Canada Politics

It's Time For Kathleen Wynne To Consider Stepping Aside

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

Some decisions in politics are easy. It is not hard to oppose Trump and every vile thing he stands for. In general though political decisions are not often so clear cut. In 2017 -- sooner rather than later -- Premier Kathleen Wynne will have such a decision to make about her future, and in fact the future of the province.

A Word On Extreme Narcissists In The Wake Of Trump's Inauguration

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It's 2017 and extreme narcissists are among us. These toxic individuals are a real problem, as they're destructive and often dangerous. When an extreme narcissist holds a position of power, say, as the head of a corporation or a country, we're in a mess of trouble.

The Do's And Don'ts Of Talking Politics At Work

Workopolis | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Business
Workopolis

Anyone who's ever been in a heated political argument with an opinionated uncle or aunt at Thanksgiving knows the perils of a political discussion. So, how do you cover what will inevitably be a topic of discussion, without starting a bitter debate with coworkers? Read on for the do's and don'ts of talking politics at the office.

Donald Trump And The American Dream

Jason Najum | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Najum

It seems that a dangerous brew has been boiling. A national origin-story based on "making it", mixed with a constructed and prideful sense of Us, as a separate and often superior entity from Them. It's everywhere. A lifetime of God Bless America and American Exceptionalism and Leader of the Free World. A media and culture forever sprinkled with waving flags and geocentric self-regard. A hell-yeah awesomeness that you just can't find anywhere else but in the good ol' US of A.

Searching For Answers On Inauguration Day

Adrienne Martin | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

In looking back on the political disaster of a U.S. election, I still find myself asking, "How did we get here?" It's a topic that has been written about at length since the night of November 8 when together, hatred, fear, racism and bigotry, won the American presidency. And still, despite the countless political analyses, panel discussions and expert interviews, I continuously find myself searching for suitable answers. Unsuccessfully.

News Media Must Up Their Game Or Trump Will Run The Show

Sean Mallen | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

Journalists covering the White House must always be at the top of their game: tenacious, fearless and dedicated to a fair accounting of the truth. But the Trump presidency will challenge them like no other in our lifetime.

What You Have Wrong About Trudeau And The Aga Khan

Riaz Charania | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Riaz Charania

Recently, Justin Trudeau and his family took-up an offer from the Aga Khan to join him on his private island in the Bahamas. They were able to escape the cold, but clearly not the controversy. This whole thing has rubbed many people in Parliament, and across the country the wrong way. People have grabbed their metaphorical pitchforks and the ethics commission is now investigating. Sure, without context it seems as though this is just another lobbyist using wealth and influence to sway things in his favour, but if you actually want truth, context is everything.

Indigenous Identity Isn't Something You Can Try On For Size

Liam Massaubi | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Living
Liam Massaubi

Recently an APTN investigation called famous novelist Joseph Boyden's indigenous ancestry into question. The broader issues raised in his situation are what drew my attention - issues such as distinguishing who has lived experience as an indigenous person.

Dear Kellie Leitch, How Many Degrees Make A Decent Human Being?

Ujjal Dosanjh | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Ujjal Dosanjh

I know on many occasions in life I have been a complete idiot, but I had always thought being an idiot had nothing to do with the letters before or after one's name. Do let me know the letter count below which one is an idiot, and above which one is not.

Let's Resolve To Make Canada The Best Place For Kids To Grow Up

Sara Austin | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Sara Austin

As Canada enters its 150th year, it's a moment in which we can all resolve to invest in nation's greatest resource and asset -- our children. You may not think that our children need protection. As Canadians, we tend to expect that our kids fare quite well compared with their global peers. Yet this simply isn't true.

What Does The Left Have To Offer In Platform Capitalism?

George Poulakidas | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Politics
George Poulakidas

In reality, the left of the 21st century has failed to offer alternatives to a number of critical issues and doesn't seem to be adapting to a rapidly changing society and economy. Climate change, new technologies, and the development of the knowledge-based economy are challenges that don't fit the traditional, Marxist-based narrative of the left.

