Current Scandals

Securitization and the Muslim community in Canada

The recent passage of Bill 21 in Quebec, which effectively bans teachers and other provincial employees from wearing the hijab, continues in the legacy of discriminatory policy that is based on the securitization of Muslims in Canada. Put simply, expressions of Muslim identity are portrayed as a t ...

Harper’s uninhibited retirement jeopardizes Conservative election campaign - Loonie Politics

  One of the great ironies of Stephen Harper is that, for a former prime minister infamous for muzzling his caucus, in retirement he doesn’t know when to keep quiet.  Divisive actions by Harper in recent weeks threaten to chip just enough momentum away from the Conservatives to possibly dera ...

Yet another annual message to the Calgary Stampede: don't hurt animals for entertainment

David J. Climenhaga There will be a "thorough review process surrounding chuckwagon safety" after the deaths of six horses during the 2019 Calgary Stampede, which is now mercifully over. Oh, please! There will be no meaningful review of the safety of the horses that are abused for fun at the Stam ...

On 'unalienable' human rights

Mercedes Allen On July 8, the U.S. State Department announced the launch of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, which is intended to rethink and reshape how human rights laws are applied around the world. This commission was deemed necessary to ensure that "human rights discourse not be corrupt ...

Happiness index: Smile for more progress

There’s good news and bad news in the latest research on world happiness. The seventh annual World Happiness Report was released in March by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Yes, there’s a science of happiness, and the data is robust enough that researchers can measure peop ...

A Liberal minority would be Alberta’s worst nightmare - Loonie Politics

  The worst-case scenario for Alberta in the coming federal election is not a Liberal majority government; it is a minority Liberal government, and that is exactly what polls are pointing to right now. While Liberal majority governments have a long record of hostility to Alberta and hard-edged ...

Cheering on the corruption of MPs - Loonie Politics

  When the Liberals first came to power, it seemed for a time that they were finally starting to restore some of the norms of a parliamentary democracy in very many ways, be it with respecting the House of Commons enough to make major announcements there – most especially things like the fall ec ...

Stand by for an expensive gong show from Alberta's fossil fuel defamation inquisition

David J. Climenhaga Here are three predictions about Alberta Premier Jason Kenney's inquiry into that "foreign-funded defamation campaign" against Alberta's fossil fuel industry. It will be a gong show. It will cost far more than $2.5 million. It will end up harming the industry, and Alberta. ...

Ford says voters don’t care about his patronage scandal

TORONTO—Ontario Premier Doug Ford shrugged off questions today about his government’s patronage scandal, saying the issue isn’t of concern to Ontarians. Ford accused journalists of getting “into the weeds” Monday when asked about his chief of staff’s resignation and the numerous appoint ...

Heroes & zeros: Volkswagen and Vale

For the past three years in a row, Volkswagen has sold more vehicles than any other carmaker on the planet. Yet that achievement has won it little applause. The German carmaker’s profits and share price have languished, and the sales numbers have been overshadowed by one of the most damaging scan ...