Canada Citizenship

Finding Our 'Tribe' Can Restore Our Missing Sense Of Belonging

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Pearson

We speak much about "community" in our modern era, yet we have proved remarkably ineffective at creating it to the degree that we need and are fed by it. The larger that cities grow, the shallower the sense of belonging that we experience. The greater our numbers, the more remote we can feel.

Canada Lacks A Definite Narrative About Who Founded The Country

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada
Jack Jedwab

Canada does not appear to possess a definitive or authoritative narrative that properly connects when and by whom the country was founded. While surveys reveal that most Canadians believe that 1867 is the founding date of Canada many of those same people think the First Nations are amongst the founding peoples.

Jo Cox Showed Us What It Means To Fight Indifference With Courage

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

One image remained with me: Cox's shoe, lying on its side, even after her body was removed. A powerful woman once filled that shoe. She was no regular political aspirant, but a true believer in the nobility of humanity and its capacity for hope and change.

Democracy Was The Ultimate Victim Of The House Of Commons Antics

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

As the leading elected official, the prime minister erred significantly, and his subsequent apologies contain a hint of his awareness of how Parliament was belittled through his action. And when NDP members sought to keep the Opposition Whip from proceeding down the aisle with his government counterpart, they too played their own erring part in the twisted plot.

It's Time To End The Stigma Of Immigration In Canada

Bernie Farber | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

Truthfully, unless you are a member of our indigenous peoples, we are all immigrants, regardless if you gained your citizenship yesterday or 16 generations ago. Historically, immigrants and refugees who adopted Canada as their country of choice contributed to the development of Canada's social, economic and civil fabric.

Humanity's Greatest Threat Is Upon Us

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Pearson

With so many advances in science, how is it that climate change now has us by the throat? In a world of spreading capitalism, how did it come to be that we have rising unemployment around the world and poverty escalating at troubling rates?

Is Canada A Nation Of Immigrants?

Jack Jedwab | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

According to a recent survey, some two in three Canadians agree that "with the exception of Canada's aboriginal peoples everyone that settled in Canada is an immigrant." The 2011 Canadian census reports that there are more than 31 million non-Aboriginal Canadians. That would make for a very substantial number of immigrants and clearly not correct with the official figure reported in the census being just below 6.8 million.

Can Trump-Dodging Americans Really Move To Canada?

Henry Chang | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Henry Chang

With every Trump victory, an increasing number of U.S. citizens are considering the possibility of moving to Canada. Of course, wanting to move to Canada is not the same thing as actually being allowed to move here. So how hard would it really be for a U.S. citizen to move to Canada?

New Canadians Disavow Citizenship Oath To Queen Following Ceremony

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics

"My solidarity is to Canada and humanity, which is based on justice and decency and being a good citizen of the world, not to an antiquated system of 'royals and royalties, kings, queens, princesses and on."

3 Ways You Misunderstand Journalism

Dave Yin | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Yin

It's not often that journalists talk about themselves. As much as we convince readers on a daily basis that the subjects of our stories matter, we failed to convince you that we matter. It comes as no surprise then, that much of the mudslinging in recent weeks in response to reporters speaking out about the massive layoffs are based on a misunderstanding of what we actually do and why.

The Time For National Healing Is Upon Us

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

One of the great problems with the "winner take all" nature of politics is the duality of euphoria and umbrage that occurs in the same moment. Even most of the successful MPs don't get half of the votes cast in their riding -- a reality that creates as much division as it does decision.

Justin Trudeau's Victory Trumps His Father's

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When Justin Trudeau was elected in 2008 it was clear to everyone that he could never be destined for the backbenches. They sat Justin Trudeau directly behind me in the House and for almost three years I got a ringside view of his development. His rhetoric, at times bawdy, nevertheless carried intensity in the Parliamentary chamber. I was asked more frequently than I could count whether he was the real deal or just his father's son. My answer was always the same: both.

5 Ways Bill C-24 Makes Canadians Less Safe

Shawn Ahmed | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Shawn Ahmed

Nothing in recent history had redefined what it means to be Canadian more than Bill C-24. This bill, made into law, allows the government to take away the citizenship of undesirables. Although currently limited to acts of terrorism, the government has expressed an interest in using this law against other acts.

Terrorist Cites Right To Vote In Fight To Keep Citizenship

CP | By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics

Hiva Alizadeh was sentenced to 24 years in prison upon pleading guilty last year to possessing explosives with intent to do harm.

It Will Take More Than One Election to Fix Canadian Politics

Sol Chrom | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Sol Chrom

Austerity, privatization, deregulation, outsourcing -- yada, yada, yada -- all served up with noxious sides of deficit hysteria and tax cuts, not to mention the attendant knee-capping of government's ability to act. Brian Mulroney. Jean Chretien. Paul Martin. Nods to the knuckle-draggers aside, Harper's just peddling more of the same. Seriously, can anyone point to a substantive change in the country's direction over the past few decades?

'Niqabophobia' Thwarts Real Debate About Faith and Gender

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
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 06.30.2016 | 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 06.19.2016 | 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 05.29.2016 | Canada Politics

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