News Archive 2014

Relations between North Korea and U.S. remain fragile after hacksRelations between North Korea and U.S. remain fragile after hacks
Prof. Thomas Klassen 12/22/2014
North Korea's Internet was hit with widespread outages on Monday just days after U.S. President Barack Obama linked the communist country to the hack

York RegionYork Region chairperson selection dynamics in spotlight
Prof. Robert MacDermid 12/3/2014
Election of York Region's of regional chairperson may result in two by elections.

John Tory'I told you so': John Tory's choices for top positions lean to the right
Prof. Dennis Pilon 12/1/2014
Mayor John Tory picks his executive committee.

Should city councillors have term limits? Should city councillors have term limits?
Prof. Dennis Pilon 11/18/2014
Tired of watching municipal incumbents hold power for years, even decades, Vass Bednar is leading a push for term limits on city councils.

QuebecDoes Ontario need a Charbonneau-style corruption inquiry?
Prof. Robert MacDermid 11/18/2014
Scandals have arisen in province, experts say, but not to the 'crisis' level of Quebec

For frightened teen from Zimbabwe, Canada became a beacon of hopeFor frightened teen from Zimbabwe, Canada became a beacon of hope
Alumni Dumo Siziba 11/16/2014
Dumo Siziba fled Zimbabwe at age 16, fearing for his life. Welcomed into Canada with open arms, he is now a lawyer is working to pay it forward.

Are you suffering from political burn-out?Are you suffering from political burn-out?
Prof. Dennis Pilon 11/12/2014
Many believe we are being overloaded with election information

VOTEHamilton - democracy or oligarchy?
Prof. Robert MacDermid 11/12/2014
The idea that voters are typical of non-voters is falling on hard times

Federal PoliticalPreparing for battle: political parties stockpiling millions for election
Prof. Robert MacDermid 11/11/2014
Federal political parties are stockpiling their war chests for a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz.

Prime Minister Stephen HarperThe mission against ISIS fails the test of national interest
Prof. James Laxer 10/14/2014
he idea that Canada is morally compelled to involve itself in this particular operation against ISIS at this particular time is bogus.

CF-18 fighter jetsIf Canadian fighter pilots are sent to bomb ISIS, they will be attacking the same rebels they supported in Libya
Prof. Martin Shadwick 10/1/2014
The Conservative government contemplates sending CF-18 fighter jets into Iraq,

study of voter attitudes across the GTASurvey confirms: Toronto residents are less happy with their mayor than other GTA cities
Prof. Lesley Jacobs 10/1/2014
York University study of voter attitudes across the GTA also finds surprising support for increased taxes and for cutting police budgets.

Hong Kong's electionHong Kong protests: 5 things to know about the 'umbrella revolution'
Prof. Susan Henders 9/30/2014
China's decision to restrict candidate nominations for Hong Kong's election for chief executive has sparked massive protests.

SubwayRob Ford promises to 'bore, bore' bore' subways without a tax increase
Prof. Roger Keil 9/4/2014
Rob Ford says his campaign promise to build 32 kilometres of subway tunnels beneath Toronto streets - paid for with funding

Could some form of socialist economics make a comeback?Could some form of socialist economics make a comeback?
Prof Leo Panitch 9/3/2014
Does the internet and other electronic developments had ended the ability of governments to tame global capitalism.

After Rana Plaza, what can we do for workers?After Rana Plaza, what can we do for workers?
Profs Ananya Mukherjee, Darryl Reed 9/1/2014
This Labour Day let us support not only the rights of garment workers around the world, but also their vision.

The U.S. Still Decides the Future of Capitalism, Not the G20, and Not the BRICS NationsThe U.S. Still Decides the Future of Capitalism, Not the G20, and Not the BRICS Nations
Prof. Leo Panitch 8/31/2014
The G20 was designed to get the major 'emerging market' states to take responsibility alongside the G7 for the international financial architecture

Olivia Chow, John Tory toe the negative campaign lineOlivia Chow, John Tory toe the negative campaign line
Prof.Robert MacDermid 8/21/2014
Leading mayoral candidates Olivia Chow and John Tory both said Wednesday they hoped the campaign wouldn't get dirtier.

The Global Financial Meltdown"In And Out of Crisis; The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives"

Prof Leo Panitch 8/17/2014
We examine one subject that dominates the news, and that is the economy.

Keeping out of the mud is harder than the NPA would have you believe NPA

Prof. Dennis Pilon 8/17/2014
Vancouver politians signed a pledge to refrain from personal attacks in the upcoming election.

Toronto has 15th most millionaires in the worldToronto has 15th most millionaires in the world

Les Jacobs 8/13/2014
A new survey ranks Toronto 15th globally when it comes to the city's concentration of millionaires.

Scotland's independence struggle quite unlike Quebec'sScotland's independence struggle quite unlike Quebec's

Prof. James Laxer 8/12/2014
Next month, Scots will decide in a referendum whether to make Scotland an independent country or to remain in the United Kingdom.

