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Would you pay more for the CBC?

Canada’s public broadcaster came out Friday saying that they feel Canadians are willing to pay more for their service.

I’m all for the CBC.  I think they do great work covering news, sports, arts and culture.  From the Morning Edition on CBC Radio, all the way to The National on television.  Personally, I would be willing to pay more for the coverage.

That being said however, I feel many Canadians would not be in the same boat.  There has been many a person who has called the CBC nothing more than a waste of taxpayers dollars.

There are those who also feel that the Crown Corporation should not be in the news business, as they reported on their “bosses” on a regular basis.  Some have gone as far to say that the CBC’s reporting bias depends on the governing party of the day.

So all in all, I think Canada’s oldest network may have a fight on their hands, despite what they are telling regulators.

For more information on the CBC’s goals, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Children in poverty are in desperate need of our help

For many years, child poverty in the developed world has been seen as an “American” problem.  The truth of the matter is that there are thousands of children in Canada living in poverty as well.  In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that nearly one million Canadian children were living in low income homes.

Many of these children are minorities, mostly aboriginal.  But many are simple everyday kids that without knowing, you would never guess that their stomachs ached because they didn’t have breakfast this morning.

It breaks my heart to think of, not only the children, but everyone living in poverty.  To have to choose between paying rent or putting meat on the table is a question no family should have to choose between.

I call on the political leaders of not only Canada and the United States, but the world, to make eliminating poverty a priority.  There is no reason why a child should be forced to go hungry.

We can all make a difference.  For some, it might be writing a blog to raise awareness.  For others, it might be volunteering at a shelter.  But one thing we should all do is hold our leaders accountable and call for action on child poverty.

For more insight on the growing concern of child poverty in Canada, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Canada has Dutch Disease: Bank of America

A new report out by Bank of America Merrill Lynch says that Canada’s oil and gas sector has caused a dutch disease in the country.

This idea of dutch disease is nothing new, and what it’s implying is that the oil industry has in fact driven up the value of the loonie to the point that it is hurting other export-reliant industries.

The term “dutch disease” has been a political trigger point in recent years, but it was shot down by the Bank of Canada, saying that the oil and gas industry should jump at the chance to expand.

There is no doubt that the oil and gas sector has had a positive effect on the Canadian economy, but there is no denying that it has had a negative impact on other areas of the economy as well.  But as long as the price of oil stays high, I don’t see things changing any time soon.  And I feel this report will fall on deaf ears, especially in western Canada.

To read the whole story on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch report, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Make or break time for the NDP

As the federal New Democrats meet in Edmonton for their annual retreat, the party needs to figure out what the next step is going into the next federal election.

With the amount of press given to Justin Trudeau over the past number of weeks, a non-observer would likely think that he was the leader of the Official Opposition instead of Tom Mulcair.  It also doesn’t help that the Conservatives are treating the NDP as though they’re invisible, putting all of their attention on Trudeau.

Recent polls have the NDP in third place, and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen Tom Mulcair’s name in a headline in recent months.

This is do or die time for Canada’s New Democrats.  Will they figure out a way to woo Canadian voters?  Or will they return to the position they’ve been in many, many years…third party status?

For more in-depth detail into the NDP retreat in Edmonton, head on over to HuffPost Canada.

Well that’s disappointing…

A new report out shows that Canada is in the leading contributor to global deforestation.  Adding yet another bruise to the country’s already battered environmental record.

The report says that over the last 13 years, the world has taken down over 100 million acres of virgin trees, or roughly eight percent.  And of that eight percent, Canada led the way causing over 20 percent of it.

These are disturbing figures.  Disturbing to the point that government should get involved.  But will they?  Of course not.  Because to the Conservatives, helping the environment doesn’t help them get re-elected.  All of those “green” people are gonna vote for the left anyways.

Read the disturbing facts for yourself over at HuffPost Canada.

Former PM Mulroney says he’d call a Royal Commission

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says he would call a Royal Commission on missing and murdered aboriginal women, in a sharp rebuke of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

When more and more people–prominent people at that–are siding against you, you would think it might be time to reconsider your position.  But nope, not with this Prime Minister.  At least he’s agreed to possibly hold a roundtable discussion on this issue.

to read more of Mulroney’s comments, check out the full story from CTV News.

A step in the right direction

Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General says he is open to a roundtable discussion on the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The roundtable was originally requested by the country’s Premiers as an alternative to a national inquiry.

Peter MacKay’s office issued a statement last week that didn’t directly address the call for a roundtable, but he said Wednesday his office could participate in some form of roundtable.

I still believe that the federal government should go for a national inquiry, because it would be the most in depth look into the problem facing Canada’s indigenous people.  But that being said, a roundtable discussion is a step in the right direction.

To read the whole story on Peter MacKay’s thoughts on the idea, head over to HuffPost Canada.