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Pipelines of Empire

Pipelines of Empire

At this juncture in history, the fate of Europe is wound up not in ideas, but in geopolitics. For millennia, eruptions from Asia have determined the fate of Europe, including invasions and migrations by Russians, Turkic tribes and Byzantine Greeks. Central and Eastern Europe, with their geographical proximity to the Asian steppe and the Anatolian […]

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Russian Arctic expansion: What does it mean for Canada?

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Russian Arctic expansion: What does it mean for Canada?

On Sept. 30, 2013, a Russian navy group returned to Severomorsk after a month-long voyage to the New Siberian Islands. The group included the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Peter the Great, landing and support vessels and four nuclear ice-breakers. The highlight of the exercise was a landing practice on the islands. This seems to be […]

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Top 10 World Woes: A look at some of the planet’s most troubling problems and how countries can solve (or try to solve) them

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Top 10  World Woes: A look at some of the planet’s most troubling problems and how countries can solve (or try to solve) them

U.S. President Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth II and countless other leaders have sought her insights. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has met with her and the government will grant her honorary Canadian citizenship. She has received multiple prizes, including the precious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, and she addressed the United Nations on her 16th […]

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Solutions for inhumane slaughterhouse practices

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Solutions for inhumane slaughterhouse practices

The XL Foods E. coli outbreak in the fall of 2012 was a vivid reminder for many Canadians of the reality and risks of industrial slaughter. Accompanying the daily news updates on the outbreak — in total, there were 18 confirmed cases — were glimpses into the scope and speed of modern slaughter plants. XL […]

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The (animal) costs of transport

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The (animal) costs of transport

At some point in their lives, virtually all farmed animals are transported. The duration and conditions of transport have a major impact on animal well-being and are especially hard on certain species. Pigs are prone to motion sickness and heatstroke, in part because they don’t sweat. Chickens, meanwhile, are stacked on trucks in such a […]

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The hard lives of animals on Canada’s factory farms

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The hard lives of animals on Canada’s factory farms

Concentrated feeding animal operations — more commonly referred to as factory farms — first began to appear around the 1920s. Industrialization was speeding up everything from transportation to communication, while, at the same time, medical discoveries such as insulin and penicillin were dramatically improving the quality of human and animal health. Farmers realized they could […]

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Loblaw-led coalition of grocers drive phase-out of sow stalls by 2022

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Loblaw-led coalition of grocers drive phase-out of sow stalls by 2022

  As the country’s largest food retailer, Loblaw has a very real impact on what and how Canadians eat. Over the past several years, animal welfare has been on our corporate social responsibility agenda as part of our sourcing-with-integrity principle. We have spent time investigating the issues with various stakeholders; we’ve visited numerous farms, dedicated […]

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The EU vs. Canada: Fixing factory farms by granting ‘The 5 Freedoms’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The EU vs. Canada: Fixing factory  farms by granting ‘The 5 Freedoms’

Globally, the number of land animals killed each year for food exceeds 65 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. In the United States alone, 10 billion land animals are killed for food. In Canada, the number is 700 million. These statistics are unfathomable — a bit like the national debt. Standards for […]

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Food animals: How Canada lags on humaness

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Food animals: How Canada lags on humaness

Feed many families and you begin to feed a whole nation. To that end, the UN has declared 2014 The International Year of Family Farming. This family-by-family focus targets food self-sufficiency and large-scale benefits for developing countries. It aims to supply tools and know-how to small farmers — often women — so they can feed […]

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The world’s healthiest

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
The world’s healthiest

In 1883, the German Reichstag changed the course of human history when it passed the first modern health insurance law. While modest in scope by our standards, this piece of legislation was the first in a series of laws that ushered in the modern welfare state. Its original architect, Otto von Bismarck, was no friend […]

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