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Remembering Gord Downie through his lyrics

Oct 19 2017 — Robert Morrison — Canada has lost one of its greatest artists — a person who consolidated us, who pushed us, who excited us, who taught us and who inspired us. We have known for more than a year that Gord Downie was going to leave us soon. But the news of his death today doesn’t soften the blow. […]

Remembering Gord Downie through his lyrics

Oct 19 2017 — Robert Morrison — Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young) Robert Morrison, Queen’s University, Ontario Canada has lost one of its greatest artists — a person who consolidated us, who pushed us, who excited us, who taught […]

Regulations alone didn’t sink the Energy East pipeline

Oct 16 2017 — Warren Mabee — Did regulation kill Energy East? Conservative leader Andrew Scheer thinks it did. So does Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan. TransCanada, the project’s proponent, has been circumspect, merely announcing that “changed circumstances” led them to terminate the project earlier this month. Energy East would have carried 1.1 million barrels of crude oil per day from Alberta […]

Regulations alone didn’t sink the Energy East pipeline

Oct 16 2017 — Warren Mabee — Warren Mabee, Queen’s University, Ontario Did regulation kill Energy East? Conservative leader Andrew Scheer thinks it did. So does Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan. TransCanada, the project’s proponent, has been circumspect, merely announcing that “changed circumstances” led them to terminate the project earlier this month. Energy East would have carried 1.1 million barrels of crude […]

How foreign policy experts can work around Donald Trump

Oct 12 2017 — Pierre P. Lizee — Donald Trump desperately needs a foreign policy doctrine. He does have his views on global politics. Witness his speech at the United Nations in mid-September, where he called for a world where states do nothing more than jealously guard their sovereignty. (He used the word almost two dozen times.) But slogans aren’t strategy. On North […]

How foreign policy experts can work around Donald Trump

Oct 12 2017 — Pierre P. Lizee — U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, in Huntsville, Ala., on Sept. 22. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File) Pierre P. Lizee, Brock University Donald Trump desperately needs a foreign policy doctrine. He does have his views on global politics. Witness his speech at the United Nations in mid-September, […]

How the coffee industry is about to get roasted by climate change

Oct 10 2017 — — Fall is always a good time to create new habits, and coffee chains know it. These days, they are desperately trying to find any excuse to get you to drink their java. Many chains used National or International Coffee Day, just passed, as a reason to offer their coffee at a discount, or even for […]

John and Yoko gave peace a chance in Canada

Oct 10 2017 — Robert Morrison — In the final year of the turbulent 1960s, as the Vietnam War and the massive counter-cultural protests against it reached new levels of intensity, John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited Canada three separate times. The purpose of these trips varied, but on the third and final one they achieved what seems to have been among […]

John and Yoko gave peace a chance in Canada

Oct 10 2017 — Robert Morrison — John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Pierre Trudeau at the Parliament Hill, Ottawa on 23 December 1969. The peace activists came to Canada to stage a love in and to meet with the Prime Minister. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Bregg) Robert Morrison, Queen’s University, Ontario In the final year of the turbulent 1960s, as the Vietnam War […]

Why is Melanie Joly ignoring the crisis in Canadian journalism?

Oct 6 2017 — Sara Bannerman — Heritage Minister Melanie Joly recently announced a new policy for Canada’s cultural and creative industries competing in a digital world, but it offers little help for organizations that produce serious journalism. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand Sara Bannerman, McMaster University Although we now live in a vast internet landscape with immense amounts of content, the diversity […]