Taking Stock of Canada’s International Commitments to Reduce GHG Emissions

By Clare MacDonald Introduction This explainer will delve into the international organizations involved in measuring and reporting worldwide commitments to slowing climate change. It will also examine the Government of Canada’s biggest climate-related commitments over the years and explain how Canada tracks and articulates its climate emissions and commitments on the global scale. Environment and…

Breaking down the Huawei Case: A Closer look at Canada’s Extradition Process

By: Sarah Baker On December 1st 2018, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Meng Wanzhou, landed in Vancouver’s International airport. The 46-year-old Chinese business executive had been on her way to catch a connecting flight to Mexico when she was detained by RCMP due to an extradition request filed by the American…

If They Don’t Complain, We Will (Continue to) Build It: China’s Latest Fait Accompli in the South China Sea

Ernest Chong Geopolitical debate often aspires to acta non verba (“deeds, not words”). In the South China Sea, Beijing has seemingly embraced this aspiration wholeheartedly as the region’s honey badger. China’s latest act of fearless indifference? Spending the past year terraforming brand-new islands in the Sea’s hotly-contested Spratlys region. While it is not the first…

Should the Olympic Games be Patriotic or Political?

Deanna Veltri The controversial Sochi Olympics have not inspired the feelings of global camaraderie and sportsmanship usually associated with the Games. If anything, this year’s event has drudged up memories of the protests over the 2010 Vancouver Games. Four years later, the Games are situated in a completely different political regime, but with reminiscent social…

Seen and Heard: Louise Arbour on the International Peace Agenda

Jenna Simpson  Last Thursday, the School of Public Policy and Governance launched the David Peterson Leadership Lecture Series with an event at the Isabel Bader Theatre featuring the Honourable Louise Arbour. Arbour is a former justice of the Superior Court of Ontario, the Court of Appeal of Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada; Chief…