The True North Strong and Free

November 16, 2010 11:11 pm

Canada is a northern country. The North has inspired our artists and adventurers. It defines us all as Canadians. And it is more central to our national destiny than ever before. Our Government has recognized this since taking office in 2006. It is the reason that we have has made the North a much higher priority that it had been for many, many, years. This is especially timely, given increased interest by other nations in the Arctic region.

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Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth

September 6, 2010 12:18 am

Juliet B. Schor • The Penguin Press, 2010, 258pp.

Oxygen depletion, the formation of ecological dead zones and the further disruption of the food chain will be among the effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In light of such consequences, U.S. President Barack Obama made the prudent decision to impose a 6 month moratorium on all deepwater drilling. Yet a U.S. Supreme Court judge has struck down the moratorium, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.” Not surprisingly, oil companies like Chevron and Exxon are relieved by the ruling, pointing out that they weren’t responsible for the unfolding tragedy in the Gulf. What is surprising is the support for the judge’s ruling on the part of many in local communities devastated by the oil spill. In Louisiana and Florida the accident has thrust tourism, fishing and all of the other industries dependent on healthy ocean ecosystems into steep declines. People remain outraged at BP, to be sure. Yet for the devastated local Gulf communities, stopping deepwater drilling remains a prospect that most are not prepared to entertain.

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G8 and G20: Steph Davidson’s Final Thoughts

July 20, 2010 6:30 am

The headlines beckon to newsstand passersby: “Budget watchdog probing summits’ $1-billion price tag,” “Tories defend $2M fake lake,” “Faux Canada,” “Summit security, $1B; fake lake, $57K; jokes, priceless.” The press, the opposition and public alike have spent the months leading up to June’s G8 and G20 – in Muskoka and Toronto respectively – decrying the growing cost of hosting the world summits while the government defends its decisions down to the last dime.

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Woe Is Ottawa

July 13, 2010 1:33 pm

Weighing in on City Plight Before Going to the Polls

As Ottawa’s population swiftly approaches 1 million, we have a chance to redefine ourselves. Do we want to continue our urban sprawl and house a massive suburban area? Do we want to build up — not out — and increase density by intensifying the downtown core, thus having buildings closer together and become more reliant on public transit?

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A Refugee Camp in the Heart of Ottawa

June 15, 2010 7:37 am

“As someone who has grown up with dogs, I am so passionate about educating Canadians on why they should turn to a shelter when looking to add a dog to their family,” said Kurt Browning.“

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Opposition Leader Tim Hudak says with Ontario facing unprecedented job losses and a massive deficit, six million in bonuses to LCBO management is wrong

May 1, 2010 9:46 pm

Premier Dalton McGuinty recently announced that the Ontario government is considering selling off crown assets such as the LCBO to reduce the deficit. Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak is convinced that such a move is not the right way to go. “Selling off crown assets is the wrong approach to […]

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Canadian Innovation and 21st Century Challenges

2:46 pm

Like other countries, Canada faces profound challenges in the decades ahead. An aging population, the need to mitigate and adjust to climate change, the transition to a low greenhouse gas emissions economy and pressures from rising economic superpowers are issues we all confront. Science, technology and innovation will be crucial […]

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Farmers In Crisis: While the Provincial and Federal Government Argue – Farmers Pay the Price

2:15 pm

Ontario’s leading agricultural agencies recently signed a joint letter to Ontario Agriculture Minister, The Hon. Carol Mitchell, expressing their concern that the McGuinty government and the federal government do not have a strong enough sense of urgency about Ontario agriculture. “We are living the crisis every day on our farms […]

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Cuba-Canada Celebrates 65 Years of Diplomatic Relations: Cuba’s Ambassador Weighs in on Canada-Cuba Bonds, Hunger Strikers and Obama

2:00 pm

Her Excellency Ms. Teresita de Jesus Vicente Sotolongo, the Cuban Ambassador to Ottawa, recently sat down with Ottawa Life Magazine Publisher Dan Donovan to discuss Canada-Cuba Relations on the 65th Anniversary of the beginning of official diplomatic relations between the two countries. Dan Donovan: Canada-Cuba relations can be traced back […]

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Andrea Horwath, M.P.P. and Leader of the New Democratic Party says LCBO Bonuses Show a Culture of Entitlement Fostered McGuinty Liberals

11:50 am

OLM: Ex-LCBO employee Larry Paterson discovered through Freedom of Information requests that the LCBO dished out over 6 million dollars in bonuses to employees in 2008 (which had increased from just over 400 thousand in 1997). Can you comment on why these bonuses were awarded? What was the reason for […]

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LCBO Strings Attached: LCBO requests Letter to Editor be published “with no strings attached”

March 1, 2010 11:58 am

In the January 2010 issue of Ottawa Life Magazine, (OLM) we published a feature article by wine writer, Michael Pinkus, (www.ontariowinereview. corn). Pinkus reported that the LCBO handed out over 6 million dollars in bonuses during the economic downturn of 2008. The feature was read by thousands of readers both […]

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The Future of Northern Resource Development in Canada — Optimism or Pessimism

11:46 am

Natural resource development in the Canadian North is emerging as one of our country’s most interesting economic policy issues. Climate change, mineral prices, Aboriginal relations, northern sovereignty, and environmental review efficiency are environmental review efficiency are among those issues that are closely integrated with northern resource development and will influence […]

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Canada’s Role and Responsibility on the International Stage

January 1, 2010 11:11 am

Canada’s expertise in mining and mineral development dates to the earliest days of our country, with the establishment of the Geological Survey of Canada a quarter-century before Confederation and with a first mining settlement in the Sudbury region in 1883. In the ensuing decades, wealth has been created in many […]

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Holding Mining Accountable for Actions Abroad

10:55 am

The core argument of the mining industry is that C-300 (The Responsible Mining Bill) would cause reputational damage to mining companies. This is nonsense. C-300 didn’t cause reputational damage in the case of the allegations of murder against Blackfire in Mexico. It’s not even clear that C-300 would apply to […]

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LCBO Monopoly

10:46 am

Awhile back, my brother and I were talking and the topic of the LCBO came up. “How exactly does it work?” he wondered. I gave him my layman’s knowledge. Imagine, if you will, that for every camera that comes into Ontario (he happens to work for a camera retailer so […]

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