Pension Reform: A Hard Look at the Role of Ideology

Federico Vargas On the sunniest day of the year, Canadians learned of a final agreement reached among all provincial ministers and the federal government, with the exception of Manitoba and Quebec, to significantly expand the Canadian Pension Plan (CPP). This long overdue expansion of the CPP took place in a particularly tense and politicized environment….

The rise of the post-factual democracy: A look at Brexit

Jonathan Kates Human disaster. Although the tweet was only a Photoshop edit, it is an apt description of a post-Brexit David Cameron. The morning following a lifeless “Remain” campaign that resulted in a narrow 52-48 per cent victory for the Leave campaign, Cameron resigned as the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister. This instigated a tumultuous period…

Ontario’s Culture Strategy: Monetizing the Arts

Mike Robichaux It’s a new year, kind of, and the Government of Ontario is getting ready to roll out its first-ever provincial Culture Strategy. The draft plan is slated for release this winter (so, any day now), and will be based on an extensive process of public consultation through which Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have tried…

#MyReconciliationIncludes Decolonizing Canada

Adryan Bergstrom-Borins I would like to begin by acknowledging the sacred land that I exist on, which has been a site of human activity for over 15,000 years. This occupied land is the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was…

The GOP Candidates’ Tax Proposals are Wild, Ambitious, and a Little Bit Scary

Jenny Mutton With the mania of Iowa in the rear-view mirror, and the New Hampshire caucus coming up, I’ve been really distracted by American political ongoings. More specifically, I’ve been hate-reading some of the Republican candidates’ platforms (and for some reason, when I do so, I find myself instinctively shielding my womb). For all the…

Ontario brews up a new beer reform, although it still needs to be uncorked

Lauren Birch This week Ontario revealed the lucky thirteen grocery retailers who get to be the first to stock their shelves with beer. As a result of an “extremely competitive bidding process” these retailers could be selling beer at up to sixty locations in Ontario by December 2015. Long overdue, this reform is the biggest change…