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Can Canadians Trust Thomas Mulcair With the Country's Top Job?

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Terezia Farkas

Mulcair's image has been cleaned up by party strategists for the 2015 election, but we've seen enough of his behaviour and attitude over the years to make some judgement. Should Canadians judge Thomas Mulcair by his campaign image or by his character? Like any employer, Canadians need to know the man they're hiring for Canada's top job. Can Canadians trust Thomas Mulcair with being prime minister?

Egypt's Inability to End Female Genital Mutilation Is Shameful

Jenn Gearey | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Jenn Gearey

While Egypt was considered a role model for civilization once upon a time, its inability to put a stop against barbaric acts of FGM is painful. The human rights violations where infants, toddlers, children, teenagers, and women, are having their vaginas sliced, because the notion of a woman experiencing sexual pleasure is distasteful, are not dwindling.

We Are Citizens, Not Just Taxpayers

Janelle Vandergrift | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Business
Janelle Vandergrift

You know what they say: nothing is certain but death and taxes. But perhaps the negative assumptions behind this common saying deserve some second thought. Instead of rolling our eyes and gritting our teeth, let's consider how our tax dollars contribute to the common good as citizens first.

Will the Government Eliminate Capital Gains Tax?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

By doubling the maximum contribution for a Tax-Free Savings Account (TFSA), which would therefore jump to $11,000 a year according to rumours surrounding next Tuesday's budget, the federal government is doing more than just encourage saving; it's taking a step toward the de facto elimination of the capital gains tax on financial investments for the great majority of Canadians.

Why the NDP Is Not Government Material

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The reason Canadians do not look at the NDP as government material is obvious. Its public role has been to shout, scream and protest from the sidelines and that reality has and should not change. I would never question nor discount their public contributions -- Medicare and minimum wage -- however these admirable ideals were achieved with the adult supervision of the traditional governing parties.

If a Bible's Allowed in a Courtroom, Why Isn't a Hijab?

Blake Bromley | Posted 05.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

Judge Eliano Marengo has declared her Quebec courtroom "a secular place and a secular space", and has denied Rania El-Alloul a hearing because she wears a hijab. The judge proclaimed that there are no religious symbols in her courtroom. It is impossible for a judge who daily has witnesses place their hand on a Bible and swear to tell the truth to claim there are no religious symbols in her courtroom. So did the fact that Rania El-Alloul's attire was Islamic weigh more heavily on the judge's decision than the fact that she wore a religious symbol?

What it Was Like to Be a Part of "Team Baird"

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Baird might be partisan to the core but the fact is, he has always been friendly to his opponents and a great mentor to those willing to follow in his footsteps. He was kind, thoughtful, passionate and cared about people. I liked being part of Team Baird.

Ignoring the Issue of Poverty Won't Make It Go Away

Joe Gunn | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

In a country as wealthy as ours, it is simply wrong to allow 4.8 million Canadians to struggle to make ends meet, leaving so many unable to participate in the building up of the new Canada we all desire. Why must over 840,000 of our neighbours need to turn to a food bank to feed themselves and their families every month -- among them over 310,000 children?

There Are Only Two Real Candidates in the Ontario PC Leadership Race

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Time to focus on the two leading candidates who actually have a shot at, not just winning the leadership, but the premiership of Ontario in a few years. Both Vic Fedeli and Christine Elliott come from the political rich middle where most Ontarians reside in. They have had distinguished leadership roles in business, law and politics among them.

The Road to Lima Passes Through the PMO

Joe Gunn | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada
Joe Gunn

This week the eyes of the world are turned towards Lima, Peru, and the UN climate talks known formally as the 20th gathering of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). The road to progress in Lima is full of pot holes and is poorly illuminated. For Canadians, progress on the road to Lima passes right through Langevin Block, home to the Prime Minister's Office. To date this road has been blocked.

Catherine Lévesque

The Seedy Side Of Quebec's Resource Boom

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Lévesque | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Business

SEPT-ÎLES, Que. — For some, it's a way to make some fast cash. For others, it's a chance to latch on to an engineer for maybe more than one night. ...

