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In this August 2018 photo, Yemeni people attend the funeral of victims of a Saudi Arabia-led airstrike in Saada, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Trading values to sell weapons: The Canada-Saudi relationship

A year after an infamous Twitter spat and the gruesome murder of Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the Canada-Saudi relationship appears poised to return to business as usual, if it hasn't already.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks with construction workers who stopped to listen to his speech in Essex, Ont., Sept. 20, 2019. Adrian Wyld/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Employment disruption ahead: Three ways federal policy can help workers

Three federal public policy changes impacting employed and contingent workers could significantly buffer anticipated impacts of automation, Artificial Intelligence and a changing economy.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer speaks to supporters in Trois-Rivieres, Que. on Sept. 11, 2019. Scheer’s non-position on research and innovation is a cause for concern. Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS

A Conservative government would weaken Canadian innovation policy

Historically, the Canadian government supported Canadian innovation and discovery. This support will be threatened if a Conservative government is voted in.
Justin Trudeau and Andrew Scheer square off about their climate change proposals and other issues during the recent federal leaders’ debate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘Mr. Delay, Mr. Deny’ and Canada’s precarious climate change future

Canada’s first serious attempt, and potentially last opportunity, to implement a national climate strategy hangs in the balance on Oct. 21. The Trudeau government is to blame for its precarity.
A farmer who installed solar panels to power his irrigation systems on the family farm walks by the panels near Claresholm, Alta., in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Drop the doom and gloom: Climate journalism is about empowerment

Climate journalism can play an important role in painting the picture of a post-carbon economy. It should start by encouraging collective action and a sense of empowerment for everyday people.
An artist’s rendering of Toronto’s shoreline in 2050. Regulating the future city poses new challenges for different levels of government. Picture Plane/Heatherwick Studio for Sidewalk Labs

Sidewalk Labs proposals put the fox in charge of the henhouse

Regulating Sidewalk Labs proposed developments poses new challenges for assigning responsibility and oversight.
Justin Trudeau used the English-language leaders’ debate to defend his actions in the SNC-Lavalin affair after being accused by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of interfering in the company’s court case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Leaders’ debate: Trudeau defends efforts to save SNC-Lavalin jobs. He’s right.

There are a lot of reasons to criticize Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of the SNC-Lavalin file. But on the matter of saving jobs, he got it right.
Brexit supporters gather during a rally in London in late August 2019, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended Parliament. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

What a “leftist” Brexit gets wrong

The United Kingdom pretty much did what it wanted in the EU. That it chose to pursue a national agenda of austerity and neoliberalism has nothing to do with Europe.
Recent revelations about the lack of privacy protections in place at the companies involved in Facebook’s new Libra crytocurrency raise concerns about how much trust users can place in Libra. (Shutterstock)

Buyer beware: How Libra differs from Bitcoin

Recent revelations about the lack of privacy protections in place at the companies on Libra’s foundation raise concerns about how much trust users can place in Facebook's new cryptocurrency.
Politicians from all parties should be asked tough questions about their support of Toronto’s Sidewalk Labs Quayside project while on the campaign trail. This is an artist’s rendering of the project. Sidewalk Toronto

Federal leaders should face tough questions about Toronto’s smart-city project

If governments can't get something like Quayside right, that bodes ill for Canada's digital future. The election gives us a chance to see where the parties stand on vital data governance issues.
Even though the future is unknown, Canada’s employment rate has risen steadily from 53 per cent in 1946 to more than 61 per cent today. (Shutterstock)

The future of work will still include plenty of jobs

Our inability to foresee the jobs of the future should be tempered by the realization that that jobs have always appeared in the past, regardless of technological advances.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is one of many emerging global metropolises that are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. (Shutterstock)

The next battles against tobacco must be fought in the world’s major cities

Rapidly growing metropolises like Beijing, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City are struggling to protect residents against tobacco. Life-saving policies in rich countries may be partially to blame.