Sohail Gandhi

The Whitby-Oshawa Byelection Can Send The Liberals A Message

Sohail Gandhi | February 5, 2016 | Canada Politics
In the 2010 election the Conservatives had a 15 per cent plurality over the Liberal candidate. In 2014, that dropped to about nine per cent. A return to a 15 per cent plurality, or even close to that, would certainly be an indication that Ms. Wynne's government is getting progressively more unpopular.
Navid Hassibi

Small Steps Towards Re-Engagement With Iran

Navid Hassibi | February 5, 2016 | Canada Politics
Re-engaging Tehran does not mean that Canada and Iran will become strategic partners, however, if Canada can engage with Saudi Arabia, a country with which little is shared in terms of values, then surely it can engage with Iran whose population is highly secular and Western-leaning.
Yves Engler

Unions Should Oppose Advertisements And Cars

Yves Engler | February 5, 2016 | Canada Business
At their finest labour unions are class conscious organizations that check the corporate elite's influence over public policy. But, even the best Canadian unions have largely failed to provide an alternative vision to the existing system and challenge the power of big business over important areas of our lives.
Camille Labchuk

How A Politician Managed To Blame Animals For Dying In Barn Fires

Camille Labchuk | February 4, 2016 | Canada Politics
Animal advocates have been demanding for years that provincial governments update barn fire codes to stop an ongoing trend of horrifying , since it's clear that the industry will continue to refuse to protect animals from being burned to death unless they're forced to.
Jordan Bateman

Push Back Against B.C.'s MSP-Like Infrastructure Levies

Jordan Bateman | February 4, 2016 | Canada Politics
Road levy. Recreation and culture levy. Transportation for tomorrow tax. Dedicated road tax. Asset levy. Make no mistake: we want our cities to invest in infrastructure. Sewer, water, roads; these are core responsibilities of local government. But repackaging this spending with a new tax is a slap in the face.
The Council of Canadians

Energy East Is Anything But Canadian Oil For Canadians

The Council of Canadians | February 4, 2016 | Canada Business
When TransCanada first announced its 4400km Energy East pipeline project from Alberta to Saint John, the spin was all about nation-building. This spin is dependent on the idea that Energy East will see crude produced in the Prairies replace so-called foreign imports to Atlantic Canada.
Dermod Travis

Lobbying Is A Profession In Need Of A Makeover

Dermod Travis | February 4, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there does seem to be a future for the industry. In fact, if we're not careful, B.C. could be overrun by lobbyists. Last year, there were 2,502 in-house and consultant lobbyists registered in the province, up from 1,451 four years ago. Whoever said the B.C. Jobs Plan wasn't working?
Renu Mandhane

Don't Blame The End Of Carding For An Increase In Gun Violence

Renu Mandhane | February 4, 2016 | Canada Politics
Like most people that call this city home, I am deeply troubled by Sunday's shooting deaths in Toronto's Chinatown and the eight other gun-related deaths the city saw in January. This is obviously unacceptable, and police must be supported in their efforts to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these horrific crimes. That being said, most people would be hesitant to draw any clear conclusions about why we have seen a high number of gun crimes over the past month. Mike McCormack, president of the Toronto Police Association, the union that represents police officers, feels differently.
Jerry Dias

The Senate Has No Right To Block C-377 And C-525 Repeals

Jerry Dias | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
It took only a few minutes, but with a quick motion in the House of Commons last week, the new Liberal government moved to repeal two appalling pieces of federal labour legislation brought in by the former Harper government, Bills C-377 and C-525. Almost immediately, Conservatives in the Senate promised...
James Patava

Like Berlusconi, Trump's Big Man Politics Pose A Serious Threat

James Patava | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
Like Mr. Berlusconi before him, President Trump would lead the nation as far from the doctrines of the founding fathers as one could imagine. America could quickly become characterized by introverted foreign and economic policy -- underpinned by a suspicion of the wider world.
Development Unplugged

New Gender-Based Violence Guidelines Are A Step Toward Equality In Crises

Development Unplugged | February 5, 2016 | Canada Politics
All societies have challenges with gender inequality, and GBV is not limited to humanitarian crises and emergency situations. But the risk and prevalence of GBV is exacerbated in emergency or conflict situations as people suffer displacement, separation from support networks, overcrowding, loss of documentation, the breakdown of social norms against violence, and other effects that increase vulnerability.
Laura Secor

The Trauma That Shaped Today's Iran

Laura Secor | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
What Iranians lived in that time -- what they channeled through their intellectual salons and prison letters, their dreams and childhood memories -- felt to me like an epic novel, replete with calamities and reversals, crescendos and epiphanies, and a sweeping arc of history that cut through its core.
Jack Jedwab

Wedge Politics Gave Conservatives A 'Wedgie' In The 2015 Federal Election

Jack Jedwab | February 3, 2016 | Canada Politics
In many countries the admission of immigrants is the object of highly emotional political debates. Several political parties in Europe have adopted anti-immigrant platforms and their leaders have successfully exploited people's fears and insecurities to build voter support. In this version of identity politics the immigrants are cast as a...
Selena Cameron

Trump: The World's Best Content Marketer?

Selena Cameron | February 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
The one thing that has caught us off guard about Donald Trump: he's proven to be a savvy, reliable and, frankly, brilliant self-marketer. He knows what to say, when to say it, and to whom -- and how to elicit the reaction he wants when he needs it.
Maude Barlow

CETA Changes Make Investor-State Provisions Worse

Maude Barlow | February 2, 2016 | Canada Business
Having toured Europe and met with both politicians and grassroots groups, I can tell you that a court system is not going to placate European activists or many parliamentarians. Some are already calling it a PR stunt that does nothing but put a Good Housekeeping seal of approval on an already flawed system.
Mark Warner

TPP: Innovation Myths And Trade Realities

Mark Warner | February 3, 2016 | Canada Business
A review of the list of consultations on the government's website and tweets by minister Freeland show a number of meetings with these particular TPP critics. All of this raises the question of whether the minister is hearing the alternative positive case for the TPP.
Cole Hogan

Here's How The Conservative Party Can Secure Its Future

Cole Hogan | February 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
I respect the social conservative viewpoint but believe an insistence on it alienates a new generation of conservatives and winning potential. The conservative movement cannot afford to sacrifice the added value of this generation in lieu of social conservative ideological purity. To do so confines the movement to its base, and opposition.
Kevin McGurgan

How We Can Support Syria And The Region In 2016

Kevin McGurgan | February 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
2016 is a critical year for Syria, 15 March will mark the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war. It is in all our interests, but especially the people of Syria, that 2016 is the year when we see a turning-point in this crisis. The UK will continue to play a leading role in international efforts to end the suffering of Syrians.
Wellesley Institute

Two Big Changes For Toronto Community Housing

Wellesley Institute | February 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
The task force on Toronto Community Housing Corporation, headed by Senator Art Eggleton, has proposed bold strategic change. TCHC houses about one-quarter of Greater Toronto's tenants with low incomes, so its future is important for the health and social well-being of this city and region. Although our former mayor TCHC's problems on poor management, a new report makes it clear that the problems are broader and the fix must be strategic.
Yves Engler

The Globe And Mail Can't Make Up Its Mind On Paul Kagame

Yves Engler | February 2, 2016 | Canada Politics
While South African-based correspondent Geoffrey York has done important work detailing how Paul Kagame's government has assassinated its opponents and contributed to violence in Eastern Congo, columnist Gerald Caplan has justified its repression and echoed Kigali's position on regional conflicts.
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