Canada Citizenship

Biodiversity: It's Not Just for Scientists Anymore!

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.13.2014 | 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 03.12.2014 | 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,...

What Would Leaders of the Past Say About Politicians Today?

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What would Abraham Lincoln or Vaclav Havel think of Rob Ford, or the growing list of other politicians fallen into an unethical swamp? Two leaders who fought against the tyranny of slavery or of communism would surely shake their heads at our sliding scale of accountability.

Oath to Queen Is a Political Question, Not a Legal One

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Three permanent residents in Canada recently challenged the requirement to swear an oath to the Queen in order to obtain citizenship, claiming that it...

East Meets East in Kenya

Yen To | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Travel
Yen To

Since 2006, when the residing Kenyan government signed an economic cooperative agreement with China and partnering Asia-Pacific countries, there has been a concurrent influx of 'yellow faces'. The relatively new entrants are professionals and labourers contracted to bolster the two nations' budding alignment on various aspects of development. Most visible is the construction of infrastructure, such as buildings, energy sources and roads

How Canada Saved Me From Violence

Nam Kiwanuka | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Impact
Nam Kiwanuka

Before we left Kampala, Uganda's capital, it was a daily occurrence for me as a young child to see dead bodies in the street and to fall asleep to the sounds of machine guns and screams. And when my father failed to come home, I always thought that his voice was one of those screams I heard in the night.

Don't Abolish Senators, Choose Better Ones

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What is happening in both the House of Commons and the Senate at the moment represents a serious enough threat to our democracy that we require remedial efforts in real time, far in advance of whatever constitutional refinements to these institutions that might lie in the future. Our focus should be upon the selection process for Senators, at least in the interim.

A Senateless Canada Might Not Be As Effective As We Think

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At present, Canadians are of the belief that the political class has sunk so far beyond redemption that little of importance remains in the Senate. That's an illusion, and deserves some further thought and reflection. While there are non-trivial problems within the Canadian senate, it still serves a purpose.

Canada Should Be Smartening Up Instead of Dumbing Down

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The Prime Minister's personal poll numbers are receding (dropping almost by half since 2010), as are those of his government. Sensing the decline, the Conservatives have taken to their historic method of going negative, as with their recent attack ads on Justin Trudeau. Yet it's not working as effectively because Canadians themselves have faced too many negative indicators in the last five years.

The African Woman Changing Immigration in Italy

Suzanne Ma | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Suzanne Ma

Just north of the city, I sat in a room full of frustrated immigrants who had gathered to listen to promises made by Cécile Kyenge, who just last week made history when she was appointed Italy's first black cabinet minister. In Italy, if you are a child of immigrant parents, you are considered extracomunitari, a "foreigner" before the law. But maybe not for long.

What's Behind Growing Citizenship Wait List

CBC | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Politics

A rise in citizenship applications and a process some say has become too complicated have created a growing backlog of permanent residents awaiting wo...

Does Gen Y Know What Political Engagement Means?

Sol Chrom | Posted 02.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Sol Chrom

2012-11-19-slavkoaskingybanner.jpg I've been watching the discussion of millennial citizenship on the HuffPost. It's a spirited exchange. Perhaps it's worth taking a step back and re-examining what we mean when we talk about political engagement; at the core, I'd submit, are principles that apply regardless of age or demographic. It's the ability to engage in critical thought that makes us "citizens," rather than mere "consumers" or "taxpayers." It's the ability to follow a line of reasoning, to view an argument analytically, to evaluate the evidence on which it's based and determine whether it makes sense.

4 New Canadians Who Love To Give Back To Their Communities

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Impact

For some new Canadians, adjusting to a new home isn't just about finding a new job or getting accustomed to a new language — it's also about slottin...

New Language Rules Coming Soon

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Would-be Canadians will be required to submit tangible proof of how well they speak English or French beginning this November.The new require...

The Wimpy Numbers Behind Kenney's "Great Immigration Crackdown?"

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

On Monday, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney announced that the federal government had started the process of revoking the citizenship of 3,100 people suspected of lying to immigration officials in a highly publicized press conference.Fiscally conscious Canadians, who appreciate arithmetic, can see through this ideological contrivance.

Feds To Strip Citizenship From Thousands Over Fraud

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The federal government reprised a familiar get-tough message for immigration cheats Monday, promising to revoke the status of more than 3,100...

Why is Our Public Discourse Aping Shock Jock Talk Radio?

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

I was in a meeting recently in which an MP accused the government and Stephen Harper of being "evil" and "the enemy." I have heard the Prime Minister use that language himself on more than one occasion. The hurling of insults across the aisle of Parliament has now become a pandemic -- no respect, no dignity, no results.

Oh Please! Lord Black is no Omar Khadr

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.03.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Like him or not, approve of him or not, despair of him or not, Conrad Black is as Canadian as maple syrup and a hockey stick, and neither a threat nor a danger to fellow Canadians -- unlike, say, Omar Khadr.

Canada's Own Game of Thrones

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

In many ways, Game of Thrones is increasingly finding its modern equivalent in federal partisanship, and perhaps more and more in politics in general in Canada. In what was more or less a united land, one party has become dominant.

Leonard Austin Braithwaite is Dead. Do You Even Care?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

So why do so few Canadians know about this exceptional leader? Because he's black? Well, yes, that's part of it. The other important reasons have to do with how little we as Canadians collectively value, and promote, Canadian civic literacy, and embrace a citizenship that is duty-oriented.

'Birth Tourism' In Tory Gunsights

CBC | Posted 05.05.2012 | Canada Politics

The Harper government is considering changes to the citizenship rules to target so-called birth tourism — where a foreign national come...