Canada can be a climate leader in promoting nuclear power as the necessary linkage for the transition to a clean energy grid. Capitalizing on the research and development of the last fifty years, Canada has the ability to demonstrate that clean growth is possible, disconnecting itself from the narrative that actions to address climate change will result in economic losses.
OPINION | The convoy protests highlight gaps in evidence-based policy approaches
The convoy protest was the biggest political watershed moment for Canada in recent years. The treatment of this event by Canadian political elites however has brought into question the effectiveness of evidence based policy when it comes to fighting vaccine hesitancy .
OPINION | Who Benefits from high student debt?
Student debt has been pushed by Canadian governments as a way to ensure that all students have the opportunity to access higher education. But, students have been taking on too much debt with no way to feasibly pay it off. The result has been a lack of student participation in societal innovation. Policy makers should thus look to other models, such as the Nordic countries for inspiration.
OPINION | Failing to critically think has manifested as right-wing populism
There is a definitive and alarming rise of right-wing populist rhetoric and violent actions both internationally and nationally. Perhaps more concerning is the normative belief that Canada’s multiculturalism policy will protect Canada from this threat to democracy. In today’s terms, sorry-not-sorry, but this is false.
OPINION | Canada Needs a More Integrated Rural Growth Strategy
The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly changed Canada’s urban and rural landscapes by causing both rural decline and unexpected rural growth. As a result , Canada needs to rethink its approach to rural communities at the federal level.
OPINION | Welfare Walls, Not Welfare, Discourage Work
The typical attitude towards welfare policies in Canada among the majority of the population is not generally a positive one. But much of this hate is due to misconceptions about what welfare policies are and how they actually work. In cases like this the policy details do matter and in Canada these details need to be reconfigured and re-conceptualized.
OPINION | We Need to Improve Accessibility to Mental Health Services in Canada
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the oftentimes ignored cracks and fault lines in the current mental health care system in Canada. One of the biggest issues that has arisen and urgently needs to be addressed, is the inability of many people to access mental health services.
OPINION | It’s Past Time for Canada to Re-Engage with Iran
Canada stands to lose more than it gains by refusing to reopen diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has shown some movement in a positive direction in terms of willingness to engage with the outside world and moderate its actions on the global stage, which most other Western nations have recognized by reopening communication lines. Continuing a relations freeze in light of this makes Canada appear not only quixotic but ignorant of the consequences.
OPINION | The Case for Investing in Public Transportation as a Climate Solution
There has been a growing push in Canada to make electric cars more affordable for the average Canadian in the hopes that this will help Canada meet its climate goals. However, a comparison with our European counterparts has shown that this has not been the case. Instead, Canada should focus on building cities around the concept of transit oriented development.
OPINION | Achieving Reconciliation Means Teaching the Truth About Indigenous Peoples in Canada
In light of the recent discovery of unmarked graves at the former residential schools there has been an increased focused on indigenous issues. Particularly the idea that In order for Canada to truly achieve truth and reconciliation with the indigenous communities within our borders our education system must be modified and reviewed. This includes not only the curriculum, but also the resources available and the teaching methods used by educators.