China’s serving up a dilemma for Canadian agriculture

Canada's meat industry will suffer if China's move to lower consumption is successful

China’s serving up a dilemma for Canadian agricultureChina consumes 28 per cent of the globe's meat, including half of its pork. But changes could be coming that will have a dramatic impact on Canada's agriculture industry. Years ago, the average Chinese consumer ate about 13 kg; now the average is 63 kg per person and could increase by another 30 kg by…

China’s ‘one-percenters’ have changed Vancouver forever

Millennials would like to buy a house and raise a family in Vancouver. It's not going to happen

China’s ‘one-percenters’ have changed Vancouver foreverMuch has been said about Vancouver’s rollicking real estate market over the past few months, and at the root of the commentary is very little fact. No agency of the municipal, provincial or federal government seems to know how much mainland Chinese cash is flooding into Richmond and the Point Grey, Kerrisdale, and Dunbar west…

The case for human rights in China

Disdain for human rights has institutionalized inequality in the Chinese workplace, with negative consequences for western workers

The case for human rights in ChinaNothing illustrates the vast differences between China and the West like the thorny issue of human rights. Protecting and advancing basic human rights is central to western civilization. In China, individual rights are sacrificed to the imperatives of the state. Canadians were reminded of this sharp divide a few weeks ago when Chinese Foreign Minister Wang…

China just one of many trade growth opportunities

Concentrating on increasing trade relations with China is certainly relevant, but it's hardly original on Trudeau's part

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s strategy to enhance Canada’s role in the global economy has received extensive praise. To be honest, it’s hard to understand why. The federal Liberals have targeted a free trade deal with China as its first priority. A push to finalize a long-awaited trade arrangement with India is also on the agenda.…

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviour

Your “credit” score declines if you criticize the government online

China’s credit rating system measures citizens’ behaviourOrwellian may be the most misused adjective in the language. Just about anything qualifies, from security cameras to law-and-order legislation to the bonus scheme for the Pan Am Games (really, see Letters to the Editor, Toronto Star). But nothing has come close to George Orwell’s dystopian technologically-based totalitarianism – until now. The Communist Party of…
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