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Was The Trump Victory A Gift, From Russia With Love?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Image of "Vladimir Putin carrying his buddy Donald Trump" by DonkeyHotey on flickr through Creative Commons It has yet to be proven. What is known, ...

Canada Must Be A Shining Light For World's Women During Dark Days

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Fears that the divisive politics which characterized Brexit and the U.S. presidential election will undermine liberal democracies across the globe, and put the world's most vulnerable people in harm's way, have never been greater. They are not misplaced -- right now real lives and a meaningful Canadian identity are at stake.

It's Only The 'Post-Truth' Era If We Let It Be

Sol Chrom | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Living
Sol Chrom

It just requires commitment. To what? To the values I've been advocating all along: open-mindedness, skepticism and critical thinking. When so much is invested in robbing us of our ability or desire to do so, resolving to think critically is the most effective means of resistance there is. Hell, it's practically revolutionary.

Organize Your Way Out From Under The Holiday Clutter

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

I love, love, love the holiday season, but I do not enjoy all the additional stuff it brings into my home. If you're looking to spread the holiday cheer without adding clutter, you're going to need a strategy to deal with all of those things without your home looking like a department store.

Thank You, Canada, For Teaching This Emigrant True Patriot Love

Cheryl Muir | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Seven years ago, I emigrated from England and headed for the Great White North with nothing but two suitcases, a dream in my heart and a fire in my belly. Tomorrow, I'll return to England exactly as I came. Oh, Canada - thank you for the beautiful experience.

'Lock Her Up' Chant A Very Real Danger To Canadian Democracy

Tara Katrusiak Baran | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Alberta
Tara Katrusiak Baran

Threats like these can never be justified in terms of freedom of speech or "anti-political correctness." The self-indulgence, the underlying menace, and the thinly veiled barbarism of this chant are an attempt at intimidation, and undermine the democratic process and the civil discourse that guides our way of life.

My Wife's Memory Lives On In Our Anti-Cancer Cookbook

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Adrian Brijbassi

The idea of Inspired Cooking, a new cookbook featuring 21 of the nation's best chefs, was hers. She thought a cookbook with some of Canada's best-known chefs discussing what nutrition means to them and providing cancer-prevention recipes could change how future generations eat and think about food.

These Boomers' Stories Prove A Parent's Love Lasts A Lifetime

Linda Simpson | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

In many ways it is a values question. What do we owe our parents? It was a question I posed to several friends and the answers come from their own words. Parenting is the one job that has no prerequisite and requires no experience. Yet, parents have an enduring effect on our entire lives.

It's Finally Men's Turn To Embrace So-Called 'Feminine' Fabrics

Leah Morrigan | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Style
Leah Morrigan

True self-expression must have freedom without gendered boundaries. To allow men true freedom, freedom of their senses, we must loosen the knots of gender expression through clothing and fabric and allow men to be who they naturally are.

Liberals' Digital Surveillance Proposals Far Scarier Than Bill C-51

Daniel Tencer | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Daniel Tencer

Imagine how you would feel if the government installed cameras in your home that recorded everything you did, then gave police the power to review the footage without a warrant, whenever they want. If that sounds to you like a gross violation of your privacy, you should probably be aware that the federal Liberals are contemplating pretty much exactly that for the digital world.

Universal Pharmacare Would Make Medicine More Affordable In Canada

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

Why? Universal drug plans mean national bodies negotiate fairer prices for prescription drugs. The results are dramatic. So, while some critics claim that universal prescription drug insurance is a nice idea, but not affordable - it's very clear that universal prescription drug insurance is actually the key to affordability.

A Guide To Surviving The Holiday Flu

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

There are too many Christmases where the shine was dulled by illness. Several times, Christmas Day got completely postponed, and everyone stayed home to avoid more cross-contamination! So, what you do to get through the next few weeks if an unplanned bug shows up to mess up your plans?

