A Sad Day for Gender Equality

by Bryan Crockett in


This makes me angry.

The Supreme Court of the United States has decided that, despite being companies and therefore not actually having capacity for thoughts or consciousness in themselves, companies can have religions.

But that's not all. The US Supreme Court has also decided that companies can force their religions upon their employees.

That's not even the worst of it. The SCOTUS has decided that healthcare decisions are somehow between more than just the healthcare practitioner and the patient.

It is a sad day for the United States, a sad day for religious freedom, and a sad day for gender equality.


CBC must be strengthened to be fixed

by Bryan Crockett in


Canada's Public Broadcaster has been hacked and slashed away at through its budget for years. But, given the latest cuts, the CBC announced that it is slashing 20 percent of its work force over the next 5 years, resulting in a tremendous reduction of journalistic and entertainment services for Canadians.

The value of a public broadcaster to Canadians is rooted largely in the fact that Canada has a rather small population. In larger markets, like the United States, journalistic organizations must compete with each other, and some journalists cover the media industry itself. Canada, at a population around 36 million, doesn't have the capacity to commercially support all of these news agencies. 

With the entire journalism industry struggling to make ends meet, the pressures are on management to bring in new revenue. Tapping these streams brings some ethical issues and compromises on the integrity of Canada's most revered and respected journalists. Advertorials and bought-and-paid-for stories are a result of two things: the lack of money in journalism these days, and the lack of journalists who cover the media itself.

The solution to this is a reimagined CBC, a rewritten mandate, and proper funding. A public broadcaster that produces solid informational content to combat the History Channel Effect of modern broadcasting. A public broadcaster whose journalists are free to report the news as it is, without fear of reprisal. A public broadcaster Canada can be proud of.

 

If you're interested in this sort of thing, please sign this petition.


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The Temporary Foreign Worker Program should be a pathway to Canadian Citizenship

by Bryan Crockett in


Canada's temporary foreign worker program has a slew of troubles, ranging from overuse to exploitation by employers. But despite the scandal of the program, it has a tremendous opportunity to have a positive social and economic impact on the country.

TFWs come to Canada for work. That work is their pathway to a better life. Right now, that pathway closes after a relatively short amount of time, and during that time, temporary foreign workers are left without many of the worker protections that contribute to Canada's excellence. 

This needs to change.

Canada needs more workers, more families, and more people in general. We're a small country, by population, at somewhere around 36 million people. Immigration is an opportunity for Canada, and the temporary foreign worker program should be worked into the immigration system.

Workers who come to Canada for opportunity, who contribute to our country, and who look to call Canada home should be able to work toward becoming Canadians themselves.