Gerard Montpetit

We Still Need to Pay Attention to Nuclear Safety in Quebec

Gerard Montpetit | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
Remember that a few years ago, the Harper government fired Linda Keen, then President of the CNSC, because she questioned the safety of the Chalk River reactor, which produces bio-medical isotopes. By firing a person who had as her mandate the safety of citizens in nuclear matters, and who had the courage to question the laxity of nuclear industry safety, has the CNSC and the Canadian government truly protected the public?
Cameron Fenton

The Planet Can't Handle 5 More Years of Harper in Power

Cameron Fenton | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
As election day draws inevitably closer, I'm struggling to decide what to do. The planet simply can't handle another five years of Stephen Harper in power. During his time as prime minister, Canada has become a climate change pariah. He's done about as much as one can, both at home and abroad, to stymie efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Building a just, clean energy economy that works for people and the planet starts with a prime minister that understands the basic math that climate action and tar sands expansion just don't add up.
Blair King

Why the TPP Doesn't Spell Doom for the Environment

Blair King | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
From an environmental perspective, trade agreements have both positive and negative aspects. They have the negative effect of slowing down the development of unilateral environmental regulations, but they have a positive effect by forcing environmental laggards to catch up with the pack.
Shachi Kurl

What Will Be the Political Impact of the TPP?

Shachi Kurl | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
Given that the TPP is now under the Election 2015 microscope, that lack of awareness and engagement is bound to change to change fast. It's something the Liberals and NDP are brandishing as a weapon in these final days of a marathon election campaign, while the Conservatives bat away such criticism by pointing out trade deals are not supposed to be negotiated in public.
Centre for International Policy Studies

Canada Would Be Foolish Not to Join the TPP

Centre for International Policy Studies | October 6, 2015 | Canada Business
This week, it was announced that an agreement on the TPP had been reached, although few details were forthcoming. For more than 10 years, experts on North American economic integration have been calling for a deepening of the NAFTA. The TPP offers such an opportunity. Canada would be foolish to miss it.
Maia Rose Rotman

Our Tour of Shame in Syria

Maia Rose Rotman | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
"Where is Canada?" In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question we heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians.To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian. There was a clear perception among the people we spoke with that Canada preferred Christian asylum seekers, and this explained the delays and inaction. As the now-infamous photo of Alan Kurdi reminds us, there is an immediate need for Canada to show leadership in developing a concrete solution.
Stéphane Dion

Two Very Different NDPs Are Set to Collide This Election

Stéphane Dion | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
Caught up in its contradictions, the NDP hopes nobody will notice. There is the Sherbrooke Declaration NDP, which promises a condition-free right to opt out for the Government of Quebec. And then there is the centralist NDP, which unilaterally sets its childcare plan according to a rigid model incompatible with the contemporary practice of Canadian federalism.
David Martin

Damn the Niqab, but Don't Ban It

David Martin | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
When the Muslim Canadian Congress called for an outright ban on the wearing of the niqab or the burka, they have gone too far. But that doesn't mean that we have to celebrate such restrictive clothing. Apart from the degrading and misogynistic aspects of burkas and niqabs, they offend against a fundamental implicit tenet of our society.
Ike Awgu

This Election Is Not About Change - It's About Trust

Ike Awgu | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
Who do Canadians trust to shepherd our country though what may be a coming turbulence? Our current election sees once more a plethora of "Star candidates" that normal Canadians know nothing about -- and their victory or defeat will have nothing to do with the very little light that these stars emit.
Canadian Paediatric Society

Canada Needs to Reaffirm Its Commitment to Children

Canadian Paediatric Society | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
It's been nearly 25 years since Canada signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, agreeing to protect and ensure the rights of our youngest citizens. Yet there is still no formal mechanism to hold the government accountable for the way it treats its youngest citizens. Every day, Canadian children experience poverty, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, and unequal access to quality health services and education. At the root of many of these problems is public policy that does not put the needs of children first.
Adam Bunch

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | October 6, 2015 | Canada Politics
"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.
Hassan Arif

It's Long Past Time for Harper to Go

Hassan Arif | October 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Harper is campaigning on fear, using the niqab as a wedge issue scapegoating Muslims. It is no coincidence that a senior adviser on the Conservative campaign is an Australian strategist known for dogwhistle politics against cultural minorities.
National Partners in Canada's HIV Response

Canadian Leaders Must Work to Eradicate HIV and Hepatitis C

National Partners in Canada's HIV Response | October 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
So, what can we do? We have seen tremendous success in other countries: setting clear goals and targets has been key to slowing the HIV epidemic and beginning to envision how we might end this ongoing public health crisis. The goals set by the global community are attainable -- science is on our side. What's needed is good policies and programs, taken to scale.
Bilan Arte

We're Making Student Issues Election Issues

Bilan Arte | October 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
We're not waiting for parties to take us seriously, we're going to the polls to show them we're serious about electing candidates who make postsecondary education a priority in a meaningful way. We need to hear of plans for reduced tuition fees, increased access to grants and forgiven student debt. This election, students know the stakes. Students don't need to be convinced to vote for an abstract reason -- the truth is as a student, you must vote this election because if you don't, you're giving our next government permission to continue ignoring you and your future.
Ian Capstick

What the TPP Means for the Canadian Election

Ian Capstick | October 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
The emergence of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a leading election issue comes as no surprise. The TPP's arrival in the public conversation confirms this campaign has the most focus on foreign affairs than any previous election.
Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong

Our Next Government Needs to Step Up Support for Long-Term Care

Dr. Joseph Y.K. Wong | October 5, 2015 | Canada Politics
So what are the choices for those with elderly parents? Having adult children stepped up to their responsibility to take care of the seniors at home thereby sacrificing their career, hopes and dreams, or neglecting the seniors with inadequate care compounding the physical and mental suffering of those who cared for us when we were unable to take care of ourselves? Neither choice is acceptable. We are proposing an innovative way to find a solution to this problem.
Akaash Maharaj

I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | October 4, 2015 | Canada Politics
The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.
Yves Engler

Why Do the Conservatives Support Special Forces Operations?

Yves Engler | October 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
Last week former defence minister Jason Kenney said if re-elected the Conservatives would significantly expand Canada's special forces. Why? What do these "special forces" do? Who decides when and where to deploy them? For what purpose? These are all questions left unanswered (and not even asked in the mainstream media).
Carl Duivenvoorden

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | October 2, 2015 | Canada Politics
I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.
Philip Demers

Bill 52 Won't Protect Past Whistleblowers Like Me

Philip Demers | October 1, 2015 | Canada Politics
Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?
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