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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 | Looking to the Past Won’t Help Us Understand Post-COVID Economics

The unique nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in equally unique, and unforeseen consequences, the economy being the main casualty. While it is tempting to compare the present economic circumstances to that of the 2008 recession to do so would be incorrect and in fact dangerous especially when attempting to navigate post COVID economics. Instead, officials should look to different methods and responses in order to rebuild the economy such as through a more sophisticated investment response.

OPINION | Whose party is it?

Despite the disarray of the Republican Party currently, the Democratic Party has not been able to capitalize on the confusion due to internal conflict of their own as various factions within the  Party battle it out for hearts and minds and control. The “ruling” faction is assumed to reflect the priorities of the Party’s majority and will determine everything from new planks in the Party’s platform, plum committee assignments, and most importantly how the Party operates.

OPINION | Of Firearms and “Root Causes”: Looking Beyond Easy Answers on Gun Violence

Contextual analysis is what separates nuanced thinking in the justice policy realm from the basic Benthamite calculus still seemingly favoured by most of the political right. However, when it comes to the issue of guns and gun control, a great many left-wing politicians and activists have seemingly discarded this nuanced understanding for a combination of monocausal insistence and culturally-based revulsion. This singular focus betrays a lack of broader thinking on the issue as well as lack of understanding about the nature of guns and gun crime within our society.

OPINION | A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Loopholes

Estimated at $67.4 billion worldwide in 2018, the legitimate art market is enormous, highly liquid and largely deregulated. As a consequence, it has become a primary target for money laundering and forgeries due to its loose regulations, exclusive nature and the lack of art market expertise in most law enforcement agencies around the world. To put this into perspective,  this article will look at the following key issues: market size and regulation, Europe’s lack of an anti-money laundering strategy, difference between the laws and capabilities of EU member states, difference between EU and US strategies, freeports and law enforcement.

COVID Burnout

We are putting our healthcare system and frontline workers under dangerous strain. The COVID19 pandemic has changed us forever and after almost a year of social distancing and hiding our faces behind masks, we’re still seeing surge after surge after surge. Burnout is becoming more and more common and the health of our healthcare system and healthcare professionals are buckling under the strain.

May it Please the Virtual Court

Given COVID-19 restrictions, courthouses around the country have closed. This has created many issues for people with pending court cases or who have had legal issues crop up from COVID related issues such as eviction, bankruptcy, etc. This article explores how people have faired in online courts and online dispute resolution and weighs in if this is the “new normal” for civil cases.