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Tag: Canada


U.S. can’t afford to forfeit Canadian petroleum

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

Here’s an unfortunate but inescapable reality: The world will burn petroleum for decades to come.

Modern industrial economies – in other words, the hopes and livelihoods of billions of people – are sustained by oil. Greener energy alternatives aren’t remotely close to supplanting it.

Until affordable renewables can be ramped up enough to replace petroleum, squeezing off the supply of crude would wreak economic distress of global proportions. By comparison, today’s hard times would look like the good old days.
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Something fishy about Canada’s response to salmon virus

This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.

In October, a British Columbia professor sent a chill through Northwest fishery circles. He claimed to have found traces of a potentially devastating virus in two wild sockeye taken from waters in northern British Columbia.

The virus – infectious salmon anemia (ISA) – has killed millions of farmed salmon in Europe and Chile. The great fear here in the Northwest is that somehow it will develop in one of the many salmon farms along the B.C. coast and be transmitted to wild salmon.

Now comes a bombshell that threatens to damage the relationship between the United State and Canada on fishery issues. Read more »


The political culture of health care

I’ve pasted below an unusually thoughtful piece on the differences between the Canadian and U.S. approaches to health care.

The writer, a professor of political science at Carleton University in Ottawa, makes a point that is often overlooked: A nation’s health care system reflects its political culture and economic values.

The U.S. system features unparalleled technological innovation and extraordinary specialized care; it also emphasizes the private sector’s role and tends to let individuals (outside Medicare and Medicaid) sink or swim.

European and Canadian systems emphasize collective public responsibility, which reflects their less suspicious attitude toward government, their greater ambivalence about free markets and (in the case of Europe) their historical ethnic homogeneity. (People seem more willing to support subsidies for others who look like them.)

We sometimes miss the larger context of these health care arguments.

By Jonathan Malloy
Special to The Washington Post

Canadians love American health-care debates because it means you notice us. Much like Tennessee or North Dakota, we like just being mentioned. But your debates allow us to replay our own debates about health care and their relationship to national myths.
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