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Unifor Deal Created Real Jobs And Pensions Where None Existed

Jerry Dias | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

It is all too easy to talk about principles when you don't have to look into the eyes of a young person and explain why your ideals are more important than their access to a good job and a pension plan on which they can begin to build a life for their families.

I Said Vote Liberal. Trudeau's LNG Approval Makes Me Wonder Why.

Andrew Frank | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Frank

As a progressive voter, it was disappointing to watch the press conference announcing the federal approval of Petronas' Pacific Northwest LNG project, an industrial project that would trample the rights and title of First Nations and make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

Youth Leaders Are Helping Cambodian Children Grow Up Healthy

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

One of the mothers said to me, "As a mother of a malnourished baby, I am so thankful to be learning how to make this porridge!" She was not embarrassed, nor was there stigma, rather, she was thankful that World Vision was there to help.

Fall Into These Perfect Autumn Exercises

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

I am not sure how this is possible, but it is officially fall and this is my sixth "favourite things" themed blog. Time seriously just disappears! If ...

Canadian 'Aid' Helps Mining Firms Exploit Foreign Markets

Yves Engler | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Significant sums in Canadian "aid" are spent promoting international mining initiatives. These aid projects are often about mollifying local opposition to mining projects. In the most significant boon to international mining firms, Canadian aid has helped liberalize mining legislation.

Trudeau's Reform Plan Has Paved The Way For An Independent Senate

Bruce Carson | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Carson

Trudeau, by only appointing independent and non-partisan Senators, has blurred the line between government and opposition. Even the Government Representative in the Senate does not identify with the governing party.

Optimism As Fate Of India's Captive Elephants Hangs In Balance

Sangita Iyer | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Sangita Iyer

As animal welfare groups around the world eagerly await India's Supreme Court verdict on the petition for captive elephants filed by Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (WRRC), Ms. Suparna Baksi Ganguly, (SG) the Hon. President of WRRC weighs in on the future of India's heritage animal.

Seeking Support Helped End My Nine-Year Battle With Depression

Emily Grice | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Emily Grice

I really didn't understand why I was so sad all of the time. It was a whirlwind of overwhelming emotions of loneliness, frustration and annoyance with everything. It's these times when you need to recognize what's happening with yourself and discover and use the tools to help you get through it.

WTO Can Make Trade More Accessible For Women Globally

Oonagh Fitzgerald | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada
Oonagh Fitzgerald

While the full picture of trade's impact on women entrepreneurs is not very well known, what is known about the economic barriers facing women entrepr...

New Assisted Dying Law Will Claim Unintended Victims

Dr. Will Johnston | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Will Johnston

It will be five years before Canada's assisted suicide and euthanasia regime has to report back to the nation. These two stories offer reasons why that report will fail to reveal those depressed patients, far from death, who are steered to suicide by others and by their untreated mental illness.

Fellow Gay White Men: Our Experience With Police Isn't The Norm

Aeryn Pfaff | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Aeryn Pfaff

Since Black Lives Matter Toronto's sit-in during Pride 2016, many of you have shown woeful levels of misunderstanding of where our community as a whole sits with the police. I've heard several of you say that the police don't pose a threat to LGBT people, because we've made "progress." "The bathhouse raids were 35 years ago. Everything is fine now between LGBT people and the police!" is how the argument goes, as if conflict between police and LGBT people is a thing of the past. What you mean to say is that your battle for your rights (which did not include an agenda for LGBT people of colour) was already hard fought decades ago.

Let's Go Beyond Individual Effort To Fix Our Food System

Nick Saul | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Nick Saul

The key to delivering a better food future for everyone is moving beyond individual change into the public realm. We must act collectively, pressuring governments to use their regulatory and legislative powers to emphasize health, sustainability and fairness.

Vancouver School Closures Stick Families With Impossible Choice

Atrina Kouroshnia | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Atrina Kouroshnia

As many as 21 in total have the potential to be shut down. If residents of the east side are forced to move into more expensive neighbourhoods just in order to find a school for their children, homeowners may be forced to turn into renters as they arrive outside the comfort zone of their financial capabilities.

