National Newswatch

Marijuana: The Reality

Feb 22 2018 — Vernon White — Most of the public discussion today focuses on legalization of marijuana, what the impact will be and how provinces and territories will manage the legislation. As the legislation winds itself through the parliamentary system we have heard a lot of talk, but I believe we should understand the impact and issues that we will face. […]

Prairie-based agrifood supercluster will benefit all producers in Canada

Feb 21 2018 — Alex Binkley — The federal government has selected Protein Industries Canada (PIC) as one of five winners under its $950 million Innovation Superclusters Program. While PIC is an industry-led alliance of over 120 private-sector companies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders across Western Canada, its research and other actions will benefit farmers and processors across the country, says Wilf […]

Prairie-based agrifood supercluster will benefit all producers in Canada

Feb 21 2018 — Alex Binkley — The federal government has selected Protein Industries Canada (PIC) as one of five winners under its $950 million Innovation Superclusters Program. While PIC is an industry-led alliance of over 120 private-sector companies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders across Western Canada, its research and other actions will benefit farmers and processors across the country, says Wilf […]

Ontario’s legislative session hasn’t even begun and MPPs are probably already wondering when they can go home.

Feb 16 2018 — John Milloy — Watching the three-ring circus that passes for Ontario politics these days, you forget that the legislature hasn’t even started its spring session. When it does begin next week, it is certain to be a wild ride. With an election in early June, the stakes are high. And for the PCs, caught in a leadership soap opera, this […]

Progressives Should Unite Behind a Two-State Solutio

Feb 15 2018 — Michal Biran — Injustice knows no borders.  It’s therefore no surprise that progressive parties tend to emulate each other. In both Canada and Israel, the NDP and my Labor party – Ha’Avoda – share a core mission: an economy that works for all with a strong social safety net. We are pushing back against racism and ultra-nationalism to […]

Agriculture will be the first casualty in a post-NAFTA trade war

Feb 15 2018 — Aaron Gairdner — By most accounts, NAFTA negotiations are going poorly.  Once unthinkable, the end of our most important trade agreement is frighteningly possible. The United States has long had their NAFTA demands on the table – from changes to the dispute settlement mechanism to ending the massive border tariffs Canada places on US dairy products. Canada’s response […]

PC Carbon Inaction Creates Fiscal Hot Water

Feb 15 2018 — Andrew Steele — Last week, PC Leadership candidates Caroline Mulroney, Christine Elliot and Doug Ford all signed a pledge to abandon their party’s commitment to institute a carbon tax. It also committed them to end the existing provincial cap and trade program, and oppose default federal climate action set to begin if the province doesn’t act. The carbon […]

Is Our World Getting Any Better?

Feb 14 2018 — Glen Pearson — Is the world getting better or worse? It’s a ridiculous question really – not just because it depends on who you ask, but because a single answer proves impossible. The conclusion can only be that it is both. Plenty of research has been published legitimizing both arguments. As a kid growing up in Calgary in […]