Canada’s International Altruism: Reconciling our Self-image with Reality

Madeline Rowland The image of Canada as a global peacekeeper and champion of development is a salient part of our collective national consciousness. The formation of the (now-defunct) Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in 1968 secured the position of aid and development on the political agenda, at least for CIDA’s 45-year lifespan. Prime Ministers of…

Climate Change and the Rise of the Environmental Migrant

James Drummond Canada has come under much scrutiny in recent weeks for its lack of commitment to climate change initiatives. Prime Minister Stephen Harper skipped out on annual climate change talks, opting instead for a face-to-face meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. And just last week, a scathing report was released criticizing Canada for…

Why Canada Needs an Official Development Policy Framework

James Nelson  For the last 24 years, the Government of Canada has made the first week of February International Development Week.  This year’s theme, “We are Making a Difference,” encourages individual Canadians to share their personal experiences of how they feel they are contributing to change by working on development projects. The week fails to…