Politics Blog: A new shot for the NDP

This weekend, the New Democratic Party leadership race concluded on Oct. 1, with excited chants and cheers. The final answer to the contest is Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh MPP from Brampton, Ont. Singh represents a new chapter of the NDP and the nation as a whole. His platform is one that strikes the balance Canadians need between social progress and economic strength.   His economic plan consists largely of public and community infrastructure programs financed and supported by the federal government. While getting Canadians the jobs and opportunities they need, Singh also aims to expand the social safety net and protect those at risk of falling through the cracks. Capitalism is unsustainable when it allows citizens to collapse from the […]

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Opinion: Ontario pot plans are problematic

As Canada moves closer and closer to fully legalizing marijuana, it’s inevitable that the provinces will roll out their plans for their own personalized legalization processes. The Ontario provincial government has decided on the interesting choice to make its process of legalization bad and counter-productive. Ontario’s recent announcement to sell marijuana through LCBO-run shops is a bad idea for practical, consumer, and ethical reasons. Ontario plans to open 80 dispensaries run by the LCBO by 2019, which is not inherently a bad idea. What is a bad idea is the province’s plan to crack down on existing private marijuana dispensaries. I will say it outright: there is no logical reason to shut down existing dispensaries. Private dispensaries provide a pre-existing […]

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Opinion: Canada must reflect on Charlottesville

If you haven’t seen or heard anything about Charlottesville, VA, in the news this past week, you’ve probably been living (happily) in an impenetrable social media-free bubble, where the words “white supremacy” and “alt-right” haven’t managed to chill you to your core. In any case, the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 saw the gathering of hundreds of white nationalists at the University of Virginia, who carried flaming torches while yelling chants including “white lives matter” and “blood and soil.”  Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counter-protesters, leaving many people bleeding, battered and bruised as punches were thrown and smoke bombs were released. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed, after being struck by a car […]

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Letter: Mandatory voting isn’t the solution

In a Feb. 16 letter, Sima Shakeri wrote that Canada should institute mandatory voting, to cure what ails Canadian democracy. Shakeri praises Australia for its mandatory voting system, and its consistent voter turnouts of more than 90 per cent. This does not say much about the state of Australian democracy. After all, it is mandatory. In fact, researchers at the Australian National University released a study in December 2016 reviewing their most recent federal election, concluding that faith in Australia’s democracy hasn’t been so low since 1975. A 2014 study from the Lowy Institute found less than a third of voting-age Australians had confidence in the federal government. The same problem exists in our country. Eighty per cent of Canadians […]

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Canadian millennials fall behind U.S, Mexico in home ownership: report

A new report shows that 82 per cent of millennials in Canada expect to buy their first home in the next five years, despite facing significant challenges. The independent research study was commissioned by HSBC and based on feedback from 9,000 people from across the globe, including 1,000 from Canada. Canada is sixth on the list of millennial home ownership, at 34 per cent, following the U.S., according to the report. But the report shows the percentage of millennials that intend to buy a home in the near future is more than double that at 82 per cent. “Whereas there might be a perception out there that millennials don’t want to own houses, the report tells us otherwise, that they […]

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