Canada Citizenship

'Niqabophobia' Thwarts Real Debate About Faith and Gender

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada
Jack Jedwab

Those who oppose the ban shouldn't insist that it's so obvious a rights violation that it doesn't merit explanation. It is impudent to simply dismiss a large majority of Canadians who support the idea of a niqab ban at a citizenship ceremony, as misguided as that may be.

Canadian Students Call for a Response to the Refugee Crisis

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, our current Canadian government has reluctantly offered some support. We shall, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accept 10,000 refugees over the next three years. As medical students committed to global health, we call into question this lukewarm commitment to such a pressing crisis and call for stronger commitments in line with Canada's values.

NDP Question Timing Of Tory Government Decision To Revoke Citizenship

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Politics

Mulcair accused Harper of making the move in the middle of a federal election as a way of "strutting his stuff'' to his right-wing base.

Canada Revokes Citizenship Of Toronto 18 Plotter

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Politics

"This man hated Canada so much, he planned on murdering hundreds of Canadians. He forfeited his own citizenship."

Stephen Harper's Citizenship Overhaul Heir to Chilling History of Exclusion

Sarah Ghabrial | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Ghabrial

The photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach awakened many voters to the human cost of our hardened, fear-based approach to immigration and foreign policy. But equally important and more difficult to acknowledge is the way the refugee crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on the question of who "we" are, and how our laws make us. To understand the anemic Canadian response to the refugee crisis, we must place it in the context of a broader policy overhaul that has radically reshaped the meaning of citizenship in Canada.

This Federal Election Will Be About the Voters

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Despite the fact that Canadians are in the deep and lazy days of summer, there has been more interest in the federal election campaign that many believed unlikely. It's not due to the parties, their leaders, or their policies. With most of the election still ahead of us, those aspects will likely become more prominent. No, it's likely that healthy attention to this election season is due to a kind of restless desire amongst Canadians for change. This could well be the real story of Canada's 42nd federal campaign. It's not really about who is chosen but the choosers themselves.

Fake War Veteran Prompts Citizenship Ceremony Changes

CBC | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics

Judge: "You really didn't gain anything other than some, I suppose, minor ego boost."

Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.

In Politics, Shadow Deals Aren't So Easy Anymore

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

People are just tired of being at the wrong end of an equation that rewards established wealth while hollowing out the opportunities for the average citizen. It's not so easy to govern anymore behind the veil of complexity and secrecy, and that's just as it should be in a democracy.

Feds Now Have The Power To Revoke Citizenships

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The federal government says it now has the power to revoke the citizenship of some Canadians convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage.

Gandhi Warned of Seven Sins. It Seems We Ignored Him

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Shortly before he was tragically assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi spoke of current troublesome trends that he eventually titled The Seven Sins. Over 60 years later, these seven blunders have been so institutionalized that they have been structured into modern society in ways that are endemic.

Canadian Dad Demands Citizenship For Son Ensnared In Rule Changes

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Paul Compton has done exactly what the federal government recommended to get his son recognized as a Canadian citizen, but his problems have...

Obama's Pretty Words Hide the Reality of U.S. Immigration

Dana Wagner | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Actions matter more than words, but in his speech to Americans, Obama's words overshadowed his actions. He spoke to hearts and minds, outlining an aspirational set of shared values on immigration. His subtext was 'we're not there yet,' but speaking ten steps ahead of hearts and minds is how to get there.

Teaching Newcomers How to Complain

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Danielle S. McLaughlin

I heard a story this week about a civics lesson. It did not take place in a high school. It was a lesson both learned and taught by some elderly newcomers who were participants in a civic awareness project. Along with learning to speak English and finding out about the systems and the laws of Canada, these folks are being challenged to engage with their new communities.

So You Think You Could Pass a Canadian Citizenship Exam?

Historica Canada | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada
Historica Canada

Think you could pass the exam that newcomers take to become Canadian citizens? Citizenship Week is upon us -- the perfect opportunity to test your knowledge with these five questions based on the Discover Canada Study Guide from Historica Canada's Citizenship Challenge.

Platitudes From Politicians Will Not Fix World Problems

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For decades we have heard how we are becoming a global family. There is little trace of that now, as division and selfish pursuit better characterize what is happening to our fragile globe. We require new leaders who can put the health of the globe above their own parochial and partisan concerns.

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...

Canada Day Makes Me Feel Uneasy About My Citizenship

Corey Levine | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

In case those of you who are Canadian-born and not just naturalized citizens are wiping your brow in relief and resting on your laurels, think again. Canadian-born and raised Deepan Budlakoti is facing deportation under the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act because of drug and gun offenses. It is not clear to where Mr. Budlakoti will be deported to since he was born here and has no ties to any other country.

This Is Why Democratic Spirit Is So Low

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The average citizen is confronting a host of enduring problems that require resolution -- unemployment, escalating poverty, lack of support for small and medium-sized businesses, mental health complexities, lack of community infrastructure, the high cost of post-secondary education, to name a few.

Biodiversity: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Biodiversity conservation is no longer a topic reserved for scientists. It's an issue that affects all Canadians. But how do we move people beyond just knowing this fact to caring, and beyond that, to acting?

Parliament is Beautiful From the Outside, and a Sham Inside

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

I recall moving up those grand steps of Parliament for the first time following my election and the sense of responsibility that suddenly seemed to descend onto my shoulders. But nothing had quite prepared me for the crudeness of human behaviour that I witnessed.

Harper's Politics Serve Politicians, Not Canadians

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Poet, Anatole France, once observed that, "it is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel." He could just as easily be commenting on two recent actions of our present federal government that fly directly in the face of what is supposed to be good politics: giving the people what they want. How else to explain the undue harshness against this country's veterans, or the outright attack and manipulation in the Harper government's attempts to revamp Elections Canada to its own purposes? What makes both of these instances so remarkable is the sheer arrogance of a government acting against the best interests of its own people.

A True Christmas Miracle in London, Ontario

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Bob Cratchit comes out as the true hero of Dicken's novel A Christmas Carol -- a worker, a family man, a believer in the goodness of people. London, Ontario just witnessed a similar example yesterday, as Kellogg's employees, despite the devastating news of the impending shutdown, raised $10,000 and purchased quality foodstuffs for the local food bank. If we are ever to find a reason for believing in Christmas, this is it.

Don't Call Me a 'Taxpayer' - I Am More Than Just My Wallet

Grant Gordon | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

I don't like when tax dollars are wasted -- whether at the provincial level by relocating gas plants, or at City Hall by tearing up LRT contracts willy-nilly, or even by the federal government straight up losing $3.1 billion (whatever happened to that scandal, by the way?). And I get that times are tough. Saving pennies matters to a lot of people these days, and it should to our governments, too.

New Canadians Have Both Roots and Wings in Ontario

Hon. David C. Onley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. David C. Onley

Ontario is one of two Canadian provinces that does not maintain an official residence for its Lieutenant Governor. In 1937, the then Government House,...