Cameron Fenton: In Durban, Canada Needs an Oil Change Canada has decided to put polluters ahead of people. It is only nation to weaken its international commitments after the Copenhagen conference; this after it stood alone as the only nation to renounce its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol.
Keith Beardsley: NDP Leadership Race Is a Campaign of Nobodies While the candidates are a decent bunch of individuals, can Canadians envision all but a couple of them as the next prime minister of Canada? I say that because in the end, that is what this leadership race is all about. Whoever wins could be our next prime minister. It might seem like a pretty harsh judgment, but federal politics is the big league in Canada. It is a brutal battleground where only the toughest and best survive. Being a nice person and a hard-working MP doesn't mean that you are prime ministerial material or even party leadership material. That has been proven time and again and if you look back over the last 10 to 15 years in Canadian political life you can count quite a few leaders (from all parties) who didn't survive.
Dianne Carmichael: We Need Health Care 2.0 Our nation is often defined by our passion for hockey, our taste for beer, and our universal health care system. There is little question that Canada's hockey prowess endures and our beer remains cold. But our health care system? Overburdened, and totally ill-prepared to endure the perfect storm that lies ahead.
Nick Van der Graaf: What's Next for Occupy? After its initial success, it's time for Occupy to think big. It won't be easy. Everyone thinks their cause is the most important. But the attempt to build this unity would have to be couched in language that encourages open dialogue and willingness to focus on root causes and not just symptoms.
Matt Price: On the Trail of Ethical Oil's Secrets The rules of diplomacy say that the Conservative government cannot directly attack Canada's oil competitors -- particularly the ones it finds distasteful -- so did it prime an outside entity to do so?