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There's An End In Sight In The Fight Against Mass Incarceration

Robyn Keystone | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Robyn Keystone

While we may not have the same incarceration numbers, private prisons or overt existence of a prison pipeline, Canada has seen an increase in incarceration over the last decade, and this population continues to be over-represented by black, brown and Latino youth. This highlights a need for open discussion.

Love Is In The Air -- Can We Make It Last?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

More and more I hear Canadians making mean and disparaging comments about those who disagree or have different points of view. I also hear racist remarks, which is terribly distressing. It's not who we are as a nation. Some of the things said after the shooting at the Mosque in Quebec made me feel like I was at a Trump rally. And I'm not ashamed, or afraid, to say I don't like it.

4 Reasons Why Canada Lost The Penny Permanently

Brett Caron | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada
Brett Caron

At the time they were phased out, pennies cost the Canadian Mint 1.6 cents to produce. Doesn't make much cents, does it? Getting rid of them ended up saving taxpayers up to $11 million a year, which is advantageous.

Trump Has Effortlessly Put Human Rights In Jeopardy

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

I am not surprised in the slightest that Trump wasted no time in taking the preliminary steps to get rid of Obamacare, to build the wall along the Mexico - U.S. Border and to ban Muslims. It's exactly what he said he'd do throughout his entire campaign. In fact, I would have been shocked if he'd backed away from any of it, or even waited for the Obama's plane to take off for Palm Springs before getting started.

10 Things Canadians Should Know About America

Lubna Javed | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Lubna Javed

The first time I heard "Uh huh" as the reply to my gratitude-filled "Thank you," I repeated my "Thank you" again, thinking the barista did not hear me. Even a second time, the reply was "Uh-huh." So, I just assumed that the barista was rude. How wrong I was.

It's Time To Hold Trump And His Congress Accountable

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

Americans, and in fact the rest of the world, can no longer remain passive participants in how our cities and countries are run. Everyone has to speak up. And not just once, at an award show either. Every day, in every way. In emails, letters and voice mails to elected officials, by signing petitions, by marching locally and in our nations' capitals (peacefully) and on our own social media.

Donald Trump And The American Dream

Jason Najum | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

It seems that a dangerous brew has been boiling. A national origin-story based on "making it", mixed with a constructed and prideful sense of Us, as a separate and often superior entity from Them. It's everywhere. A lifetime of God Bless America and American Exceptionalism and Leader of the Free World. A media and culture forever sprinkled with waving flags and geocentric self-regard. A hell-yeah awesomeness that you just can't find anywhere else but in the good ol' US of A.

One Day Closer To The Reign Of Trump

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Donald Trump. The narcissist with tissue paper thin skin who cannot abide any criticism whatsoever, from anyone, ever. The addict for whom there is never enough praise and adulation, who needs it so badly he cannot stop asking for compliments or, if they're slow in coming, telling the world, himself, how great he is.

America Is Now A Faith-Based Nation

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

America may be moving from a fact-based era to a faith-based era. Such a transition is nothing new; it has happened at least a couple of times already in the history of Western civilization. After the logic and science of the ancient Greeks and the technology of the ancient Romans, Europe moved into the faith-based Dark Ages.

Voices From America: Pride, Hope And Disengagement

Jennifer Riel | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Riel

Lately, we've heard a lot about Americans who've been left behind. I got the first hint of what this might be last fall when, as part of a project on democratic capitalism, we set out to understand more about the American experience. We spoke at length to two dozen working, middle-class Americans about their lives.

America Is Drunk At The Wheel

David Martin | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

It used to be that the United States had a national purpose and a sense of community. For years, America had a commitment to common social goals as evidenced by Roosevelt's New Deal, Kennedy's New Frontier and Johnson's Great Society. That now seems a distant memory. After the Reagan-Bush years came Bill Clinton and another decade of selfishness and corporate greed. Although the books were eventually balanced, it was at the expense of the neediest as the gap between the haves and the have-nots widened into a chasm.

