Canada Politics

Don't Fall For Harper's Election-Year Economic Rhetoric

Colin Kenny | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

No matter how you slice it, Harper has failed to lead Canada towards a sustained economic recovery from the financial crisis seven years ago. It doesn't matter how much public money he spends on ads claiming otherwise. Facts are facts. So, what does a government facing re-election do when its top agenda item, economic management, is in tatters? It changes the channel to something else.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Terrorism?

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

Convicting and incarcerating those who return to Canada from fighting with extremist groups overseas alone is not enough. Radicalization spreads, particularly in prison, where many individuals feel wronged by the system and society more generally. Once those prisoners return to civilian life they take with them their twisted and radicalized beliefs and spread them in the communities where they live. Many of Canada's allies have their own de-radicalization programs in place for those who return home after joining terrorist organizations abroad.

Quebec Could Be the Conservatives' Saving Grace

Michael Eugenio | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Eugenio

What could be some of the factors leading to this pattern emerging from the province? One factor may be the high level of support the anti-terrorism bill has in the province. According to a LEGER poll released on February 9, a whopping 74 percent of Quebecers support the bill, and a further 62 percent support the mission against ISIS in Iraq.

How to Tackle Canada's Privacy Deficit

David Christopher | Posted 02.05.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Anyone can be a victim of surveillance. If you've used any of over a hundred popular file-hosting websites in the past three years, chances are you've had your online activity collected and analyzed by CSEC, acting without a warrant and with no independent oversight. There is a great deal that can be done to tackle our privacy deficit.

Don't Forget the Role of Public Administration in the Charlie Hebdo Debate

Johanu Botha | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

The shying away from liberal and democratic political institutions is concerning from a disaster management perspective. Research on tornado impacts in the American south of the 1950s found that those communities where hospitals refused to admit African-Americans struggled to gain resiliency and return to normal functioning post-disaster compared to tolerant communities.

The Hospital Loophole Drunk Drivers Use as a "Get Out of Jail Free Card"

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Impaired drivers continue to routinely use the ER as a "get out of jail free card," escaping police assessment at accident scenes by claiming injury, and denying injury once they arrive at hospital. Being uninjured, they can then leave the Emergency Room quickly, often before police arrive.

For Competitiveness' Sake, Restore the Canadian Census

Richard Florida | Posted 01.29.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Florida

Stephen Harper's Conservative government is quick to tout all it has done to improve Canada's economic competitiveness. But like competitive companies, competitive national economies require solid economic data. In scrapping the long-form census, the Harper administration has threatened the country's long-term economic prosperity.

Only a Fool Would Underestimate Trudeau in the Federal Election

Samuel Getachew | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Trudeau is the most impressive, practical, and smart political leader since the Jean Chrétien era. Since taking over a near-bankrupt, third place, humiliated party less than two years ago, he has made it a growing political movement. The party is now well-organized, better funded, and has attracted strong candidates and volunteers that truly represent the new Canada.

Charlie Hebdo's Cartoons Were Racist, Not Satirical

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

There is no doubt in my mind that what happened to the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo was an unacceptable tragedy. Nobody should die because of their views.Still, despite the tragedy of the lives lost, I still cannot stand behind the "Je Suis Charlie" slogan. And the automatic herd of people rushing to back the slogan without applying critical thought to it or educating themselves about the publication is a deeply troubling phenomenon.

When Politicians Lie..er, Misspeak Themselves

Susan Wright | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Alberta
Susan Wright

Over the past few months Premier Prentice and ex-Leader of the Official Opposition, Danielle Smith, have been moving their lips a lot. It ain't pretty, but are they lying?

Homelessness Is Not a Choice, So Lose the Apathy

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Amitha Kalaichandran

We know the dangers of having too many choices -- but what about not having any? Who in their "right mind" (you might wonder how many of "those" people are mentally sound and might be surprised to know the vast majority are) would sleep on a bench in "last seasons" (off-trend or simply off-prudence) clothes in freezing cold weather?

Final Goodbye For Champion Of Democratic Party

CP | David Klepper And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The standard bearers of the Democratic Party are joining family and friends for a final goodbye to one of their champions, former thr...

Is Trudeau's Positive Approach His Greatest Asset?