Molasses: A Healthier, More Natural Sweetener With Versatility

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

The trend is to travel back in time to the good ol' days when we ate real food instead of food substitutes concocted in a lab. As a result, "natural" sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and molasses have made a comeback. If you don't know much about molasses, ask your grandma... or read on!

Imagine Welcoming 8,200 South Sudanese Refugees In A Day

David Schulze | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Schulze

Last month, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) estimates that in just three weeks, it processed 37,491 refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing to neighbouring Uganda -- 8,200 arrived in a single day.

I Helped Joe Comartin Move And It Didn't Cost Taxpayers $200,000

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

Recently, a scandal involving the moving expenses of two of Prime Minister Trudeau's most trusted inner circle surfaced. It cost taxpayers $200,000 to move these two staffers 500 kilometers up the 401. It reminds me of when I helped former deputy speaker Joe Comartin move out of his apartment in Ottawa.

Beyond The Stigma Of Mental Illness Lies The Real Us

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Is there anything more tragic than going through life "unseen," feeling crushingly alone despite being in community? That's exactly what living with the stigma of compromised mental health feels like.

Seasonal Agricultural Workers Deserve Right To Call Canada Home

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

For 10 years, 20, maybe 40 years, you spend more of your life away from your family than with them. You pay into that country's taxes and employment insurance programs, but you are denied access to any benefits. You're seen as a labour commodity, not a person -- permanently "temporary," forever a "foreigner."

Our Bond Is Our Strength On This Himalayan Expedition

Elia Saikaly | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada
Elia Saikaly

We're carrying everything ourselves that we need to survive including 2,000 metres of safety lines, ice screws, snow pickets, biners, stoves, gas and personal climbing gear, not to mention a whole whack of camera gear as my other responsibility is to film and photograph this climb every step of the way. Why you ask?

I'm Relieved We Paid Attention To Our Growing Baby's Head Shape

Sarah Schultz | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Sarah Schultz

It was becoming evident in photos of our baby that his forehead was very round and protruding, and his temples looked "pinched" into his head. He also had a very marked flat spot on the back right side of his long and narrow head shape. I brought up my concerns, and I was told not to worry about it. But I did.

My Boys Fight Nonstop And I Can't Help Feeling A Little Proud

Erin Silver | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Rough play helps stimulate the brain and enables siblings to develop both cognitive and emotional intelligence. After all, when one pins the other to the ground, they are learning to read facial expressions and interpret body language. They are also learning about fairness and developing fledgling conflict resolution skills.

Nestlé Isn't Alone, Every Damn Drink Maker Is Taking Our Water

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Business
Joshua Ostroff

Go on and boycott Nestlé. Here's a handy guide to all their products. But realize that despite Nestlé being a bad corporate citizen and the world's biggest bottler of water, boycotting them will not solve the problem. The issue isn't just bottled water, it's that we allow companies to drain our water table for what amounts to free. It's time to disrupt the entire beverage market's business model, which is to extract an ingredient for basically free and sell it for an absurd amount. We need to charge them a rate for that extraction that serves the public interest.

Too Little Sunshine Can Take A Toll On Your Health, Too

Dr. Reinhold Vieth | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Reinhold Vieth

Throughout this beautiful summer, now nearing its end, we have heard a lot of warnings about the UV index, and have been told to stay out of the sun. So, am I confusing people by saying that avoiding sunshine could hurt you?

It's Not 'Cool' That My Next-Door Neighbours Are Syrian Refugees

Amanda Buessecker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Buessecker

Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.

'Psychiatric Refugee' Story Can't Justify Charter Challenge

Marvin Ross | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada
Marvin Ross

People deserve to know and to understand what the Mental Health Act is about. They deserve to know the processes that are in place to commit someone against their will and to treat them. And they need to know the safeguards that are in place to prevent excesses and protect the rights of the individual.