Thursday, September 19, 2019

South Africa Renews Canadian Ties With Fort McMurray Aid

By the time Fort McMurray was evacuated this spring, Canada had suffered its worst wildfire in generations. Images of the small Canadian city engulfed in flames went viral, as frightened city residents fled for their lives. Despite boasting first rate infrastructure, first world resources and a multi-provincial firefighting brigade, the wildfire...

Supreme Court’s World Bank Decision Compromises Our Justice System

The World Bank is crowing over a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada involving engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, international corruption, and the rule of law in Canada. The Supreme Court -- seemingly unaware of evidence to the contrary -- all but declared the World Bank to be one of the world's premier corruption fighters, a...

Clark’s Donation Leaves More Questions Than Answers

John Horgan didn't hold back while questioning Premier Christy Clark on a rather puzzling $150k donation, that ended up indirectly benefitting her brother. A donation that appears to have no paper trail, policy, or even a record that the request for the donation was ever made. The donation went to a First Nations school in Haida Gwaii, that oddly...

We Must Choose To Recognize The Dignity Of Life

On June 6th, the Supreme Court of Canada's decision concerning "medical assistance in dying" will take effect with or without a federal law to control it. The adoption of bill C-14 or the Carter decision's coming into effect will certainly give place to appeals within the court system to widen the use of euthanasia in Québec, available to...

Gender Equity: We Need A Genuine Shift In The Political Landscape

Rona Ambrose is seen during question period in the House of Commons. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/CP) These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention. Gender equity...

A Spur-Of-The-Moment Decision Turned Me Canadian

Exactly 30 years ago I made a decision that changed my life forever. And I did it without giving it much thought. I was working in Ford Motor Company's Washington, D.C., public affairs office. My boss was legendary journalist (and erstwhile presidential press secretary) Jerry terHorst. Out of the blue, Jerry came to me with a surprising...

Is Brian Jean A Climate Change Hypocrite?

As a backbencher in Ottawa, no one paid much attention to Brian Jean. But now that's he's the leader of the Official Opposition here in Alberta, what has he actually said -- on the record -- about the environment, climate change, wind energy and carbon pricing? Now that the government of Alberta's first piece of climate legislation is on the...

We Must Go Further To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

After being shamed into action by media reports and letter writing campaigns, the Ontario Liberals have finally introduced an election financing reform bill. Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough in cleaning up the fundraising mess at Queen's Park. The changes move the dial in the right direction -- by banning corporate and union donations,...

Why Do So Many Canadian Prisoners Die After Their Release?

The tragic stories of Ashley Smith, Edward Snowshoe and other inmates who have died while in Canadian correctional facilities have rightly made headlines around the country. Less well known are the premature deaths of hundreds of Canadians every year from preventable causes after they are released from jails and prisons. Canadians might be...

When It Comes To Fiscal Policy, Japan Is No Role Model

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Tokyo this week for a bilateral visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well a G7 leaders summit in nearby Ise-Shima. While increasing trade is a major focus of the prime minister's visit (Japan is Canada's fifth largest trading partner), Canadians should cross their fingers that Trudeau doesn't ask...