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

Peter Hall | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 11.30.2014 | 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 11.27.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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.

If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why? "Occ...

An Event in Madison Square Gardens Was Shrewd of India's PM

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada
Prashanth Gopalan

Madison Square Garden is where you go if you want to capture America's attention, especially if you're an Indian politician looking to engage an American audience. The arena's cultural significance would not have been lost to the Indian American Community Foundation, the group that organized Sunday's event.

Too Many Farmers Are Committing Suicide

Terezia Farkas | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

Farmers are committing suicide as you read this article. In countries like India, the rate of farmer suicides has become a national crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) is particularly concerned with farmer suicides because of the impact it is having on families. WHO estimates that one person commits suicide every 13.3 minutes.

Why American Universities Are So Alluring To Asian Students

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The number of foreign students has doubled since even 2000. Some 265,000 go to Canada, over 200,000 to Australia, and more than 420,000 to the UK. While the American empire may be in decline, its universities still hold a great allure for the youth of the world for their academic leadership, freedom to explore and create and share, and their inviting and equitable atmosphere.

Why Companies in These Markets Are in a Buying Mood

Peter Hall | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

As America is the world's growth engine, it's critical to know what its buyers are saying. The news is not just good; it's great. Manufacturers were discouraged by the poor winter weather, but they got over it; the index is now back to the heights seen last fall, and rising. New orders are leading the charge, up sharply in the last three months.

My Hundred-Foot Journey to Acceptance From My Family

Komal Minhas | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Komal Minhas

Tonight as I watched the poetry that is The Hundred-Foot Journey, a part of me broke open. As I explained to my aunt and my mom when we came home after the film - sharing such a beautiful story of acceptance of our magnificent Indian culture, in the setting of the often ethnocentrically perceived nation of France, is indicative of the hope and pockets of beauty embedded within profound change and transition.

New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

David Fogarty | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

For Australia, coal remains king. The nation, one of the world's top coal exporters, approved construction of the country's largest coal mine Monday. Environmentalists say the decision is a major setback for efforts to fight climate change and further tarnishes the government's global image.

The Purpose of Feminism

Lauren Messervey | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

The remedy for all ignorance is simple; compassion and education. If you come across a 21st century "alpha" male basking in North American blindness, be kind. They are less-educated in the ways of human behavior, and perhaps it is best to leave them to it. Pick up the torch, speak up, and educate those who are willing to listen. Your voice has power. Never let go of the truth in equal rights.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

Laws Don't Rape Women. Men Do

Michelle Brock | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michelle Brock

While some women would no doubt make plenty of money by running escort services or choosing a few well-paying clients, the majority of those in prostitution do not have that kind of relative bargaining power. And considering that we share a border with the U.S., not only will decriminalization lead to increased demand from Canadian citizens, but also from our southern neighbours.

How Growing Trade Alliances Among Middle-Power Countries Will Harm the Dollar

Qais Ghanem, MD | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Qais Ghanem, MD

The acronym BRICS stands for the group consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. If predictions are true, Iran and Turkey may soon join, creating BRICSIT. Increasing trade among these economies may be bad news for the U.S. dollar.

For Elephants, India's Trissur Pooram Is Torturous

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Sangita Iyer

Temple and festival elephants were drowning in a sea of sadness as the masses gathered in the thousands to celebrate the annual Trissur Pooram in Kerala, India -- the largest congregation of male elephants in the world. More than 90 elephants took turns during a 36-hour festival to entertain the insane crowd, mostly drunk and occasionally drenched by sudden downpours.

The Election That Could Affect the Global Community

Mark Friedman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Friedman

The largest election in world history came to a close on Monday. When results are announced, the global community may find itself in an uncomfortable ...

The Politics of Monetary Tightening

Peter Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

When it comes to elections, timing is critical. This year brings a rash of elections in some of the most important emerging markets: Brazil, India, In...

Why Widows Are Not a Priority in the Indian Elections

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In this strongly patriarchal culture, married women are seen as belonging to their husbands' families. So with no husband, a wife can lose her status, security, and self; she becomes persona non grata. When a woman in a traditional Hindu family becomes a widow, through no doing of her own, she often falls from grace forever.

My First Time Out of India Begins with Hot Docs

Anith Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada
Anith Kumar

I never expected to be flying in my first plane at age 22. A month and a half ago Canadian Madeleine Grant emailed me, inviting me to the 2014 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival to be held in Toronto. She has a made a documentary film on my classmates and myself called The Backward Class.

The Spring Of Our Discontent

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The epic task is well underway. The first week it happened in Kerala, Haryana, and some of Assam. The second week it happened in Karnataka and parts...

Changing Diapers Can Bring On Enlightenment

Elan Divon | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Elan Divon

It's been a month since my wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and WOW has it been a learning experience! Changing diapers at 3 a.m., figuring out how to sterilize bottles, bathe the little one, strap her into the car seat, and rock her to sleep. One of my personal heroes, Ram Dass, once asked his guru "How can I attain enlightenment?" His guru replied: "Feed people and serve people." OK.

How to Strike a Better Deal For Punjab and India

Alex Sangha | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada
Alex Sangha

Punjab has a rich history and has contributed a lot to India. My ancestors originate from Punjab which is the land of five rivers in northern India. ...