Trudeau Sleeping While The Arctic Melts In Winter
By Bill Henderson – Countercurrents
Climate Change Activist from Canada
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should resign. That’s laughable presently. The Trudeau government is still enjoying an extra long honeymoon; Canadians are still as happy about the change to ‘sunny ways’ as Americans are distraught with the specter of at least four years of slime, sleeze and shame.
But our PM is a dead man walking. Trudeau and his government have already done lasting harm to our country by failing to respond effectively to the foremost issue threatening Canada: climate change.
The Digital Economy is the Economy
By A Correspondent
The federal government is looking to boost the amount it contracts out to startups, writes Sean Silcoff in The Globe and Mail, “Ottawa earmarks just $30-million of its vast $18-billion annual procurement budget to buy new technologies from startups through its Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP)”.
In a period of low economic growth, Canada needs to invest in developing the talent and skills of its people. In particular, the country needs to prepare all Canadians to compete and collaborate in a global and digital economy.
Unveiled: 'A New Vision for Housing in Canada'
The Canadian government has unveiled its housing strategy plans, following months of consultation with Canadians and industry stakeholders.
“Affordable housing can connect individuals with the facilities and services they need to build secure, productive and meaningful lives for themselves.
Living close to jobs, public transportation and childcare enables people to participate fully in society and the economy,” Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development, said in the report, entitled What we heard: Shaping Canada’s national housing strategy. “A National Housing Strategy will align the efforts and resources of all players – governments, stakeholders in the private and non-profit sectors and others – toward improving housing outcomes for all Canadians.”
Cap-and-Trade: Raising Cost of Gasoline, Home Heating
By Keith Leslie - The Canadian Press
Ontarians will start paying for the Liberal government’s ambitious cap-and-trade program almost immediately after it comes into effect Jan. 1 with higher prices for gasoline and natural gas.
The plan, which is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels within four years, will drive the price of gasoline up 4.3 cents per litre and increase the cost of home heating by up to $6.70 a month.
Ontario to Launch Cap-and-Trade on January 1
To tackle climate change
By Adrian Morrow – The Globe and Mail
On the first day of the new year, Ontario will launch its cap-and-trade system on carbon in a bid to vault the province to the front lines of the battle against climate change.
It is the centrepiece of the Wynne government’s Climate Change Action Plan, meant not only to meet tough targets for slashing greenhouse gas emissions but to spark a sweeping transition to a low-carbon society by changing the way Ontarians get around, heat their homes and run their businesses.
Vancouver Real Estate’s Mystery Owners
By Steve Randall – REP Magazine
Canada’s regulatory shortcomings is allowing ownership of real estate by unknown individuals, risking corruption and money laundering.
The claim is made in a report by Transparency International Canada, part of a global non-profit which aims to expose corruption; it says that the government does not know for sure who owns 46 of the 100 most expensive properties in Vancouver.
India Drives Mongolia Into China's Submission
By Shastri Ramachandran* - IDN-InDepthNews
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to visit Mongolia. He may also be the last, as Mongolia now wishes that he had never come.
Thereby hangs a sordid tale of how the cookie crumbled in the steppes; how the itinerant dream merchant fed false hopes to a credulous but friendly and trusting people; and, how Mongolia – when squeezed by China to apologise for the Dalai Lama’s visit and promise to never again invite him – learned the hard way that India would neither come to its aid nor deliver on its promises. Beijing made Ulaanbaatar kowtow, and that was a resounding slap on New Delhi’s face.