The Most Memorable TV Moments Of 2016

Martine St Victor | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Living
Martine St Victor

Twenty sixteen was a year of collective loss and sorrow. A year that spanked us. A year when the news made the news. And so it is fitting that many of my most memorable TV moments came straight from newscasts. Yes, we're tired of hearing about Trump. But alas, we don't get to fast-forward through his presidency.

How The World Can Do Better In 2017

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Years ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu counselled us not to get discouraged by disheartening news headlines. Instead, think of them as a to-do list for changing the world, he said. As we look to 2017, we're taking that advice, focusing on positive outcomes and galvanized communities instead of lamenting past events.

'Twas Days Before Christmas, In A Very Troubled World

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada
Fransi Weinstein

Despite it not being "my" holiday, I've always enjoyed Christmas, or at least the "spirit" of it. But in December of 2014 -- much like this year -- I was having a really hard time getting into it.

Beyond Freedom Of Speech: The Responsibility To Hear And Be Heard

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

Continuing the thoughts of my last post, Circling the Wagons,... We all value freedom of speech - but wherein lies the true value? Is it just that w...

Rex Tillerson Represents A Major Test For Republicans

Darcy Oberding | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Darcy Oberding

Republican senators who have been hawkish on Russia will likely be placed in the uncomfortable position of deciding whether to confirm Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex Tillerson, President-elect Trump's nomination for Secretary of State. There is a chance, albeit one with low probability, that Tillerson's nomination will not even reach the Senate floor.

We Need To Reinvent The Way We Address Poverty In Canada

Shawn Pegg | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Shawn Pegg

How many of us have seen food banks open their doors in our home towns? The reasons may differ by region -- the decline of manufacturing in Ontario and Quebec, fisheries in Atlantic Canada, farming in the prairies, forestry in the northwest -- but the overall reality is similar across the country. The economic landscape is fundamentally changed.

Forget Sugar-Coated Santa, Meet Sustainable Santa

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

The story of Santa Claus, his elves and the giving of gifts has graced our lives for hundreds of years. It is more than just the story of a jolly old man on a quest to give gifts to every child in the world. It's a lesson about generosity and kindness.

Voices From America: Pride, Hope And Disengagement

Jennifer Riel | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Riel

Lately, we've heard a lot about Americans who've been left behind. I got the first hint of what this might be last fall when, as part of a project on democratic capitalism, we set out to understand more about the American experience. We spoke at length to two dozen working, middle-class Americans about their lives.

Breaking The Spell: From Hansel And Gretel To Hofer And Trump

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

The morning after watching Vancouver Opera's production of Hansel and Gretel , I awoke to news that Austria's far-right leader Norbert Hofer lost to ...

I Listened To The Stories Of Those Impacted By Monsanto's Greed

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

It was a chance to hear from some of the many victims of Monsanto and how that company has affected every level of our lives: from the food we put into our bodies and the issues associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, to the adverse impacts its corporate greed has on poverty and food security.

I'm Fighting To Keep A Neo-Nazi Paper Out Of My Neighbourhood

Lisa Kinsella | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Kinsella

It's not just the U.S. that is experiencing an increase in hate, it's been here at home -- Toronto -- for quite some time. And it's been landing on our doorsteps. It's the misogynist, racist, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and homophobic piece of garbage that calls itself the innocuous sounding "Your Ward News."

In A Hate-Filled World, What Can You Do?

Lauren Ross | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Ross

In a time when hatred appears to be everywhere -- on Facebook and Twitter, in the suicide bombs of terrorists and the ugly politics of the United States -- I find solace in knowing we have the power to change. We have the power to erase hate, and instill understanding and acceptance, in the same way my mother did.

Ontario Police Boards Need To Change

Erick Laming | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

In Ontario, municipal police services are governed by Police Services Boards (PSBs). These Boards retain a great deal of control over local matters related to policing. They generally consist of three or five members for smaller jurisdictions, and seven members for large municipalities. It is time to abolish the current structure of PSBs and implement stronger forms of governance that serve the public interest and are accountable to the community, while ensuring the necessary checks and balances for the operation of police services.

Rise Up, Canada, And Revoke The Licence To Hate

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Go back to your f---ing country," the white man screamed at the non-white man. This outburst was caught on camera, not in post-Brexit England or post-election America, but on a streetcar in the middle of multicultural Toronto. Lately, Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. So what can you do? Lots.