Bacchus Barua

Patient Wait Times Have Doubled Over the Past 20 Years

Bacchus Barua | April 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Institute for Health Information's updated report on wait times for healthcare in Canada is not comprehensive, and ignores almost 90 per cent of surgical procedures performed in Canada. In reality, the actual delays patients experience in Canada are considerably longer than what the CIHI and governments routinely report.
Heather Roff

The New Mineshaft Gap: Killer Robots and the UN

Heather Roff | April 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
This past week I was invited to speak as an expert at the United Nations Informal Meeting of Experts under the auspices of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). The CCW's purpose is to limit or prohibit certain conventional weapons that are excessively injurious or...
Daniel Dickin

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

Daniel Dickin | April 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Wynne had the opportunity to put Ontario back on track, to right the wrongs of almost a decade of mismanagement, scandal, and corruption under Dalton McGuinty. She has only continued Dalton McGuinty's legacy. Their legacies are one in the same.
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Modi's Potential for Good Outweighs the Bad

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | April 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
While most of the Indian diaspora as well as some Canadian politicians were very excited about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada, there were others who were outraged and saw it as an opportunity to express their displeasure with protests. But Modi is not the first leader of a nation to be accused of some form of transgression.
Mark Milke

Money Kept by Canadian Taxpayers Is Not a "Loss"

Mark Milke | April 18, 2015 | Canada Politics
The Liberal finance minister assumed that taxes were useful but indeed a loss -- not to government, but to the citizens who pay the tax. Taxes are necessary, but we must be judicious about the money sent to politicians and civil servants. That includes understanding the money first belongs to Canadians.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Bill C-51 Would Jeopardize the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | April 18, 2015 | Canada Politics
Bill C-51, dubbed the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, should cause Canadians deep concern. Its provisions, if passed into law, would jeopardize many of our most basic rights and liberties and would only serve to undermine the health of our democracy. Any limits imposed by Parliament on our basic rights and fundamental freedoms must be "reasonable"; they must not be overly broad; and they must be "demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. On the thirty-third anniversary of the signing of the Charter, we should demand that Parliament scrap Bill C-51 altogether.
Samuel Getachew

John Tory's Support of Police Carding Is an Insult to the Black Community

Samuel Getachew | April 17, 2015 | Canada Politics
he Toronto Police Services board approved and endorsed a policy of racial profiling -- carding -- to keep track of residents who look like me last night. From now onward, any Toronto Police officer can arbitrarily stop me without informing me of my rights, when no specific offence has not been committed and I am not considered a suspect. If refusing to reappoint Councillor Michael Thompson, the lone black member of the Toronto Police board, was not enough, Mayor John Tory voted to endorse the carding policy. I am disappointed and we should all be outraged.
Samer Majzoub

Quebec Must Address its Growing Climate of Islamophobia

Samer Majzoub | April 17, 2015 | Canada Politics
Recently, Quebec has witnessed very alarming anti-Muslim and anti-Islam rhetoric that has led to moral onslaught against citizens of Muslim faith. The discriminatory campaigns against any group of citizens due to their religious or ethnic background will lead to unhealthy social harmony within any society.
DeSmog Canada

5 Seriously Disturbing B.C. Political Donations

DeSmog Canada | April 17, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The 2014 financial reports from B.C.'s political parties are out and my face hurts from all of the eyebrow raising.
Dermod Travis

Odd And Telling Political Donations In B.C.

Dermod Travis | April 17, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
And the 2014 Award for Incredibly Bad Taste in Donations goes to Imperial Metals, owners of the Mount Polley mine. The spill may have been toxic, but Imperial's cash wasn't.
Linda A. Franklin

More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

Linda A. Franklin | April 17, 2015 | Canada Business
The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.
Lina Holguin

Leaders at the Summit of the Americas Must Walk the Talk

Lina Holguin | April 16, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week's Summit of the Americas in Panama signalled a new era of diplomacy and collaboration, with Cuba's first ever participation at the summit. The Summit of the Americas was a historic one, but it will only make history if leaders turn rhetoric into action.
Rebecca Aldworth

It's Time for Canada to Support a Fair Seal Industry Buyout

Rebecca Aldworth | April 16, 2015 | Canada Business
It is fast becoming apparent that the Newfoundland government "investment" in the commercial seal slaughter is simply a make-work project. Encouraging fishermen to make economic decisions based on markets that will never materialize serves only the executives of the seal processors. More than 35 nations have already prohibited their trade in the primary products of Canada's commercial seal slaughter and there is no future in commercial sealing. It is time the Canadian and provincial governments put their support behind a fair sealing industry buyout.
Amira Elghawaby

Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

Amira Elghawaby | April 16, 2015 | Canada Politics
Even after the Conservative government buckled to pressure to amend the anti-terrors laws, Canadians can still be deemed too dangerous to travel by airline and won't be allowed to challenge the "evidence" against them. As lawyer and author Faisal Kutty puts it, Canadian Muslims can be considered "too guilty to fly, but too innocent to charge." Bill C-51 is a reckless attempt to win over an understandably fearful electorate under the pretense of fighting terrorism. Marginalizing the very Canadians who are on the front-lines of this struggle is worse than poor policy -- it's a threat to all of us.
Mark Milke

Ontario and B.C. Treat Liquor Like We're in Prohibition-Era Canada

Mark Milke | April 15, 2015 | Canada Business
On the surface, both the Ontario's premier's speculative thoughts and B.C.'s policy change look positive for consumers. But both are a mirage.
Swati Bhatt Vyas

Decoding the Modi Manifesto

Swati Bhatt Vyas | April 15, 2015 | Canada Politics
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Canada for his three-day visit as he ends his three-nation trip. He met PM Stephen Harper on Wednesday morning and later attended a community reception in Toronto and Vancouver. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the community reception at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. This momentous bilateral trip marks the visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Canada after nearly four decades, Indira Gandhi's visit to Canada in year 1973.
David Suzuki

China's Disastrous Pollution Problem Is a Lesson for Canada

David Suzuki | April 16, 2015 | Canada Impact
The global atmosphere is being loaded with the sum of all nations' activities. And while Canada's air quality is better than many places, half of us live in areas where we are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution. We can and should do more to curb pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Andrea Horwath

Kathleen Wynne Should Pull the Plug on Hydro Privatization

Andrea Horwath | April 15, 2015 | Canada Politics
For over 100 years, Ontario's public hydro system generated reliable electricity and got it to homes and businesses at a rate that people could afford. Today, our public hydro system continues to be a strategic asset that supports healthcare, education, and conservation (to name a few). If Kathleen Wynne goes ahead with her plan to privatize Hydro One, all of that could be in jeopardy, leaving Ontarians with higher hydro bills, but not much else. It is too valuable an asset to put on the auction block. I believe that hydro in Ontario should be affordable, reliable and should function as the backbone of our economy.
John McKay

Liberals Are Leading the Debate on Climate Change and the Economy

John McKay | April 15, 2015 | Canada Politics
As the provinces' experience with carbon pricing proves, we don't need to choose between our environment and our economy. In fact, they go together. Indeed, Canada must be able to take advantage of the billions of dollars in investment that will be made in green technologies. Justin Trudeau is already doing the important work that needs to be done.
Eoin Madden

Climate Karma Hits Home In B.C.

Eoin Madden | April 15, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
April brought a fresh new proclamation for B.C.: get out and see the glaciers before they are forever confined to history.
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