Canada Activism

Shining A Light On Invisible Animals In A Human World

Jo-Anne McArthur | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Impact
Jo-Anne McArthur

Animals are present in almost every aspect of human life: our meals, our clothing, our entertainment industries, and yet they live their lives in the dark. Sometimes their suffering is hidden behind the walls of factory farms, where billions of animals live short, painful lives every year.

Is Canada's Multicultural Identity Only Skin-Deep?

Osman Shah | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Osman Shah

Can we say we are a multicultural society if we're unable to fundamentally accept its most basic concept: tolerance of other cultures and religions? Why is there a discrepancy between the support many Canadians show to multiculturalism -- and who often feverishly argue is the basis of Canadian identity -- and combating Islamophobia? If we're (arguably) a multicultural society then why are we also not an anti-Islamophobia society?

We Are Witnessing How Outrage Can Pave The Way To Progress

Jess Tomlin | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Jess Tomlin

Since the election of Donald J. Trump, people have been motivated, mobilized, and activated in ways we have never seen. The polite veneer of the status quo may have been ripped away, ugliness exposed, but hatred is not the only thing gaining speed.

Activism Without Borders Gives Canadians A Voice In U.S. Politics

Ann Rosenfield | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Impact
Ann Rosenfield

Many Canadians gave online to the ACLU to help overturn the Trump administration's de facto ban on travellers coming from several Muslim-majority countries. The unexpected effect of globalization is citizens feel empowered to act and comment on the actions of another country.

We Must Avoid Repeating The Mistakes Of Occupy Wall Street

Kristen Pue | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Living
Kristen Pue

Intersectionality means that different systems of discrimination are connected. Gender issues "intersect" with issues of class, sexuality, disability, and race. For instance, Indigenous women are much more likely than non-Indigenous women to be the victims of violent crime. Intersectional resistance, then, is about fighting inequality and oppression across identity lines.

Don't Give Up On Your Dream Of Education

Street Haven | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada
Street Haven

In high school, I was placed in a special education program instead of regular classes because I couldn't learn like the other students. I felt I was ...

Let's Not Rush To Judge Anti-Racism Activist Andray Domise

Samuel Getachew | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Living
Samuel Getachew

I do not want to rush to the defence of a person whose work I am familiar with and now finds himself facing an assault charge and three counts of mischief. I do not condone violence. However, the real noted Canadian activist and journalist, Andray Domise - my friend - is quite different than the one I see projected in the media.

Trump Win Proves You Can't Be 'Your Own Kind' Of Feminist

Tara K. Reed | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

After the U.S. election, I wanted to call myself a feminist. Especially as friends wept about the uncertain (and certain) future of a Trump America. Still, I can't. Because feminism is hiding too many racists and bigots. People who hear "Be your own kind of feminist" and place emphasis on "your own kind."

Trudeau's Carbon Price Policy Is Great But A Decade Too Late

Cameron Fenton | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

This carbon price policy would be amazing if the Pussycat Dolls were still on the Billboard Top 20. Simply put, it won't get us where we need to be. According to some calculation, a carbon price in Canada would need to start at $30 a tonne and reach $200 per tonne by 2030 to put us on track to meet our climate targets.

Raising A Compassionate Child

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zarah Tinholt

Parents model behaviour to their children, and children watch very closely. My dad taught me not to give money on the street, but if someone asked, we should treat them with complete, sincere dignity and take the time to offer them whatever it is they need. It can be inconvenient -- taking a stranger out for lunch and hearing their story, spending an extra 5 minutes buying someone groceries, giving someone our own mittens in the dead of winter, or perhaps giving someone a ride that is out of our way.

An Activist Is In Court, But It's Factory Farming On Trial

Miriam Porter | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Porter

Factory farming has been linked to huge environmental issues for years and now it's being played out issue by issue in an Ontario courtroom, all because a woman showed compassion towards pigs. So, think about it. Who is really on trial here?

You Say You Want a Revolution...

Beverley Golden | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada
Beverley Golden

As astrology predicted, what happened during the conjunction of Uranus and Pluto in the '60s, would manifest globally when these two planets reached their first square. If you haven't heard, we just came out of a three-year period (2012 to 2015) where we experienced seven exact squares of Uranus and Pluto!

