Sean Speer

Don't Believe This Misleading Report About Canadian Income Inequality

Sean Speer | September 21, 2014 | Canada Business
Headlines in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and CBC all trotted out the cliché that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, giving the impression of a doomsday-like wealth inequality gap. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Kenneth P. Green


Nova Scotia Should Not Ban Fracking

Kenneth P. Green | September 21, 2014 | Canada Business
No reasonable person would dismiss the risks of hydraulic fracturing for gas and oil out of hand. The processes certainly have the potential to cause a variety of environmental ills if done improperly. However, no rational person would fail to understand that Canada's economic wellbeing is tied to the production of fossil fuels, particularly clean-burning natural gas.
Sujata Dey


Where Political Parties Stand on Shale Gas

Sujata Dey | September 21, 2014 | Canada Politics
As shale gas has become the defining election issue for New Brunswickers going to the polls Monday, the Council of Canadians, along with several allies in the anti-shale gas movement, released the results of a questionnaire sent to all parties asking them to clarify their positions.
Blake Bromley


Don't Give ISIS the Reaction it Wants

Blake Bromley | September 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
We must move beyond being revolted by the beheadings because that is the singular reaction ISIS seeks from those who do not respond by becoming recruits. Young radicals leaving Canada are individuals. We must see them as individuals and not just caricatures.
Toby Sanger


Did Corporate Tax Cuts Really Pay for Themselves As Harper Claims?

Toby Sanger | September 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
It's more likely that corporate tax cuts have led to some income and tax shifting from other tax jurisdictions (such as the Tim Horton's deal) or from personal income, which is taxed at a higher rate. These may have lessened the fall in Canada's corporate tax revenue losses, but not by much.
Christian Cotroneo


The Reaction to Rob Ford's Cancer Proves We Don't Take Addiction Seriously

Christian Cotroneo | September 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
It's almost as if that nasty business of the media running roughshod -- downright bullying -- a man suffering from a mental illness never happened. Journalists never hounded him at the rehabilitation facility. Or coerced other patients into revealing intimate details of his treatment. Or wrote features about the clinic founder's own history with the law. Now that he's dealing with a physical disease, on the other hand, it's real. Let's give the man some privacy, our noble journalism vanguards suddenly declare.
Merran Smith


Why the U.S. Energy Secretary Just Got Around to Visiting Canada Now

Merran Smith | September 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Today, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz kicks off his first visit Canada. It's a bit of a head-scratcher that it has taken the secretary this long to pop over to the neighbours, given the amount of trade between our nations. But then again, as of late the cross-border energy conversation has been getting a bit, well, awkward.
Steve Lafleur


If Governments Aren't Wasting Money, They're Doing it Wrong

Steve Lafleur | September 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
Tales of government waste make for excellent news headlines. Bev Oda's infamous $16 orange juice probably got more media attention than the $45 billion F35 procurement debacle. Part of the reason is that people understand the value and cost of orange juice. Rather than focusing on waste, analysts and the media should instead focus on getting more value for money from governments. We need to pay less attention to tens of dollars and more attention to billions.
Mike Schreiner


I Want My Carbon Cheque

Mike Schreiner | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
I want the government to send me my carbon cheque. And I think most people want theirs too. You don't need to be a climate scientist to know that extreme weather events are threatening your quality of life and costing you money. Dragging our feet on putting a price on carbon pollution is no longer an option.
Irwin Cotler


Iran's President Continues to Violate Human Rights

Irwin Cotler | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
While Iranian President Rouhani pledged to usher in a new era of human rights for Iranians, he continues to engage in massive repression. What follows is an overview of some of the serious human rights violations in Iran that serve as a litmus test for the authenticity of Rouhani's commitment to human rights for the Iranian people.
Sujata Dey


Hey Harper, What's Your Excuse for Missing the UN Climate Summit?

