Science Guy Bill Nye: Earth has a people problem

Eventually the sheer number of people on earth will overwhelm any of our attempts to sustain ourselves

Science Guy Bill Nye: Earth has a people problemAlright, no one panic but Earth has a “people problem.” This according to Bill Nye as outlined in an episode of his Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Since he is the “Science Guy” we should probably take him seriously. Whether it be food or water, people have a nasty habit of consuming finite…

Why NAFTA and Canada are important to the U.S. economy

An open letter to President Trump from the Business Council of British Columbia as the U.S. prepares to renegotiate NAFTA

Why NAFTA and Canada are important to the U.S. economyDear President Trump: The Senate’s recent confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as the new United States trade representative signals that the work to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) will get under way soon. Against that backdrop, we hope you and your cabinet will keep in mind a number of important facts regarding the…

The rise of the disaffected white working class

The rise of the disaffected white working classThe guests at the event at the Royal Canadian Military Institute, just down University Avenue from the barricaded U.S. Consulate, were buzzing. Not about Christy Clark’s extraordinary comeback win in B.C., so much, or the restive Ontario Liberal caucus. About U.S. President Donald Trump, naturally. That’s all anyone talks about at political gatherings these days.…

What Canada can learn from Australia on health care

There are elements to adapt and ones to avoid, from pharmacare, to home care, to hospital efficiency and funding, to a mix of private and public health delivery

What Canada can learn from Australia on health careA recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. It’s a useful question to explore. Australia and Canada share many characteristics, but Canadians may not know that one of them is that Australia’s universal health insurance scheme, Medicare, was modelled on Canada’s – albeit adapted to…

The rising global threats to prosperity

Nationalistic politicians' attacks on free markets and economic freedom driven primarily by the support and desires of rural voters

The rising global threats to prosperityAs France and Turkey show, populism and deepening urban/rural splits represent dangerous and confusing threats to prosperity. The populist economic urge is cropping up around the world, however dissimilar the countries may seem to be. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his recent constitutional power grab through rural votes, while losing in the big three…

America’s entrenched social chasm: revisiting the King riots

We're doomed to repeat cycles of anger as long as we live side by side without ever having the first inkling of what life is like for others

America’s entrenched social chasm: revisiting the King riotsTwenty-five years ago, in the spring of 1992, I first experienced what has since been called “two Americas.” I was fresh out of the insulated world of university and living in Los Angeles. I didn’t know I was about to have a front-row seat to the social disconnect and divide that can exist between citizens sharing the…

Did France put an end to the new nationalism?

If Marine Le Pen can rebrand her party’s new nationalist identity, she can still be a huge game changer in Europe and North America, despite her loss

Did France put an end to the new nationalism?In recent years, Europe and North America have faced a rising political force called the new nationalism. It’s a cobbling of right-leaning and left-leaning parties and politicians with nationalist, populist and anti-establishment views who oppose such things as free trade, globalization, open borders and modern liberal values. Brexit in Britain, Italy’s Five Star Movement and…

Putin’s risky Syrian gambit is not serving him well

While former KGB agent Vladimir Putin no longer reports to anyone, that doesn’t mean a demotion might not be in his future

Putin’s risky Syrian gambit is not serving him wellRussia intervened in the Syrian Civil War in September 2015, with the deployment of a range of 65 bombers and fighters, 16 attack helicopters and roughly 4,000 personnel, including a contingent of Russian Special Forces. At the time, the Assad government was experiencing significant losses to the Syrian rebels and seemed on the verge of…

Hillary Clinton plays the blame game, shamelessly

Missing from her indictment of everyone is any awareness of her own role in losing to a man most experts believed had no chance of winning

Hillary Clinton plays the blame game, shamelesslyThere’s a scene in The Godfather: Part III where Michael Corleone – as played by Al Pacino – regrets his inability to escape from a life of organized crime and growls, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!” So it is for all of us shell-shocked citizens of the world and the…
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