Articles by Diane Francis

Canadian legal system fails the public: Suncor Energy case to protect workers

Canada’s workplaces are arguably more dangerous due to a six-year battle between a union and Suncor Energy Inc. concerning the policy of random testing of workers in safety-sensitive jobs in the Fort McMurray region. The union involved claims random testing infringes on the privacy of workers and that tests should only apply where there is… Read More

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More upheaval in Ukraine as Kyiv Post Changes Hands

On March 21, the hearts of reformers and journalists sank when Mohammad Zahoor sold the crusading Kyiv Post to Odesa businessman Adnan Kivan. Many were convinced that the new owner would soften the editorial line of Ukraine’s top English language newspaper. But in an interview May 25, Kivan said he bought the newspaper because of its English… Read More

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Unethical Facebook and the Tech Cos Who Spy on Us

The dirty little secret about Facebook Inc., Alphabet Inc. and other tech companies is that their business model is unethical — it is a combination of espionage and propaganda. This week the “data misuse” scandal, involving allegations that a third party obtained 50 million Facebook users to influence the 2016 election, underscores this description and… Read More

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Poroshenko’s, and Ukraine’s, Last Chance to Fight Corruption

An Anti-Corruption Court is the capstone that will complete an infrastructure to eliminate Ukraine’s systemic corruption and to attract massive investments. President Petro Poroshenko’s current proposal misses the mark, and fails to meet the criteria stipulated by the International Monetary Fund and the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission. Under Poroshenko’s bill, international experts will play… Read More

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Foreign Students Flood Canada’s Universities and Shouldn’t

Canadian universities are preoccupied with attracting foreign students to boost revenues but should be concentrating on preparing the country to meet future technological challenges. There are now 192,000 full and part-time overseas university students in the country, a cohort the size of Regina, out of a total of 1.7 million enrolled students. But the percentages… Read More

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