Sunday, August 25, 2019

Pressure Ontario To Stop Giving Our Water Away To Big Business

Bottles of Pure Life brand water move on the production line at the Nestle Waters Canada plant near Guelph, Ontario. (Photo: Kevin Van Paassen/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Ontario's Liberal government is giving away our water. The ridiculously low water-taking fee in Ontario only covers 1.2 per cent of the province's total water quality management...

Clinton Vs. Trump Is A False Choice

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire I can't remember the last time the public was so unreachable. The closest comparison -- if we include the obstinate march of the media -- is probably the run up to the war in Iraq. Do you remember that time in our recent history? Do you remember the New York Times pounding...

Rebuilding Canada’s Fish Stocks A Rare Chance To Rewrite History

Some Canadians may remember the collapse of the cod and groundfish fisheries in 1992, which resulted in 30,000 lost jobs and cost $4 billion dollars. As we approach the 25th anniversary of this cautionary event, we are finally seeing early signs of a fragile but broad-based cod recovery. This is a key moment in time to reflect on some critical...

Counterterrorism Plans Won’t Be Effective Until Biases Are Addressed

Last federal budget, the government announced plans to create a counter terrorism office. This new initiative named as the Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Co-ordinator would cost Canadian taxpayers $35 millions dollars. With an initial funding of $3 million in 2016-2017 and a $10 million a year in the subsequent years....

The Real Reason Why British MP-Killer Is Not Being Called A Terrorist

British Labour MP Jo Cox was brutally assaulted and shot three times while being repeatedly stabbed to death in her home constituency late last week by Thomas Mair, also stylishly known as "death to traitors, freedom for Britain." Mair is known to be associated with "Britain First," a far-right anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, anti-multiculturalism,...

Toronto Police Wasted Their Body Camera Study

The Toronto Police Service (TPS) recently released its highly anticipated body camera report. The report highlighted several key findings from the 10-month pilot study which has resulted in Chief Mark Saunders asking the Police Services Board to allow for the approval of equipping all front-line officers with the technology. Despite the potential...

Canadian Family Law Needs To Reflect Realities Of Surrogacy

Recent media reports indicate that surrogacy services are booming in Canada. Surrogacy is an arrangement where a woman agrees to become pregnant and give birth for another individual or couple. But it is not just Canadians who are seeking surrogacy services. Much of the demand appears to come from those in foreign countries, such as Norway, who...

If Referendum Decides Electoral Reform, It Must Be Done Right

In a recent opinion editorial, Conservative Party Interim Leader Rona Ambrose said that we cannot have electoral reform without a referendum. A genuine claim to the use of a referendum cannot strictly appeal to convention or populism that demands the consent of "the people." The relationship between referendums and democracy is a contingent one....

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...

New Health Accord Should Consider A Model Based On Frailty

By John Muscedere and Samir Sinha When the previous Health Accord expired in 2014, the Harper government unilaterally established a new funding model for federal health transfer payments to the provinces and territories based on an equal per capita basis. Built into the model was a guarantee that no province would receive less than its 2013...