Robert Osborne

Are the Great Lakes Really Full of Toxic Soup?

Robert Osborne | June 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

Bill C-24 Is a Hostile Greeting to New Canadians

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | June 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
While Canada Day is usually a time to celebrate the swearing in of new citizens, this year will be the first time that their citizenship will be marked with an asterisk, thanks to Harper's passage of Bill C-24. The new law threatens dual citizens and immigrants to Canada with revocation of their citizenship. Now, citizenship can be revoked by a Citizenship Officer without a live hearing, without opportunity for appeal, without a judge, and for reasons other than a fraudulent application.
Andreas Souvaliotis

A Marketer's Indictment of Toronto's New Airport Express Train

Andreas Souvaliotis | June 30, 2015 | Canada Politics
My UP ride started as a curious marketing inspection after I smelled blood from all the wasteful promo blunders of the past year, but it culminated in a much broader indictment and plenty of citizen rage. This is my town, my trains, my money. This was supposed to reflect my brand, as a Torontonian. Instead, we got yet another product of small minds, narrow agendas, parochial bureaucrats and classically low expectations. We should all feel a little bit embarrassed by those empty seats, the angry diesel engines, the misaligned stations and the giant billboards. All brought to us by our town's multiple, unrelated, disconnected transport authorities.
Lizanne Foster

Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Lizanne Foster | June 30, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.
Jordan Bateman

Aboriginals Deserve Good Financial Governance

Jordan Bateman | June 29, 2015 | Canada Politics
The lack of accountability on many reserves is why the Canadian Taxpayers Federation worked with grassroots band members to push for the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA). Among other things, the law requires chiefs and councillors to disclose their pay publicly.
Christopher Sands

Canada Needs to Get Cozy With Mexico

Christopher Sands | June 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Making the case to deepen ties with Mexico to Canadians on the basis of a thoughtful review of the arguments and the evidence of twenty years of NAFTA experience is a valuable contribution to the Canadian debate, and very much in the tradition of sober second thought on issues of the day.
Glen Pearson

Del Mastro Isn't the Problem, Politics Is

Glen Pearson | June 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
He looked at me through moist eyes and wanted me to know how delighted he was that our adopted kids from South Sudan had arrived and were seated in the visitor's gallery above the parliamentary chamber. Question Period had just concluded and his face had been a mixture of anger, mockery and clear disdain the entire time, and yet here he was, one of Stephen Harper's attack dogs, fighting back tears and being touchingly human.These thoughts came back to me as I watched the video of Dean Del Mastro being led into a paddy wagon following his conviction for electoral fraud in the 2008 federal election.
Brian Golden

We Need to Invest in Our Community Health Leaders

Brian Golden | June 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Hospital or home? Given the choice, most of us would rather stay close to what we know, in our communities, as long as we could receive comparable medical care and support. Those who run our healthcare system agree. They know that the traditional acute care-focused model is not financially sustainable, or often appropriate.
Kathleen O’Grady

How We're Trying to Inject Health Policy Into Mainstream Media

Kathleen O’Grady | June 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
For the last 30 years or so, Canadians have repeatedly flagged healthcare as the most important national concern and the issue they want their political leaders to prioritize. Surveys and studies and polls and panels -- there have been plenty -- all come up with the same finding: Canadians care about healthcare.
Mark Towhey

6 Road Safety Changes That Could Save Lives

Mark Towhey | June 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
In Toronto on Monday, councillors ordered a blanket reduction in speed limits from 40 to 30 km/h on local roads in the old cities of Toronto and East York. While this approach may make them feel better, it won't do much to improve road safety or reduce congestion. But, here's six ideas that might. If every Ontario driver had similar training, and we adopted these simple rule changes, our roads would be the safest in North America.
Robert L. Brown

Canadians Need a Policy Nudge to Enhance Pension Contributions

Robert L. Brown | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Pension reform continues to hold interest across the country, especially given the willingness of the federal Conservatives to at least talk about expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). Pundits and politicos are weighing in now with blunt talk of "voluntary" or "mandatory" enhancements to CPP. Neither may be exactly what Canadians want. Here's why.
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Harper Has Made Canada Irrelevant in Global Governance

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Harper's decisions on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United States have officially shut the last nails on the coffin of Canadian relevance in global governance. The Conservative government's hard power strategy officially commits Canada to the role of a fireman in an incandescent region, at the taxpayer's expense, with zero influence on the regional levers at the core of the Middle East's most pressing fires today. It is time for the opposition parties to fine-tune their foreign policy chops in the coming official campaign period in order for Canada to chart its way back to the world's bargaining table.
David Martin

Distrust of Government Is at the Root of the U.S. Gun Control Issue

David Martin | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
I suspect that millions of Americans have a deep distrust of government in general and their own government in particular. While they go about their daily business like the citizens of most advanced nations, they always harbour a fear that "the government" (in one form or another) is going to take their property, suppress their rights or maybe even imprison them.
Marcia Sirota

It's Time to Lower the Confederate Flag for Good

Marcia Sirota | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
It's a very bad time for racism in the United States. It would make sense to work toward lowering the level of racial tension in the country, rather than inflaming it. It's one thing to honour the fallen soldiers of the American civil war, but it's another thing altogether to insist on waving a flag that to so many, represents violence, hatred and oppression toward African Americans.
Jeff Quipp

What Political Campaigns Need to Learn From Digital Marketers

Jeff Quipp | June 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
It's well known that people who consume news media are more likely to be civically and politically engaged, but where people get their news has now shifted. With more and more people opting to search for news not only online, but on social media platforms, politicians and their teams are now faced with the challenge (and opportunity) of being in that space and using it appropriately.
Jordan Bateman

B.C. City Councils Can Improve Through Core Reviews -- If They Stick Together

Jordan Bateman | June 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
City bureaucracies are a bit like junk drawers -- they need a good purging every once in a while.
Samer Majzoub

These two Quebec Bills Are Apparently Targeting Muslims

Samer Majzoub | June 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
The Liberal provincial government has aimed to address very controversial subjects that have been dominating Quebec politics for some time, including reasonable accommodation, youth "radicalization," and increasing incidents of hate speech.
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

Trudeau Will Deliver What Harper Hasn't - Modern Government

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | June 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
On June 16, Justin Trudeau released a comprehensive platform to modernize Canadian democracy. The plan builds on legislative proposals already presented to Parliament and commits to even more ambitious reforms.
Carlo Dade

Trudeau Gets it Right on North America

Carlo Dade | June 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Justin Trudeau's speech on the importance of North America on Monday echoed most of the current wisdom on Canada's standing in North America -- we're in trouble and the issue needs some serious attention. The idea for a cabinet level committee on the U.S. relationship proposed by Trudeau is good, but in reality it would have to be a committee on North America, which means including Mexico. And Trudeau seemed half way there in his speech.

Why Don Meredith Is Not an Embarrassment to the Black Community | June 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Don Meredith's fall from grace is seen as a collective one, because there are a lot of black people who see his presence in the Senate as a collective achievement; he's seen as "one of us who made it to the top." We are so eager to see black faces in positions of power that we get caught up in the "excitement" of seeing someone who looks like us on the political stage, and we fail to pull back the curtain.
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