Talking turkey this Thanksgiving weekend

If you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s a good chance you’ll be with family this weekend, sitting around for long periods of time, playing board games, watching TV, eating, and occasionally conversing. Though it breaks the Cardinal Rule of the Dinner Party, it’s almost guaranteed that one of your relatives (maybe even…
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Pipeline politics and the 2015 election

In early 2012, then Natural Resource Minister Joe Oliver dropped a bombshell on BC. He asserted that Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline was in the national interest, but, he warned, “environmental and other radical groups” were undermining this effort to diversify Canada’s export markets. If anything, Oliver’s letter only inflamed…
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What’s the big deal? The high stakes of TPP

Conservative Trade Minister Ed Fast flies to Atlanta this week to continue talks on the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the largest and most important free trade agreements ever negotiated. A deal is no foregone conclusion—negotiators have already missed several deadlines—but expectations are high that this week’s meetings in…
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Questions for the Munk Debate on foreign policy

Tonight’s Munk Debate on Canadian foreign policy promises to “provide the public with important insights into how our next prime minister will defend and project Canada’s interests and values on the global stage.” Debate moderator Rudyard Griffiths told the Globe and Mail that given the “totally new context and reality”…
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Putting an end to the open bar

The federal election campaign demonstrates once more how the concept of a public drug plan is gaining ground. It has reached election issue status. Its progress in the last few years is such that opponents now prefer influencing the system to be implemented by the government rather than suggest that…
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5 reasons we can’t ignore Indigenous families and children this election

First Nations communities face some of the most distressing levels of child poverty in this country. A history of colonialism, racism, residential schools, and the inequitable distribution of resources has resulted in a range of devastating social and economic inequities for Indigenous communities—and the impacts of these inequities can be seen in the…
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