Montreal World Social Forum to Focus on Nuclear Disarmament
By J C Suresh - IDN-InDepthNews
The World Social Forum (WSF), the largest civil society gathering to find solutions to the problems of our time, will convene for the first time in a northern country – in Canada – from August 9 to 14.
Montreal will host the 12th World Social Forum that was launched in 2001 in Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. One of the key issues in focus will be: “Once a nuclear war starts, there’s no way to limit it.”
Trudeau: Following Harper’s Footsteps In Foreign Policy
Viewpoint By Jim Miles *
Only half a year in power and it is apparent that Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, is essentially following Harper’s footsteps when dealing with Canada’s foreign policy – militarily, politically, and economically.
The recent NATO meeting and Trudeau’s sojourns to Ukraine have indicated – that like Obama using “hope and change” to replicate Bush’s U.S. policies – that like Harper, he is using his “sunny ways” to continue with Harper’s (and U.S.) foreign policy, simply couching it in fancier and false language.
Canada's Arms Exports To Middle East Now 2nd-Largest After U.S., Report Says
By Daniel Tencer - The Huffington Post
If the federal Liberals are loathe to cancel Canada’s controversial arms deal with Saudi Arabia, it may have something do with a trend unearthed this week by Jane’s Defence Weekly.
According to the magazine, Canada has become the world’s second-largest exporter of arms to the Middle East, behind the United States.
The last time Jane’s surveyed arms exports, Canada was in sixth place on Middle East exports, but the country leapfrogged Britain, France, Germany and Russia into second place, with US$2.7 billion in sales in 2015, Jane’s reports.
Our Military, and Political, Disarmament
National Post View
Canada has a major problem with its understrength, overstretched and underequipped Armed Forces. But our biggest problem is our incapacity to have an intelligent discussion of the situation.
The latest proof of our military disarmament is that to send eight CF-18s to the massive multilateral biannual U.S.-led Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), we have been forced to strip them away from NATO and North American air defence deployments. Yet all these functions are critical.
Liberals Must Answer Questions Before
Sending Troops to a War Zone
James Bezan, Official Opposition Critic for National Defence, and Pierre Paul-Hus, Associate Critic for National Defence, issued the following statement in response to the Liberal government’s refusal to address serious concerns about the safety of Canadian troops:
“This week the world witnessed attacks on both UN peacekeeping forces and African Union security officials in Somalia, by members of Al-Shabab. A terrorist organization that has been waging guerrilla warfare against UN forces since 2011, Al-Shabab has pledged to eliminate all foreign troops in Somalia. With over 100 peacekeepers killed since 2013, these conflict zones have been recognized by the UN Security Council as the deadliest mission for UN troops.
Canada's Future Growth Zones
By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Economic Development Canada
If the science of economics is truly dismal, then now must be its heyday. Six sub-standard post-recession years have birthed a glut of gloom. Few forecasters – in Canada or elsewhere – brave the high side, either run down by repeated retreats, or fearing the ‘heretic’ moniker. Now, there’s a close cluster around consensus, and a general acquiescence to ‘new-normal-nomics’.
Our Pulses are Racing!
By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada
There’s a lot to keep our pulses racing these days. Brexit, the US election, and recent violence stateside and overseas, have given rise to a new round of uncertainty. So much for our down-tools, kick-back-and-relax plans this summer – or those more leisurely pursuits that get our pulses running higher. Is all this negative stuff making for a different experience during the hot months?
Ontario and OMA Reach Tentative Agreement
Government and OMA Committed To Improving Services For Patients
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
The province and the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) have reached a tentative four-year agreement that would, if ratified, strengthen the quality, access and timeliness of health care while providing a predictable physician services budget.
The tentative agreement contains annual increases to the Physician Services Budget that are limited to the costs of population growth, an aging society and funding for continued growth in doctors supply.
My Campaign in Alberta
By Jason Kenney
I want to share with you the reasons for my recent decision to leave Parliament after two decades.
In recent months, thousands of friends across Canada encouraged me to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada to renew the national party at a challenging time. I am humbled by their confidence in me.
ANOKHI MEDIA is for “Misfits and innovators”: Raj Girn
By A Correspondent
ANOKHI MEDIA is turning 13 on August 25 and an exclusive Awards Show will be held to celebrate the success stories of South Asians from Canada, USA, UK and India. The party has some of the hottest names in the Canadian and Global media industry attending, with confirmations from noted film-maker Deepa Mehta, Chef and restaurateur Vikram Vij of Dragon’s Den fame and Jus Reign, You Tube sensation and London’s hottest singer songwriter Arjun, among others.
ANOKHI MEDIA’s 13th Anniversary Awards Show
The Show is set for August 25 at the hottest, new, state-of-the-art, entertainment venue in Toronto!
Amidst the festivities, there will be a Pre-Show Red Carpet Celebrity Reception, a 2.5 Hour Awards-Fashion-Entertainment Show, and an After Show Soiree.
Due to the tremendous success of our 1st edition commemorative coffee table book last year, ANOKHI MEDIA will be releasing a 2nd edition to continue documenting the celebration of the regional, national and international success stories of some of today's most prolific South Asian personalities. The book entitled The ANOKHI List 2016, will be unveiled during the event and only 2,500 copies will be produced.