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First Steps – Building a balanced, sustainable energy future
James Miller Williams is not among Canada's most prominent historical figures, but he is among our most influential...
First Steps – How to encourage corporate social responsibility
From social impact bonds to carbon taxes, legislators are taking a hard look at the socially harmful consequences that result when many parties contribute to a problem but no one bears the full cost...
Perspectives – Buying local: Nice idea, lousy public policy
Something is intuitively appealing about the notion of supporting local businesses. Some municipalities have procurement policies that require them to buy from local vendors, or at least give local businesses preferential treatment. It seems only logical to keep those dollars within the community...
Arctic Visions – A collection
From traditional northern powers to new actors in energy-challenged East Asia, countries are casting their eyes toward the Arctic. In the following pages, we examine how the Arctic looks from where they stand as they look to the Far North in a different light, wondering what it might hold for them.
Arctic Visions – A normal great power? Russia and the Arctic
The Arctic's "bad guy" may be intent upon improving its image.
Elana Wilson Rowe and Helge Blakkisrud
Arctic Visions – The Chinese Pole
Some countries see China's interest in gaining observer status on the Arctic Council as a threat. But Arctic countries should be more concerned about China opting out.
James Manicom and P. Whitney Lackenbauer
Arctic Visions – Wanting in
As climate change opens new economic opportunities and strategic interests in the circumpolar region, countries like France are demanding a voice in how the Arctic is governed.
Arctic Visions – A path to responsible development
Ensuring the proper extraction of resources in the Arctic Ocean requires more than new laws and regulations. It also needs companies to create and abide by their own codes of responsible conduct.
Arctic Visions – Park the paranoia
South Korea and Japan bring technological and scientific advantages to help the Arctic develop in a sustainable way. Canada and the Arctic states should welcome that involvement.
Ken Coates and Kimie Hara
The Opponent – How Bill McKibben changed environmental politics and took on the oil patch
In the 1980s, Bill McKibben became one of the first journalists to warn of the perils of climate change. Since then he has parlayed his extensive environmental writing and the reach of digital media into a grassroots campaign against the fossil fuel industry, the Keystone XL pipeline in particular. How did this writer-turned-activist become the bane of the Canadian oil patch? And what is his vision for the future?...
Matthew C. Nisbet
The Wonk – After the Budget
Article series on the implications of the latest federal budget, which may be more surprising and extensive than appeared in the initial reviews.
After the Budget – Trouble ahead
Ottawa is laying the groundwork for a fiscal future that will strain already heavily indebted provinces. The federation needs to change its tack if Canada is to compete in the Information Age.
After the Budget – Ottawa's new activism
Ottawa's latest budget was greeted with yawns by many observers. That's a mistake, because Budget 2013 may ultimately mark the moment when the government signalled its readiness to embrace a more interventionist role in the economy.
After the Budget – Fixing the skills gap
Budget 2013 was a fair response to the growing debate about whether Canada's labour market is working well. But until we have better data, we may not understand the full picture.
Ici et ailleurs – Ottawa dicte aux provinces des règles incohérentes
Stephen Harper est maintenant en vitesse de croisière, notait avec satisfaction le
Globe and Mail
au lendemain du dépôt du budget. Il met la clé sous la porte de l'Agence canadienne de développement international, change les règles du jeu pour la formation de la main-d'oeuvre sans ajouter d'argent neuf et introduit même un programme de travail obligatoire pour les jeunes autochtones...
Vieillissement – Pour une assurance publique des soins de longue durée
Among possible financing options, only a public insurance plan would ensure universal coverage of long-term care needs equitably and efficiently, and it would also be more consistent with the "aging at home" approach favoured by seniors and governments.
Michel Grignon and Nicole F. Bernier
Reply All – The destiny of demographic change
Changing population trends lie behind our diminished prospects for economic growth. If we understand the demographic facts we'll be able to come up with the right policies to deal with the economic challenges.
Rafael Gomez and David Foot
Nota Bene –
The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World
The rise of the South is unprecedented in its speed and scale. For the first time in 150 years, the combined output of the developing world's three leading economies – Brazil, China and India – is about equal to the combined GDP of the longstanding industrial powers of the North – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and the United States...
UN Development Program
Nota Bene – Nuclear power saves lives
In the aftermath of the March 2011 accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the future contribution of nuclear power to the global energy supply has become somewhat uncertain. Because nuclear power is an abundant, low-carbon source of base-load power, it could make a large contribution to mitigation of global climate change and air pollution...
Pusher A. Kharecha and James E. Hansen
Nota Bene – "The Future of Food"
One future for food is the emergence of a food fascism. Not just this absolute uncontrollable power by a handful of corporations, but also the abuse of law against innocent farmers who are saving seeds. We've created a whole global movement on seed freedom because friends in Europe are being sued if they're saving seeds; friends in Latin America are being sued for saving seeds...
Nota Bene – The case for diplomacy with Iran
For more than three decades, the United States has relied more heavily on the pressure track than on the diplomatic track of its "dual-track" Iran policy. While this strategy has been successful in some ways, a cycle of pressure and resistance to pressure has brought the United States and Iran to a standoff...
The Iran Project
Nota Bene – Early warning of warming
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