Keith Brooks

Setting The Record Straight On Ontario's Green Energy Plan

Keith Brooks | May 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
Ontario is taking a comprehensive approach to cutting emissions, which is a good thing. While some folks may love to hate the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, the reality is that it's the reason Ontario is Canada's clean technology leader. And the coal phase out was the right move, too, which is why it's being emulated by Alberta, why Ontario hit its 2014 GHG emissions target, why our air is now smog-free, and why people like me, who care about the environment and our kids' future, can breathe more easily.
Rathika Sitsabaiesan

I Am Seeking Liberal Nomination Because I Believe In Progress

Rathika Sitsabaiesan | May 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
My life's story has always been about working with people, finding common ground, and delivering real results. I have the political experience we need to proudly bring our Scarborough-Rouge River voice to Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government and deliver on the transit, health care, education and opportunities that will make us stronger. I'm standing up for the progress we've made in Ontario, and the progress we need to make for a brighter future. I look forward to the opportunity to fight with, not against, Kathleen Wynne on her progressive agenda as part of her activist government. Together, we will continue to make progress.

Canada Needs To Recognize The Right To Breathe Clean Air

Ecojustice | May 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
Whether included in an existing law such as the Canadian Environmental Protection Act or by way of a new statute, national and enforceable air pollution standards would be a step towards a more equitable society, in which disadvantaged communities aren't left bearing more than their fair share of the national environmental health burden.
Rachel Décoste

Meet Canada's Donald Trump: PM Robert Borden

Rachel Décoste | May 3, 2016 | Canada Living
As Canadians look down upon the severe tone of the Republican primary season, they might console themselves by saying: "We would never resort to that kind of hateful dialogue, and it would never work here -- in the multicultural haven that is Canada." Prime Minister Robert Borden might prove them wrong.
Sohail Gandhi

Marcus Welby Couldn't Handle Today's Medicine

Sohail Gandhi | May 2, 2016 | Canada Living
While I agree the situation is complex, the main reason that younger family physicians are taking fewer patients has nothing to do with either a lack of dedication or desire to help their patients, but rather that medicine has become far more complex in the past 30 years.
Tyler Levitan

Israel Lobby's War On Boycott Movement Distracts From Reality

Tyler Levitan | May 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
What does the Canadian government and the Israel lobby have to gain by passing an anti-BDS motion? What is the purpose of this massive mobilization of resources against a non-violent civil society movement? In demanding that Palestinians and the international community accept Israel as a "Jewish state," Israel and its lobby groups like CIJA are in fact conflating the behaviour of this state with all Jewish people. Many Jews, like myself, see this conflation of Jewish people with militant Zionism as actually endangering Jews, both inside and outside of Israel.
Rémi Francœur

Trump Says He Loves Canada, But Does He Really?

Rémi Francœur | May 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
Trump, a profound nationalist, is often described as an isolationist with regards to his foreign policies, namely his strong opposition to NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). This in particular would greatly affect Canada in terms of trade policy, jobs, unions, a large part of the Canadian economy, even the exchange rate if he were to actually win in the general election this November.
James Di Fiore

Vaping Helped Me Quit Smoking For My Health And My Family's

James Di Fiore | May 2, 2016 | Canada Living
For 24 years I was a smoker. That's nearly a quarter century of inhaling smoke into lungs that are probably black by now. But I loved it. I'd start the day with a smoke and a coffee, and I'd have that last cigarette at the end of my day. When my partner and I were expecting our first-born, I finally made the decision that I was ready to stop.
Alan Ramón Ward

Don't Pretend The Pipeline Debate Is Only About Energy

Alan Ramón Ward | May 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
It sometimes sounds as though pipeline proponents are the true environmentalists among us. Commentary in favour of the pipelines has followed suit with generous explanations of our current needs and the realities of energy consumption. They ask: are opponents of the pipelines in denial about our current reliance on fossil fuels? And if these bleeding hearts do admit that we do need fossil fuels to power our country, are they comfortable importing Saudi oil forever? I believe that such questions willfully miss the point.
Kacem El Ghazzali

