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Northern Gateway approval raises greater urgency of catastrophic climate change

The IMF has highlighted climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing the global economy.

Wynne’s win, and agony of right-wing pundits: Dobbin

While the right’s hard liners may be lighting their hair on fire, citizens on, the other hand, may actually get to see what governments used to be like.

Should Canadian courts dictate what the rest of the world can see online?

The overreach of the B.C. court could lead to legal conflicts online and potential suppression of freedom of speech on the internet.

There’s a failure of leadership in the public service

Wayne Wouters’ use of Blueprint 2020 to bolster his claims of leadership and solid morale ring loudly hollow.

Innovation part of solution to prescription drug abuse

Educating refugees: a Canadian model of successful integration

‘Godfather’ of mental health in Canada, Kirby wins prestigious award

For the hope and the glimpse of light he has brought to those affected by mental illness in Canada, he’s the recipient of this year’s Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians Distinguished Service Award.

Why has Canada still not signed the Copyright Treaty to Support the Blind?

Failure to become part of the initial group of signatories would raise troubling questions about why the government was unwilling to take a strong stand in favour of the rights of the blind and visually impaired in Canada.

Ontario pays high price for Western Canada’s resource boom

And the resulting surge in the value of the Canadian dollar since the early 2000s hit Canada’s manufacturing heartland especially hard. We now have what former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge calls ‘a two-speed economy.’

Time for Canada to step up on Syrian refugee crisis, now

To stay true to its word, and its math, Canada should commit to welcoming 10,000 Syrian refugees.

Hatfield's response to Emerson, Wouters: public service not irrelevant

Much of David Emerson’s critique and Wayne Wouters’ testimony rests on a number of unsupported premises, which hide important weaknesses in their arguments.

The road to renewables ain’t rosy

While green power is increasingly cost-competitive, the International Energy Agency says Canada’s adoption rate will remain well below both the U.S. and the world average to 2018.

Canada needs a national energy strategy

The IEA estimates the world would need to invest $53-trillion in non-carbon forms of energy and energy efficiency, as well as much cleaner uses of fossil fuels and increased overall energy supply, between now and 2035 if the climate change target is to be met.

Flawed joint review panel doesn’t reflect science-based policy

If the government is committed to an independent, rigorous scientific assessment then it cannot base a decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline on this flawed report. To do so will simply serve to further undermine both public confidence and government credibility.

We’re starving ourselves through tax cuts

For those who think their share of tax cuts contribute to their quality to life it might be instructive to see what the lost revenue could provide.

MPs don’t know their Canadian citizenship law

Fast-tracked Digital Privacy Bill leaves too many Canadians in the dark

The reality is that the new data breach disclosure is likely to lead to under-reporting of breaches, while an expansion of voluntary warrantless disclosure rules may mean that the information on thousands of Canadians is disclosed without any court oversight.

Don’t change much to feel better, live healthier

We have to get the message through that health is gained or lost because of small daily decisions that add up over time.

Get to know your officers of Parliament

With public policy becoming more complex and the need for nuance more pronounced, effective officers of Parliament and other senior officials are essential, which includes improved efforts to provide Canadians different and perhaps more developed viewpoints.


Parliamentary Calendar
Friday, October 24, 2014
Lockdown on the Hill, Oct. 22 Oct. 22, 2014

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MPs on Wednesday morning at the corner of Metcalfe and Wellington streets outside the Langevin Block, where the prime minister has an office, across the street from Parliament Hill. They include Rosane Doré Lefebvre, far left, Hélène Laverdière, second from right, and Charlie Angus, far right. 

Anne Marie Creskey

NDP MP Charlie Angus and other MPs wait in front of the prime minister's office at Langevin Block, after leaving the Hill on Wednesday morning. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police Service officers on Parliament Hill at around 10:45 a.m.

Anne Marie Creskey

Ottawa Police cars on Wellington Street in front of the Hill on the morning of the attack.

Anne Marie Creskey

An armoured police vehicle on Metcalfe Street headed toward the Hill.

Anne Marie Creskey

More police arrive on Wellington Street.

Anne Marie Creskey

RCMP officers on Sparks Street between Elgin and Metcalfe streets on Wednesday morning. Surroundings buildings were locked down and later evacuated. 

Anne Marie Creskey

Reporters and camera crews are pushed back to the corner of Sparks and Metcalfe streets.

Anne Marie Creskey

The prime minister's office in the Langevin Block is evacuated.

Anne Marie Creskey

Police with a stretcher on Sparks Street.