Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Message For Trump Surrogate Kayleigh McEnany

There was a lot that was extraordinary about Wednesday night's third presidential debate in Las Vegas, not the least of which was Donald Trump's assertion that he, and not the electorate, would decide who won the election on November 9th. But looking beyond the content of the debate itself, there is much to be learned about the media and its...

Assisted Dying Bill Not Perfect, But Far Better Than Alternatives

Bill C-14, the government's response to the Carter v. Canada Supreme Court ruling on medical assistance in dying, is generating a lot of criticism from diametrically opposed perspectives -- those who think it too permissive and those who think it is too restrictive. Errol Mendes, in testifying before the Senate committee, was right to invoke the...

The U.S. Border Is Killing Canadian Bands

On a map, Toronto looks like a great city for a band to be based in -- Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philly, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Boston are all within a day's drive. Unfortunately though, thousands of dollars in fees and a quagmire of paperwork stand between Canadian bands and U.S. audiences. Canadian groups headed to America...

Is Justin Trudeau Listening To Pipeline Concerns, Or Just Pretending?

I'm pretty good at pretending to listen to people. My parents were probably the first people I pretended to listen to, but, since then I've pretended to listen to teachers, police officers, colleagues and, much to their chagrin, more than a couple romantic partners. In my years of pretending to listen, I've learned a few things, but mostly that...

Refugee Response Exposes Overreliance On Voluntary Sector

Volunteers sort through clothing donations for Syrian refugees who are expected to arrive in Canada within the next month. (Photo: REUTERS/Ben Nelms) A recent New York Timesarticle presents a mostly glowing picture of Canada's reception of Syrian refugees. It highlights the extraordinary hospitality of Canadian refugee sponsors, noting that "the...

Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never Work

In the current campaign for the American Presidency,the GOP candidate Donald Trump's proposed temporary ban on Muslims seeking entry into the United States is a big vote-getter amongst Republicans. Trump is calling "... for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what...

Police Reform Starts With Tracking Use Of Deadly Force

The recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has once again raised the issue of police violence against members of the public. Sterling and Castile, both black men, were fatally shot by police in the U.S. and are now being used as rallying cries by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) social movement to illustrate the systemic violence police...

Lowering Interest Rates On Payday Loans Is Not Enough

Recently the Ontario government asked for comments on potential reductions in the maximum total cost of borrowing a payday loan in Ontario. In particular, the Ministry was recommending that the cost be reduced from the current $21 per $100 advanced, to either $15 per $100, $17 per $100 or $19 per $100. Obviously, the lower the cost, the better for...

Ontario’s Bait And Switch Approach To Benzene Will Put People’s Health At Risk

After more than a decade of development and public consultation, Ontario's health-based air quality standard for benzene is set to become law on July 1, 2016. But if some of the province's largest benzene emitters have their way, the new law may not apply to them. Benzene is a highly toxic air pollutant that is hazardous to human health at any...

How Will We Best Serve Our Aging Population?

We know that Canada's population is aging. Among the many statistics that have been reported is how in 2015, the proportion of Canadian seniors surpassed that of youth under 15 for the first time. The gap will continue to widen over the next 20 years. There has been much discussion about how to prepare for this bulge of aging baby boomers....