Opinions & Analysis

The Myth of Universal Health Care

The Myth of Universal Health Care

Eryn Dixon had enough to manage as it was. At the age of forty-five, with profound disabilities related to multiple sclerosis, Dixon was living in Almonte Country Haven, a long-term care facility on a grassy hill in eastern Ontario. Then, in March, she contracted COVID-19. As she lay unconscious and unresponsive, struggling on oxygen, her father, Rick, was told to say his final goodbyes. Against the odds, Dixon pulled through, but more than a third of her facility’s residents weren’t so lucky.

 

The Paris Agreement at 5: Time’s running out. How to get the world back on track to meet its climate goals

The Paris Agreement at 5: Time’s running out. How to get the world back on track to meet its climate goals

COVID-19 has dramatically changed how we live our lives, reducing air travel and automobile use. But even these significant socio-economic changes are not the long-term changes needed to address climate change. We are still set to overshoot Paris Agreement target to keep the global temperature rise this century to below 2C and to pursue a limit of 1.5C.

Bigger lifestyle, technology and land-use changes must be adopted if we are to meet the target. And while the technology exists, the imagination necessary to achieve success may be lacking.

IP Monopolies, Not Pirates, Are The Real Threat To Artists

IP Monopolies, Not Pirates, Are The Real Threat To Artists

We’ve all been lied to about piracy. Many of us have been made to believe that online “pirates” rob artists of their livelihood, while Intellectual Property (IP) law exists as a means of protecting the rights of individual creators to make a profit and protect their integrity. 

What the rise of tech monopolies in the last decade has shown us is the opposite: IP law mostly serves corporate interests, while anyone who participates in digital public preservation, archiving and sharing is increasingly criminalized as a “pirate.” 

'Biosurveillance' can threaten human rights

'Biosurveillance' can threaten human rights

Using smartphones to track and trace during the COVID-19 pandemic creates a smokescreen for wider surveillance measures that may infringe on people's right to privacy. 

Human rights activists are concerned that such data can be used to discriminate against migrants and refugees, and on racial grounds. 

The "Report of the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance" (United Nations, November 2020) is categorical: 

Reviewing Our Progress 50 Years After The Status Of Women Report

Reviewing Our Progress 50 Years After The Status Of Women Report

Fifty years ago this coming Monday, recommendations from the most important study on the condition of women in Canada landed in the House of Commons. The Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada’s final report, written after three years of work and based on more than 1,000 letters and 468 briefs, would trigger a new wave of feminist organizing in Canada. 

Bankers Are Enriching Shareholders – And Putting the Global Economy at Risk

Bankers Are Enriching Shareholders – And Putting the Global Economy at Risk

During the last financial crisis, banks paid out dividends to shareholders even as losses mounted and the financial sector headed toward collapse. Now, even as they face big losses on commercial real estate loans, the nation’s largest banks are once again being permitted to continue paying out billions of dollars of dividends to shareholders — and a top Trump appointee at the Federal Reserve has pushed to weaken rules requiring banks to keep large cash reserves on hand to cover losses.

Canada’s UNDRIP Bill Holds Promise, but It’s All in the Doing

Canada’s UNDRIP Bill Holds Promise, but It’s All in the Doing

Today, after waiting for years, the federal government tabled Bill C-15, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been promising such legislation for years, and we saw the failure in the Senate of Romeo Saganash’s private members Bill C-262 last June. It must be noted this was not Trudeau’s bill, and he has not done anything to fulfill his promise until now.

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