In the 2019 British general election, the Labour party suffered a devastating landslide defeat, winning the fewest seats it has held since 1935. How did the Labour party go from 13 years of majority government to finding itself locked out of large portions of the country from north to south?
In late December, as many Canadians were easing into a low-key holiday break, Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan pulled out a bag of goodies for the nuclear industry. It was the much-hyped Small Modular Reactor Action Plan for Canada.
Small modular reactors (SMRs) are experimental nuclear technologies that are still on the drawing board. They are the nuclear power industry's hope for overcoming the problems that have plagued it: high costs, radioactive waste, and risks of accidents.
Who owns your face? Of course, a silly question … right?
But what about the data generated from your face? And what does it mean to have your face become data?
Already, plenty of data about millions and millions of faces exist. We have volunteered our faces in social media posts and photos stored in the cloud. But we’ve yet to determine who owns the data associated with the contours of our faces.
Just a few months ago, the two sectors were in a common position.
They both had a rough reputation for enabling the ratcheting up of emissions, taking Canada further away from its climate goals.
They both had a problem raising investment, with their futures up in the air.
This weekend was a dividing line.
Try to talk about the abysmal performance of Canadians during the pandemic and expect to be met with a chorus of whataboutism and deflection.
Point to developing countries with comparatively scant resources like Vietnam, a country of 95 million with 1,537 COVID cases and 35 deaths, and some will say they hid the true figures.
In December 2016, as Donald Trump’s inauguration loomed, migrants living in the U.S. began to flee for their lives on foot. With their infants in their arms they trudged through the waist-deep snow at Roxham Road, a country road turned unofficial border crossing between New York and Quebec. Organizations like Black Lives Matter and Solidarity Across Borders worked double time, sending legal teams, providing food and warm clothing, preventing police brutality, and talking to the media. Canadian headlines were vicious. Words like “line jumpers” and “illegals” were used regularly on the news.
Donald Trump has made history. He is the only president in American history to be impeached twice. His incitement of supporters to launch a deadly insurrection at the United States Capitol building was a shocking and horrific act. The world is better with him on his way of out of power, whatever the deep limitations of Joe Biden.
Canadians have surely watched these events from a distance with sadness and dismay. But there was one major Canadian party leader who took a stand in favour of Trump’s impeachment in 2019: NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. Despite criticisms from Liberals and Conservatives that it was inappropriate for a Canadian politician to question a president’s legitimacy—or that such actions endangered the Canadian economy—Singh has been proven unequivocally correct by the passage of recent history.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the idea of paid sick leave for all workers suddenly popular.
When he was leader of the Ontario Conservative party, John Tory did not favour obliging employers to pay workers when they were sick. Now, as mayor of Toronto, Tory is all for it.
So are Patrick Brown, mayor of Brampton (and also a one-time Ontario Conservative leader), Toronto's medical officer of health Eileen de Villa, and many others in the health field. The NDP in Ontario has long favoured paid sick leave.
At present, only the federal labour code provides for paid sick leave, five days of it per calendar year, three of which are paid, for all workers within its jurisdiction.
When it became clear last fall that Ontario's long-term care (LTC) homes were about to be engulfed by the second wave of the pandemic, the Ford government swung into action.
Wasting no time, it promptly introduced legislation -- legislation that gave the corporate owners of long-term care homes extra protection from lawsuits that were accumulating against them.
Tragically, the province has shown no such speed or dedication to the task of providing extra protection -- or much protection at all -- to the elderly people who live in these homes and who, unlike the corporate owners, really are helpless to defend themselves.
As the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships recently drew to a close in Edmonton, many of Team Canada’s players are looking ahead to opportunities in the professional junior leagues. Labour unions should be doing the same.
The ongoing return to play of various major sports leagues and NCAA has put a spotlight on the exploitation present within sports capitalism. While major leagues have powerful unions, and a healthy stream of advocacy and labour power exists to transform American college sports, junior hockey has largely escaped this spotlight.