Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Increasing provincial sales tax - including on children's clothes - will hurt lower-income households more than higher-income ones

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverseIn its recent budget, the Saskatchewan government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Although this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for the impoverished and for the long-term health of the…

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights

The plight of the North American woman is that she can be all she wants to be, just don’t bring motherhood into the picture

Valuing motherhood advances women’s rights“I haven’t been discriminated against because I’m a woman,” said Véronique Bergeron. “I’ve been discriminated against because I’m a mother.” Bergeron – a technical writer, holder of two law degrees, creator of a home business and mother of nine children – brought that message to an International Women’s Day event in the Ottawa offices of think-tank Cardus.…

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging future

The planet has never lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring

Ten questions to ask to get ready for the emerging futureWhile history may have seen periods of more intense and far-reaching change, the majority of the planet have not lived through the scale of disruption, reinvention and creation that the decade ahead is likely to bring. So here are 10 questions which I think we should all be asking ourselves as we seek to map…

Twenty predictions for the coming year

20 critical trends scenarios that we could see emerging and evolving by the end of 2017

Twenty predictions for the coming year2016 was an unprecedented year, with massive global political upheaval, the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and centre stage being taken by issues such as ‘post-truth’, resurgent nationalism, and technological unemployment. With the world now more accustomed to such seismic agenda changing developments, I decided to turn my thoughts to the future by identifying 20 critical trends…

King Edward’s sorry path to abdication

Scandalous episode that rocked U.K. seems unbelievable today

King Edward’s sorry path to abdicationTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The details seem quaint now, but in December 1936 – just 80 years ago – the big news concerned the abdication of King Edward VIII. And what makes the affair incomprehensible to modern sensibilities is that it was driven by his choice of a bride. Neither of…

Shopping for European health care is not the cure

Selecting features from European systems and pasting them into Canadian medicare will not magically give us a “European” model

Shopping for European health care is not the cureBy Colleen M. Flood and Bryan Thomas The University of Ottawa A legal challenge to Canada's medicare system has given new focus to the much-needed debate about how health service is provided in this country. The Supreme Court of British Columbia is hearing the long-anticipated challenge to the publicly-funded Canadian health system. The plaintiffs – led by…

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountable

A U.S. law basically provides social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter de facto worldwide immunity from litigation

It’s high time to hold social media platforms accountableMany of us have probably regretted something we posted on Facebook – or had posted about us – but how many of us have ever thought about suing this powerful social media company? A 14-year-old Northern Ireland girl is doing just that. She is suing after a nude photo of her was posted on a…

King, Lapointe friendship bridged the two solitudes

The friendship between King and Lapointe formed the lynch pin of national unity during a key period of Canadian political history

Harry S. Truman is reputed to have said if you want a friend in Washington, D.C., then get a dog. Mackenzie King, Canada’s prime minister through most of the 1920s-1940s, seems to have enjoyed both human and canine friends. In January 1941, his dog, Pat, died at the age of 17. Conrad Black explains how, on…

Macdonald and Cartier’s bond helped form Canada

The friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation

Macdonald and Cartier’s bond helped form CanadaThe friendship of John A. Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier was the crucible of Canadian Confederation. They were political partners from when Cartier joined the cabinet of the Liberal-Conservative coalition in 1855 to Cartier’s death in 1873. With George Brown’s Canada West Reformers, they led the “Great Coalition” toward constitutional reform. Macdonald and Cartier worked from a foundation of responsible government…

Shared principles can overcome even profound political differences

Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontain' friendship allowed them to approach politics with moderation and principled prudence

In an era of hyper-partisanship, it is worthwhile to examine a friendship that helped form Canadian politics. Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine were the fathers of responsible government in Canada. They believed that such government must be neither English nor French, but Canadian. And the friendship of Baldwin, the Upper Canadian Anglican, and Lafontaine, the Lower Canadian Roman Catholic, transcended the ethnic, linguistic,…