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My Documentary Will Explore the Story of an Elephant Tortured to Blindness

Sangita Iyer | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

We've gathered undercover footage of Lakshmi's entire ordeal. Gods in Shackles will expose the abhorrent torture that Lakshmi tolerates every single day. Her sad story along with that of four elephants featured in our film epitomizes the pain and suffering of more than 600 elephants of Kerala, whose welfare is being compromised for profit.

In India, We Are the Oppressors and the Oppressed

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

India may have thrown off the yoke of colonialism over 60 years ago, but we continue our own oppression. It's easier to point the finger, or show the finger, when the 'other' is distinctly different in terms of geography, skin color, language, and culture. It's more difficult, and perhaps more shameful, to accept ourselves as the oppressor and the exploiter.

Canada Needs To Better Protect the Homeless During Heatwaves

Jino Distasio | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

Governments of all levels across the country need to consider the mounting evidence for increasing climate variability and create actionable plans for vulnerable persons to ensure that those most likely to be adversely effected by extreme weather events are protected with the right supports. This must start with ending homelessness for as many Canadians as possible and closing the widening income gap that pushes far too many into poor quality housing.

Public Art Installation Explores Migration, Longing In Vancouver

Jugni Style | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jugni Style

"... this piece had a resonance with Vancouver, which is most diverse in terms of ethnicities, and is really a point of convergence."

My Top 15 South Asian Role Models

Alex Sangha | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada
Alex Sangha

Did you know that nearly one in four people in this world have roots from South Asia? This includes the countries of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepa...

New Global Focus Placed on Reducing Anemia in Adolescent Girls

Marion Roche | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Reducing anemia in adolescents is often motivated by efforts and interests to improve maternal and newborn health for pregnant adolescents. However, when we truly understand the consequences of anemia throughout a woman's life, the benefits of reducing it to improve adolescent school performance and productivity at work cannot be ignored.

My Safari Adventure Through an Indian Wildlife Sanctuary

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Travel
Shannon Skinner

I am bouncing in the back seat of an open Jeep as it meanders through India's Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site located in the northeastern state of Assam. Despite the spitting rain, I am grateful to experience my first-ever safari.

India's Incredible Living Root Bridges

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

India's northeastern state of Meghalaya ("Abode of the Clouds") is breathtaking with its tropical forests, lush green mountains and fluffy, white clouds. Unique to this wet and remote area are spectacular living root bridges.

Season for Elephant Torture Is Underway in Kerala, India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The world renowned Trissur Pooram kicks off from April 29-30. More than 100 male elephants will be trucked in and displayed on the famous Thekkingkaadu Maidaan, in the heart of Trissur city. They will be transported from all across Kerala to the state's cultural hub, and paraded day and night, forced to stand for 36 straight hours, most of the time beneath the scorching sun.

Modi's Potential for Good Outweighs the Bad

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

While most of the Indian diaspora as well as some Canadian politicians were very excited about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada, there were others who were outraged and saw it as an opportunity to express their displeasure with protests. But Modi is not the first leader of a nation to be accused of some form of transgression.

India Needs to Make the Health of Female Children a Priority

Murtaza Haider | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Murtaza Haider

The ultimate goal of economic development is to achieve social justice and equity for all. The systematic biases that facilitate discrimination of girls, even at the hands of family, need to be confronted. When households stop stretching their fertility in hopes of having a son, a healthier and just society will emerge in India.

Decoding the Modi Manifesto

Swati Bhatt Vyas | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Swati Bhatt Vyas

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Canada for his three-day visit as he ends his three-nation trip. He met PM Stephen Harper on Wednesday morning and later attended a community reception in Toronto and Vancouver. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the community reception at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. This momentous bilateral trip marks the visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Canada after nearly four decades, Indira Gandhi's visit to Canada in year 1973.

Trade With India Is Good Politics in Canada

Christopher Sands | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Canada for his first official visit today, drawing attention to the opportunity that India offers for the Canadian economy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have made global market access a priority, and India, a Commonwealth cousin, is at the top of the list.

