Saturday, September 21, 2019

Brian Jean Didn’t Get The Memo That Conservatives Support Carbon Taxes

With Stephen Harper finally exiting stage left, the chill that existed in the conservative movement on carbon pricing has begun to thaw. While Preston Manning did his level best to convince conservatives across the country that climate change is real, that conservation was a conservative value and that carbon taxes were an effective,...

Canada Cannot Export Its Responsibility To The Environment

In a La Presse article entitled "La quadrature du cercle" (literally, "making a square circle"), Pierre Asselin asks the essential question about the projected Energy East pipeline: "How can we reconcile the idea of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) while increasing the production of tar sands?" Indeed, how can one reconcile this...

Trudeau’s Liberals Anything But Sunny Ways For Veterans

On May 9 and 10 the Liberal government held their second Veterans Affairs Canada Stakeholder Summit. We were given a definitive date on through an official email by the minister himself on April 27. Ninety different stakeholders converged on Ottawa to help the government maintain a better relationship with its veterans. The VAC website states that:...

No Nanny: Students For Liberty Take To Parliament Hill On World No Tobacco Day

SFL Program Associate David Clement hands out plain-packaged chocolate bars to works on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Source: Author) Prompted by World Tobacco Day, activists from the international grassroots activist group Students For Liberty took to Parliament Hill on Tuesday to hand out their "No Nanny" plain-packaged chocolate...

The Race Between Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Isn’t Over Yet

Let's just say a little bird told us so. The 2016 election will be viewed through the lens of history as the beginning of the end of establishment politics. On the right, Donald Trump has turned the primary season into his own reality show, puppeteering a spellbound media who, unsurprisingly, seem to be valuing salacious coverage more than...

A Soda Tax Will Only Hurt The People It’s Meant To Help

There has been increasing interest in the use of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax to curb the burden of obesity in Canada -- call it a 'pop tax' if you like. A recent Senate report on obesity in Canada recommends assessing the possibility of a sugar-sweetened beverage tax and points to the high rates of taxation on tobacco products as a successful...

It’s Time To Make Canada’s Relationship With Japan A Priority

On paper at least, it would appear as if deepening Canada's relationship with Japan would be as simple as ordering takeout from a sushi restaurant. Canada exports energy, metals and agriculture and forest products, just the materials Japan's industrial economy consumes in large quantities. Canadians have a high regard for Japan manufactured...

Canada’s Return To UN Peacekeeping: Are We There Yet?

By Fergus Watt May 29 is celebrated each year as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Over the years, 3,400 peacekeepers have lost their lives serving under the UN flag, 128 of them last year alone. Since 1948, 71 peace operations have been established. The UN's deployment of peacekeepers has never been greater, with...

Latest Manifestation Of Political Mindset Should Worry British Columbians

The headlines were emphatic: "Quick wins amounted to little for NDP"; "Quick wins report lands with a dull thud." But behind the headlines something unsettling: a window into a culture of seeming impunity, where players are told anything goes, do whatever it takes to win. A single criminal charge for breach of trust by a public officer against...

This Ramadan, Let’s Call For An End To The Global Refugee Crisis

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when Muslims all around the world abstain from all food, drink and sexual pleasure during daylight hours. To Muslims, Ramadan is much more than just not eating and drinking; it is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention on God, and practice self-discipline and sacrifice. It is also a time...