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The U.S. Capitol violence could happen in Canada — here are 3 ways to prevent it

Jan 12 2021 — Robert Danisch and William Keith — Canadians should not view the recent mob violence in Washington as a uniquely American problem. The polarization that produced the hatred, violence and chaos unleashed by President Donald Trump’s followers on the U.S. Capitol is the product of specific forms of rhetoric — and they exist in Canada, too. What will keep them from boiling […]

The U.S. Capitol violence could happen in Canada — here are 3 ways to prevent it

Jan 12 2021 — Robert Danisch and William Keith — Far-right and ultra-nationalist groups, including the Northern Guard, Proud Boys and individuals wearing Soldiers of Odin patches, gathered to protest the government’s lawsuit settlement with Canadian torture victim Omar Khadr in Toronto in October 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov Robert Danisch, University of Waterloo and William Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Canadians should not view the […]

Canada finally has a climate plan that will let it meet its carbon targets by 2030

Dec 17 2020 — Kathryn Harrison — Canada’s climate plan includes adding more electric vehicle charging stations, improving energy efficiency of homes and buildings, and raising the price on carbon to $170 per tonne by 2030. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward Kathryn Harrison, University of British Columbia I’ve studied Canadian climate policy debates for three decades. Over that time, by my count, there […]

The fiscal update falls short in facing climate change and income inequality

Dec 6 2020 — Bruce Campbell — Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland gets a fist bump from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after delivering the 2020 fiscal update in the House of Commons on Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada The federal Liberal government came to office five years ago promising “real change,” including action on the climate […]

U.S. election results may suggest ethics no longer matter … just like in Canada

Nov 4 2020 — Ako Ufodike — U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk prior to a NATO round table meeting in England in December 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) Ako Ufodike, York University, Canada During Donald Trump’s first term, there have been a record 30 congressional, criminal or state investigations into his affairs, compared to four for his predecessor, […]

The throne speech must blaze a bold new path — including imposing a wealth tax

Sep 9 2020 — Bruce Campbell — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in August 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Bruce Campbell, York University, Canada The speech from the throne is only weeks away. Moments like these — pandemics, depressions, wars — are historical turning points, […]

40 years later: A look back at the Pierre Trudeau speech that defined Canada

Sep 9 2020 — — National party conventions in the United States, the Conservative leadership convention in Canada, the recent prorogation and a likely confidence vote in Parliament later this month have caused renewed reflection on the relationship between political leadership and the effectiveness and legitimacy of public government. We judge governments by their leadership, whether it’s a matter of […]

40 years later: A look back at the Pierre Trudeau speech that defined Canada

Sep 9 2020 — Raymond Blake and John Donaldson Whyte — Pierre Trudeau hosts a meeting at 24 Sussex in Ottawa with the provincial premiers on Sept. 12, 1980. THE CANADIAN PRESS Raymond B. Blake, University of Regina and John Donaldson Whyte, University of Regina National party conventions in the United States, the Conservative leadership convention in Canada, the recent prorogation and a likely confidence vote […]

NBA teams boycott playoff games in response to Jacob Blake police shooting

Aug 26 2020 — — Earlier this year, the basketball season went on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a deal to restart on July 30, and among the conditions embedded in the agreement were stringent health and safety protocols. The league set up a “bubble” at the Walt Disney World […]