Canada Haiti

Revisiting the Haitian Coup 10 Years Later

Larry Rousseau | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

The February 2004 coup against the democratically elected Haitian president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, serves as a potent example of how Canada's aid program and foreign policy can undermine democratic development. Some will undoubtedly find the preceding statement surprising, if not disturbing, but the documentary record of Canada's relationship with Haiti supports it.

Don't Mistake Montreal's Mayor For a Friend of Haiti

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Nydia Dauphin

I dare to dream of a Diaspora that is able to actively, consistently and credibly hold individuals like Coderre accountable for their actions; a Diaspora that is in a position of preventing the many Coderre's of this world from adding insult to injury by portraying themselves as true friends of Haiti. Because with friends like these...

What You Don't Know About Canada's "Aid" to Haiti

Yves Engler | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

When the media in this country focuses on Haiti, it is typically to highlight Canadian aid projects. Yet, here is one of Haiti's most popular politicians telling the press (and audiences throughout South America) that Canada helped overthrow its elected government and continues to undermine its sovereignty.

Don't Judge Haiti By Its Media Coverage

Sophie Tarnowska | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Travel
Sophie Tarnowska

I had no idea how strongly my friend and many other Haitians feel about this uneven representation of their island until I posted a picture of a pile of garbage in Port-au-Prince and her brother told me off. Haiti is treated like that girl who can't shake the bad reputation she got in high school.

Haiti, After the Earthquake

Krista O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Travel
Krista O'Brien

"Most people don't like talking about the earthquake, but someone always asks. It's just so painful to remember." It's my first time visiting Haiti, and while it's as hot as I expected (maybe hotter), I wasn't prepared for the beauty of the country.

Helping Farmers Fight the Rising Food Crisis in Haiti

Hugh Locke | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Impact
Hugh Locke

Even after three years of rebuilding from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, progress continues to be met with stories of difficulty and more bad news. Last week the U.N. issued a report warning that 1.5-million Haitians -- mostly farmers and their families -- are at risk of serious malnutrition because of crop losses.

The Danger of High Expectations for International Aid

Kevin McCort | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada
Kevin McCort

While Don Cherry's comments about the amount of money spent on international aid to Haiti provoked much gnashing of teeth in the international development community, he does raise a pretty pertinent question: What is the value of Canada's contribution to international aid and development?

CIDA is Breaking Canada's Promise to the World

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

For well over a decade CIDA has been pushed from pillar to post, reeling from the constant shifting of priorities and reductions in funding. Quietly, and with sadness, the agency has watched many of its key personnel leave in favour of more imaginative posts in the United Nations or the NGO field.

Why CIDA Should Plan for Failure

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 03.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Dariusz Dziewanski

It may be that the inherent complexity of international development initiatives -- which occur in dynamic and unpredictable environments, such Haiti's -- precludes a quick or linear path towards development results. Within this framework, failure may actually be a necessary stepping-stone on the path towards success.

Haiti PM's Message To Canada

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Haiti's prime minister wants Ottawa to give his government more say in how Canadian aid is spent in his country as it struggles to rebuild ...

Fantino Freezes New Funds For Haiti

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Canada will stop funding new aid projects in Haiti until Ottawa finds a better way for the struggling nation to help itself, says Internati...

The Story of the Real Life Django Unchained

Rachel Décoste | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

In Django Unchained, the protagonist makes the fictional journey from slavery to freedom in the Antebellum Southern U.S. circa 1858. As President Obama reminded us, Tuesday marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation which announced the end of slavery in the USA in 1863. Toussaint L'Ouverture played the leading role in the real-life drama alongside and his revolutionary army of self-emancipated barefoot slaves, defeating the three great empires of the eighteenth century -- Spain, England, and France -- and finally winning independence after a decade of toil.

U.S. Issues Haiti Travel Warning

CBC | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Travel

The U.S. State Department is warning against travel to Haiti because of recent reports of killings, robbery and infectious disease, and Ottawa is also...

The Next Thing to Worry About Post-Sandy? Infectious Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, are common worldwide and leave the affected public vulnerable to the harsh realities of nature, including the onslaught of infectious diseases. The reality of any disaster of this magnitude is that public health measures are all but forgotten as people do everything they can to survive. The viruses will surely arrive before the area has recovered.

TIFF is More Than a Film Festival, It's a Chance to Give Back

Natasha Koifman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Impact
Natasha Koifman

2012-09-06-tiffreal.jpg While the Toronto International Film Festival is a time for celebrating the best in film (and fashion!), it is also a time for artists and others within the industry to come together and show their support for causes that matter to them. For me, that cause is Artists for Peace and Justice -- a non-profit organization that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty around the world.

Israel and Haiti: More Than Their Politics

Martine St Victor | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada Travel
Martine St Victor

When I tell people how much I love to vacation in Haiti, many look at me like I'm a crackhead. It's not unlike the reaction I got when my producing partner and I decided to produce a whole TV series on Israel. For too long, people have tried to oversimplify the complexities of both Haitian and Israeli politics. I'm not equipped to fully assess these complexities but I know this for sure: people are not their governments.

Watching the Watchdog: Inside a War Correspondent's Head

Tim Knight | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

In this edition of One On One, Mansbridge does a competent job debriefing the distinguished CBC foreign correspondent Susan Ormiston, back in London after her latest foreign assignment. So why do journalists like Susan Ormiston volunteer to go to all these places where people kill each other, and too often kill journalists who might as well have targets painted on their flak jackets?

Haiti: The Forgotten Families

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.17.2012 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On the earthquake's second anniversary, the media did their minimum due diligence. They did not report on the hundreds of thousands of Haitians like the Metellus family who remain scattered across Haiti's rural landscape -- the forgotten displaced people.

Dispatches From Haiti

Mary Warner | Posted 03.09.2012 | Canada
Mary Warner

A few months after the earthquake, physiotherapist Mike Landry returned to Haiti to check back in on his patients and help them return home. To this day, rubble still covers the streets of Haiti and it is shocking to see. For someone with mobility issues, it is very difficult to get around.

Ottawa Disappointed With Progress In Haiti 2 Years After Quake

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - The Canadian government is expressing disappointment over Haiti's plodding reconstruction two years after a powerful earthquake slammed the...

The success of free school in haiti

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the quake that ravaged Haiti, media pundits fret over misspent aid dollars and recovery stymied by bureaucracy. Haiti's free public schooling is a humble triumph in the face of extreme adversity.

Haitians Still Waiting For Housing Two Years After Quake

CBC | Posted 03.11.2012 | Canada Politics

When Roger Annis visited Haiti last June, he was devastated by what he saw — but not surprised. The temporary relief shelt...

Haiti's Young Men on Motorbikes

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 10.15.2011 | Canada
Elizabeth Abbott

Upon returning to Haiti, the contingent that really caught my eye was the army of young males on motorbikes, riding with the cockiness of immaturity exacerbated by the frustration of travel on Haiti's miserable roads.

We Need Aid Effectiveness to Beat Donation Frustration

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.14.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The crisis in East Africa has prompted Canadians to open their wallets and their hearts, but with the sheer number of government agencies, NGOs and private sector organizations responding to humanitarian crises, it remains difficult to know who to support and how much of the money will actually get there.

East Africa Needs Infrastructure to Fight Famine

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Catastrophe sparks attention and piques donor interest. We must help now; every aid agency is grateful for the urgent assistance. But too often after the travelling media circus packs up, donor dollars dry up and nonprofits don't have the means to build sustainable infrastructure.