Putin’s War puts global food security in jeopardy

The pandemic was just a dress rehearsal for what’s about to happen

Putin’s War puts global food security in jeopardyUnited States President Joe Biden was the first G7 leader to admit publicly that many parts of the world will soon experience food shortages and even famine. The world will be short of many commodities. Regions like the Middle East and northeastern Africa already have dangerously low food inventories. The world will soon discover that…

Ukrainians fleeing war face Canadian red tape

Canada must immediately waive the Temporary Resident Visa requirement for Ukrainian citizens

Ukrainians fleeing war face Canadian red tapeWhile the world has watched with horror the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine, the federal government launched last week the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) – a special temporary residence pathway to welcome Ukrainians and their families to our country. Although well-intentioned, the application process is deeply flawed, and it will prove to be…

Clearing the fog, and friction, of war

Public statements disclosing our intentions not to engage in an actual war were stupid

Clearing the fog, and friction, of warWhat if the following occurred at a Prime Ministerial news conference? Reporter #1: Prime Minister, there are reports that most or all of our ships at CFB Esquimalt on the west coast have left port. Can you tell me where they’re headed? PM Trudeau: This is a normal military action. Ships must leave port regularly…

With the world facing an energy crisis, why won’t Canada help?

The importance of unleashing Canada’s enormous oil resources has never been clearer

With the world facing an energy crisis, why won’t Canada help?Oil prices have risen to a staggering $US120 per barrel in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But that’s not a record in real-dollar terms. Inflation-adjusted oil prices reached the same level in 2013, driving a supply response that temporarily lowered prices. World oil demand steadily increased, reaching a record 100 million barrels per…

Canada can still help provide Europe with energy security

Access to stable and affordable energy from Canada is important to the Free World

Canada can still help provide Europe with energy securityCanada’s chattering classes – often more accustomed to playing the ineffectual dovish role – are rushing to prove their outrage over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and demonstrate their resolve to make Russian President Vladimir Putin pay. However, these are often the same people who opposed Canadian gas pipelines, which could help fellow NATO countries. The…

The West needs to step up to curb Putin’s aggression

The leaders of the so-called “Free World” are in an ineffectual muddle

The West needs to step up to curb Putin’s aggressionThe predictable invasion of Ukraine by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has put the outgunned Ukrainian forces in a very difficult situation. The leaders of the so-called “Free World” are in an ineffectual muddle. Surprisingly, Germany is finally making solid moves to shore up its military and become a NATO leader. Germany, a NATO financial delinquent,…

Russian oil, gas supplies remain essential for Europe

Pushing Russia out of the global energy equation virtually impossible at this stage

Russian oil, gas supplies remain essential for EuropeThe crude oil market has passed through a highly volatile week. The impact seemed to ripple all around the globe. Early last week, oil prices began approaching their highest level since 2008, generating anxiety and concern all around. Prices surged and the markets tightened further as the United States and its allies, including the United…

U of A Institute a source of hope, truth amid Ukraine invasion

Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies a cultural and intellectual beacon for Canadian Ukrainians

U of A Institute a source of hope, truth amid Ukraine invasionDuring her interview with Folio, Natalia Khanenko-Friesen is simultaneously texting her father in Kyiv – urging him to find a landline before cellular networks are knocked out – while providing moral support to a colleague fleeing shelling in the city with a child. As the director of the University of Alberta’s Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Khanenko-Friesen is…

Playing Russian roulette with food security

Government shouldn't compensate Canadian companies hurt by sanctions, including agri-food

Playing Russian roulette with food securityWith war comes economic sanctions. Instead of sending troops to fight the old-fashioned way, wars are fought with money, and the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is no exception. The United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, the European Union, Turkey and a few more have sanctioned Russia in one way or another. Canada has…

Understanding Putin’s long view of an expanded Russia

He expresses a vision that reaches back over 1,000 years, to a Russia that was an empire and proud of it

Understanding Putin’s long view of an expanded RussiaLet’s make a stipulation up front: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is unjustified. There’s no ambiguity on that score. Russia is the bad actor in this situation. Still, it’s always useful to understand the other guy. Understanding doesn’t imply approval and insight is never a bad thing to have. Putin is typically described…