Solidarity, group farming and solar panels Solidarity, group farming and solar panels in the jungles of Kerala
Prof. Ananya Mukherjee 8/1/2014
A social solidarity movement is transforming the lives of millions of poor women in Kerala, south India

Saskatchewan set as political battleground in 2015 electionSaskatchewan set as political battleground in 2015 election

Prof Dennis Pilon 8/1/2014
Experts say Saskatchewan is set to become a battleground province in Canada's 2015 election.

Bill Blair's rocky relationship with the Ford brothersBill Blair's rocky relationship with the Ford brothers
Prof Denis Pilon 7/31/2014
Mayor Rob Ford and brother Doug Ford once hailed the chief, but that all soured after the crack video.

Rob FordRob Ford is back, but has the city reached a 'plateau of unhappiness'?
Prof. Dennis Pilon 7/5/2014
Only a few days back from rehab, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has already faced condemnation from fellow politicians and confrontations with citizens.

Campaigning or communicating? Rules not clear for Richmond Hill candidatesCampaigning or communicating? Rules not clear for Richmond Hill candidates
Prof. Robert MacDermid 7/3/2014
building and marketing of simplified ideas.

Income inequality in a fairer CanadaIncome inequality in a fairer Canada

Prof. Les Jacobs 6/30/2014
Survey shows Canadians want governments to do more to address income gap, not less

Rob FordRob Ford returns: But can he still win the mayoral race?

Prof. Dennis Pilon 6/30/2014
Rob Ford emerges today from his self-imposed time-out of more than two months, the world will see a slimmer, healthier and rehabilitated mayor.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne>4 out of 5 Liberal MPPs from York Region in Kathleen Wynne's cabinet

Prof. Robert Drummond 6/26/2014
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unveiled her cabinet for the 41st session of the provincial legislature

VOTEDo any MPPs really want to hear about our declined votes?
Prof. Dennis Pilon 6/25/2014
31,399 voters in Ontario felt dissatisfied with all of the candidates, parties and leaders to show up to a polling station and decline their ballots.

RecordRecord number of York Region voters decline ballots

Prof. Denis Pilon 6/20/2014
A larger number of voters opted to decline their ballots in the 2014 election than ever before.

KeralaSolidarity and Solar Panels in Kerala
Prof. Ananya Mukherjee 6/20/2014
When 60 women in Edamalakudi carried about a hundred solar panels on their heads across 18 kilometres they made history of sorts.

How did Kathleen Wynne turn a minority into a majority?How did Kathleen Wynne turn a minority into a majority?
Prof. Dennis Pilon 6/13/2014
Wynne's government election hobbled by a massive deficit and spending scandals but managed to eke out a majority.

Polar Challenge: Extreme Conditions Put High Cost on Arctic OperationsPolar Challenge: Extreme Conditions Put High Cost on Arctic Operations

Prof. Martin Shadwick 6/10/2014
The Canadian government has vowed to significantly boost military capability in the Arctic.

Why employers prefer retirees who don't need to workWhy employers prefer retirees who don't need to work
Prof. Thomas Klassen 6/9/2014
Retirees looking for part-time work may have a good chance if their reason is more than financial.

Shah's son seeks Iranian diaspora's supportShah's son seeks Iranian diaspora's support
Prof. Saeed Rahnema 6/7/2014
Reza Pahlavi's life has been consumed by a single mission: ousting the Islamic regime that overthrew his father in Iran's 1979 revolution.

Most of us just going through election motionsMost of us just going through election motions
Prof. Dennis Pilon 6/4/2014
What if they called an election and no one cared?

Observers call Ont. election debate underwhelming Observers call Ont. election debate underwhelming
Prof. Robert MacDermid 6/4/2014
The lukewarm sparring between Ontario's major political leaders in the election debate Tuesday night failed to impress observers.

Ontario Election 2014Ontario Election 2014 Campaign Expected To Get Much Nastier, Say Critics
Prof Dennis Pilon 6/1/2014
Despite allegations of corruption, recklessness, dishonesty, and possibly criminal behaviours this election has not been especially nasty.

Why Rob Ford isn't done yetWhy Rob Ford isn't done yet

Prof. Denis Pilon 5/13/2014
Armed with a possible redemption arc, the Rob Ford saga is far from over.

Prof. Thomas KlassenOntario reveals plans for pension plan, says it can be integrated with CPP

Prof. Thomas Klassen 5/8/2014
Ontario released a blueprint for a homegrown pension plan in its spring budget Thursday, but left the door open to expanding the program to other prov

Not all Ontario workers will pay into proposed pension planNot all Ontario workers will pay into proposed pension plan

Prof. Thomas Klassen 5/1/2014
Ontario released a blueprint for a homegrown pension plan in its spring budget.

NDPNDP key to determining if budget will result in election
Prof. Robert Drummond 5/1/2014
Analysis of the Ontario budget and its potential to cause an election.

Canada builds ties with emerging foreign-aid playersCanada builds ties with emerging foreign-aid players

Prof. Gregory Chin 4/23/2014
Professor Chin recommends implementing strategies with foreign partners.

Foundation of American PowerFoundation of American Power

Prof. Thomas Klassen 4/20/2014
Professor Klassen examines the decline of American power.

