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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Is This The End Of The Line For The Prince of Wales Railway Bridge?

August 1, 2005 12:54 pm

I fear for the future of the Prince of Wales railway bridge that crosses the Ottawa River a mile upstream from Parliament Hill. You’ve probably seen and admired it many times, without knowing its name. Just a short walk from the new Canadian War Museum, the old railway bridge crosses […]

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The O-Train: Getting It Right the First Time

11:36 am

The City of Ottawa’s plan for an expanded 0-Train is being tackled in rather a piecemeal fashion. Eventually, trains will replace much of the bus service that clogs downtown streets at rush hour. Futuristic trains (aka Light Rail Transit — or LRT — vehicles) will glide from Bayview Station to […]

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A New Russia Emerges

June 1, 2005 9:57 am

Canada and Russia are kindred spirits. We share the coldest climates in the northern hemisphere, a multicultural population spread over vast landmasses, and regional governments that blame all their problems on a federal or central authority. In Canada, the provinces blame the feds, while in Russia, regional governments blame president […]

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Moscow’s Man in Ottawa: An Interview With Russian Ambassador to Canada Georiy Mamedov

9:37 am

OTTAWA LIFE MAGAZINE: The Russian government greatly helped our military by providing on very short notice two heavy-lift capacity Antonov cargo planes for the DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team) tsunami relief effort. We don’t have lift capacity. Can you comment on that? Georgiy Mamedov: What happened in South Asia was […]

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Are We Taking Too Many Pills?

9:11 am

More Canadians are taking prescription medicine than ever before. Many busy people believe in the don’t-think-twice, pop-it-in-your-mouth, “magic bullet” cure for all illness and disease. Total drug expenditures per Canadian were tallied at $681 in 2004 — up almost 8% from 2003, according to a report by the Canadian Institute […]

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Towards More Secure Borders: An Interview with Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

April 3, 2005 11:54 pm

When it comes to immigration policy, does Canada consider its national interest or humanitarian laws of paramount importance? For example, is it possible in our country to deport someone who is accused of crimes against humanity in another country? Joe Volpe: Our immigration policy is based on Canada’s interests — […]

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Western Alienation: Real or Perceived?

April 1, 2005 3:05 pm

Alienation has taken root in the collective psyche of western Canada. Although often acknowledged, it has never really been addressed by successive Liberal governments. Questions are often asked of federal politicians as to whether this is a real and valid concern. As a Member of Parliament representing the people of […]

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A Tax On All Our Houses

1:10 pm

Between broken promises, higher taxes and the ongoing health care crisis, Premier Dalton McGuinty has managed to infuriate taxpayers across Ontario. Usually, the Premier has a comeback, even if it is just blaming someone else, whether it’s the previous administration at Queen’s Park for failing to balance the books, or […]

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Reg Alcock Navigates by an Ethical Compass

November 1, 2004 10:23 am

Treasury Board president Reg Alcock has been rocking the boat this past year, but then he always was a bit a monkey. It was a long time ago, when someone gave him a simian as a pet. Alcock needed to establish dominance, so he bit the monkey. He will freely […]

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A Rural Revolution: The Farmers Are Revolting

September 1, 2004 1:47 pm

Is cutting down a 200-year-old elm tree in the Glebe the same as felling one for firewood to heat a farmhouse in the winter? If the City of Ottawa expropriated the whole front yard of your home, wouldn’t you expect some form of compensation? Would you still pay taxes on […]

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No First Ladies in Retirement, Please

1:26 pm

Teresa Heinz Kerry and Laura Bush may differ in public personalities and the way in which they campaign for their husbands; however, there is no comparison to the obvious lack of action from our Canadian “First Ladies.” These ladies lack the zest, courage and obvious public profile that helped their […]

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Recipient Of Trudeau Fellowship, Dr. Ann Dale, Leads Us To A Green Future

July 1, 2004 11:44 am

With over $1 million in guaranteed _ research funding and enough ideas to fill a laboratory, academic-activist-policy analyst Dr. Ann Dale jokes that her strong Irish Catholic work ethic will get her through a growing mountain of research projects. The recipient of a $750,000 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community […]

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The Aboriginal Canada Portal

May 1, 2004 11:14 am

Treasury Board President Reg Alcock walks into the conference room and a hush descends upon the audience of First Nations leaders and federal government representatives. The Aboriginal Canada Portal – a joint project between six national Aboriginal organizations and several federal departments to link Aboriginals and government to each other […]

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Shaping the Future: The Enlarged European Union and Canada

10:34 am

According to a wise saying “finding one another is a promising beginning, staying together is a progress; and working together is a success.” Well, Hungary and Europe found each other more than 1,000 years ago. After a painful bypass in history, we can state today that we stayed together. After […]

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