education and training for people with disabilities. But where the plan falls apart is that it focuses on an industry that not only spews vast amounts of chemicals into our waterways but also speeds up global warming, the driver of climate change.
Georgialee Lang


Compelling New Book Details Wrongful Conviction Of B.C.'s Ivan Henry

Georgialee Lang | October 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
With twists and turns galore, as well as an unvarnished glimpse of Canada's brutal prison system, McEwen's book is a compelling must-read for anyone who still believes justice should be blind, and that it is better that 10 guilty men go free than to have one innocent man suffer.
Ian Young

Why Chineseness Can Matter When Reporting On Vancouver

Ian Young | October 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
My frequent use of "Chinese" as an ethnic or cultural descriptor has variously resulted in accusations that I am anti-Chinese, pro-Chinese, anti-Canadian, or even anti-Hongkonger. So why mention when someone is (ahem) Chinese to any extent, ethnically, culturally, or by birth?
Rob Henderson


How Youth Could Make or Break the Toronto Election

Rob Henderson | October 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
With the election a mere two weeks away, all candidates have a real opportunity to improve their standing by focusing on youth voters. When the survey was conducted, two out of three of the youth voters polled, stated they were very likely or definitely voting in the upcoming election with public transit, the economy and youth unemployment being the issues that are most important to them.
Alan Broadbent

The Secret Behind Toronto's Effective City Leadership

Alan Broadbent | October 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
At City Hall, members of council and staff have done their utmost to fill the leadership vacuum. Toronto's non-partisan system, while messy, has allowed its city government to deliver with little disruption. Council and the City's senior management found equilibrium on a wide range of issues from transit to housing to electoral reform.
Andree Lau


Vancouver Election 2014: Ask The Mayoral Candidates Anything

Andree Lau | October 17, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
With the blessing of the moderators of the /r/Vancouver subreddit, we reached out to the three main Vancouver mayoral candidates to see if we could facilitate AMAs. After much juggling of their very busy schedules, we're excited to announce that they're keen to participate in this online experiment.
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