Saturday, September 21, 2019

Canada Can Lead Global Criticism Of Iran’s Human Rights Abuses

The Canadian House of Commons is one of few parliaments in the world to have formally acknowledged and denounced one of the worst crimes against humanity in recent history. In the summer of 1988, the still-fledgling Iranian theocracy initiated a crackdown on political dissent, partly to save face at the end of the humiliating eight-year Iran-Iraq...

NEXUS And Trusted Traveller Programs Face Possible Overhaul

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently announced that it was proposing changes to its Trusted Traveller Programs (TTPs), which include CANPASS, Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and NEXUS. In furtherance of this proposal, CBSA intends to amend the Presentation of Persons (2003) Regulations (the "regulations"), which were implemented under...

No Escaping B.C. Governments’ Pre-Election Political Programming

Mute them, channel surf, hide them all you want, but there's no escaping them. The B.C. government is in the midst of saturating television shows and social media news feeds in the province with a multimillion-dollar back-patting advertising campaign in advance of the 2017 election. The B.C. Liberal party -- who clearly have money to burn -- is...

Tory And NDP Leadership Races Are Officially Ticking Time Bombs

As the clock ticks down to the opening of the fall session of the House of Commons, the public is starting to see the first real signs of life in both the NDP and Conservative leadership races. Of course, the real question remains -- who wants to be the equivalent of a "caretaker" until the 2019 election is out of the way? At this point, unless...

G20 Summit Offered Little Of Substance For The World’s Poorest

By John Sinclair The G20 Summit, the first chaired by a developing country, China, confirmed its super-star status, but was it necessary for them to overlook the red carpet for President Obama? The final group photo has been taken, but without the traditional display of host country national dress, just dull western business suits. Leaders pose...

Liberals Need The Political Courage To Finally Repeal Bill C-51

Last year, when the Conservative government of Stephen Harper introduced Bill C-51, it didn't expect that Canadians would forcefully oppose it. Was it the "straw that broke the camel's back" effect, a sort of en masse cri de coeur, that clearly expressed the population fed up with the intrusive conservative policies and measures that have been...

Our Assisted Dying Bill Maintains Respect For Life

Jody Wilson-Raybould, minister of justice and Attorney General of Canada, appeared before the Senate Wednesday to defend Bill C-14, assisted dying legislation that has raised questions from Canadians on both sides of the difficult issue. Here are her prepared remarks. Honourable Senators, it is my great pleasure to be here today to address you all...

The Hypocrisy Of Canadian Ownership In Africa

What is wrong here? While Canadian companies exploit African resources for their own benefit this country's charities call on us to join Africa "hope" walks. Last week Toronto-based Lundin Mining hired the Bank of Montreal to help it decide what to do with its stake in the massive Tenke Fungurume copper-cobalt mine in Eastern Congo (Kinshasa). Unf...

Canada’s Housing Crisis Is A Public Health Emergency

In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger. A high quality health system would connect these efforts to a larger plan to prevent illness and keep people healthy, but still make sure help is there in a hurry when things...

Ontario Doctors Need To Keep Fighting For Fair Treatment

The Ontario health-care world is abuzz about the latest development in the ongoing battle between the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), its members, particularly those who are opposed to the tentative Patient Services Agreement (PSA), and the provincial government. Yesterday, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued Justice Paul Perell's...