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…

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…

The Road to Camelot offers fresh insights into JFK mythology

2017 is John F. Kennedy’s centenary year and a new book offers a deep dive into the details of his successful 1960 U.S. presidential campaign

The Road to Camelot offers fresh insights into JFK mythologyThis is John F. Kennedy’s centenary year – he was born on May 29, 1917. And the books keep coming, the latest being Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie’s The Road to Camelot. For those who fancy a deep dive into the details of Kennedy’s successful 1960 presidential campaign, the book fits the bill quite nicely.…

Saving the euro: Why Germany must bring back the mark

Germany must exit the increasingly dysfunctional eurozone to allow its other members to benefit from a cheaper euro

Saving the euro: Why Germany must bring back the markIt’s time for Germany to abandon the euro – to save the European Union. The euro is the official currency of the eurozone. It’s used by the institutions of the European Union (EU) and by 19 of its 28 members. It’s the currency of around 400 million people – the second most traded money and reserve…

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…