Category: Canada

The Northern Sea Route and Trudeau’s Russia Problem

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Peter the Great established St. Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland 300 years ago to give the Russian polity access to a warm water ports. Today, the need to acquire year-round, unfrozen sea access plays a large role in President…

Trump & Trudeau: An Unlikely Fossil Fuel Alliance

On October 24th, 99 young people were arrested in Ottawa calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to reject the Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline. Together, they gave the Canadian Prime Minister a ‘Climate 101 Crash Course’ which starts with the most basic lesson -- climate leaders don’t build pipelines. (Credit: Robert van Waarden | Survival Media)

Before Donald Trump ascended to his gilded chair in the oval office and attempted to remove all trace of opposition to himself or his opinions, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website showed that 20,000 oil spills were reported to the United States Federal…

Kevin O’Leary: A Shark in Conservative Waters

Kevin O'Leary at the 2009 Ontario Business Achievement Awards. Credit: https://flic.kr/p/7mCUm2 Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Business barbarian by day, Mr. Wonderful by night. If you didn’t think Kevin O’Leary had stocks in Canadian politics, you might as well be Steven Harper because this Quebec-born Anglophone just entered the race for Conservative leadership.Kevin O’Leary is well…

Canada’s 150th Bonanza: Politics of Celebration

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If you haven’t heard, it’s Canada’s 150th anniversary and Canada is making waves celebrating it. From free parks passes for Canadians and free admission for international visitors, to spending 5 million dollars on New Year’s Eve celebrations across the country, there is…

Canada’s National Inquiry and the Attainment of Justice

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) report card grading the progress of the commission tasked with conducting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is disappointing. The proposed shortcomings, which include issues of effective communication and…

Canadian Complacency: Trudeau in the Trump Era

“We’re actually closer than friends. We’re more like siblings,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a state dinner in Washington with U.S. President Barack Obama last March. Brothers we may be, and yet our sibling nations seem to be rapidly drifting…

The World Rings in a New Year of Uncertainty for the Environment

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More than one year after the groundbreaking Paris Agreement, environmental protection as a policy issue remains less certain than many environmentalists would hope. Despite progress in 2016 in countries around the world, such as Costa Rica and Sweden, and new…

Venezuelan Petrol: Black Gold or the Devil’s Excrement ?

Students march in protest against the government of Nicolás Maduro on November 3rd. Credit: Reuters

“Ten years from now, 20 years from now, you will see [that] oil will bring us ruin.” When former Venezuelan diplomat, Juan Pablo Perez Alfonzo, spoke those words in the 1970s, his statement was predictably greeted with puzzlement, at a…