The Time Has Come For A 'Sexual Spring' In The Arab World

Kacem El Ghazzali | May 2, 2016 | Canada Living
When we say that nowadays to call for sexual freedom in Arab and Muslim societies is more dangerous than the demand to topple monarchies or dictatorial regimes, we are not playing with metaphor or attempting to gain sympathy. We are stating a bitter and painful fact of the reality in which we are living.
Dan Kelly

Immigrants Are The Solution To Canada's Labour Shortage

Dan Kelly | April 29, 2016 | Canada Business
Economic immigration has always been the lifeblood of Canada's economic success and has played a key role in the building of our great nation. While our immigration system has many goals, employers have a priority to ensure that immigrants of all skill levels are able to come to Canada for jobs where they struggle to find Canadians to fill them.
Nick Fillmore

Justin Trudeau Must Come Clean About Carbon Emissions

Nick Fillmore | April 28, 2016 | Canada Politics
By not telling Canadians the truth about the government's almost certain inability to control future carbon emissions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is guilty of downplaying the greatest issue ever to face the country and the world -- an issue that will have dire consequences for our children and grandchildren.
James Patava

Toronto's City Council Needs To Regulate Uber (Before It's Too Late)

James Patava | April 28, 2016 | Canada Politics
Dear Toronto City Councillor: You and your colleagues in City Council will soon decide the future of Uber in Toronto. Before making up your mind to ban a service that represents an emerging economic reality, I urge you to consider regulation -- and to consider it quickly.
Katrina Marsh

Why Canada Needs Both Windmills And Pipelines

Katrina Marsh | April 28, 2016 | Canada Politics
There are many uses for fossil fuels, including oil, where the alternatives are nowhere near as advanced as wind turbines, solar panels or electric cars. Stopping pipelines in Canada does not speed up the development of alternatives to oil. It doesn't slow growing oil demand in emerging economies, where most of the growth in energy demand will come from in the future.
Gerard Montpetit

The Writing Is On The Wall For Alberta's Obsolete Oil Industry

Gerard Montpetit | April 28, 2016 | Canada Business
I can understand that Alberta faces economic hardships; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the cabinet meeting would examine the challenges that Alberta has to face because the price of petroleum has fallen through the floor. But in 2015-16, is the building of pipelines an appropriate remedy for the economic woes of Alberta?
Jerry Dias

CanCon Is Still Relevant In The Digital Age

Jerry Dias | April 27, 2016 | Canada Business
The digital revolution has brought many wonderful things. Canadians can plug into international events from the comfort of their own home or office, or from just about anywhere thanks to mobile devices. And the world, we hope, can do the same to find out about the great north -- Canada. The challenge, it seems, is in making sure there's Canadian content for the world to find and enjoy. Finding ways to balance the digital era with supporting local programming is key if Canada is going to continue to foster local democracy in communities.
Nadia Alam

Ontario's Health Minister Is A Master Of Misdirection

Nadia Alam | April 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
We need health-care reform. To do that, we need an honest conversation between patients, government and front-line workers about what can be covered, what should be covered and what must be covered. We can't have it all. So we need to talk about what we all can have. To get there, doctors must be part of the conversation.
Youri Chassin

Will Politicians Or Experts Win Ontario's Cap-And-Trade Battle?

Youri Chassin | April 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Sometimes, if not most of the time, a policy sounds really good on paper. But once implemented, it does not work as intended and produces poor results. Experts then say: "Politicians didn't enact it properly, it wasn't exactly what we recommended." But once a policy has been adopted, don't try to get rid of it even if its effect is not what was promised.
Kacem El Ghazzali

Islam Is Not A Religion Of Peace In Societies Where Faith Is Law

Kacem El Ghazzali | April 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Do tolerance and social peace prevail in Muslim-majority countries which enshrine "Islam" in law? Nowadays in most such countries, atheists, apostates and those who convert to another religion are persecuted. In a religion of peace, freedom of conscience and belief should be guaranteed to everyone.
Peter Landry

Lattes, Cappuccinos And Dilettantes: Let's Get Our Toronto Political Stereotypes Right

Peter Landry | April 28, 2016 | Canada Politics
It was hurtful when we meek downtown Toronto types were blamed by many pundits and journalists as being responsible for the tone-deaf Leap Manifesto when it was released at the recent NDP Convention in Edmonton. Oh yes, we were also called dilettantes. Ouch!
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