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Canadians Must Not Allow Themselves To Be Divided By Hate

Sid Ryan | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sid Ryan

The coordinated killings that rocked Paris over the weekend are an unspeakable horror. But we must not allow the horrific nature of this atrocity to drag Canada back into the racism, Islamophobia and war-mongering that characterized our last government. The burden to hold firm on the change that we demanded in the October election is jointly shared between Canadians and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Anonymous Tip Claims Canadian Military 'Terrorized' Afghan Detainees

CBC | James Cudmore | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Politics

Fresh allegations of war crimes and coverup levelled at Canadian military police and commanders in Afghanistan and in Ottawa are now under investigation by an independent watchdog.

Education Can Make All the Difference in the Lives of Refugee Children

Deborah Ellis | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Deborah Ellis

A school says to a refugee child, "You have somewhere to go each day. You have someone who believes you can learn and who makes you sit up straight. You have an important job to do with your life and you are worth someone's time to see that you do it."

Perfume War Documentary Tells Tale Of Building Peace Through Economic Empowerment

Capt. Trevor Greene | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Capt. Trevor Greene

When I came out of my coma in Vancouver General Hospital about six weeks after I was wounded, I thought I was recovering from injuries from an IED strike I survived in the third week of my tour and would soon be back with my battle group.

This Little Woman's Big Heart Is Changing The Lives Of Afghan Girls

The Huffington Post Canada | Nina Raynars and Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Impact

"I saw girls light up with excitement and hope as they sat in their classrooms knowing that, indeed, they did matter, that they deserved to learn how to read and write, that they could contribute to the world and reach their full potential."

Canada Shrugging Off U.S. Concerns Over Afghanistan 'Ghost Schools'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Canadian officials are shrugging off U.S. concerns that school enrolment numbers in Afghanistan — one of the most tangible indicators of the impact of millions in aid spending — may have been inflated or falsified outright.

There Can Never Be a Humanitarian Component to Military Action

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

There is simply no compatibility between humanitarian action and the use of military force in combat. One has as its singular objective the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the sufferer's identity or affiliation; the other, by definition, involves taking the side of one group against the other. That's also why it is very worrying to hear that humanitarian assistance is being used as strategic tactic in military action.

Joshua Ostroff

Unschooled Afghan Refugee Is Now One Of Canada's Brightest Lights | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

".. being exposed to opportunities can change you, can help you, can affect your community or your country."

True Democracies Protect Everyone's Freedom of Expression

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

Democracies must protect freedom of expression, which includes the right to blaspheme. Freedom of expression and the right to dissent is either for everybody or for nobody, or the principal falls apart entirely.

Pilots Blamed For Canadian Chopper Crash

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - A helicopter crash that seriously injured a soldier and forced a halt to one of Canada's last combat missions in Afghanistan was the result ...

Canada's Vision For Afghan Aid Left In Dust: Audit

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government would be wise to heed the lessons of its evaluation of the Afghan aid program as it contemplates how to handle th...

Each Year, Veterans Affairs Makes Me Prove I Lost My Legs

Paul Franklin | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Paul Franklin

Last year when upon getting a new chair it was felt by VAC that I didn't get the appropriate paperwork -- which was a doctor's note saying "Due to transformal amputations, Paul Franklin needs a new wheelchair." I was approved of a pension but was not to receive it until a doctor confirmed my limb loss. This is something that has to be done every year presumably until age 65.

What Afghans Can Teach Canadians About Terrorism Response

Lauryn Oates | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

It was strange to receive the news in a country where terror is an every day occurrence, that a deranged jihadist had shed blood on Canadian soil, rampaging through our normally peaceful capital, on the heels of another attack days earlier in Montreal. I knew, too, that the people of Afghanistan would have sound advice to offer Canadians.

Why There is Little Hope for Progress in Afghanistan

Ivey Business School | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada
Ivey Business School

The collapse of talks aimed at producing a truce between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates has rekindled fears of ethnic unrest in the war-torn nation, according to a recent Reuters report. But if truth be told, Afghanistan has little chance of stabilizing politically or seeing significant economic progress with or without the power-sharing deal that was being brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

The Dirty Secret of International Forces in Afghanistan

Corey Levine | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

While troop-contributing countries have been fed a steady diet of the excesses committed by the Taliban, many thousands of Afghan civilians have had to endure untold suffering through error, ignorance, negligence and over-reach of the international military forces sent in to create security and stability in the country.

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

How to Make the World a Better Place

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png "The little girl wants to tell you something else. Please don't forget them. Please help them live in freedom." That urgent message, delivered by a translator as I was leaving a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, came from a 13-year-old Afghan girl.

What Refugees Leave Behind When They Flee Their Homes

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As we mark World Refugee Day, the latest figures indicate that more than 50-million human beings alive today have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Whether they're refugees, asylum-seekers, or people displaced within their own countries, these individuals had no choice but to leave the places they once held so dear.

Couple Captured By Taliban Pleaded For Help In 2012 Videos

CP | Eric Tucker, The Associated Press | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics

WASHINGTON - The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last y...

John Baird Praises High Turnout In Afghan Election

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Afghans have demonstrated their commitment to a democratic future, and now a new government must dem...

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

Harper, Don't Abandon Those Who Fought For You in Afghanistan

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Yes, the Canadian story in Afghanistan is mixed, with closure hard to come by for those soldiers not only involved in security details, but development projects like protecting schools, building damns, and conducting civilian peace efforts in villages. But what shouldn't be in doubt is our government's promise and dedication to those military personnel.

Why the Afghanistan Mission Was Worth It

Lauryn Oates | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Lauryn Oates

I have seen firsthand the incredible transformations that have taken place in Afghanistan over the past decade. Wherever your views stand on Canada's participation in NATO's mission in Afghanistan, the available evidence shows that without a doubt, life for most Afghans is dramatically better today than it was under Taliban rule

Families Of Fallen Canadians In Afghanistan Reflect On Loss

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Was it all worth it?It is a brutally awkward question, especially when posed in the context of Afghanistan.There is no shortage of people opi...

Taliban Claims 'Defeat' Of Canadian Army

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - A round of goodbye messages are following the last Canadian troops out the door in Afghanistan and some of them are rather nasty.The Taliban's...