ESSAY: Bureaucratic and Ideological Control Processes at Ryerson University

Universities are highly complex and interdependent systems, incorporating tens of thousands of students in addition to faculty, administrative staff, and alumni. Coordinating such a system requires enacting forms of organizational control to achieve institutional objectives. Most higher learning institutions, including Ryerson University, adhere to two central themes of control based on structure, hierarchy, rules, andContinue reading “ESSAY: Bureaucratic and Ideological Control Processes at Ryerson University”

INFORMATIVE: Sustainable Mining Practices

The contemporary importance of the mining industry in today’s transitioning economy cannot be understated. Economic decarbonization will require the mass adoption of renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. Both of these energy sources are intermittent, meaning their electricity production is unreliable and requires battery assistance. Transitioning global economies to renewable technologies and batteryContinue reading “INFORMATIVE: Sustainable Mining Practices”

ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Virtual Net Metering?

Virtual net metering is a program which, if implemented, would supplement Ontario’s already developed net metering policy. To realize the potential of virtual net metering, understanding the basics of regular net metering is important.   Net metering is a credit system for homeowners producing their own renewable energy. While multiple forms of renewable energy qualifyContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Virtual Net Metering?”

ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Third-Party Ownership for Solar Modules?

Between Kathleen Wynne and Doug Ford, Ontario has now experienced two government’s vastly different approaches on how to handle the rapidly growing solar industry. The former Liberal government introduced the Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) and Micro-FIT program, which offered highly subsidized rates for homeowners who bought residential solar panels. In contrast, the current Progressive Conservative government hasContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Should Ontario Pursue Third-Party Ownership for Solar Modules?”

ANALYSIS: How Can Municipalities Mitigate Climate Change?

When discussing strategies to mitigate climate change, responsibility tends to fall entirely on provincial and federal governments. Municipalities are often excluded from the conversation, which is unfortunate, as they play an important role in developing environmental public policy.  All levels of government must be included in climate mitigation discussions if Canada is to reach theContinue reading “ANALYSIS: How Can Municipalities Mitigate Climate Change?”

ESSAY: How the Popularization of Television Impacted the Development of North American Politics

Contemporary North American politics can be characterized by a level of polarization, hostility, and superficiality not previously experienced. No single variable can be attributed to the current state of politics. That being said, the popularization of television, which occurred by the 1950s, significantly impacted political methodology. By analyzing television’s programming and stylistic tendencies from theContinue reading “ESSAY: How the Popularization of Television Impacted the Development of North American Politics”

OPINION: Agriculture and Solar Energy: A Symbiotic Relationship

For many young Canadians, career prospects are bleak, with little hope for change. Economic anxiety grips the country, even as the governing Liberal party has enjoyed a relatively stable economy throughout their time in office. Currently, there are nearly five post-secondary graduates for every job opening requiring a university or college degree. There just doesn’tContinue reading “OPINION: Agriculture and Solar Energy: A Symbiotic Relationship”

ESSAY: How Information Technologies are Degrading Liberty

In the last two decades, Canada has undergone a rapid economic transformation embracing technological innovation. Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are now ubiquitous with Western businesses, governments, and consumers. This embrace of technology has enabled opportunities for improved efficiency, personalization, and communication in the economy; yet, simultaneously, it has facilitated the growth of new threats.Continue reading “ESSAY: How Information Technologies are Degrading Liberty”

OPINION: Canada Should Abandon the Trans Mountain Expansion

The Trans Mountain expansion project (TMX) has been at the forefront of contemporary Canadian political debate; dividing the country and escalating disputes between Provinces. The controversy surrounding the project, which was proposed in December 2013, highlights the electorate’s growing emphasis on balancing environmental and economic concerns. Does the TMX achieve this balance? Definitely not. Primarily,Continue reading “OPINION: Canada Should Abandon the Trans Mountain Expansion”

ANALYSIS: How Does Government Policy Impact Solar Investments?

Growth in solar energy has exploded in the last decade, largely because of the technology’s price reduction. While market trends make it clear that solar energy is here to stay, the growth of the industry has varied substantially across Canada’s Provinces. This is primarily due to differing levels of government support for renewable energy. TheContinue reading “ANALYSIS: How Does Government Policy Impact Solar Investments?”

ANALYSIS: Can Changes to US Energy Policy Save the Coal Industry?

Throughout the 2016 Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump emphasized the revival of the coal industry as a major platform pillar. Yet nearly three years after winning the electoral college, the coal industry’s fortunes are still looking grim. Trump frequently speaks of his accomplishment in reviving coal, but the industry has yet to reverse its downwardContinue reading “ANALYSIS: Can Changes to US Energy Policy Save the Coal Industry?”