Nov 20 2014 — Ivy Lynn Bourgeault — National Newswatch — I once interviewed a midwife from the UK who questioned why it is that we are so unique when it comes to birthing in Canada. She said, “it is not like you Canadians have maple syrup coming out of your breasts.” It may not be maple syrup flavoured breast milk that makes us unique, but […]
Nov 18 2014 — Colin Kenny — National Newswatch — With its current fleet of frigates and destroyers getting close to the best before date, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is at an important fork in the road. The Harper government has plans for the construction of 15 Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) to replace the old fleet and has chosen Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax to […]
Nov 12 2014 — Andrew Jackson — National Newswatch — What is a Fiscal Surplus For? For the Harper Conservatives, a fiscal surplus is the means to provide tax cuts for the affluent while posing as good fiscal managers. To achieve a balanced budget, the federal government has imposed deep cuts to federal program spending. The impact of these cuts on services to Canadians is […]
Nov 12 2014 — Stephen Duckett — National Newswatch — What the rest of Canada can learn from Alberta’s experience. If you look at an old map of Canadian healthcare policy, just near Privatization Island is a big warning: “Here be dragons.” So it proved for Alberta Health Services last month when a seemingly innocuous decision — to swap the tender for laboratory services from […]
Nov 12 2014 — Frances Russell — National Newswatch — There is only one word to describe Party Of One, award-winning journalist Michael Harris’ massive and powerfully written biography of Canada’s 22nd prime minister. Shocking. In the space of less than a decade, Canada has been transformed from a parliamentary democracy where the government of the day answers to the people through their elected representatives […]
Nov 11 2014 — Don Lenihan — National Newswatch — Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’d also like to thank Roland Paris and the Centre for International Policy Studies for hosting this event and Kate Heartfield for generously agreeing to moderate. Now, although I’m arguing against mandatory voting, it is NOT because I think this infringes on personal freedom, as many people argue. Andrew has already done a fine job of answering them. Like him, I regard the question as more practical: do the benefits outweigh the costs? In my view, they do not.
Nov 11 2014 — Colin Kenny — National Newswatch — In light of the tragic events in Ottawa and St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, the Harper government is looking to increase the powers of our national security agencies to combat terrorism. But the greatest challenge facing our security officials isn’t a lack of powers. They already have plenty of them. The problem is a lack of funding. For years […]