Rabbi Ben Hecht

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Why We Shouldn't Call ISIS "Pure Evil"

Rabbi Ben Hecht | November 21, 2014 | Canada Politics
I can understand why President Obama referred to the beheading of Peter Kassig by ISIS as "an act of pure evil by a terrorist group that the world rightly associates with inhumanity." In many ways, I share his sentiments. But such terms actually only cloud over the real problem, the real defect, upon which we should really be focusing.
Carol Linnitt

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B.C. First Nations Crowdfund Over $200K To Oppose Northern Gateway

Carol Linnitt | November 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Some of the strongest legal challenges against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline come from B.C.'s First Nations, and supporters from across B.C. are digging into their pockets to help ensure those are a success.
Jordan Bateman

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TransLink Should Focus On Restoring Public Faith In The Organization

Jordan Bateman | November 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Instead of focusing on ways to con the taxpayer into handing more money over via dodgy claims and ballot questions, TransLink apologists should focus on addressing executive pay, delivering projects like Compass Card as promised, and curbing waste.
Jeff Matthews

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Vancouver Aquarium Whales, Dolphins Just Can't Catch A Break

Jeff Matthews | November 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The whales and dolphins at Vancouver Aquarium just can't seem to catch a break. Even the city's new bylaw that bans breeding and introduces new, independent public oversight of the Stanley Park attraction won't offer much relief for the captive cetaceans. Because, as it turns out, there never was a bylaw after all.
Lina Holguin

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How Canada Can Help Combat the 'Resource Curse'

Lina Holguin | November 20, 2014 | Canada Business
Recently, Canada's Parliament introduced the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which could have a huge impact on people around the world experiencing the "resource curse." Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about the scope of these projects, the revenues they generate, their timelines and potential impacts. The Canadian government has an historic opportunity to make a low-cost contribution to fighting corruption and improving the lives of thousands of communities around the world.
Nic Paolella

Longer Election Term Means Better Growth, Development For Vancouver

Nic Paolella | November 20, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
With a four-year term, municipal officials will have more time to accomplish long-term goals and offer solid political leadership during the approval and construction of major infrastructure projects such as rapid transit lines.
Candice Malcolm

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When it Comes to Finances, Gen Y Should Be Called 'Gen Screwed'

Candice Malcolm | November 20, 2014 | Canada Business
Nine-million baby boomers will retire from the workforce over the next two decades, and when they do, they will start to consume the most expensive forms of government programs. This is great news for seniors, but terrible news for our public finances and for young Canadians forced to foot the bill. Generation Y has been dubbed the "Millennial" generation because we came of age at the turn of the new millennium. A more fitting name for this cohort is Generation Screwed.
Colin Kenny

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Why Harper's Decision on Canada's Shipbuilding Strategy is Crucial

Colin Kenny | November 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
The government's own National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy has stated that a vibrant shipbuilding sector is strategically important for Canada. But with the number of ships being continuously eroded, the shipyards involved may be out of work far sooner than expected.
Charles Lammam

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The Ontario Government Should Take Ownership For Its Serious Economic Problems

Charles Lammam | November 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
By 2017/18, the government expects that over 10 cents of every revenue dollar collected by Queen's Park will go to servicing past debt rather than public services that Ontarians care about such as health care and education or tax relief that improves the province's tax competitiveness.
Bill Bogart

Why Policies Don't Help Smokers Quit

Bill Bogart | November 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Taxes on tobacco and junk food, restrictions of advertising to children, attempts to address problem gambling, and other strategies can be sound policies in appropriate circumstances to promote healthy choices. But their effectiveness can face a lot of hurdles. Initiatives in one jurisdiction can be limited by the failure to act by other societies and by the virtual world impinging on the efforts of the real one. In this increasingly interdependent and connected world we need more local, international and global policy making and enforcement.
Janelle Vandergrift

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Action on Child Poverty Long Overdue

Janelle Vandergrift | November 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Twenty five years ago this month, our government unanimously made a promise to end child poverty by the year 2000. Today the number of children living in poverty in Canada is the equivalent to the population of Calgary.
Colin Kenny