Strange Bedfellows: The Bizarre Jewish Support For Donald Trump

Sarah Phillips | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Phillips

Jews are told to remember all the time -- not just on Remembrance Day -- the horrors of the Holocaust. Unfortunately, the support that comes from all that remembering typically seems to just reverberate around a somewhat insulated community. That's not good enough for me.

We Don't Need A President's Permission To Be Kind

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Mary-Jo Dionne

I choose to keep the "Stronger Together" message as an ongoing, ever-present beacon. This house -- and by that, I mean, both the one I live in and the one that lives in me -- holds the space and admiration and compassion for anyone of integrity.

Trump Won Because America Chose To Look The Other Way

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Despite all the warnings, despite all the evidence, Americans elected a snake charmer, a man who's made a career out of taking advantage of people and then discarding them like a used tissue, who's made a career out of protecting no one's interests but his own.

Dear America, It's Time For A Pep Talk

Louise Wallace | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada
Louise Wallace

Dear America, I write as a concerned neighbour but I'm not going to bum you out with more crap. Let's just say I'm worried and you need a pep talk. ...

Hollywood Envisioned Trump Nearly 60 Years Ago

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Last night I watched one of my favourite movies, A Face in the Crowd. Favourite not in terms of feel-good, but unsettling. This 1957 movie by Elia Kaz...

Canada Pushes For New Border Bill Before U.S. Election

CP | Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics

"If you don't bring it up it could just inadvertently not get passed.''

India Reclaims Its Creation With International Yoga Day

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Whether faced with the level of cultural appropriation or cultural appreciation that yoga has seen, a bit of re-appropriation -- done in an inclusive manner -- never hurts. At the request of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution establishing International Yoga Day. The first celebration in 2015 saw yoga sessions happening all over the world.

A Generic Stump Speech For Today's Candidates

David Martin | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
David Martin

There's no doubt about it; it's a long presidential campaign. With months still to go until the election, Republican and Democratic candidates have th...

Why "The Donald's" Tuesday Night Speech Should Change Your Life

Mary Donohue | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

Whether you love him or hate him, Trump wins because he is a great communicator. And you can learn from that and apply it to your own life.

America Is A Cult

David Martin | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Living
David Martin

America is a cult. Think about it: a cult is a system of veneration and devotion to a particular figure, object or idea. In this case, the object of veneration is America itself. One of the characteristics of a cult is control of the membership as, for example, by taxing them even if they live outside the country. Another characteristic is shunning as in making it difficult and expensive for members to leave.

'Blowin' Up' Challenges Stereotypes About Hip Hop Culture

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada
University of Toronto News

They were using their talents and resources to pursue their passions. We often celebrate young people (think Bill Gates for instance) for doing this in other businesses and personal pursuits, but it takes on a very different tone when young black men from stigmatized areas take an unconventional path and invest their energies into it.

Elders Living Alone With Their Abusers Are The Worst Off

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A new study examining elder abuse -- released by researchers at the University of Toronto, Cornell University and Weill-Cornell Medical College -- has found that older adult victims living alone with their abuser were up to four times more likely to endure more severe levels of mistreatment.

I'm Canadian, But Trump Makes Me Want To Be American

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Before I talk about the wretched Muslims ruining America, I'm going to admit I'm not American. I am Canadian, which I realize is pretty unfortunate. To make up for this deficiency, I've always pretended to be American. I pretend because it is feels great to be "exceptional" and more civilized than the rest of the world. I pretend because it makes me feel safer to fear others who are different. I pretend because American Republican politicians aren't afraid to demonstrate their overt bigotry by generalizing an entire group of people. Now, it's time to finally stop pretending and fulfill my true destiny.

Justin Trudeau Sets American Hearts A-Flutter

Chris Taylor | Posted 10.22.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

"At present, the list of Canadians with whom I would like to have relations now with starts with Sophie, followed by Justin. And then, of course, Anne Murray."