An open government doesn’t close doors to information

The case of Vice-Admiral Norman shouldn't be about disclosing cabinet secrets, it should be about loyalty, ethical behaviour and adhering to codes of conduct

In addressing the issues raised by the situation involving Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, some commentators, and the federal cabinet, are confusing the requirements of loyalty and ethical behaviour that apply to federal public officials with the much more limited duty to keep cabinet secrets. Based on the evidence made public, Norman's communication with an executive from the…

Trans rights are women’s rights

Transgender women face high rates of physical, sexual and fatal violence. To combat that, human rights must be at the heart of contemporary Canadian feminism

By Kimberley Ens Manning and Julie Temple Newhook EvidenceNetwork.ca MONTREAL, Que., June 2, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Earlier this month, Sophie Labelle, a Montreal-based, internationally-renowned transgender author and activist, was subject to a violent cyber attack, including death threats and hate speech. The attackers not only temporarily destroyed her popular website, they also published personal details – including…

When Buffalo Bill took London by storm

Buffalo Bill was an interesting blend of the authentic and the fictional. Most of all, he was a gifted showman. And the English – including royalty – loved him

One hundred and 30 years ago, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West took London by storm. Opening to the general public on May 9, 1887, the show played to massive audiences during its five-month run. And it wasn’t just the masses who flocked to the pageant. Queen Victoria saw it twice, joined the second time by a host of…

Solidarity against Turkey’s anti-democratic thug

We all need to speak out. At a time when mob justice is damaging intellectual enterprise, Canadian universities should be a model of inquiry and discourse

The protesters got their message out and all it cost them were a few bloody noses. The protest took place outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., on May 17. The message that got out was one we knew already: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an anti-democratic thug. Videos of the incident show Erdogan’s…

Patrick Brown underestimates the power of social conservatives

The Ontario Conservative leader appears to be turning his back on the very people who helped him take over the party. It could cost him in the next election

Patrick Brown underestimates the power of social conservativesOntario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown’s hopes of winning a majority government next year are fading fast. His problems are rooted in 2015, when Brown, a backbencher in Stephen Harper’s Conservative federal government, ran for the provincial Tory leadership and won, with help from dozens of organizations. He surprised everyone, selling more party memberships than popular former MPP Christine Elliot,…

Canadian students get top marks in financial literacy

It's important to start talking with your kids about money early and to do it often. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada can help

Canadian students get top marks in financial literacyWhen it comes to financial literacy, Canadian youth are among the best in the world. That encouraging finding is the result of the first-ever Canadian participation in a global assessment of youth financial literacy. Canada came second among 15 countries – tied with Belgium – in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) on financial literacy, recently…

We’re neglecting our responsibility to kids in care

Why do we expect youth with the complex traumas associated with growing up in care to stand alone? Supporting young people to 25 years of age is essential

We’re neglecting our responsibility to kids in careGrowing up in government care in Manitoba was difficult. The deep politicization of child welfare didn’t help. Polarized public opinion and a controversy-avoidant government shaped the legislation and policies that affected my day-to-day life. Everyone, it seemed, sought to provide me with the best care – but it often missed the mark. Unfortunately, my experiences in the…

Health-care wait times cost patients millions in time, wages

The consistent lengthening of wait times for treatment makes us sometimes forget our system forces people to suffer while waiting for timely access to care

Health-care wait times cost patients millions in time, wagesFor more than two decades, the Fraser Institute has annually surveyed specialist physicians across Canada to estimate how long patients wait for treatment. The latest results are distressing. Our survey found that in 2016, overall, patients waited 20 weeks from referral from a family doctor to treatment – the longest wait in our survey’s history and 115 per…

Civil law under attack from new and powerful enemy

The disproportionate impact of activists through social media could swamp legally-held rights and trample on centuries of legal history

Civil law under attack from new and powerful enemyOf all the great cultures of the world, the West stands out as the only major civilization that established a solid foundation of civil law. Other cultures had rules, of course. All societies establish social order based on codes of behaviour. But in other cultures, these codes were loose and subject to the whims of…

Andrew Scheer’s social conservative baggage

‘Stephen Harper with a smile‘? How is that a winning formula?

Andrew Scheer’s social conservative baggageSmirk. The economy. Justin Trudeau. Free speech. His deceased mother. Islamic State. On every subject, no matter how sad or serious, Andrew Scheer would smirk. It was weird. His rictus was so off-putting, I started to forget what he was actually saying. For him, that was pretty fortunate. Minutes after he won the Conservative Party of…

Andrew Scheer’s conservative vision for Canada

Andrew Scheer’s conservative vision for CanadaHere’s an amusing trivia question. Who was Andrew Scheer’s only media endorsement for the federal Conservative leadership? Me, according to a master list compiled by Wikipedia. What do you know? The old war horse still has it! I’m just having some fun. I’ve made some good political predictions and some bad ones over the years – but…

Living frugally won’t improve millennial housing woes

More money to spend on housing could push prices higher if not accompanied by an increase in the housing supply

Living frugally won’t improve millennial housing woesAn Australian real estate developer recently stoked fury on social media by claiming that millennials might be able to afford to buy homes in Australia’s biggest cities if they cut out excesses such as “fancy toast.” Canadian commentators were quick to note that you’d have to forego a lot of avocado toast to scrape together…

Canadian politics is like a box of chocolates

Just when you think you have Canadian politics figured out, you still never know what you are going to get

Canadian politics is like a box of chocolatesPolitics, with apologies to Forrest Gump, is a like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Maxime Bernier was pretty confident he was going to get the leadership of the federal Conservative Part on the weekend. So confident, in fact, that didn’t really deliver a campaign speech on Friday night. It…

Fed’s per-person spending among highest in history

The main rationale of the added spending by the Trudeau government was to stimulate economic growth, an unnecessary goal

Fed’s per-person spending among highest in historyBy Jason Clemens and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C., May 29, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Much has been made of the federal government’s ramp-up in spending, particularly its multibillion-dollar infrastructure initiative, and the corresponding deficits and debt. What has been largely ignored is the historical context of such spending – an analysis made all the…

Professional sports leagues confront homophobia

Words used as weapons hurt, sting and take root in our memories. On a playground or in a professional arena, there can be no room for slurs

Professional sports leagues confront homophobia“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” So goes the adage we all learned as children – usually taught to us by protective parents attempting to soothe our hurt feelings over an insult received in the unkind world beyond the cozy confines of our home. But it’s not true…
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