Time to Refine? Should Canada Refine its Own Oil?

November 24, 2012 9:30 am
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By Anna May Burke For decades, Canada has worried about its image abroad as a country that merely exploits its precious natural resources, exporting its raw commodities. And yet, at the same time, going back at least to Premier Peter Lougheed days in Alberta in the 1970s, there has also […]

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Political Advice from 1929 Holds True in 2012: America Votes to Uphold the Status Quo

November 20, 2012 9:00 am
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Shortly before Republican Herbert Hoover was inaugurated as the 31st president of the United States of America on March 4, 1929,former Republican president Calvin Coolidge offered him some helpful advice. He told President-Elect Hoover that: “If you don’t say anything, you won’t be called on to repeat it.” Eighty-three years […]

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Auditor General Criticizes Outsourcing of Federal Public Service Jobs as Ottawa MPs Pierre Poilievre and John Baird Do Nothing

November 16, 2012 12:35 pm
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By Gary Corbett The findings of Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s Fall 2012 Report, released on October 23, come as no surprise to the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents over five thousand employees impacted by the government’s on–going dismantling of our nation’s public service infrastructure. […]

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So Unnecessary: Ontario’s Fabricated School Crisis

November 15, 2012 11:09 am
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On September 11, Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals brought back the Ontario legislature early to get Bill 115 passed. The controversial bill banned strikes, froze wages and clawed back all retroactive pay hikes for Ontario teachers for two years. The government said the province was deep in debt and public servants, […]

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Back to the Future: The Fall and Possible Rise of the Liberal Party of Canada

November 14, 2012 11:45 am
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By Dan Donovan and Simon Vodrey It has come down to this. On Election Night, May 2011, the once great Liberal Party of Canada was pummeled. It seemed unbelievable that the “Natural Governing Party of Canada” had fallen from grace with a loud thud, placing third in the polls, unable […]

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Minky Worden Discusses the Unfinished Revolution: The Global Fight for Women’s Rights

November 5, 2012 12:05 pm
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More needs to be done to reduce global gender discrimination and to bring women closer to equality with men. So said Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch, a leading NGO, as she recently addressed a large crowd at the Ottawa Writers Festival. Worden spoke at length […]

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Harper Government’s Disdain For Science

October 15, 2012 11:33 am
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In recent years, science in Canada has come up against an increasing disdain for evidence-based decision making and a disappearing commitment to transparency. In brief, evidence-based policy-making in Canada is under attack and it is orchestrated by our own federal government. In the absence of evidence, government policy is increasingly […]

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Deception, Virulence and a Bomb: Iran Obstinately Moves Closer to the Nuclear Tipping Point

September 24, 2012 3:40 pm
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A nuclear-enabled Iran would likely serve as the catalyst for launching nuclear development programs in many neighboring anti-western Middle-Eastern countries, many of which, like Iran, are state sponsors of terrorism and clearly fall within the region that the George W. Bush administration referred to as “the arc of instability.”

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Publisher speaks to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal leadership potential

September 14, 2012 10:08 am
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Sun TV News interview with OLM Publisher, Dan Donovan, on Liberal Leadership hopeful Justin Trudeau.

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A Tale of Two Conventions: The Summer Campaign for the White House Draws to a Close

September 11, 2012 3:26 pm
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With both the Republican National Convention (RNC) and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) now over, the American summer political season has officially drawn to a close. The battle now rages for the small portion of the American public that is undecided and also for the handful of states that could flip to either party without warning.

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Part Three: Horse Sense & Government Nonsense

July 30, 2012 9:02 am
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Public-Private Partnerships Are Not Subsidies: The Ontario government’s decision to end the Slots at Racetracks Program has a detrimental effect for Ontario’s vibrant horseracing and equine industries.

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Part Two: Horse Sense & Government Nonsense

July 27, 2012 4:43 pm
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Public-Private Partnerships Are Not Subsidies: The Ontario government’s decision to end the Slots at Racetracks Program has a detrimental effect for Ontario’s vibrant horseracing and equine industries.

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Part One: Horse Sense & Government Nonsense

July 26, 2012 4:34 pm
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Public-Private Partnerships Are Not Subsidies: The Ontario government’s decision to end the Slots at Racetracks Program has a detrimental effect for Ontario’s vibrant horseracing and equine industries.

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“Changing the Conversation”: Campaign Distractions on the Road to the White House

July 23, 2012 9:00 am
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“If you don’t like what is being said, change the conversation.” Last week’s coverage of the American presidential campaign shows that both Democrat and Republican political operatives are attempting to use this dictum to reframe the November election into a discussion about anything except the issues that threaten the United States of America.

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Disabilities in Public Life

July 9, 2012 4:01 pm
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American presidents and other high-profile public figures have gone to great lengths to hide their health problems from the public in the fear that being handicapped or ill could translate into a political drawback on election day or an unfavorable perception in the court of public opinion.

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Welcome to Rowdy Beach! Bay of Constance Sorrow: Frustrated Residents, Powerless Police and Drunks on the Beach

July 3, 2012 4:00 pm
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Point Beach is privately owned. Underaged youth freely consume alcohol, smoke, litter and party like it’s 1999. Dogs run free off their leashes. “Effing” is a word often heard here.

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A Presidential Election Campaign Heats up as America’s Economy Cools Down

June 6, 2012 5:02 pm
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After months of campaigning and mudslinging, the Republican primary race is over. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will challenge the incumbent President of the United States of America, Democrat Barack Obama, in this November’s presidential election which will likely be fought over how to repair an economy that appears to be running out of steam.

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