David Martin

This May Be The Solution To Fixing The U.S. Supreme Court

David Martin | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
The recent faux pas by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underscores what's wrong with the highest court in the land. So what possessed Ginsburg to violate one of the most fundamental tenets of the judiciary? I suggest that it's because, in some ways, the U.S. Supreme Court is above the law.
Neil Seeman

Why Nobody Predicted Trump Or Brexit

Neil Seeman | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
Big Data and artificial general intelligence companies, the new darlings of Silicon Valley and organizations concerned with international security, should pay heed to what has happened this year. The Brexit vote proved that assumptions of fact, the springboard for all deductive or inductive reasoning-- are heavily prone to human error.
John Muscedere

New Health Accord Should Consider A Model Based On Frailty

John Muscedere | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
In a country as diverse and varied as Canada, such a per capita funding model creates winners and losers. For provinces with flourishing economies and/or younger populations, the formula may be a welcome one. But for many provinces and territories, this funding formula fails to recognize and accommodate their particular challenges and needs.
Jess Tomlin

When 'Feminism' Is A Killing Word

Jess Tomlin | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
We can vote, and drive, and march on Parliament Hill without fear. But do we question the deep rooted inequalities that make it possible for Aboriginal women and girls to disappear without a trace, and without an outcry? Do we demand an end to the gender wage gap that has been stuck at around 72 per cent -- and hasn't budged in years?
Nicolas Boeglin

End Abusive Invocation Of 'Self-Defence' In Response To Terror

Nicolas Boeglin | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Among the signatories, we find distinguished members of international law community as well a younger researchers and assistants. The objective of this collective initiative is to challenge the invocation of the legal argument of self-defence by several States in the context of the war against ISIL or ISIS.
Dermod Travis

B.C. Liberals' Long-Shot LNG Deal Was Fantasy After All

Dermod Travis | July 25, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
B.C. may still see an LNG plant, but as for that $1 trillion in economic activity and $100 billion prosperity fund the only step left is to call time of death. There's an upside for the government. The public never bought the hype in the first place.
Dr. Brenna Velker

Ontario Physicians Agreement Isn't A Good Deal, But I'm Still Voting Yes

Dr. Brenna Velker | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Lets be honest. The tentative Physician Services Agreement negotiated between the OMA and the Ministry is not a good deal. Anyone with any experience in negotiation, law, or with any common sense can realize that this barely qualifies as a contract. But I'm voting yes, and I strongly encourage my colleagues to do the same.
Nadia Alam

Get Mad About The Ontario Liberals' Controversial Doctor Deal

Nadia Alam | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
They outsource services to the U.S. -- services that now cost more than they would if provided here. They waste much-needed health-care dollars on bureaucracy and failed ventures. They ignore ordinary people as they die on ballooning wait lists. They offer Band-Aid solutions to complex problems. This is not acceptable.
Samer Majzoub

Condemning Islamophobia Promotes Human Values

Samer Majzoub | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
All human beings deserve to live in peace and safety. Attacking women because of their visible faith as they stroll around a shopping mall or take the metro to school or work, denying jobs because of a candidate's name and background, and vandalizing community and religious properties should stop once and for all.
Liam Massaubi

First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

Liam Massaubi | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed.
Abubakar Kasim

Trump Has Nothing To Offer Except Rage And False Promises

Abubakar Kasim | July 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
I listened attentively to Donald Trump in his nomination acceptance speech, an address which was described as a "dark and frightening" vision of a United States with him as president, according to a former GOP speechwriter.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

We Still Need A Full Review Of Bill C-51 To Remove Charter Violations

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | July 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
On the anniversary of filing a Charter challenge to Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression is calling on Canadians to send a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government that it's past time to restore our constitutional freedoms and repeal the unconstitutional aspects of this dangerous and ineffective legislation.
Dale Marshall

National Carbon Pricing Shouldn't Be A Controversial Issue

Dale Marshall | July 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
At this week's meeting of premiers in Whitehorse, the need for a national carbon price may once again be the subject of controversy and division. For casual observers this may be surprising, given the near unanimity among economists, climate change experts, and leaders in government and industry that putting a price on carbon is an essential tool to fight climate change.
Joshua Ostroff

Trump Is Fuelling The Rise Of White Fright

Joshua Ostroff | July 25, 2016 | Canada Living
Donald Trump's apocalyptic acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland was easily the scariest political event I've ever witnessed outside of 1930s newsreels. As CNN's Anderson Cooper summed up: "He painted a dark and frightening picture of America, he talked about people being attacked by criminals, attacked by terrorists, betrayed by their leaders, the game is fixed. And he said he can be their voice." The thing about this tactic -- a far cry from conservative saint Ronald Reagan's inspirational "shining city on a hill" much less Obama's hope and change optimism -- is that it captures (and, yes, fuels) the zeitgeist of white America.
Keith Beardsley

When It Comes To Payroll, The Buck Stops At Trudeau

Keith Beardsley | July 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
If you know someone in the Public Service or someone who has recently retired from the government, chances are you know someone who hasn't been paid or who isn't receiving the pay and benefits that they are supposed to be getting. We all have friends in that situation. And it isn't pretty.
Development Unplugged

How Canada Should Support Low-carbon Growth Abroad

Development Unplugged | July 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
At last year's Paris climate change agreement, all countries committed to help adapt to climate change and reduce emissions. Canada's official development assistance (ODA) now needs to focus on realizing these commitments. Ensuring maximum impact will require attending to areas where need is greatest and where Canada has particular expertise.
Global Public Affairs

Millennials Need Pharmaceutical Coverage Too

Global Public Affairs | July 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
Understandably, prescription drug coverage only becomes a concern for many individuals when they can't access the drugs they need because of cost. If you haven't personally experienced problems with drug coverage, there is a high probability that your child, friend or loved one has.
Naomi Sayers

Is Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Willing To Ask The Hard Questions?

Naomi Sayers | July 22, 2016 | Canada Politics
I was proud of an Indigenous woman being named the new Justice Minister. But sadly, I am let down by the current government with parading another Indigenous woman, and other Indigenous persons, out when it conveniences them, at a moment's notice to disregard criticism of the party's actions.
Bruce Sellery

Here's Hoping New Canada Child Benefit Will Boost RESPs

Bruce Sellery | July 21, 2016 | Canada Business
The Canada Child Benefit is a new program aimed at helping families with the cost of raising children today and into the future. This is the week when the cheques (or direct deposits) are set to arrive. I'm optimistic that the money will prompt some families to open up a Registered Education Savings Plan for their kids.
Monia Mazigh

Where Is The Accountability For Ottawa's Communications Spies?

Monia Mazigh | July 21, 2016 | Canada Politics
Leaving it up to the minister in charge to decide what is acceptable and what is not, or what is lawful and what is not, is far from a democratic and accountable model. We need review mechanisms with the necessary autonomy, independence and structure to create true accountability.
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