Masters candidate at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
Bud Sambasivam is a proud son of Saskatchewan and has a longstanding involvement with Engineers Without Borders Canada. He is a Masters Candidate at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, a Professional Engineer licensed in Ontario, and holds an MBA from Cambridge University. He lives in Boston with his wife Sarah and daughter Grace.
Many university professors are great teachers. Many are not. I'm baffled that those who are great teachers are saddled with research. And those who are great researchers are saddled with teaching. More importantly, why do universities saddle students with these subpar teachers? Some argue that professors must be able to do both. Yet, professors at Canadian universities are generally promoted based primarily on their research abilities -- on how many publications they get, and how much research money they bring to the university. Teaching is only superficially acknowledged as important.
In the wake of the 2010 BP Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, our government needs to make changes to our outdated liability regime. Currently, the Canadian taxpayer is liable for offshore oil spills in the Arctic. Under current law, an oil company is responsible for damages up to $40 million of absolute liability, regardless of fault or negligence. Beyond the $40 million, it is either Canadian taxpayers or the company paying, depending on fault. Why are we providing public insurance for oil companies? We do not provide public insurance for homeowners in the case of a fire, or car owners in the case of a motor vehicle accident.
09/12/2012 08:01 EDT
Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister recently convened ambassadors in Ottawa and pressed for an aggressive stance against Iran. The West's threat of military intervention in Iran is akin to spanking your child while yelling, "Don't hit others!" Canada needs to influence its allies with a "do what we do" approach.
06/27/2012 08:27 EDT
My wife Sarah's ovaries joined our Saturday morning lattés when she hit 30. Lacking in vocabulary, but clear in message, they cried one word, "BABY!" I took notice and wondered if women were naturally more ready to be parents than their male partners, or did they just feel more pressure because of the incessant tick-tock of their biological clock?
05/28/2012 08:03 EDT
While Minister Kent has a strong incentive to coordinate a national approach, he may lack the political and public support. Climate change lacks urgency. Everyday Canadians are not threatened by the negative impacts of climate change in the same way that baby boomers are immediately concerned with old age pension.
05/08/2012 05:41 EDT
Three weeks ago I submitted my victim impact statement to the police and shared it with my friends and family. Given the choice, I would rather see my abuser serve the current mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days, freeing up tens of thousands of dollars for his rehabilitation.
05/01/2012 11:31 EDT
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