Change the Culture of Rape – January 18, 2013
India is an economic giant embracing modernization, yet the concept of honour is still linked to sexual purity. In December 2012, 23-year-old Jyoti Singh Pandey boarded a bus on her way home with a male friend after watching a movie at a mall. Six men drove the bus around New Delhi for two and half hours while they raped her with an iron rod, and she died thirteen days later.
The Right Moves on Immigration – January 3, 2013
On December 15, legislation aimed at curbing abuse of Canada’s asylum policies took effect. The government wants to introduce a faster and more equitable process for adjudicating asylum claims, but the opposition parties and refugee lobby strongly resist the changes.
Calling Out Honour-Based Violence – November 30, 2012
In communities where family honour is tied to cultural values, daughters are discouraged from choosing their own clothes, friends, careers, and life partners. Women are valued based on their purity and virginity at the time of marriage, and face horrific abuse for exerting independence. Honour-based violence is different from domestic abuse and is an issue in Canada.
Removing Barriers To Professional Practice for New Canadians – October 18, 2012
Ben Eisen discusses the need for Canada to adopt policy reforms to remove unnecessary barriers to professional practice that prevent many immigrants from working in the jobs they are trained to do.
The Real Time Ridesharing Revolution: Half Time Break – October 4, 2012
David Seymour evaluates his earlier prediction that ubiquitous smart phones will transform the taxi industry by analyzing the current market and regulatory environment.
It’s Time to End Welfare – April 23, 2012
Though many claim that governments can reduce poverty by raising welfare rates and making benefits easier to get, the only real poverty reduction in half a century of welfare policy has come about by raising employment rates, not welfare rates.
The Big Census News – February 16, 2012
The 2011 census has revealed that several provinces with varying demographic challenges have had success attracting and retaining immigrants through the provincial immigrant nominee programs introduced in the late 90s, and expanded dramatically in recent years.
What’s Wrong With Renting Sheds to Poor? – January 27, 2012
The fact that a man in Winnipeg faces charges for renting a shed in his backyard should lead us to question how restrictive housing and renting policies are creating the situation.
The West’s Boom Has Indeed Benefitted the Poor – January 16, 2012
Ben Eisen shows that economic growth in western Canada has improved the material conditions of low-income individuals and families in the region.
Make Immigration Break Even – December 23, 2011
The Canadian government recently announced a moratorium on immigration applications for parents and grandparents of Canadians under the family reunification program. But rather than eliminating the program, as many opponents have urged, the government should instead find a way to ensure that sponsors are bearing its full costs. A reasonable way to reconcile concerns would be to charge an entrance fee to sponsored parents and grandparents through the family reunification program.
Awakening to Tragedy Among Young Female South Asians – December 15, 2011
Parliament needs to address the policy gap regarding the high suicide rate among young women of South Asian origin in Canada.
Immigration Can Be an Antidote to Urban Decay – May 30, 2011
Detroit has become a symbol of urban decay, but by utilizing the example of Winnipeg, it could become revitalized through targeted immigration policies.
Help the Real Refugees – May 20, 2011
Canada should study European Union policies on dealing with refugee claims, and create a processing system that quickly, effectively, and fairly separates genuine refugees from economic migrants and other potential immigrants
Preying On Hope – February 10, 2011
Tens of thousands of South Asian young females and their families are being duped by criminally-organized, fraudulent marriage suitors from Canada.
Cheer Up –The World is a Wonderful Place – December 27, 2010
This Christmas, it’s worth putting the troubles of our time into context; two centuries of continuous improvement in human welfare and better environmental custodianship.
The Road to Ruin – December 22, 2010
Manitoba’s Public Insurance’s arbitrary policy to destroy cheap used cars made before 1995 ostensibly to protect the environment will hurt the environment and make it more difficult for the unemployed poor to find jobs.
Food Banks And Poverty – Two Different Issues – November 29, 2010
The rise in the use of food banks doesn’t necessarily mean poverty is rising, as many commentators have claimed. Paradoxically, it this rise has occurred while official poverty rates have been falling. This doesn’t mean food banks are a bad thing, simply that they do not necessarily indicate increases in poverty.
Minimum Wage Hikes Miss The Target and Cause Collateral Damage – June 7, 2010
Minimum wage increases are a flawed strategy for fighting poverty because they do not accurately target needy families, and because they contribute to higher unemployment.
Poverty: The Real Challenge is Understanding Where We’re At – March 26, 2010
Canada has been so successful at beating poverty the real danger is forgetting what it is treating inequality as if it were poverty.
Gimme Shelter, For The Homeless – January 7, 2010
Canada’s homeless population is primarily a symptom of a restrained housing supply, and government initiatives will continue to fail while the underlying cause is not addressed.