The task that lies ahead is eradicating a phony philosophy of self to the exclusion of others. Canadians need a government that sees looking out for others as integral to the public purpose.
The Syrian crisis dominated discussions at the Halifax International Security Forum. The role of women, the Syrian Kurds, and the geopolitical maneuverings of Iran and Russia figured prominently.
The Halifax International Security Forum asks "What is the new international normal?" "Light footprint" military approaches may contain security issues, but don't address underlying concerns.
When Stephen Harper went to India he decided he needed his fleet of armored cars, an extravagance that will cost taxpayers over $622,000. Couldn't he have ordered a $16 glass of orange juice instead?
News that multi-year Arctic sea ice was melting towards a record low did not put a dent in Prime Minister Stephen Harper's annual northern road show last week.
Executive Director of the Sierra Club Canada, John Bennett, summed it up this way: "The only real environmental terrorists are in the Federal Cabinet."
Constructing change: the activist toolkit
On this week's Constructing change podcast, Hassan Diab fights his extradition charges and anti-national security tools are highlighted.
How to create a blog that is difficult to trace and virtually anonymous
What happened to Canada? It used to be the country we would flee to if life in the U.S. became unpalatable. Universal health care. A good record on the environment. But that was the old Canada.
Some commentators in the United States would have us believe that the possibility of cyber attack is imminent. Conn Hallinan believes that there is another agenda behind this fear mongering.