How to Advocate for Your Child Without Being a Jerk

Julie M Green | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

I generally regard myself as a Nice Person, until my son's needs are compromised. Until your kid is wronged or overlooked in some way, you have no idea how fiercely your mama bear will react. Whether it's a major incident or some minor trifle, your child does need to you to "fight" on their behalf until they are mature enough to do so of their own accord.

Canada Needs to Reaffirm Its Commitment to Children

Canadian Paediatric Society | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Paediatric Society

It's been nearly 25 years since Canada signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, agreeing to protect and ensure the rights of our youngest citizens. Yet there is still no formal mechanism to hold the government accountable for the way it treats its youngest citizens. Every day, Canadian children experience poverty, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, and unequal access to quality health services and education. At the root of many of these problems is public policy that does not put the needs of children first.

A Guide to Effective Animal Advocacy

Pamela Tourigny | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Pamela Tourigny

A number of people have commented to me over my years of involvement within the vegan community that they are often overwhelmed by all of the suffering that animals endure, leaving them unsure how to advocate for them effectively. It's a feeling of helplessness to which many can surely relate.

Let's Work Hard to Keep Engaging Youth in International Negotiations

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

This week, I have the pleasure to feature an article written by two of my friends, who are passionate about global health, youth and advocacy issues. ...

How Schools Can Better Prepare For Students With Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

My daughter Journey will not live on a shelf. We may not be able to protect her from every seizure risk and she may incur some injuries now and then, but she will live life fully and share diverse experiences as a result of the collaborative efforts of her family, friends, educational team, and community.

Don't Let Speaking Out Be a Taboo

Mina Mawani | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Mina Mawani

How is it that we live in a culture where speaking out is still taboo? A culture where so many blame victims for their own abuse. Where women are afraid to report or seek assistance because they worry that they will not be believed? But today and every day, I choose not to be heartbroken.

Mental Health: There Should Be No Such Thing as a Free Spech

Arthur Gallant | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Arthur Gallant

I am writing this blog on behalf of plenty of other people with life experience who want to share their story but can't afford to. Life experience is invaluable in order for the mental health agenda to move forward in this country organizations need to hear firsthand from us. People with lived experience are experts and nobody should expect us to work or always provide our services for free.

When It Comes to the Environment, We're All Hypocrites

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

We live in a society where it is impossible to live a functional lifestyle and not consume products made from petro-chemicals every single day. As such, the notion that environmentalists -- such as Neil Young for example -- have no right to criticize oil sands developments, pipelines or fracking because they "choose" to heat their homes and drive cars is downright nonsensical.

I Got Bullied on a Panel About Mental Health

Arthur Gallant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

After almost six months of being bullied I snapped and I lashed out. You may wonder why I didn't resign from the panel. It was because I felt like I was being pushed out through bullying and felt it was up to the organization to end it. During my lashing out I said some regrettable things and to this day I remain apologetic.

The Travel Writer's Dilemma

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Several large media organizations won't publish articles if a travel writer received assistance from a tourism board, or they will put a disclosure at the end of the article saying the trip was sponsored. This is a blatant double standard, and it stands to hurt and limit the importance of travel journalism.

Watching the Watchdog: Canada's Prostitution Laws at the Supreme Court

Tim Knight | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Tim Knight

Right now the Supreme Court of Canada is tackling the obvious contradictions implicit in it being against the law to "communicate for the purposes of prostitution," "operate a bawdy house," or "live off the avails of prostitution." In effect, the court is trying to decide whether brothels and their pimps/managers/bookkeepers/cleaning staff/bodyguards/chauffeurs etc. should be legalized.

This Man is in Exile for 10 Years...For That?

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Today marks Zia Nabavi's 29th birthday. This is the fourth consecutive birthday the university student activist is spending in prison. He was arrested at a relative's house on June 15, 2009, following his participation in a peaceful post-election protest. He's been trapped in prison since then.

Is Big Brother Threatening Our Charities?

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 01.12.2013 | Canada
Jeff Rose-Martland

Last week, Canadian Mennonite magazine revealed that it had been threatened by the government. A Canada Revenue audit team the magazine that it could lose its charitable status because of what it published. CRA found some 2011 articles to be in violation of the Income Tax Act which forbids "the direct or indirect support of, or opposition to, any political party or candidate for public office." Where is this taking Canada? Will we be a nation without dissent, without criticism, without discourse? A nation where even the most well-meaning and well-respected charities must keep silent on everything or risk the wrath of government?

Actress Sarena Parmar Gives Back to Girls Everywhere [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Canadian actress and emerging playwright, Sarena Parmar, has performed in film, television and on the stage. In this in-depth interview on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, Parmar discusses her rapid rise in her acting career, how her South Asian background has influenced her work, her interest in human rights and advocacy, and also her involvement with Plan Canada's "I Am A Girl" campaign.

The Love of a Mother Can Move Mountains: My Interview With Dana Florence (VIDEO)

Shannon Skinner | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg When Dana Florence gave birth to triplets on January 1, 2008, life changed -- dramatically. The triplets were born 15 weeks premature and the fight for their lives began, enduring many procedures and surgeries to keep them alive.

No Dogs and Jews Allowed

Bernie Farber | Posted 07.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

In cottage country, and even on Toronto's beaches up to the mid 1950s, it was common to see signs that read "No Dogs or Jews Allowed." Though we, as a nation, have made great strides in the name of human rights for all, we cannot be complacent. There cannot be justice for Jews if there is not justice for everyone.