Adam Olsen

Town With Most To Gain Leads On Northern Gateway Rejection

Adam Olsen | April 16, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
With a federal decision on Northern Gateway imminent, this vote in Kitimat sets the tone. If the Canadian government supports the project, Premier Christy Clark will be facing a challenge to similar to the one Kitimat's leadership stared down on Monday night.
Colleen M. Flood

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Medical Tourism Is Not the Answer For Canadian Hospitals

Colleen M. Flood | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
So it looks like the 'magic bullet' solution has been found at last to cure Canada's health care woes: medical tourism. It's a revenue-generating solution for a cash-strapped system, we are told. A handful of other hospitals already engage in this practice. Should we break out the champagne and celebrate? Not so fast.
Sean Speer

Let's Stop Pretending Ontario's Fiscal Policies Are On Track

Sean Speer | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
These challenges facing Ontario are well documented. Yet the government's policy direction is not moving in the right direction. Recent developments suggest that the government intends to continue growing spending on the types of policies that have contributed to the problem such as high deficits and a new round of corporate subsidies.
Peter Hall

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The Hidden Truth in Unemployment Stats

Peter Hall | April 16, 2014 | Canada Business
Have you seen the numbers lately? We should be celebrating in the streets! Recent economic performance has driven unemployment rates down to levels that many believed would not be seen for years to come. So why doesn't it feel that way?
Ravina Bains

Canada Loves Fair Elections, Just Not For First Nations

Ravina Bains | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
As international champions of democracy and with so much debate over federal election reforms, how would you expect our elected officials to react when democratic rights are being stifled in First Nations communities in Canada? Unfortunately, in recent weeks, they've responded with neglect and evasion.
Hannah McKinnon

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Rejecting Keystone Is a Matter of Morality

Hannah McKinnon | April 16, 2014 | Canada Business
The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has turned into one of the most hotly debated topics in North America. There are so many ways to debate about the pipeline and the tar sands oil that would fill it. But, what does it mean when 10 Nobel Peace Laureates, including former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and landmine activist Jody Williams, take a stand and call for a rejection?
Dennis Howlett

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Stock Options: The Billion Dollar Tax Loophole

Dennis Howlett | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
As the old saying goes: "A buck is a buck." But at tax time, there is a different set of rules for corporate insiders using a loophole for stock option deductions. This loophole has a $1 billion annual price tag for the rest of us.
Bessma Momani

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What's Next in Tayyip Erdogan's Complicated Political Drama?

Bessma Momani | April 16, 2014 | Canada
If Erdogan were to run for President, he would be effectively taking a demotion from the all-powerful position as Prime Minister. And while Erdogan had tried to propose constitutional amendments to increase the powers of the Presidency, he has thus far been unable to endow the role with the power for him to play a musical chairs with the current President Gul in August.
Justin Beach

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The "Unfair" Elections Act Is Classic Stephen Harper

Justin Beach | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
I've been getting piles of emails, Facebook messages and invites about the Conservatives 'Fair Elections Act'.  I haven't really responded to them because, although it's a terrible bill, I'm not sure there is a point. I haven't said much about the bill because I feel like I'm repeating myself....
Mark Milke

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How Quebec Can Get its Mojo Back

Mark Milke | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Premier-elect Couillard has pledged to "put Quebec back on the path to prosperity." As well he should. Quebec was once an opportunity-based culture, prosperous and a net contributor to Confederation. Quebec's future could once again resemble its laudable past.
David Suzuki

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It's Time For a Real War on Cars

David Suzuki | April 16, 2014 | Canada
In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars -- but there should be. Combatting pollution and climate change, reduced dependency on private automobiles will lead to healthier people, fewer deaths and injuries and livable cities with happier citizens. And that's worth fighting for!
Carol Linnitt

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Killing B.C. Environmental Reviews 'Not In The Public Interest'

Carol Linnitt | April 16, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
"Environmental assessments are supposed to allow the public and regulators to better understand and avoid potential risks. Removing the requirement for an environmental review is not in the public interest," said lawyer Jessica Clogg.
Nick Fillmore

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Flaherty's Legacy: The Good, The Bad & The Very Ugly

Nick Fillmore | April 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Flaherty, who was only 64 when he died, was devoted to his family and one of the most popular Members of Parliament. And while his life achievements and humanity should be praised, it also needs to be said that during his time in the federal government his policies severely discriminated against the vast majority of Canadians. With apologies to Clint Eastwood, the Flaherty/Harper contributions to the economic life of the country can be broken into three main areas: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
Samuel Getachew

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Jim Flaherty's Legacy Will Live On In All the People He Touched

Samuel Getachew | April 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
As one of the longest serving Finance Ministers, he introduced such initiatives such as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, the Building Canada Plan and cut the GST. He also took a leadership role in G7 and G20 leaders gatherings and showed smarts at the beginning of the financial meltdown of 2008. He was respected at home and abroad whether one agreed with him or not.
Dana Larsen

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Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

Dana Larsen | April 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
If Health Canada spent as much time and money on researching medical marijuana and creating a properly run system as they have on court battles against patients, then we'd all be a lot better off. But unless you've just taken a big bong-hit, I wouldn't hold your breath.
Roojin Habibi

We Deserve to Know More About Prescription Drugs

Roojin Habibi | April 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
Why is Health Canada only letting doctors and the public know part of the story about the safety and effectiveness of new pharmaceutical drugs? Inadequate information can be as dangerous as misinformation. Here's how.
Andrew Feldstein

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If Things With Your New Foreign Bride Fizzle, You Face Fees

Andrew Feldstein | April 15, 2014 | Canada Living
Of course it's romantic to have sunset ceremony with a senorita on the Costa del Sol. But before you start picking out wedding invitations and planning on bringing your sweetheart back to Canada, there is a lot of wisdom in getting the facts about your legal obligations if you to want to marry someone from a foreign country and sponsor them to come to Canada.
Sean Speer

What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada's Government

Sean Speer | April 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
For a real-life example of how scaling back government has led to positive and practical economic benefits, Americans should look north. In Canada the conventional wisdom for much of the second half of the 20th century favored increasing the size of government. This led to significant growth in government as a share of the economy.
Jens Wieting

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Great Bear Rainforest Will Win With Extra Time

Jens Wieting | April 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
There is another reason why we cannot afford to take much longer to increase conservation and tighten the rules. One major logging company operating in the region is not a member of the Joint Solutions Project. Instead, TimberWest has a long history of opposing increases in conservation and undertaking extremely profit-driven logging operations in the southern-most portion of the Great Bear Rainforest with very little remaining old-growth.
Michael Bolen

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The Fair Elections Act Is Republican-Style Cheating

Michael Bolen | April 15, 2014 | Canada Politics
The CPC's push for its absurdly named Fair Elections Act would make infamous Republican strategist Karl Rove proud. At best, it has been a campaign to mislead the public, at worst, an attempt to rig the electoral system to favour the Tories in 2015. Conservative Senator Linda Frum says its a conflict of interest for Elections Canada to promote voter turnout. But the real conflict of interest lies with the Conservatives, who are pushing through a bill that radically reshapes our electoral process just one year before they'll seek to win a second majority government.
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