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How not to protect the lives of sex trade workers

Friday, 11 Jul 2014 - The ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada was pretty clear in the Bedford case. The laws were preventing women (and men) in the business of selling sex from being unacceptably vulnerable to...

All together now: How we stop Enbridge’s pipelines and tankers

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 - It came to me in response to a biased question from a Sun News reporter in Toronto.  The question, playing into the warped world of Ezra Lavant, prompted me to explain what “protesters” might do to...

Passenger rail in Canada is in crisis

Monday, 07 Apr 2014 - There has been a lot of attention of late to what moves on Canada’s rails. Train derailments, disasters such as Lac-Mégantic and near-disasters, such as the railcars loaded with toxic diluents that...

Finance, Budgets And Shuffles

Thursday, 03 Apr 2014 - In the last few weeks, there were a few shake-ups on the Canadian political scene. Allison Redford resigned as Premier of Alberta, the Supreme Court ruled that Stephen Harper’s new Quebec appointee...

For Canadian youth, the future isn't what it used to be

Monday, 24 Mar 2014 - “Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for the...

What’s up with FATCA? An issue that should concern more than those Canadians with ties to the US

Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 - There was a time when the United States had high regard for its own rules of citizenship. If a US citizen moved to another country, took up citizenship in that other country and lived there for more...

4 facts about Keystone XL:

Monday, 17 Mar 2014 - Last week I wrote to US Secretary of State John Kerry to urge him to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.  In the letter I was clear about four Keystone XL facts:- Keystone hurts the...

Places you will never find Stephen Harper…

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014 - The title might suggest I am about to point out you’ll never find him at the Saturday Farmer’s Market on Salt Spring Island or the Galiano Island Literary Festival, where I happen to be at the moment...

Why no MP should vote for the budget

Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 - On second thought, this blog should be titled, “Why no self-respecting MP should vote for the budget.” And it’s not because it’s a “do nothing budget,” as the approved NDP messaging has it.  Nor...

The globalization of the work force

Friday, 24 Jan 2014 - It used to be understood that a healthy economy included low unemployment and available jobs right across the country. Pockets of persistently high unemployment would receive help in stimulus...