Thursday, September 19, 2019

Canadian Politicians Should Stop Meddling In Foreign Votes

Why were non-UK politicians around the world obsessed with weighing in on the Brexit debate? It's unbecoming for politicians to act like the nosy neighbour and get involved in the domestic dispute of a sovereign state. Unfortunately, Brexit has polarized the population in the UK. It has pitted regions against each other and has caused deep...

Raising Minimum Wage Can Improve Children’s Health

When parents bring a child into the clinic, they do so hoping for help to treat an acute illness or a longer-term problem. It might be something as simple as an ear infection, a chronic illness like asthma, or something more socially and psychologically complex such as ADHD. The expectation is that the child can take a prescription from their...

Watching The Trump Debacle, I’m Grateful To Be Canadian

Just when you think he can't sink any lower, he exceeds your expectations. There seems to be no limit as to the depths to which he can plunge. The depths to which he can drag himself, his family, his brand, his party and his country. How anyone can condone his actions, make excuses for him, defend him, support and vote for him is absolutely...

Let’s Push The Prime Minister To Get Moving On Climate

Canadians of all political persuasions care about climate action. Watching Canada fall behind the rest of the world over the past 10 years has been deeply disturbing to many. We became climate laggards. We yearn to be leaders. The hope that Canada would act on scientific evidence and contribute to climate solutions was bolstered when Justin...

Here’s A Solution To Canada’s Federal-Provincial ‘Climate Wars’

Things have been moving at warp speed in the Canadian "climate wars." Last week, the federal Liberals passed a bill ratifying the Paris Agreement. As expected, it was done without first concluding an agreement on climate change with the provinces and territories. To add oil to that particular fire, the prime minister made it clear the day before...

Pro-GMO Spin Diverts Attention From Root Causes Of Hunger

(Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca) The pro-GMO lobby spends much of its time and resources attacking critics who have genuine concerns about GM technology. These attacks are designed to whip up emotive, populist sentiment and denigrate critics. In part, this approach aims to divert attention from the underlying causes of hunger and poverty as well...

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...

Why That One Time You Smoked Pot Can Get You Banned From The U.S.

The CBC recently reported that Matthew Harvey, a British Columbia resident, was permanently banned from the United States because he admitted to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) officer in 2014 that he had previously smoked marijuana. Although Mr. Harvey currently holds a medical marijuana license in British Columbia, he admitted to...

First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort

Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed. Of course the used trailers...