If Government Is Committed To Transparency, Why the Steep Search Fees?

Renu Mandhane | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Renu Mandhane

In the past few years, I have made a handful of requests, dutifully paying my $5 in the hopes of receiving documents that will shed some light on Canada's human rights record. What has transpired is Kafkaesque. I requested information from the Department of Justice, Foreign Affairs, and Heritage Canada on our government's process for implementing human rights treaties. Between two departments, I was told that processing of my request would cost... wait for it ...more than $4,000 in search fees.

Pipelines Connect Jobs -- Why the Disconnect?

Christopher Smillie | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Smillie

Pipelines deliver energy directly to consumers or to industry and have operated safely in Canada for a generation. Pipelines contain the raw goods people and industry demand to heat homes, fill our stores with strawberries in the winter season and ultimately, run our economy.

First Nations Child and Family Human Rights Hearing

Chief Shining Turtle | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Chief Shining Turtle

During the week of October 20-24, the human rights case brought before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (Tribunal) jointly by the First Nations Chil...

Don't Give ISIS the Reaction it Wants

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

We must move beyond being revolted by the beheadings because that is the singular reaction ISIS seeks from those who do not respond by becoming recruits. Young radicals leaving Canada are individuals. We must see them as individuals and not just caricatures.

You Might Think Canada Is Doing its Best to Help Refugees, But You'd Be Wrong

Joe Gunn | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

There are more than 50 million refugees around the world. Surveys suggest that most Canadians believe we, and our government, are doing our best to help them. But a recent study of people working to resettle refugees suggests that these Canadians would be deceived. Partnership between the federal government and refugee sponsoring organizations is essential to this program's success. Commitment to this partnership, however, must be based on respect for the volunteers that put their own time and money on offer to better assist refugee resettlement.

Tribute to Stephen Lloyd: Creator of Community Interest Companies

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The charity world lost one of its most important and innovative intellectual leaders. On August 20, London lawyer Stephen Lloyd died in a tragic boati...

This Conservative Attack Dog Should Not Bite Trudeau

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The conservative attack dog, whose attacks on environmental charities precipitated "political activities" audits by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), has now turned his attention to Muslim mosques and Justin Trudeau. My fear is that Ezra Levant is seeking to duplicate his political success against environmental charities by fomenting complaints against Muslim charities. His attacks on Justin Trudeau are being publicized by Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino and given coverage by the CBC.

The CRA Should Learn That Charities Can Have Controversial Views

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

CRA is cherry-picking its jurisprudence to justify its program of political activities audits. It is ignoring these recent decisions from Australia, England, New Zealand and even Canada's Federal Court of Appeal. Disagreeing with the government on environmental issues is not necessarily a partisan activity.

Don't Select Charities To Audit Based On Their Political Leanings

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

How can Canada claim to have a truly independent regulator when the Director General has admitted to the national press that the Directorate is concerned with the particular political leaning of charities, rather than with whether their activities are political at all?

Charges Laid In Death Of Conservative Party President's Daughter

CBC | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics

A driver is facing charges after a pedestrian collision in Toronto earlier this month that killed the seven-year-old daughter of Conservative Party of...

Should Charities Be Allowed to Participate in Politics?

Blake Bromley | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The "advocacy chill" in Canada is due to the politicization of the regulator rather than the law of charity. I am still only a reluctant supporter of increasing the rights of charities to engage in political activities, and my participation in this debate is firmly rooted in my belief in the rule of law and in opposition to the politicization of the current Charities Directorate.

Daughter Of Conservative Party President Dies After Hit By Van

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Condolences are coming in for Conservative Party president John Walsh, after his daughter was hit by a minivan in Toronto and killed.The fam...

Does the Government Have in Hand in Which Charities Get Audited?

Blake Bromley | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

Canada's reputation with regard to the politicization of charity audits for "political activities" has been tarnished both domestically and internationally. One can only hope that CRA audits would be governed by the rule of law rather than a political agenda.

Del Mastro Goes On Defensive

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Politics

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - The normally composed Dean Del Mastro lost his cool Friday, lashing out at his accusers during a prolonged cross-examination as h...