Is the rise in inequality exaggerated?

Is the rise in inequality exaggerated?The rise in economic inequality is one of the most potent 21st century memes. You could even call it pervasive. It dominates the debate in the Democratic presidential contest and has a material echo in our current federal election. The rich – particularly the notorious one per cent – must be made to “pay their…

The great Canadian political double standard

Why conservatives like Scheer are held to a different standard than liberals like Trudeau

The great Canadian political double standardLiberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer have both had to deal with some controversial matters during this fall’s federal election. It was revealed that Trudeau appeared in either blackface or brownface on three occasions, the last one at age 29 when he was a teacher at a private school. He and…

Can we bring our disaffected youth back into the fold?

Cynicism and class divisions are leading to cultural insecurity, reducing tolerance and compassion. Something must change

Can we bring our disaffected youth back into the fold?The international landscape is in unprecedented flux, challenging assumptions of social, political and economic progress for youth everywhere. Globalization, technological advances, demographic pressures from global migration, sectarian and ideological conflicts, and economic disparities have all affected the cohesiveness of societies. Shifting unemployment patterns and doubts about the sustainability of social security systems and the environment…

We need to find responsible government in a time of climate crisis

We need real leadership now to calm climate change. Will that come from government, citizens, non-government groups, business or a combination of all four?

We need to find responsible government in a time of climate crisisMonthly heat records are becoming routine (July was the hottest month on record), and people are finally waking up to the reality that climate change is occurring at a much faster pace than most thought. Yes, denial continues in some quarters, but they’re increasingly seen as crudely self- serving, science-illiterate and therefore indefensible. Recent polling…

Why Milton Friedman’s ideas still resonate

Why Milton Friedman’s ideas still resonateWere he still alive, Milton Friedman would have celebrated his 107th birthday on July 31. An intellectual giant, his ideas played a significant role in making the world a freer and more prosperous place. Those ideas remain vital. From driving the elimination of military conscription in the United States to influencing the economic transformations that…

It’s getting impossible to escape from Trump

Our columnist hoped his summer vacation to Vancouver Island would be free of any overheated exchanges about the U.S. President. It wasn't

It’s getting impossible to escape from TrumpI’d really hoped that we wouldn’t meet over the summer vacation. I planned a summer kayak trip out of range of cellphones and far away from cities. And that part of the strategy really worked. He was nowhere to be seen in the Broken Group or even the Tiny Group of offshore islands in Barkley…

What exactly do U.S. socialism enthusiasts have in mind?

The Nordic countries, particularly Sweden, are often trotted out as great examples of superior social systems. But a closer look at the details raises concerns

What exactly do U.S. socialism enthusiasts have in mind?Referring to American millennials’ purported fascination with socialism, someone recently cracked that perhaps they’re confusing the term with social media. But wickedly irreverent though that crack might be, it fails to do justice to millennials and their aspirations. However, the question remains: What exactly do these socialism enthusiasts have in mind? Unlike left-wingers in the…

Conservatives “the party of the uneducated?”

Contrary to a university professor's snide remark deriding Conservatives, every vote matters in an election, from a garbageman to a neurosurgeon

Conservatives “the party of the uneducated?”Various academic studies in the U.S. have examined a voter’s level of education and juxtaposed it with his/her political preferences. In most cases, voters with more education tend to lean liberal rather than conservative. The Pew Research Center noted in a March 2018 study, for instance, that 54 per cent of college graduates either identified…

Single-use plastic ban won’t solve waste problem

Economic reasoning and basic statistics show that such bans are largely symbolic gestures that come with real downsides

Single-use plastic ban won’t solve waste problemPrime Minister Justin Trudeau recently proposed a federal ban on certain single-use plastics, in an effort to protect marine life and the beauty of Canadian shores. But the proposal fails to get to the root of the problem. Trudeau justified the proposal by saying, “We have a responsibility to work with our partners to reduce…

Ont. court to doctors: choose your conscience, or your career

An Ontario court decision reveals a vision that’s equal, equitable and a la carte – and defies doctors freedom of conscience

Ont. court to doctors: choose your conscience, or your careerThis is one of those times I’m glad I’m not a family doctor. Or, more specifically, a family doctor (any medical doctor, really) who objects to certain procedures based on my conscience. Because if I was, and if I was working in Ontario, I’d find myself choosing between my career, and all I’ve worked for,…
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