In past refugee crises, Canada has responded swiftly and assertively. From the aftermath of World War II, through crises in Hungary in 1956, Chile in 1973, and Southeast Asia in the late 1970s, Canadians responded generously, receiving on each of those occasions tens of thousands of refugees into our communities. In 1999, Canada took extraordinary measures to evacuate thousands of refugees from Kosovo. Why should we do less now?
It's something the majority of Canadians intuitively feel: politics and politicians no longer seem like a channel for change or action, and so we tune them out. People and even partisans are disconnected from purpose beyond the election cycle. But in an election framed on change, maybe there's an opportunity here to reconnect politics and purpose.
The searing images of three-year-old Alan Kurdi have moved through cyberspace and galvanized reaction around the world. For Canadians, there are layers and hard questions that go further than our basic human response of sorrow. That's because Alan Kurdi's family could and should have been in Canada by now.
Sometimes the notes were wonderful, gossipy accounts of family life, reminding us that the ordinary and mundane is as beautiful and important as the dramatic and spectacular. And sometimes they were thoughtful, almost meditative reflections on our situation and how it had inspired them to act. I even got poetry.
It's nowhere to be seen: human rights being used to address poverty in Canada. Human rights are a key tool in poverty reduction work in Canada, placing the most marginalized at the centre of policy -- but in communities across the country, it seems as though governments are not connecting the dots.
Children possess an innate power, through their very existence alone, to incite compassion in even the most hardened of hearts. Perhaps that was the purpose behind yesterday's publication of the photograph of a young Syrian boy named Aylan, whose lifeless body had washed ashore while on a treacherous voyage to Greece -- But it is far too easy to become lost in the daily reportage and statistics, and as such overlook the core issues facing the crisis.
Phosphorus is a key nutrient in aquatic systems, but excess phosphorous is the leading cause of the increase in the harmful blue-green algae that is becoming more common in the Great Lakes. Toxic and harmful algal bloom occurrences in Lake Erie pose risks to drinking supplies, quality of life and economic vitality.
Grey wolves in Alberta are exposed to lethal threats from every angle, including aerial gunning from helicopters, choking neck-snares, and poison-baits that lure wolves and many other species to their excruciating deaths. Alberta's liberal hunting and trapping regulations assure that the devastation of wolf families occurs nearly year-round.
As morbid as it may seem, death is inevitable and preparing for our last day of life is a key component in a solid financial plan. Without proper planning, death can trigger a significant income tax bill which can cause significant financial stress for already devastated loved ones left behind.
One of the things that entrepreneurs often find challenging during the summer is staying focused and on track. Many have confessed to me that one day off for a break led to two, which led to three, which led to weeks off in some cases. Now, they are dreading trying to get the engine up and running again so that September is not a write-off.
The freshman year produces a perfect storm of factors: new pressures, an abundance of unhealthy food options, a lot of sitting around in classrooms and, often, higher alcohol consumption. At a time when the body is still growing -- and when brain power is key to successful learning -- how serious is the problem of the proverbial Freshman 15?
If you were taken away tomorrow, what do you think your legacy would be? Most of us, it seems, are happy to wait and hear what our eulogist thinks our legacies are. A little late, don'tcha think? I think it's time to lighten up the legacy conversation by creating and enjoying a variety of legacies that you can enjoy now!
I picked up this chair at the Collingwood Habitat for Humanity for less than $10, and spent about $40 in materials. This chair was a challenge to reupholster, but you can follow essentially the same steps to transform any chair you choose. Read on find out how to complete this chair reupholstery!
Some say the images coming out of the migrant crisis are too offensive to share online or print in our newspapers. But what I find offensive is that drowned children are washing up on our shorelines, when more could have been done to prevent their deaths.
Pictures of people we label 'migrants' are, of course, just pictures of people. Many of them have difficult lives that are not only made up of snapshots of fear and uncertainty, but all those moments in between.
Over the following months in 2001, the violence continued in Burundi between the rebels and the government. My passion for my work diminished. I no longer felt like doing anything. I even stopped watching the news on TV, or even listening to it on my own radio station. Everything looked hopeless. In 2002, some Canadian journalists visited Burundi. If I were going to ask for help, it was now or never.
Fentanyl stole from me, from my family and from countless others across Canada. I've had items stolen from me before. In high school, someone broke into my locker and took my iPod. I remember my mom telling me, "Life goes on." Last year, someone stole funds from my bank account. Life goes on. Sometimes, though, it doesn't.
By continuing to invest in these and other proven interventions -- especially those aimed at saving newborns during their vulnerable first month -- we can use the next 15 years to cut the child-mortality rate by half again. But let's face it: What we really want for children -- for our own children, for anyone's children -- is not simply to survive, but to thrive.
BRUSSELS -- This "wave of people" is more like a trickle when considered against the pool that must absorb it. The influx this year is only 0.068 percent of the EU's population. Before we get carried away by apocalyptic rhetoric, we should recognize that if there is a crisis, it is one of politics, not capacity.
Sometimes, I just want to wake up from this nightmare. Is this really the country in which I want to raise my child? It is a country that I haven't known until now?
While going back to school can be overwhelming for both parents and kids, it doesn't have to be that way. Following these simple tips will take the stress out of back to school shopping -- even if you are down to the final days.
Life happens, and it's easy to get distracted. This is especially true when you have long term-goals. As silly as it sounds, sometimes a plan FOR the plan is needed in order to stay focused.
While it is easy to understand the needs of an orphaned child who is fleeing conflict or natural disaster, we still need to broaden our understanding of how to help those who may be living in a country at peace, but whose lives are still blighted by chronic hunger and under-nutrition.