Colin Kenny

On Terrorism, Harper is all Talk and No Walk

Colin Kenny | January 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
The two terrorist attacks in October and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris have created a climate of fear in Canada around terrorism. In order to assuage these concerns, the government recently announced its intention to introduce further anti-terrorism legislation. But there are two ways to stop terrorism: you can create new laws and you can also provide adequate funding. While choosing the former option may create the illusion that Harper is tough on terrorism, it's in the latter area that our national security agencies are in greatest need.

When Mother Earth Has Nothing Left To Give, We Must Slow Down

Ecojustice | January 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
We must learn from people who have a deep connection to place and accept that the earth has limits that must be respected.
Eva Prkachin

Why Did the Liberals Vote For Bill C-13 After Fiercely Opposing It?

Eva Prkachin | January 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Like an overwhelming number of Canadians, you said -- publicly -- that you didn't want to grant telecom providers immunity for handing over our sensitive private information to government without a warrant. But then at the last minute something changed. You voted for the Bill in Parliament, and I don't mind telling you that was a huge disappointment. I also can't help but detect a hint of shame in the blog post that you wrote explaining why you turned around and supported the Bill after speaking out so vociferously against it.
Anna Baggio

Ontario Has Given Up on Endangered Species

Anna Baggio | January 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
This is the only reasonable conclusion I can come up with after listening to Ontario's lawyers in court late last week defend a regulation that exempts almost all industrial activities from the core protections of the Endangered Species Act.
Dermod Travis

Rejecting TransLink Referendum Won't Make Problems Disappear

Dermod Travis | January 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The Yes side may have great intellectual arguments, but the No side has one big emotional one. It's spelled T-r-a-n-s-L-i-n-k. And at the end of the day it may be the only one that counts.
Carol Linnitt

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Ruling Weakens Faith In NEB

Carol Linnitt | January 22, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
"Basically for the last year or so we've watched more and more information be denied to us intervenors in the National Energy Board process."
Andreas Krebs

How This Conservative Mayor Became a Champion for the Homeless

Andreas Krebs | January 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Mayor Ted Clugston of Medicine Hat, Alberta has become the reluctant spokesperson for a controversial approach to reducing homelessness. Reluctant because just a few years ago, he opposed the initiative. Sometime in 2015, Medicine Hat will become the first municipality in Canada to eradicate homelessness.
Bruce Moncur

Why No One Should Join the Canadian Forces

Bruce Moncur | January 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
A Defence Department report recently tabled in the House of Commons "showed a shortfall of nearly 900 regular force members and 4,500 part-time reservists at the end of March due to higher than forecasted attrition and other factors." To put that into perspective the 5,400 less troops equates to 135 less platoons. Or 45 less companies or even 15 less battalions. So what is the root cause of this? I think there are three major flaws that are contributing to this downward spiral.
David Himbara

Why the Slogan 'Africa Rising' Is In Poor Taste And Unhelpful

David Himbara | January 21, 2015 | Canada Politics
The ambiguity of the term "rising" is striking. Advancing to maturity, or merely approaching a different level of development, or perhaps sitting on the runway, as in an aircraft preparing for a take-off? And is the entire SSA sub-continent comprising 47 countries with a population of 960 million rising in one go?
Glen Pearson

At Davos, Can Oxfam Put Income Inequality on the Elitist Agenda?

Glen Pearson | January 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam will take on the most powerful and wealthy organizations and individuals in the world. And the voice on this occasion is Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam's international spokesperson, speaking to the global elite as they gather this week in their annual state of the global economy meetings in Davos, Switzerland. And does she ever have a story to tell, backed by research and motivated by a deep sense of social justice. Byanyima will hit those people present with a remarkable and troubling truth: as of next year, over half of the world's wealth will be owned by the top 1 per cent. This is staggering, perhaps even representing the end of the economic order we have known and which sustained the West for decades.
Mike Fegelman

ICC Membership Only Hinders the Palestinian Cause

Mike Fegelman | January 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
The PA's diplomatic stunt is a zero-sum game that will only obstruct the peace process and assault Israel's legitimacy. In no way does the Palestinian attempt to join the International Criminal Court advance the prospects for peace with Israel, instead, Palestinian intransigence only impedes its own path to procuring statehood.
Susan Inman

Why Canadians Should Care About the Battle Over U.S. Mental Health Laws

Susan Inman | January 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
During the new session of the U.S. Congress, legislators will be considering the proposed "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." The decisions they make can have a big impact on mental health care in Canada.
Markus Moos

How City Planning Can Cause Greater Generational Divides

Markus Moos | January 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
An absence of multigenerational interaction may seem like a blessing to some, but it has those in city planning concerned. Just as our neighbourhoods have traditionally been segregated by race, ethnicity, income and culture, today they're also increasingly split by age.
David Himbara

Three Days When Kenya Politics Went Over The Top

David Himbara | January 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
As a long-term and keen observer of Kenyan political economy, I am always struck by the difference between its business class and the political elite. Here is East Africa's only middle-income nation, and home to world-class innovative companies such as Safaricom, whose mobile-phone based money transfer and microfinancing services have since expanded into Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Moderates Must Take Action After Paris Attacks

Shimon Koffler Fogel | January 20, 2015 | Canada Politics
If our core values -- democracy, tolerance, pluralism -- are to prevail, moderates must act before the extreme right and the extreme left hijack the discourse. We must move quickly and decisively to prevent such atrocities from recurring, beginning with four critical steps.
Mona Elisabeth Brother

The Norwegian Government Pension Fund -- A Success Story

Mona Elisabeth Brother | January 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
According to the Oil & Gas Journal (OGJ), Norway had 5.83 billion barrels of proven crude oil reserves as of January 1, 2014, the largest oil reserves in Western Europe. The enormous income to the state from the industry made it possible to create a global pension fund that now owns more than one per cent of global share value.
Ralph Goodale

Harper's Budget Delay Shows Fear and Incompetence

Ralph Goodale | January 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
Sharply dropping oil prices and a weakened Canadian energy sector are revealing the limited, ineffectual nature of Stephen Harper's economic policies. Those policies, focused almost exclusively on that one sector, are too narrow. They have rendered Canadians more vulnerable and less resilient. And his government seems out of gas. Unable to cope with adverse economic developments, Mr. Harper is now retreating to a bunker. Instead of reaching out to Canadians to show leadership and build confidence, he has punted the federal budget, normally delivered in February or March, into April or later. That means Canada will go without a budget for more than this entire fiscal year.
John McKay

How Is it That Norway Is Rich and We Are Not?

John McKay | January 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
Alberta's economy is on the precipice of free-fall where Norwegians are able to look over the precipice and know that they are not going over it. How did this happen? The simple answer is that Norway decided to de-link its economy from oil revenues and Canada did not.
Rondi Adamson

When it Comes to the Charlie Hebdo Attacks, There Are No Shades of Grey

Rondi Adamson | January 19, 2015 | Canada Politics
It is a black and white matter. Killing journalists because they write, draw or publish something you deem offensive is wrong, and yes, it is wrong even if the thing you deemed offensive is, objectively speaking, offensive. There are no shades of grey here, no colours, no nuances. None of that is relevant. It matters not if the cartoons were vulgar or sexist, or, as many think, not funny.
Deborah Coyne

Our Politicians Are Failing Us. Here's What We Need to Do

Deborah Coyne | January 18, 2015 | Canada Politics
Rather than think outside the box, tear down old structures and focus on engaging Canadians in informed conversations about ideas, choices and reasonable compromises, we are presented with short-term Band-Aid solutions, pandering to superficiality instead of principle
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