Trans Mountain shoe is now firmly on Trudeau’s foot

As proud owners of this stinking mess, Trudeau and Morneau are going to find out first-hand the challenges the oil and gas industry has had to face over the years

Trans Mountain shoe is now firmly on Trudeau’s footAmerican author Robert Byrne once opined: “Until you’ve walked a mile in another man’s moccasins, you can’t imagine the smell.” It’s time to smell the roses on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The federal government is about to stumble 1,770 kilometres in the oil industry’s shoes over the Federal Court of Appeal’s decision to revoke approvals…

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic church

If we’re to rid the world of this horrendous theft of innocence, we need to approach it the same way we approached the Holocaust

How to confront sex abuse in the Catholic churchIn the song Sympathy for the Devil, the Rolling Stones repeat several times, “Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name. But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game.” In essence, the Stones are talking about the nature of evil and our relation to it. We see it but we often don’t…

Lining up for another government payout

Should every Indigenous person who was required to attend day school be compensated?

Lining up for another government payoutCBC reports that a class-action lawsuit against the federal government has been authorized on behalf of Indigenous students who attended day schools in Canada. It seeks damages for every Indigenous student who attended. There are an estimated 100,000 such people alive. The lawsuit could result in a payout of at least the $5 billion that…

Teacher competence in the subject they teach critical to learning

Despite what trendy education gurus say, a teacher's competence in their subject makes a noticeable difference to student achievement

Teacher competence in the subject they teach critical to learning“Teachers – don’t worry if you don’t have the knowledge or skill set. You are the lead learner. Inquire not lecture.” This was an actual tweet from a prominent education guru. Sadly, this message is far from isolated. There’s a common belief in education circles that teacher subject-matter expertise doesn’t matter a whole lot. The…

Jumping on to the class action lawsuit gravy train

And the federal government should stop playing fast and loose with the hard-earned money of overtaxed taxpayers

Jumping on to the class action lawsuit gravy trainThe RCMP is facing another billion-dollar class action suit. Initiated by two former officers, it has the potential to reach back decades and involve tens of thousands of former officers, civilian employees and volunteers. The suit alleges harassment and bullying. As an example, one officer alleges that he was made to sleep in a horse…

Meddling in other countries’ elections isn’t always outrageous

There are plenty of instances of foreign influence, including in Canada. Why is it okay for Kennedy and Obama but not Putin?

Meddling in other countries’ elections isn’t always outrageousYou’d have to be living in a cave to be unaware of the controversy over Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. And much of the related discussion has approached apocalyptic levels. We’re told that when one country meddles in another’s election, it’s a hostile act. Some have even likened it to war. But…

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resources

There’s no better way to waste public funds than to have programs where everyone is spending everyone else’s money

Green Ontario Fund a misuse of resourcesPremier Doug Ford has already broken a key promise. Instead of putting money back into the pockets of Ontarians, the new Progressive Conservative premier of Ontario is apparently hiking expenses. We know this because that great bastion of sound fiscal logic and clear economic thinking – the Toronto Star editorial board – says so. The Green Ontario Fund, which Ford plans to cut, “is putting money…

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin Trudeau

Allegations of a groping incident 18 years ago won't go away. The prime minister needs to be more definitive in his response

A #MeToo cloud hangs over Justin TrudeauIs Justin Trudeau telling the truth about an alleged groping incident with a female reporter 18 years ago, or is the prime minister lying through his teeth? Yes, that’s a harsh way of laying it out. But there’s no point in sugarcoating this unusual story any longer, as some media organizations were doing up until…

Medical errors too common but patients are paving the way for change

The Elizabeth Wettlaufer case should serve as a warning to all of us about the issue of patient safety

Medical errors too common but patients are paving the way for changeBy Fiona MacDonald and Karine Levasseur EvidenceNetwork.ca We’ve all been there: it’s 3 a.m. and your partner, child, sibling or parent becomes ill suddenly and needs medical care. Will they be safe? The ongoing public inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system is shedding new light on the…

The next generation of Canadian superheroes

It's time to rally around a new group of fictional characters who tackle our nation's shortcomings with style and commitment

The next generation of Canadian superheroesMuch has been made lately of the arrival of a new Canadian superhero. Amka Aliyak, alias Snowguard, a shape-shifting Inuit from Pangnirtung, Nunavut, will soon be appearing on the pages of a Marvel comic book. With the assistance of her spirit guide Sila, Snowguard can transform into animal form, a useful attribute as she battles…

Pipeline drama provides great politics, dubious policy

This is as close as Canadian politics gets to reality TV, with self-interested actors embroiled in conflict against a common enemy

Pipeline drama provides great politics, dubious policyCanada’s latest political drama has come from the state of jeopardy of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The federal government has announced it will take over the project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. The B.C. government is asking the courts if it can block the pipeline, creating bipartisan agreement by Alberta politicians for some…

The danger of putting too much trust in doctors

The medical profession lectures the public on health. Some believe it’s time for the public to lecture the medical profession on ethics

The danger of putting too much trust in doctorsWe need the medical profession. It reassures us. When we’re ill, it either cures us or numbs our pain. Unfortunately, our reliance on health care can lead us to look at medical professionals through rose-tinted spectacles. As with society at large, the medical profession mixes the good, the bad and the ugly. Occasionally, the profession…

Priming the pump of bad incentives in Canada

The nationalization of a project with massive profit potential like Trans Mountain is an admission that Canada’s regulatory system is badly – if not entirely – broken

Priming the pump of bad incentives in CanadaThe decision to nationalize the Trans Mountain pipeline is not a victory, it’s a failure. Back in April, Kinder Morgan announced it was halting all “non-essential” operations on its Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project pending an establishment of certainty that the project would continue despite entrenched opposition by the British Columbia government. In a news…

$2 billion in wages lost waiting for medical treatment

For the first time, the estimated number of Canadians who waited for medically-necessary treatment exceeded one million in 2017: Fraser Institute

$2 billion in wages lost waiting for medical treatmentWaiting for surgery and medical treatment can be a painful and personally frustrating experience for many Canadians. It’s also a costly one. A new study released on Wednesday by the Fraser Institute says long waits cost Canadians $1.9 billion in lost wages last year and for the first time, the estimated number of Canadians who…

Federal government should sell EDC before risks get too high

The Crown lender plays in an international vipers’ nest, so controversy and risk may be inevitable

Federal government should sell EDC before risks get too highExport Development Canada (EDC), a Crown lending corporation, faces controversy for funding Turquoise Hill Resources. The mining firm allegedly used offshore entities to minimize the taxes it pays, including to Canada. EDC’s $1-billion-plus loan to Turquoise Hill represents nearly 1.5 per cent of the lender’s assets. EDC is also trying to repossess a Bombardier executive…
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