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First China Brings the Money, Now They Bring the Muscle

Colin Kenny | November 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Chinese have been pushed around a lot over the years, most notably by Britain, Japan and the United States. That isn't likely to continue as China develops. Middleweights can put on a lot of muscle in a hurry when they have money, determination and technical skills. China has all three in spades.
Kenneth P. Green

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What Obama's Emissions Announcement With China Really Means

Kenneth P. Green | November 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
What does this mean for Canada? First and foremost, it means a reinvigorated green crusade for renewables, which can only harm Canada's economy, as we showed when Ontario took this path. In addition, the green movement will likely use this agreement to push for other harmful policies such as a national carbon tax. The U.S.-China agreement will also reinvigorate green opposition to Canadian fossil-fuel production of all sorts: the no coal, no gas, and especially the no oil sands people will be using the new announcement as a cudgel with which to demonize anyone who opposes them.
Larry Rousseau

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Canada Should Remember the Afghanistan War With Shame

Larry Rousseau | November 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
It was five years ago today that Richard Colvin delivered his explosive testimony to a House of Commons committee examining Canada's role in the torture of Afghan detainees. In no uncertain terms, he told the House committee on November 18, 2009, that Canadian Forces personnel were capturing Afghans and turning them over to Afghan authorities to be tortured in contravention of the Geneva Conventions. Indeed, Canada's war in Afghanistan was a shameful episode in our history. There was damage inflicted in Afghanistan and damage done to our democracy and civil liberties at home -- things we ought to reflect on as we now get involved in the new Iraq war.
Rob Shirkey

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Big Oil Is Following in Kodak's Footsteps (and Missing the Boat)

Rob Shirkey | November 18, 2014 | Canada Business
Kodak was in the business of capturing memories and their particular method was film. Then, the unthinkable happened: a giant fell. A similar story is now unfolding in the energy sector. The quicker we acknowledge the reality of climate change and unburnable carbon, the sooner we'll innovate and develop low carbon solutions to export to others.
Jeff Begley

The Couillard Government's Goal: Dismantle the Québec Model

Jeff Begley | November 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
In last week's blog, I indicated that I would come back to the issue of Canadian averages, which seem to be very important for Premier Couillard. With all its trial balloons, it's clear that the Couillard government is drawing on the Canadian model to dismantle Québec's.
Wayne K. Spear

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Why Does the Fight For Aboriginal Rights Equal a Rejection of Science?

Wayne K. Spear | November 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The illness of a young girl is saddening, and the preceding topics are important and timely. But now, with this court case, we've gone off the rails into unhelpful territory. A growing number of people are turning away from, and against, science and modernity, and for a number of causes -- environmentalism, mistrust of corporations, dislike of secularism, traditionalism, and in extreme cases religious fundamentalism.
Faisal Kutty

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The Movement To Ban Religious Law is Racist and Bigoted

Faisal Kutty | November 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
The movement to ban foreign and/or religious law, according to the New York Times, is the brainchild of an Islamophobic lawyer, David Yerushalmi, who has been described by the Anti-Defamation League as having a record of "anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant and anti-black bigotry.
Renu Mandhane

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If Government Is Committed To Transparency, Why the Steep Search Fees?

Renu Mandhane | November 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
In the past few years, I have made a handful of requests, dutifully paying my $5 in the hopes of receiving documents that will shed some light on Canada's human rights record. What has transpired is Kafkaesque. I requested information from the Department of Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Heritage Canada on our government's process for implementing human rights treaties. Between two departments, I was told that processing of my request would cost... wait for it ...more than $4,000 in search fees.
Chris Genovali

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We Are All Directly Affected By Kinder Morgan's Proposal

Chris Genovali | November 17, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
What do you love about B.C.'s Fraser River, the Gulf Islands, and the Salish Sea? What are your concerns for the future of the Salish Sea region, the health of the B.C. economy and the impacts of climate change? The answers to these personal questions are fundamental to informing decisions about Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain expansion and are at the heart of "Directly Affected," a new documentary film produced by Vancouver filmmaker Zack Embree and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.
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