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Renewable electricity is Canada’s climate opportunity

Climate change is a daunting challenge, but it’s one we must face. Confronting it will be made easier if we don’t focus solely on what needs to be cut, but also on what can be created.


  
Just transition needed for Canada’s climate change plans

'Failure to include just transition in Canada’s pending climate change plans and principles will mean we risk playing catch up rather than leading our conversion to a lower carbon economy.'


  
Feds to set up all-party committee on electoral reform: Holland

'Its first order of business will be to frame its engagement in how it’s going to interact with Canadians,' says Liberal MP Mark Holland, parliamentary secretary to the minister of Democratic Institutions.


  
The cause for fairer science, because it’s 2016

We should not forget the critical contributions of our pioneers along with the next generation of girls and women in shaping our knowledge-based society.


  
The long game starts now

As the economic challenges mount, it’s becoming increasingly clear that well-timed investments need to target three things: infrastructure, innovation and research.


  
Women remain a distinct minority in House

Any Canadian who doubts women’s commitment and capacity to serve in public office should look no further to see the courage and tenacity demonstrated here. But for many more women to be compelled to stand for federal office, the changes enacted by this Parliament could make all the difference.


  
I want Canada to be a nation of innovation: Bains

I’m most interested in how a government can cultivate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. How can we put in place the right conditions for innovation? Specifically, how can we do it in a way that ensures that the Canadian economy remains at the leading edge?


  
More government grants is not the solution

The federal government collects less than $3-billion a year, or about one per cent of its total revenues, from capital gains taxes. That’s the equivalent of two or three Bombardier bailouts, just to get rid of a tax that is very costly. Several countries with dynamic, innovative economies, such as Switzerland, have no such tax. We should emulate them instead of doing more of the same old interventionist policies.


  
Innovation key to moving Canada forward for long-term stability 

Will the new government rise to the challenge and act quickly to strengthen Canadian innovation? Or will they continue to oversee the sell-off of Canadian champions of innovation to foreign interest and the stagnation of business investment in R&D?


  
We need to redefine the boundaries of discovery and innovation

  
Canadian economy needs more innovation

  
Cultivating partnerships helps get the most out of government R&D funding

Solving Canada’s innovation challenges calls for a long-term approach that begins by identifying gaps.


  
Canada’s clean, green future: how to invest

Clean Energy Canada reports that the global market for clean energy technology and services was valued at C$790-billion in 2014, and is expected to reach $1.8-trillion by 2022. Germany, China, the U.S. and others are already reaping benefits. Canada’s 2014 share? A mere $7-billion—far below our G7 economy’s weight. Since 2005, we have dropped from 14th to 19th in clean-tech exports. Our share of this rapidly-growing pie is shrinking.


  
It’s time to build an inclusive innovation eco-system

Investing in college infrastructure is one of the best ways to stimulate the economy while supporting innovation. It should be fairly straightforward as well, since there are currently more than 800 ready-to-go deferred maintenance projects awaiting funding at colleges and institutes across the country.


  
We can’t afford to put off e-prescribing

Now is the time to build upon the investments Canada made 15 years ago to establish Canada Health Infoway and take the next logical step in digital health solutions for Canadians: a multi-jurisdiction e-prescribing solution.


  
Bring environmental, social considerations to infrastructure investment

All levels of governments from municipal, provincial to federal, need to shift their infrastructure lens to include our largest private investors. Because while $125-billion is a big number, we are going to need these partners to meet all our infrastructure needs. Let’s offer them opportunities to invest in Canada.


  
CRTC should reconsider Super Bowl advertising rules for Canadians

The CRTC’s misguided solution to quell consumer sentiment is simply offside. Carving the Super Bowl out as an exemption to its simultaneous substitution policy, no matter how well-meaning, is an overreaction, says the Association of Canadian Advertisers.


  
Momentum is building for farm animal welfare

Treating animals better makes good business sense, writes Mercy For Animals' Krista Hiddema.


  
TPP threatens to worsen inequality

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement's non-trade rules ensure that those with the most capital now can protect their position, at the expense of economic development opportunities for the poor and the middle class, and of the environment.


  
To fix Canada’s anaemic foreign policy, we must return to nation-building

If Canada wants to pack a punch on the global stage, then it needs to make up for the hard power it lacks by gaining an edge in other departments, writes Zach Paikin.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, February 15, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
MPs party under the stars, B.C. politicos come to Ottawa Feb. 8, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Party Under the Stars was held on Feb. 3 at Ottawa City Hall. Conservative MPs Erin O'Toole and Steven Blaney dancing with performer Jully Black. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Party Under the Stars organizer Cheri Elliott, National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mr. Sajjan and Ms. Elliott.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Environics' Louis Charles Roy, Greg MacEachern, and their newest hire Chris McCluskey.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Chief Government Whip Andrew Leslie.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Cheryl Gallant.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Ottawa city councillor Jody Mitic.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP James Bezan.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Rob Nicholson. 

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Conservative MP Peter Kent.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Jully Black with emcee of the evening Sarah Freemark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The crowd inside the Sir John A. Macdonald Building on Feb. 3.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MPs at Wednesday's reception.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MPs Joyce Murray, Sukh Dhaliwal, and Hedy Fry with B.C. Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Harjit Sajjan and Sukh Dhaliwal.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

B.C. Liberal MP Joe Peschisolido and Premier Christy Clark.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal B.C. MP Hedy Fry.

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