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Instead of a bailout for the oil and gas sector, government and industry should pursue investments that will help us develop new energy solutions and markets—ideas such as large-scale wind and solar, geothermal, hydrogen, bioenergy, and storage—the kinds of things forward-thinking industry leaders were already considering before this crisis hit, writes Richard Florizone. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

Help Canada’s workers now—but don’t lock us into a high-carbon future

Opinion|By Richard Florizone
Times of high unemployment and low interest rates are the right time for new, low-carbon investments and infrastructure.
Opinion|By Andrew Cardozo
Government can be a huge force for good—in fact, it's the only central force for some time to come.
Opinion|By Bill Henderson
Governments around the world are taking drastic measures to respond to COVID-19. Why not climate change?
Opinion|By Ken Rubin
The government is staying mum about a mandatory review of its previous changes to the Access to Information law due this summer.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Working from home is not for amateurs. It requires a knack for troubleshooting and a few handy props.
Opinion|By Scott Taylor
Like the sign says in the china shop, ‘if you break it, you bought it.’ Canada did not break Iraq.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
The economic and social repercussions of this historic struggle will likely be felt for years. But in Canada, as elsewhere, the legacy of leaders at all levels will be shaped by their ability to rise to this event.
Two parents, two kids, health (and sanity) on the line.
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COVID-19 is the defining challenge of our generation, and we’re only beginning to feel the effects. Here's my question: if it’s the right thing to do now, why not continue the collaboration after we get through this crisis?
One has to hope that our international leaders will quickly realize that you cannot close the borders to a virus that is already expanded to all corners of the world.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is getting an early shot at the new form of communication. Self-isolation has not prevented him from getting his message out.
Everyone needs to be rowing in the same direction. Well-paid and well-insulated critics, sniping from the sidelines, need to put their outrage in park. Spats over the carbon tax, immigration policy, and deficits will all re-emerge after the worst is over. They just don’t seem as important all of a sudden.
It is up to decision makers, policy wonks, and, yes, in the case of the U.S., the president, to take action.
We need a system that preferably recognizes the importance of key creative talent being Canadian—full stop.
Denying access to a needle exchange program flies in the face of human rights and the spirit of the recommendations posed by both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the MMIWG Inquiry.
Opinion|Sharleen Gale
Our members want better engagement and collaboration with industry, and industry wants better engagement with us.
The report was not suppressed but was actually used as a roadmap by the office of the Senate ethics officer with which to do their work.
Including funding in Budget 2020 to enhance access to safety for Inuit women and girls would show tangible action from the federal government on the MMIWG report’s recommendations.
The contest is already shaping up as the ugliest, most surreal, and out-of-bounds campaign in modern times.
As the bad news of downed Flight 752, COVID-19, and India’s protests piled on, the tale of David Ayres' magical night was a warm hearth in a cold month.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
With close quarters the norm, it does not take much imagination to realize just how challenged the military would be to contain an outbreak in their ranks.
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If we really want to push feminist policies, alleviate intersectional barriers, and achieve equity, then we’ll have to get our hands dirty, challenge power, and revolt.
Collective action and government protection for the old and the poor will no longer be viewed as dangerous radicalism, even in the United States.
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that, in order to combat the spread of COVID-19, he was going to shut down the border to non-citizens, my gut reaction was 'Great idea, but probably too late; why didn’t you take such action four weeks ago when it might have really helped?' I must confess I’m viewing this crisis much differently than I’ve viewed others in the past, when I could be analytical, detached, and dispassionate when judging politicians on the skill with which they communicated to a worried public. Now I’m part of the worried public.
It isn’t politics as usual, and the Conservatives risk looking tone deaf and self-interested if they march on here.
While the fight against a single, deadly virus has united the world on what can only be described as a war footing, the biggest players on the planet continue to snooze on the monumental threat of global warming.
In a year when American voters are longing for both change and normalcy, electability trumps all other arguments.
Our government must be held accountable to ensure that far-right ideology is removed from policies and practices of institutions that exist to serve and protect Canadians.
Patience is a form of leadership, even if it doesn’t get a good soundbite. We tend to believe that patient and respectful dialogue looks weak in these times of the strongman world leader.
The term 'small-c conservative' refers in Canada to so-called 'ideological' conservatives—as opposed to members of the 'big-C' Conservative Party, who are often 'small-l liberals.' However, 'small-c conservatism' is arguably still a broader term than 'social conservatism,' within the Conservative Party. 'Small-c conservatives' are the heart and soul of the party.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
A new exhibition at the Canadian War Museum aims to condemn those who carried out crimes against humanity in Latvia in 1941 and beyond.
As the world faces a pandemic, a dubiously performative president of the United States sets the stage.
Opinion|Erica Ifill
If police use of facial recognition technology continues to spread, what we will create is structural discrimination with ramifications that fall on racial fault lines. If you think Canada is divided now, just wait.
There is no question there is now, and has been, disparity and adversity in our society: but it is a test of our character as to how we respond.
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No one need be denied testing or health care for lack of money. We now have a better appreciation of the importance of government and the regulatory state and we are likely to see a comeback in support for effective government and a decline in support for small government. Collective action matters.
How all this will play out as this current crisis unfolds is, of course, unknowable. But what is clear is that one day some months from now, we will wake up to a world marked by huge changes.
Donald Trump has called himself a wartime president. The question is: whose side is he on?
In this time of fear and isolation, it is nice to hear of someone who beats the odds.
Whether the political parties like it or not, hug-it-out is the new screw you and agendas will only advance through cooperative efforts.
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