Dr. Courtney Howard, MD

3. Dynamic Stability


We must nurture dynamic stability within a rapidly-changing world.


  • Strengthen the social safety net to reduce financial stress. (see 7 and 8)
  • Provide tuition relief to help people retrain and reposition themselves to take advantage of new opportunities. (see 9)


  • Increase funding and political support for international institutions that help us get along and take care of one another: for instance to the World Health Organization for pandemic preparedness and vaccine-related work.
  • Increase support to the Green Climate Fund to facilitate adaptation and mitigation in lower-and middle-income countries.
  • Suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States, in  recognition of the fact that the US is no longer a safe country for migrants.
  • Recommit to defending human rights in all contexts, and to working cooperatively to  realize the United Nations Sustainability goals.
  • Sign the United Nations Treaty on the Prevention of Nuclear Weapons. 
  • Ensure that the actions we take in Canada do not have harmful side-effects elsewhere:
  • Decarbonize without offshoring our emissions.
  • Trade with honour: ensure the products we consume did not put others at risk through inhumane      working conditions, or create harmful local toxic impacts for others. 
  • Lead from strength: provide international leadership in key areas of strength based on achievement at home—for instance, with the Powering Past Coal Alliance. 

Picture yourself in a canoe going through rapids: you need a clear sense of your path and your risk tolerance, good equipment, skilled paddlers, excellent communication, and enough trust to make decisions quickly. There’s no stopping the canoe, no eddy in sight. 
Stability depends not on staying in one place, but on the ability to respond effectively to change.
 In 2020—we’re all in the same canoe. 
We need to put on our life jackets, lean in, paddle hard, and stay focused on charting a healthy course.