Canada should remain in the arms business, but tighten the rules: New MLI Commentary

OTTAWA, ON (May 14, 2021):  Recent calls to limit Canada’s defence exports ignore important realities, including the major contribution our domestic arms industry makes to our defence and national security, to innovation and to jobs and the economy. In 2018, the Canadian defence industry contributed over $7 billion in GDP and generated almost 64,000 jobs… Continue reading Canada should remain in the arms business, but tighten the rules: New MLI Commentary

Hamas’ use of human shields is a war crime: Sarah Teich in the Toronto Sun

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The use of civilians as human shields is a war crime. This is well-established in international law. However, despite the global consensus, innocent civilians continue to be used as human shields, writes Sarah Teich in the Toronto Sun.  By Sarah Teich, May 14, 2021  The use of civilians as human shields is a war crime.… Continue reading Hamas’ use of human shields is a war crime: Sarah Teich in the Toronto Sun

Webinar Panel Video: Why Taiwan is a natural partner in global health security

 This event focused on Taiwan’s meaningful participation in international organizations centred on global health, an area that China has repeatedly worked to block Taipei from joining and making any contribution. Taiwan has been a global leader in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and is a model for international health best practices. During this month’s G7… Continue reading Webinar Panel Video: Why Taiwan is a natural partner in global health security

Beijing’s threats against Taiwan’s foreign minister deserve condemnation: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

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Ottawa and capitals around the world cannot afford to remain silent in the face of such threats by the Chinese regime against officials from another country, writes J. Michael Cole. Speaking up and putting Chinese officials on notice isn’t simple altruism: Taiwan is a canary in the coal mine, and the tactics Beijing uses against… Continue reading Beijing’s threats against Taiwan’s foreign minister deserve condemnation: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

The lessons Canada’s military didn’t learn from the Somalia inquiry: Richard Shimooka in the National Post

The sexual misconduct crisis now facing the Forces points to broader systemic issues the Somalia inquiry tried, and failed, to address, writes Richard Shimooka in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here. By Richard Shimooka, May 13, 2021 Exactly 25 years ago, the Canadian Armed… Continue reading The lessons Canada’s military didn’t learn from the Somalia inquiry: Richard Shimooka in the National Post

Protecting Innocents in Combat: New proposed legislation to deter the use of human shields

OTTAWA, ON (May 13, 2021): Even as Hamas launches attacks at civilian targets, the Iran-backed terror organization hides its assets and operations amidst civilians to complicate the response from Israel. While using human shields is universally understood to be a war crime, the tactic has long been employed with impunity by terror groups, rogue nations… Continue reading Protecting Innocents in Combat: New proposed legislation to deter the use of human shields

On vaccine patents, the logic of bandits: Richard C. Owens in the Financial Post

IP isn’t the problem, it’s the solution; stealing stuff isn’t the solution, it’s the problem, writes Richard C. Owens in the Financial Post. Below is an excerpt from the article which can be read in full here. By Richard C. Owens, May 12, 2021 The US decision to support a World Trade Organization waiver of… Continue reading On vaccine patents, the logic of bandits: Richard C. Owens in the Financial Post

Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

Giving Taiwan its rightful place at the table will not cost China anything. We are all in this together, and this is not a zero-sum game, writes J. Michael Cole. By J. Michael Cole, May 12, 2021 Once again this year, various countries will call upon the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to participate… Continue reading Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

Ep. 64 – UNDRIP Bill fails to address Indigenous Issues with Chris Sankey, Melissa Mbarki and Ken Coates

Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Pod Bless Canada · Ep. 64 – UNDRIP fails to address Indigenous Issues with Chris Sankey, Melissa Mbarki & Ken Coates The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) has many valuable and vital elements. It outlines a range of rights and standards to provide measures of social, economic and… Continue reading Ep. 64 – UNDRIP Bill fails to address Indigenous Issues with Chris Sankey, Melissa Mbarki and Ken Coates

Webinar Panel Video: Who polices free speech online?

The prospect for unprecedented government control over life online should be of grave concern for anyone who cares about free speech in a democratic society. Current proposals for new legislation and regulations on digital content will have an enormous impact on our ability to contribute to and benefit from all digital, broadcast, and social media.… Continue reading Webinar Panel Video: Who polices free speech online?