Sujata Dey | September 19, 2014 | Canada Politics
While Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced he will not be among the 125 heads of states attending the UN Secretary General's Climate summit, the Council of Canadians and Ottawa residents challenge him to join the caravan from Ottawa heading to New York City's global climate march on Sunday.
Cecelia Griffiths

The Conspiracy Of Silence In B.C. Schools Is Over

Cecelia Griffiths | September 18, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Well, here we are, with a deal to vote on. We're climbing up out of the trenches, dusting ourselves off, holding our noses against the stench of manipulation, and voting. We'll vote yes, but it won't be an overwhelming yes.
Sheila Copps

Connecting the Dots: Hamas, ISIS, and the Assault on Human Rights in the Middle East

Sheila Copps | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
Zahar and Baghdadi, Hamas and ISIS share the same final goal: democracy must give way to theocracy, plural religions to a single Islamist belief, freedom to submission and social equality to the dictates of Sharia rule. Standing against Hamas and ISIS terrorism transcends politics and party lines. The rights and freedoms that comprise the very heart of our way of life are under direct attack in the Middle East from these and other groups seeking to build a radical, theocratic mega-state across the region, and, if they can achieve it, even beyond.
Max Valiquette

For Once, Rob Ford Deserves Media Silence

Max Valiquette | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The best thing for Rob Ford the Cancer patient is media silence. And the best thing for the Mayoral election is that this non-candidate for Mayor ceases to dominate the conversation. Let us hope that Rob Ford's cancer disappears along with Rob Ford's presence in the narrative of this Mayoral election. For the good of Rob Ford, and the good of all of us.
Hon. Carolyn Bennett


Harper's "Action Plan" for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls: No New Action

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The "Action Plan" tabled in the House of Commons this week does nothing new to actually "Stop the Violence" against indigenous women and girls. Unfortunately the Prime Minister sees the overwhelmingly disproportionate number of indigenous women and girls facing violence, who go missing or who are murdered, as nothing more than crimes that should be investigated by the police after they happen.
Junaid Jahangir


Fighting ISIS Includes Standing Up for Human Rights

Junaid Jahangir | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
Conservative Muslims strongly denounce terrorism. But do they stand up and speak out for human rights that get trampled every day in Muslim countries? Muslim activists assert their voices at great personal cost. Recently, Pakistani lawyer, Rashid Rehman, who tried to defend a University lecturer against blasphemy charges was murdered. His killer remains on the loose.
Josh Bowman


We Must Stop the Epidemic of Conservatism in Canada

Josh Bowman | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
The values we used to be most proud of as Canadians are slipping away. We used to differentiate ourselves from the States because of our kindness. Our compassion. Our politeness. Our open-mindedness. Socialized medicine. These are progressive values. These are Canadian values. Or so I thought. Our heros have been fighters for the underdog. Tommy Douglas. David Suzuki. Jack Layton. Nellie McClung. Terry Fox. Yet somehow, most Canadians seem to be saying that progressive values don't speak to them anymore.
Akaash Maharaj


Why the Queen Should Stay Mum on Scotland's Independence

Akaash Maharaj | September 18, 2014 | Canada Politics
With polls suggesting a nail-biting finish to the referendum on Scottish independence Wednesday, it is unsurprising that so many Westminster MPs pleaded for the Queen to make a clear public declaration in favour of the "No" campaign. The unusually blunt response from Buckingham Palace, however, is far more intriguing, especially to Canadians.
Mellissa Kimberley

B.C. Teachers' Strike 2014: At What Cost?

Mellissa Kimberley | September 17, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
These past three months have been an exercise in spinning plates, deciding what bills must be paid now and which can sit for a month; making those excruciatingly embarrassing phone calls to utility companies to ask for extensions, explaining our circumstances and hoping for an understanding and lenient person on the other end of the phone. I can't help but shake my head, because shouldn't teachers with their professional training be able to make ends meet better than this?
Tara Ehrcke

B.C. Teachers Should Vote No To Tentative Deal

Tara Ehrcke | September 17, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Despite what I know was a Herculean effort on the part of our bargaining team, I very much hope that B.C. teachers will vote no to the tentative agreement. After five weeks of strike, and 12 years of legal battles, this is not the deal that will restore sanity to public education and it is not a fair deal for teachers and students.
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