Thursday, June 20, 2019

Conservative Leadership Race: The Dirty Dozen Plus

So here we are in late fall with just 28 sitting days left for the House of Commons before the Christmas/New Year's break. At last count we had 12 people who have entered the Conservative leadership race or who have said they will enter it, all believing in their own mind that they can be the next prime minister of Canada, assuming of course they...

European-Style, Two-Tier System Won’t Save Canadian Health Care

Hearings have begun at the British Columbia Supreme Court in a long-anticipated legal challenge to the publicly funded Canadian health system. The plaintiffs -- led by Dr. Brian Day of Cambie Surgery Centre -- allege that medicare violates the Charter by forcing patients onto long wait lists for care. By way of remedy, Day and his colleagues are...

Precarious Work Creates A Cycle Of Fear And Instability

We are very good at imagining a host of fantastical options when it comes to what humanity's future might look like: space travel to distant alien civilizations, artificial intelligence taking over the world, flying cars and robot maids. But when it comes to imagining what our own lives will be like twenty years from now, we tend to think quite...

Biased Election Coverage And Consumption Will Have Consequences

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up the front page of the New York Post as he signs autographs at a rally with supporters in Harrington, Delaware, U.S. April 22, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst) Donald Trump used to be a media darling. His finely crafted brand, no doubt edited for The Apprentice, portrayed him in a...

Putting A Price On Pollution Boosts Saskatchewan’s Case For A Pipeline

An important debate is underway in Saskatchewan about how best to combat the accelerating impacts of climate change. Significant tax reductions should be part of the package. With more frequent, more severe and more damaging cycles of droughts and wildfires, storms and floods, it's clear that a more extreme and volatile climate is costly for...

In Case You Missed It, Canada Passed An Anti-Islamophobia Motion

Canadians can't be blamed for missing the anti-Islamophobia motion that passed in parliament last week. If you Google it, you won't get a single hit in mainstream media: not in CBC, not in Postmedia, not in the Globe and Mail, nowhere. In fact, when this piece is published, it may be the first media piece talking about Canada's successful...

Why Young Workers Like Me Turned Our Backs To Protest Trudeau

"Never underestimate how much you are hated." When I first read this line in a newspaper column, I thought Heather Mallick was so pessimistic, so jaded. I have since come to understand she was right. Unapologetically feminist, raw and painfully real, she shed light on the experiences of women who refuse to "go along to get along." A similar spirit...

How An Impatient Doctor Got Passionate About Health Systems

By Christina ZarowskyLife, death, power and politics I was asked recently to talk to first year University of Montreal medical students about global health, in one of their mandatory expand-your-horizons classes. I decided to take the bull by the horns and be pretty in-your-face with these young, smart, keen, skeptical would-be doctors, and talk...

Stop Treating Political Parties Like Sports Teams

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau waves during a campaign rally in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct. 17, 2015 ahead of that year's federal election. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
"There are no facts, only interpretations." -Friedrich Nietzsche
Take it from me, a guy who is loathed by both ends of the political spectrum: it isn't easy being a non-partisan these...

Building A National Housing Strategy Is Easier Said Than Done

Written by Wayne Karl The next several weeks are crucial in Canada's housing market. No, it has nothing to do with the fall sales period, or any lull expected from the oncoming holiday season. It's all about policy -- seeing the real impact, over a longer period, of the latest round of changes to mortgage regulations -- and what is to come from...