Liberals' Electoral Reform Survey A Personal Privacy Nightmare

Kris Constable | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Kris Constable

As a privacy and security expert, I concluded that the MyDemocracy survey is not just ineffective in its stated political objectives, it's literally giving up the privacy of Canadians in real time. This is really dangerous, scary when you realize that this issue applies to all of Public Safety's websites I have tested.

Sled Dog Businesses Don't Celebrate Animals, They Exploit Them

Peter Fricker | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Peter Fricker

It's a position that the public can easily support by refusing to patronize commercial sled dog tours and races. Dogs don't need to be mythologized. They just need to be loved, respected, treated well and given the chance to express their full range of behaviours.

A Better Health-Care System Makes Prevention A Priority

Julia Fursova | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Living
Julia Fursova

As daily decisions made amid unhealthy environments pile up, our chances of becoming sick increase. Then we head to the doctor's office or hospital. It is ironic that we continue to call ours a health-care system, when in reality it only takes care of us when we are already sick.

What Companies Can Do To Create Mutually Beneficial Internships

Steve Titus | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Titus

With all the negative attention around internships, companies may be tempted to shy away from the idea, but this is a poor business decision. The investment you make in internship programs can provide a tremendous return for the company and the student, so it should not be overlooked.

I Want To Believe The End Of AIDS Is Nigh – My Life Depends On It

Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

Thirty-seven years old. In 2030, I will be 37 years old. In 2030, the AIDS epidemic will be eliminated. I hope. According to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or "Global Goals" that's the plan. I pray to God they're right. I can wait till 37, but if I'm being honest, I expect to be waiting much past that.

Canada Needs Real Leadership To End The Syrian War

Shuvaloy Majumdar | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Shuvaloy Majumdar

The challenge for Canadian foreign policy is to mitigate the risks of the rebels faltering in Aleppo, with the more long-term strategic challenge of Russia and Iran's vicious play for power. Should Aleppo fall, an even more dystopian region will emerge.

I Listened To The Stories Of Those Impacted By Monsanto's Greed

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

It was a chance to hear from some of the many victims of Monsanto and how that company has affected every level of our lives: from the food we put into our bodies and the issues associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, to the adverse impacts its corporate greed has on poverty and food security.

Trump Tower Has No Place In Vancouver's Skyline

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah E. Leamon

Quite simply, the values espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters do not align with the values that are held by the majority of Canadians -- and they certainly do not align with the values that are held by the vast majority of Vancouverites. Bottom line: there is no room for Trump in our city.

My Family Didn't Leave Cuba To Watch Trudeau Praise Castro

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

I am a part of this country. So is my father. So is my mother. Do not erase our experiences. Do not claim that you can separate one aspect of this man from all the others. My family did not escape from under the foot of a dictator to live in a country where its leader praises and celebrates that same dictator.

Know Thy Oven, Your Baked Goods Will Thank You

Deepi Harish | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Believe it or not, your oven has a personality. And getting to know it is hella important. It's just as important as reading a recipe properly or using room temperature ingredients.

Kathleen Wynne Wants To Throw Your Money Away On Cap And Trade

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Based on the Auditor General's analysis, Ontario businesses are expected to send $466 million to California and Quebec under cap and trade by 2020. And by 2030, businesses will have sent about $2.2 billion. That's all money leaving the Ontario economy to achieve almost nothing. Sadly, it's just the beginning.

The Failed Promise Of Transparency In The Age Of Trudeau

Yaël Ossowski | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Yaël Ossowski

Countries such as Iran, India and China proposed initiatives to limit the market of tobacco and further enforce plain packaging regulations. Many of these initiatives were adopted and will have to be enforced by Canada as a party to the convention. But at no point did the Canadian people get a say.

Keep Smudging And Other Religious Rituals Out Of The Classroom

John Carpay | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
John Carpay

In September 2015, Port Alberni mom Candice Servatius was shocked to learn that her two elementary-aged children had participated in an aboriginal smudging ceremony. The district claims that these are "cultural practices." This is true, but misses the point.