Almost Half of Canada's Navy Vessels Under Repair Almost Half of Canada's Navy Vessels Under Repair

Prof. Martin Shadwick 4/19/2014
Professor Shadwick discusses Canada's

Rob FordHow Rob Ford Could Win Again

Prof. Robert Drummond 4/18/2014
Professor Drummond examines how Mayor Rob Ford could be re-elected.

Middle Eastern scholar discusses democracy, nonviolence in Iran Middle Eastern scholar discusses democracy, nonviolence in Iran

Prof. Ramin Jahanbegloo 4/15/2014
Jahanbegloo gave a lecture on democracy and nonviolence in Iran at the University of Georgia

King Township councillor defends absencesKing Township councillor defends absences
Prof.Robert MacDermid 4/9/2014
Comments of councillor's 2-1/2-month vacation while council is still in session.

http://rabble.ca/whatsup/ecology-politics-origins-ecosocialismEcology as Politics: The Origins of Ecosocialism

Prof. Greg Albo 4/9/2014
Presentation and analysis of Andre Gorz's Ecology as Politics

What's in it for Volunteer Lobbyists?What's in it for Volunteer Lobbyists?

Prof. Robert MacDermid 3/19/2014
Professor MacDermid examines the legality of mayoral candidates working with lobbyists.

Political trash-talking is nothing new, but it’s getting worsePolitical Trash-talking Getting Worse
Prof. Dennis Pilon 3/18/2014
Professor Pilon discusses the success politicians have in

Olivia Chow Runs for MayorOlivia Chow Runs for Mayor

Prof. Robert Drummond 3/14/2014
Professor Drummond Rob Ford's chances in mayoral race

Support for Reform ActSupport for Reform Act

Prof. Dennis Pilon 3/4/2014
Professor Pilon speaks about the Reform Act at a public forum in Brampton.

Pushing for Peace TalksPushing for Peace Talks

Prof. Bruce Hicks 3/4/2014
Professor Hicks discusses Putin's actions in Ukraine and Obama's reaction.

The Prescription for ManufacturingThe Prescription for Manufacturing

Prof. Andrew Jackson 2/27/2014
Professor Jackson calls for enhanced tax incentives for companies that invest heavily in new equipment.

Ukrainian Delegation to Kyiv Conservative OnlyUkrainian Delegation to Kyiv Conservative Only
Prof. Bruce Hicks 2/26/2014
Professor Hicks points out the mistake of PCs inviting their own MPs to Ukrainian delegation.

Is the PQ Ready to Rumble?Is the PQ Ready to Rumble?
Prof. Bruce Hicks 2/12/2014
Professor Hicks examines the political fallout of the new budget in Quebec.

Empire's Ally: Canada and the War in AfghanistanEmpire's Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan

Prof. Greg Albo 1/31/2014
Book review on Professor Alba's new book.

HarperCanada Needs Sound Fiscal Thinking

Prof. Andrew Jackson 1/28/2014
Professor Jackson analyzes proposed budget legislation.

Mr. DouganHow a Ghanaian Refugee Worked His Way to a NYC Law Firm

Alumnus Kwame Dougan 1/27/2014
Mr. Dougan addresses the Dean's Circle of Scholars and says that poverty was his movtivation.

Professor KlassenCo-operation and Creativity Needed for Pensions and Job Training

Prof. Thomas Klassen 1/24/2014
Professor Klassen examines Ontario's new pension plan policy.

new graduatesThe Transition from School to Work Can be Less Stressful

Prof. Thomas Klassen 1/24/2014
Professor Klassen discusses employment opportunities for new graduates.

Professor PanitchSyriza Succeeds in Greece by Challenging Approach to Reform

Prof. Leo Panitch 1/22/2014
Professor Panitch discusses the failures of social democratic reform in Europe.

Professor HicksIs Quebec's Values Charter the PQ's Ticket to a Majority?

Prof. Bruce Hicks 1/21/2014
Professor Hicks explains why the charter is attractive to Quebeckers.

The Wealth of CanadiansThe Wealth of Canadians

Prof. Andrew Jackson 1/20/2014
Professor Jackson discusses the disproportionate amount of wealth in Canada.

CPP pensionsHow extra payments could boost our CPP pensions

Prof. Thomas Klassen 1/19/2014
Professor Klassen explains how to implement direct banking contributions to a CPP account.

Professor ChinChina: Slowing Tiger?

Prof. Gregory Chin 1/15/2014
Professor Chin discusses China's contributions to the global economy.

CBCCBC Doc Looks at Canada's Search and Rescue System

Prof. Martin Shadwick 1/14/2014
Professor Shadwick discusses Canada's search and rescue system in a new CBC documentary.

HarperHarper Conservatives Spending Lots of Time in BC Lately

Prof. Dennis Pilon 1/13/2014
Professor Pilon notes that the Conservative party did well in last election in BC

Rob FordRob Ford files papers for mayoral re-election

Prof. Dennis Pilon 1/2/2014
Professor Pilon thinks Ford's might have a tough road ahead of him