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International, Politics

Parliamentary report on Arctic security tries to cut through ‘geopolitical fog’

Canada and its NATO allies need to do a better job of understanding Russia’s military intentions in the Arctic and “to consider the most appropriate and measured response,” says a new report by a parliamentary committee looking into Canada’s policy» 


Arctic experts tackle black carbon risk posed by wildfires

Forest fires, important sources of black carbon emissions, devastated Arctic regions around the world in 2018, and are an increasing concern for circumpolar nations, says the chair of the Arctic Council expert group on black carbon and methane. The fires» 

Internet, Science and Technology, Society

Scientists formally unmuzzled by new government policy

The current Canadian government has announced a new policy to ensure that “scientific evidence is gathered without political or commercial interference.” This is a further measure to roll back the previous, Conservative government’s muzzling of scientists. Scientists had been severely» 

Economy, Environment, Internet, Science and Technology

Green building jobs surge in British Columbia

The construction of green buildings is creating more jobs in the western province of British Columbia and a policy research group is calling on the government there to ensure the sector continues to grow. The Pembina Institute says the number» 

Health, Society

Canada pledges to drive down tobacco use

On this World No Tobacco Day, the government of Canada is pledging to meet “an aggressive but achievable target” of reducing tobacco use in Canada to less than five per cent by 2035. The overall smoking rate has already dropped from» 

Immigration & Refugees, Politics, Society

Immigration targets will not increase

Canada will welcome 300,000 new immigrants in 2017, the same number as this year. The 2016 target was up from the previous years’ average to accommodate an influx of 33,000 Syrian refugees. A council of economic advisers had urged the» 

Health, Indigenous, International, Internet, Science and Technology, Society

International nursing students gather in Saskatchewan to talk northern health care

A conference exploring the challenges of northern nursing wrapped up in the Canadian city of Saskatoon on Friday, after giving students from around the circumpolar world a crash course on the challenges and opportunities of working in remote communities. The» 

International, Internet, Science and Technology, Politics, Society

Nobel winner encouraged by new government

The Canadian who won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2015 is encouraged by the newly-elected federal government’s attitude toward science and innovation, reports Canadian Press. Arthur McDonald met with Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and told the wire service that» 


From Canada with love?

While fresh winds of change are blowing through Canada’s international policy, those winds aren’t likely to lead to any thaw in relations with Russia, says a Canadian expert on foreign policy and military intervention. Stephen M. Saideman, the Paterson Chair» 

International, Politics, Society

Canada set to re-engage on world stage

Canada’s next prime minister has vowed to resurrect the country’s active role in world affairs.  “Canada, in a sense, left the field,” says Colin Robertson, a former diplomat and vice-president of Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Under nine years of Conservative»