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Only employers can provide the local and regional demand-side data needed to fill these talent pipelines. Business has a critical role to play in helping Canada recover from COVID-19, and this is one of the major contributions it can make to get Canadians back to work, write Perrin Beatty and Leah Nord. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Our economic recovery needs a strategy to get Canadians back to work, business can provide solutions

If ever there was a time to develop this talent pipeline, it is in the middle of an economy-destroying pandemic. We need to be ready to bounce back strongly when the disease is behind us.
Opinion|By Anuradha Dugal
Inequity can’t be vaccinated away, but targeted solutions can make the difference.
Opinion|By Washim Ahmed
The failed Capitol Hill insurrection is a wake-up call that a serious threat to our national security is rooted in domestic white supremacists and far-right organizations.
Opinion|By Aiman Akmal
The Donald Trump playbook, coated in racism, and the consistent lamenting of 'cancel culture,' was successful for a time. Not anymore.
Opinion|By Bill Henderson
The Green New Deal, which could do so much to accelerate needed change, is too radical and too impossible for a weak Liberal government.
Opinion|By Jayson Myers
Meeting the Paris agreement targets and transforming Canada into its best climate self won’t be as simple as regulating, taxing, and funding the development of cleantech. Industry must be a big part of that transition.
Opinion|By Mark Wegierski
What does cutting taxes mean anyway, if society, as a whole, becomes a seething cauldron of polyglot, polymorphous perversity?
As Canada finds itself at another critical juncture on the pandemic path, we believe that it is time for the federal government to recognize the growing number of COVID-19 infections as a national emergency, and pursuant to subsection 6(1), based on the definition contained in 5(b), invoke the Emergencies Act, and the accompanying temporary authorities.
Hill Times Columnists

We can be horrified by the actions of those among us, by systems that perpetuate racism, and by the people who uphold the system, to the white supremacists in our midst. I’m not sure we’ve learned the lesson yet about how to work through this horror. What will we collectively do about white supremacists? What will we collectively do about systemic racism?
Whatever label is eventually bestowed upon them, none of the Proud Boy members should ever wear the uniform of the CAF.
Last week’s world conference was an opportunity to refocus global attention on the long-term challenges we face if the planet fails to curb coastal erosion and land degradation. The risk of death faced by climate change is far greater than anything this pandemic delivered.
'Shaming and blaming people does not prevent the spread of COVID. It creates stigma. It drives people underground,' says Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health, and ain't that the truth.
There’s too much at stake. Failure could mean a poorer country. So this budget really matters.
Canada is seeking to merge a transition to green power with its COVID-19 economic recovery plan. When it comes to solar power, that will require protection of Canada’s small but mighty solar manufacturing industry.
The tragic death by suicide of a frontline physician ought to raise red flags about the mental health pressures of the pandemic. Will it?
Among the lessons for Canada in this capstone of Trump’s destructive tenure is the danger of coddling good old (white) boys.
Canada has a great potential to contribute to the human security of both sides, but it is unlikely to have any considerable role in the region in the absence of a broad dialogue with Azerbaijan.
Opinion|Tim Powers
As COVID-19 has controlled our lives for the last 10 months, it also controls the electoral clock.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
If these fanatical white supremacists, anti-Semites, and nut jobs see something in Trump that they absolutely adore, shouldn’t sane people question their own association with that same leader? 
Decision-makers need to remain attuned to these concerns. Successfully charting Canada’s energy and climate future depends on it.
Opinion|Erin Weir
The start of a new year is a time to act on resolutions. The federal government should implement border carbon adjustments and an improved Fiscal Stabilization Program.
Hill Times Columnists

Conversations about systemic racism need to move beyond diversity and inclusion, which does not solve racism, and move onto dismantling white supremacy, which does.
Mike Pompeo is setting slow-burning fires in plain sight, which is why a European foreign minister recently described him as a ‘political pyromaniac’—and this is his ‘scorched-earth’ policy.
Unexpected and dramatic events often occur during elections and they can quickly reset the odds. So even though Trudeau is looking good right now, if he calls an election, he’d still be rolling the dice. 
Newfoundland and Labrador is a place where entrenched special-interest bodies within and outside the electoral system will make it difficult to have the debate and discussion that is really needed.
The rationale for those who believe an election is coming rests largely on an accurate premise: minority governments, like May flies, don’t last long. In fact, minorities usually fall in less than two years. Trudeau won in 2019, and it is now 2021. You get the drift.
Opinion|Joshua Wong
Canada has been lukewarm or employing an ‘ostrich policy’ in confronting China’s infringement of human rights, not just in Hong Kong.
Opinion|Deanna Horton
Supporting the arts as part of the creative class that is essential to innovation and economic development does not require the costs of building hard infrastructure, and the impact may be intangible.
Opinion|Joseph Ingram
If we are to successfully confront the multiple threats we now face, we need restructured economies, including in Canada, that reflect more intimately the connection between ethics and economics.
Research shows that corporal punishment is ineffective and harmful, and 650 professional organizations across the country have called on Canada to repeal the law. 
If the government is serious in its desire to sustain the aerospace, and defence aerospace industry, it must do so through a well-reasoned and resourced strategy.
Opinion|Murray Fallis
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette has an opportunity to relieve suffering, prevent illness and save lives. Her office was granted the powers to extend mercy and to correct injustices.
Canada should not rely on foreign manufacturers of MREs to meet the basic needs of cadets and Junior Rangers, or other members of the Armed Forces.
COVID has accelerated the already prominent threat of cybercriminals. With the vaccine in play, and a post-pandemic world on the horizon, no shortcuts can be taken.
Hill Times Columnists

At the risk of ruining my already blemished record, I really don’t think we are headed for an election this fall. There does not seem to be a critical mass of support, and it is highly unlikely that a party will be drawn into one against their will.
While Trump’s incitement of the mayhem at the Capitol has hurt his standing with Americans, generally, polls indicate his followers by and large have not been chastened or turned against the outgoing president.
At the risk of jinxing it, it seems like the virtual spaces our lives have migrated to in lockdown have become more humane.
The Bye bye provides a better assessment of the state of politics in Quebec and Canada than a whack of political panels. 
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