Letter: China, E.U. will trump climate change

After Miami has been swallowed by the Atlantic, and the smog over the Great Plains becomes so thick farmers are reminded of great clouds of locusts, perhaps we can all look up and see a potential silver lining in U.S President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord. As  America shies  away from global leadership on climate change, the European Union and China are stepping in to fill the void. The day after Trump announced on Twitter he would be leaving the Paris Accord, the E.U and China issued a joint statement ahead of their annual summit, held June 1−2 in Brussels. The document reaffirmed their collective commitment to the emissions reduction targets and underlying norms of the […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—Chinese expansion, U.S. protectionism, and the fate of Canada

 “Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Yugander Sailesh and Matt Clark take a look at Trump’s foreign policy regarding China’s territorial expansion of the South China Sea and its economic implications on Canada and the world. The South Pacific has become an ever-growing topic of importance in the past few months, with the increase of Chinese influence in the region. The election of Donald Trump has increased the discussion about the South Pacific, given that Trump has claimed he will end the “freeloading” of countries […]

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Book Blog: Stories with diversity are important

In a topsy-turvy world where a man who has blacklisted the American Muslim, Latino, and Black communities has become president of the most powerful nation on Earth, it’s a good time to escape into the world of fiction. When we consume stories, we can be transported to different places and cultures, stepping into the shoes of people who have vastly different worldviews and experiences from our own. And in stepping into another person’s shoes, we learn to better understand and empathize with others overall. So in a society that has so much more learning to do than we realized, it’s so important to read and listen to stories from all over the world, from different periods in time, and especially […]

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Canadian post-secondary population hits two million

Canada’s post-secondary population surpassed two million students in 2014, according to data published by Statistics Canada. The rise in student enrolment is a result of a 2.5 per cent increase in the number of international students since the previous academic year, and foreign students make up about 10 per cent of total enrolment. Enrolment in the 2013-14 academic year reached 2,048,019—about 5.7 per cent of the Canadian population. While international enrolment has risen steadily for more than two decades, the percentage increase between 2013 and 2014 is lower than the 6.9 per cent rise between 2012 and 2013. Most international students came from Asia, with China being the most common country for international students in Canada. Female students accounted for […]

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Students support Hong Kong from afar

Students worldwide are uniting to support the massive pro-democracy protests underway in Hong Kong. The so-called umbrella revolution has grabbed international headlines with footage of thousands of people boycotting main areas of the city, including major highways. The movement’s goals, as told by co-founder Joshua Wong in an interview with CBC, are universal suffrage and nomination by citizens. The protests were first initiated in part by the Hong Kong Federation of Students, but now incorporate all pro-democratic citizens. In his article “China’s Tempest in a Teapot,” Carleton political science professor Jeremy Paltiel noted all Hong Kong officials have been handpicked by Beijing. “Since 1997, a series of invertebrate Chief Executives have been elected by an electoral college handpicked by Beijing. […]

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