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  • Canada can’t Tackle Climate Change Independently

    Canada can’t Tackle Climate Change Independently

    Given that Canada is a major emitter of greenhouse gasses, one would like to think that adequate support for those adversely affected would, at least, be an aspiration of the current and future administrations. Who knows, 2016 may very well be the year that Canada changes the course of global immigration policy.

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  • Canada & the Race for the North

    Canada & the Race for the North

    Ninety billion. That’s the amount of oil, in barrels, that is estimated to be resting underneath the North Pole today. With Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, and Russia all laying geographical claim to the land, the battle to own the North Pole may very well be the world’s new modern-day arms race.

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  • Revocation of Citizenship, Was it Worth it?

    Revocation of Citizenship, Was it Worth it?

    Recently the Canadian Immigration Minister announced reversal to the changes introduced by the controversial Bill C-24. The idea of giving the state the ability to revoke citizenship on terrorism charges has not only taken root in Canada. Currently 22 countries allow for the denaturalization of citizens convicted of terrorism offences.

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  • Trudeau Pitches Canada: Any Hope of a Buyer?

    Trudeau Pitches Canada: Any Hope of a Buyer?

    Since coming into power, Prime Minister Trudeau has been going on a global door-to-door campaign selling Canada to the world. Trudeau is laying the pitch on thick given the skepticism surrounding both a resource economy that is suffering from low oil prices and massive deficit spending in his debut federal budget. Is anybody buying his optimism?

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  • Quand la démocratie au Canada (semble) en perdition…

    Quand la démocratie au Canada (semble) en perdition…

    Avec les derniers scandales liés au financement politique en Ontario, au Québec et en Colombie-Britannique, doit-on conclure que la politique au Canada est grugée par la corruption ou bien subsiste-t-il de l’espoir pour la santé de la démocratie canadienne? Une grande question à laquelle il n’y a pas de réponse facile ou unique.

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  • The 2016 Federal Budget: A First Step Towards Upholding Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples

    The 2016 Federal Budget: A First Step Towards Upholding Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples

    The 2016 Federal Budget was tabled in the House of Commons by the Honourable William Francis Morneau, PC, MP Minister of Finance on March 22, 2016. Chapter 3 – “A Better Future for Indigenous Peoples” – contains promises and commitments to Indigenous peoples across Canada, with the main focus on education, child family welfare, and infrastructure.

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  • Hopeful Signs for Pipelines

    Hopeful Signs for Pipelines

    Contrary to the way we’re being depicted by some critics as wanting to pillage the environment and trample Indigenous rights, we can and should show how Indigenous peoples and companies themselves are participating in the oil and gas industry. We can show how oil companies actively support recognizing the rights of Indigenous peoples, and sponsor Indigenous culture.

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  • South America: Low Energy Prices Weigh on Economic Prospects

    South America: Low Energy Prices Weigh on Economic Prospects

    South America is facing significant problems, but as we can see, it is not alone in these difficulties. Rather, the trouble on the continent is part and parcel of our greater global economic problems, where issues in one place lead to large reverberations somewhere else.

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  • Rio 2016 Logo

    Behind the Glamour Curtain of Rio’s Olympic Games

    The world is five months shy of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The dazzling Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca is almost complete, soon to be engulfed by luxury condos, swimming pools, artificial lakes, and beautiful gardens. Adjacent to the flashy Olympic scene, nestled on the edge of Rio, are some of the few remaining homes of the Vila Autódromo favela (slum) that await destruction.

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  • Development of resources: Drilling for oil in Venezuela” UN Photo/V Bibic

    Venezuela & The Maduro Government: A Familiar Story

    In present day Venezuela, symptoms of Dutch Disease are still present, as they were in the past century, if not even more pronounced. The enormous wealth garnered by the oil industry choked other industries, as imports soared and local producers struggled to compete. The failure of other industries to keep up with the oil boom led to massive importation.

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