Married in Maui: Indian Destination Weddings on the Rise

Desi Globetrotter | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Desi Globetrotter

Indian destination weddings have been trending among Canadian South Asian brides and grooms for the past five or so years. With accessible, inexpensive and direct flights available to sunny destinations and newly engaged couples hearing about beach-side nuptials through word-of-mouth, it's no surprise big, fat Indian weddings are turning into experiential, intimate vacay-weddings instead -- a refreshing trend indeed.

Silent Suffering in India

Sangita Iyer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

A friend recently asked me how can a patriarchal country that abuses its women, and destroys girls even before they are born treat its animals compassionately? The question inspired me to delve into this conundrum and I found some parallel realities between the mistreatment of women and elephants in India. While elephants are being killed for ivory and exploited for profit, in the name of culture and religion, women are being exploited for dowry.

India -- You Are Too Predictable!

Swati Bhatt Vyas | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Impact
Swati Bhatt Vyas

Recently, the documentary "India's Daughter" by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin was banned in India as it was stated to be a "conspiracy to defame India." At its rotten heart, the country is more concerned about hiding the shame than protecting its women. Women like me -- irrespective of where they are located now -- who grew up in India, know this oh-so-well that India's pride lies in worshipping the mute goddesses rather than empowering the voices of the suppressed gender.

15 Plus 6 = A Jilted Groom

The Huffington Post Canada | Chris Jancelewicz | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living

Most couples worry about prenuptial agreements, wedding day weather or how their guests will behave. Math should be the furthest thing from a bride or...

9 Hotels Gyms to Satisfy Your New Year's Resolutions

Trivago.ca | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

If those extra holiday pounds are hanging a little heavy, one of your New Year's Eve resolutions probably includes some serious time spent at the gym. But all workout and no play is no way to spend the next year, and getting and staying fit is not fun when it puts a crimp in your travel plans.

A Year of Fighting for Food Rights Around the World

Rachel Parent | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

I can't help but look back on 2014 with such gratitude. For Kids Right To Know, it's been our biggest and busiest year so far. I could fill many pages telling you about all the things we've accomplished, but I'll settle for the following highlights...

And The Biggest Economic Surprise of the Year Goes To...

Peter Hall | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Six years beyond the onset of global crisis and the lamentation seems louder: pundits are increasingly perplexed by the planet's prolonged period of perpetual perturbations. So, does anything stand out in 2014 as an "out of the blue" development?

The Story of 2014? Urbanization

Jon Packer | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

Here in Canada, where more than 81 per cent of us now live in urban centres, the challenge is how to create successful communities that are safe, healthy and sustainable. Jobs are of course central, but so too is making cities affordable for the majority. In Greater Vancouver, the average house price now exceeds $801,000, a rise of 83 per cent in the past decade.

Hope for Kerala's Captive Elephants

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

A 72-year-old elephant, the famous Guruvayoor Padhmanabhan, is precariously balancing himself on three legs, as he is forced to do so to commemorate h...

From Tragedy to Responsibility: The Lessons of Bhopal

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

For the people of Bhopal, the disaster never ended. They still suffer from water contamination, respiratory illnesses, and higher rates of infant mortality and birth defects. They've waged one court fight after another for more compensation. Thirty years ago the world failed to protect Bhopal. We owe it to them, and all developing communities, to enshrine corporate responsibility in national and international law.

Actress Lisa Ray Explains Her Passion for Travel

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Travel
Adrian Brijbassi

Ray has managed to turn her passion for travel into a pretty cool gig -- she's the global brand ambassador for Insight Vacations, which has numerous high-end properties in India and elsewhere -- and that's not by accident. Born and raised in Toronto, she has wanted to explore the world for as long as she can remember.

I Did Report It And Today I'll Share It: I Was Sexually Harassed In India

Komal Minhas | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Komal Minhas

My last night in India had a moment like that. It shifted my experience for me, and I'm still working to process what has changed. He said, "men will be men." He manipulated my friendliness, my culture, my joy for life, and passion for my work as an open invitation to remind me that I was indeed in the centre of Delhi.