China wants Liberals to win so it can maintain its influence

For the past half-century, media has obscured the relationship between China's government and the Liberal Party of Canada

China wants Liberals to win so it can maintain its influenceWeChat, China's government-controlled social media giant, has made up its mind which party they want to win the Canadian federal election on September 20th: “Please vote for the Liberals and use your power in the Chinese community so that we can have a chance to influence the future of Canada." A more complete picture reveals…

Sick of working for others? Launch a microbusiness

Helpful tips to doing it right

Sick of working for others? Launch a microbusinessHankering to go off on your own and start your own business? If you think you've got what it takes, consider launching a microbusiness. Dal LaMagna, a Poulsbo, Wash.-based entrepreneur, says anyone can do it – if they go about it the right way. He speaks from experience. LaMagna launched personal beauty-tool company Tweezerman in…

Dampening Asian demand cools crude oil prices

New restrictions to fight the Delta variant will slow demand growth in the second half of 2021

Dampening Asian demand cools crude oil pricesInteresting moves are being made on the global energy chessboard. In an unexpected move, Saudi Arabia announced it would slash its official selling prices (OSPs) for oil exports to Asia in October. The price cut was more than expected. Saudi Aramco, the state-controlled oil giant, said in a statement on Sept. 5 that the official…

Beware of the revolving-door venture capitalist

What happens when your great VC buddy who helped you through so much is gone?

Beware of the revolving-door venture capitalistA start-up that takes its fundraising seriously has to allow its CEO to tackle the project full-time for up to a year. The founders have studied the due diligence requirements ahead of the process, and they approach the investment community in an orderly and structured fashion. The founders and CEO work hard to listen to…

How did we make reconciliation about white folks?

Many of the educational efforts associated with reconciliation are targeted at non-Indigenous peoples

How did we make reconciliation about white folks?Something strange has been happening on the road to true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission produced clear recommendations on how the country could shed the bitter legacy of Indigenous residential schools. Yet, following revelations about gravesites near formal residential schools, the process seems to have morphed into measures designed to serve…

Researcher keen to expand Oxford research on history of sexuality

New Banting postdoctoral fellow will explore the politics of sexual health through a literary lens

Researcher keen to expand Oxford research on history of sexualityAs with many expatriates, it took leaving home for Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston to see their country with clear eyes. “I wanted to escape,” said Houston of the town of Holywood, in which they grew up, about 15 minutes from Belfast. “One of the things I was fleeing was the justified reputation for social conservatism that haunts Ireland,…

How to improve mental health care

Care becomes more accessible when doctors aren’t the first contact or the key holders to care

How to improve mental health careBy David Zitner and Dominic Covvey Contributors Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston’s recent election campaign emphasized health services, including mental health. Now, federal leaders are also dedicating substantial energy during their election campaigns to discussions of health and mental health. Mistaken beliefs and our incomplete understanding of the nature of mental health problems lead to…

Climate questions that make me pause

I bought some hardware items the other day. The plastic wrapping outweighed the things I was buying

Climate questions that make me pauseA few columns ago I started a dialogue about climate issues and how we could, and should, react to them. I become more confused than enlightened as I strive to learn more about the issue and the proposed solutions. I have a few questions that trouble me: If we should reduce our dependence on fossil…

The economic dangers of a new inflationary era

Interest rates will rise dramatically to compensate financial institutions with effects lasting for years

The economic dangers of a new inflationary eraIt’s not entirely clear whether the Canadian and the global economies are heading for a new inflationary era. It may turn out that inflation is not only elevated from recent negligible levels, but escalates, steadily at first, and then dramatically, as it did in the 1960s until the early 1980s. If it does, the havoc…

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: study

Fractalkine molecule showing promise for treating certain neurodegenerative disorders

Brain molecule helps ‘wake up’ cells that could help tackle MS: studyAn immunological molecule called fractalkine can boost the production of brain cells that produce myelin, a key factor in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, according to recent research from the University of Alberta. Myelin is an insulating layer around nerves that is gradually worn away by inflammation in multiple sclerosis and similar diseases. Without this…