Someone Tell The Ontario Liberals That Autism Doesn't End At 5

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

When the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP agree on something, the issue must transcend ideology. On Tuesday the PCs, supported by their opposition colleagues, will move that the Ontario government restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children five years of age and over.

Cannabis' Cancer Treatment Potential Is Finally Being Recognized

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

Since I posted the letter that has spread further than I ever expected, I have received a few private responses on Facebook. They have all been touching and meaningful, and I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me. However it was today I received the most significant one.

People Love Viral Giving Campaigns (But They Don't Donate)

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Not-for-profit organizations throughout North America that were awed by the viral success of the ALS Society's ice bucket fundraising challenge should think twice before using social media as a significant fundraising tool, says the University of Toronto's Nicola Lacetera.

Why Celebrity Activists Matter

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.11.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

From the moment Beyoncé walked off the Super Bowl stage, halftime show sticking out of her back pocket after broadcasting black power imagery and black pride lyrics to an audience of 112 million people, the backlash began. From boycotts to criticism from senators and pundits alike, the goal here is to intimidate the pop star into silence because she holds power. But here's the thing; celebrity activists matter. Being an artist does not mean that you cannot speak out about injustice, but critics push that agenda because having a following for your art does mean that people might actually listen when you do.

Physician Protests Against Liberal Cuts Have Made Me An Activist

Nadia Alam | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

In the past, I was generally detached from political rhetoric. Despite the scandals, I naively believed my elected leaders were benevolent. Now, I not only question their motives, I completely disbelieve their promises. What does it say about a leader when their followers no longer trust them?

The Trauma That Shaped Today's Iran

Laura Secor | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Laura Secor

What Iranians lived in that time -- what they channeled through their intellectual salons and prison letters, their dreams and childhood memories -- felt to me like an epic novel, replete with calamities and reversals, crescendos and epiphanies, and a sweeping arc of history that cut through its core.

DiCaprio's Hypocritical 'Activism' Is His Best Performance Yet

Cody Battershill | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Cody Battershill

It's not easy being Leonardo DiCaprio. While preaching that fossil fuel use is triggering a global climate catastrophe, Leo hops around the world on fuel-guzzling private jets. "If we do not act together, we will surely perish," he tells the United Nations. I'll say it again: Leo has a hard time aligning his message with his actions.

Canada's First Gay Activist Climbs Martin Luther King's Mountain

Ron Levy | Posted 01.15.2017 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

I am often reminded of Martin Luther King, who uniquely demonstrated that eloquence trumps bigotry, when researching Canada's earliest LGBT activists. They, like King, were at the forefront of a dramatic civil rights movement, making powerful and persuasive arguments for social justice in the face of sometimes brutal suppression.

Fashion Must Do More To Finally Cut Out Fur

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Style
Élise Desaulniers

Nearly a quarter-century later, we might have expected fur to be relegated to the closet of shame alongside other controversial fashion accessories such as ivory earrings. Yet 73 per cent of this year's fashion shows in New York, Paris, Milan and London included fur.

We Can Fight Fear With Simple Acts Of Kindness

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

No one sat down near her. How is it that she cleared a section of a subway car at rush hour without saying a word? She wears a hijab. She is a young person of colour whose religion is outwardly apparent. What is happening to girls and women like her in public places is nothing short of disgraceful.

Alberta's Historic Cap On Tar Sands Emissions Is Not The End

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

As momentous an occasion as it is when an oil jurisdiction actually puts limits on growth, 100 million tonnes of carbon a year at a time when science is demanding bold reductions is still far too much. While historic, the government's cap needs to be viewed as a ceiling rather then a floor.

Ruling Puts Canada's Health And Environment At Risk

Ecojustice | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

If allowed to stand, the decision will further constrain the ability of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) to ensure that most serious environmental and human health impacts associated with major industrial projects, including mines, dams and tar sands operations, are addressed.

Scrapping Keystone XL A Victory For And By The People

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Keystone was a fight that no one thought we could win. When the pipeline was first proposed, every energy analyst, every journalist and every politician either had never heard of it or thought the same thing -- the pipeline was a virtual certainty and its approval was imminent.