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

Often, the attitude in retaliation to anything -- political strategies included -- is one of "if we can't beat them, we'll join them." So why, then, has Justin Trudeau's Liberal party taken the opposite approach?

What You Need to Know About Canada's Refugee Health Program

Ritika Goel | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

The federal government has finally backtracked on some of their cuts to the refugee health program brought about in 2012. After significant public opposition and a legal challenge on the basis of violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, in July 2014, a federal court deemed the cuts to the refugee health program "cruel and unusual" treatment.

Why I Left the Conservatives To Run for the NDP

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

Mark Twain once said 'Give a man the reputation of an early riser and that man can sleep until noon.' Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney are responsible for three quarters of the national debt. Harper alone has added $170 billion. The Liberals get the rest. How either one gets away with even pretending to be fiscally responsible baffles me. Both parties have slept in well past noon. It's time for a rude awakening.

How City Council Can Build the Toronto That We Want

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

There has never been a more critical and opportune time to take control of Toronto's development plans. Our city is in the middle of a development boom, yet we face a housing crisis. Despite this grim reality, there is still the opportunity to do better for our city. In fact, we are well-positioned to build a beautiful city that is vibrant, inclusive, and more mindful of the environment.

Why Are the Tone Police Only Called on Women?

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

When you're a woman, tone policing is rampant. Amid the hate and abuse, we are expected to stay as calm and eloquent as possible. Our justified rage is always attributed to over-sensitivity, hormones, or PMS-ing. We are treated as emotional, not intellectual beings, when the truth is we are emotional AND intellectual beings. Intellect without emotion is dead inside. There's a whopping double standard regarding tone between men and women (and of course others along the gender binary and non-binary folk). Men who are angry are passionate and driven. Women who are passionate and driven are just angry.

Why It's

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A guy who you think is attractive but who has some unsuitable personality traits comes up and asks you out. You say yes, even though what you really meant to say was no. "Why did I do that?" you wonder. According to new research from the University of Toronto and Yale University, rejecting unsuitable romantic partners is easy in hypothetical situations, but not so when considering a face-to-face proposition.

Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits'

Blake Bromley | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

If the definition of charity can be improved by examining Scotland's law, certainly there is merit in looking to the civil law of Quebec for concepts that could enhance the meaning of charity in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has moved away from the common law tradition of enabling courts to evolve new charitable purposes by analogy to previously recognized purposes.

International Men's Day Isn't Worthy of Celebration

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Today is International Men's Day, so let's join hands today and celebrate all that men have done for the world. Wow, I couldn't even type that with a straight face. But International Men's Day? Seriously? Every day is International Men's Day, or really International Cisgender Men's Day. Every day the achievements of men are celebrated. Every day their innovations are hailed. What's next? International White People Day? International Heterosexual Day? I'm sure some of you would love that.

Why Should I Apologize For Having a Complex Identity?

Hana Shafi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Girls like me are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Our critiques about, let's say, the misogyny within our community are so often co-opted by white Eurocentric feminism as a kind of "see, look, the oppressed brown women need us!" And at the same time, I don't want to silence myself from critiquing by own community just because I'm scared that some white feminists may twist my words.

Why Does the Fight For Aboriginal Rights Equal a Rejection of Science?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

The illness of a young girl is saddening, and the preceding topics are important and timely. But now, with this court case, we've gone off the rails into unhelpful territory. A growing number of people are turning away from, and against, science and modernity, and for a number of causes -- environmentalism, mistrust of corporations, dislike of secularism, traditionalism, and in extreme cases religious fundamentalism.

Encouraging Youth To Engage in Unpaid Work Is a Recipe For Exploitation

Jerry Dias | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Poloz is arguably Canada's most powerful economic policymaker. He has the ability to significantly change the bleak outlook facing young workers. Yet in essence, he encouraged unemployed youth to resign themselves to a grim reality, and simply find themselves something else to do. Working for free may not be ideal, he suggested, but it's better than nothing.

What Americans Get Wrong About Canada

Joseph McLean | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph McLean

You're wrong about Canada. NBC, Global TV, CNN, ABC, on the news and on the screens. We've been through a lot since October 22, collectively, as a country. But how can you stand and say that we've lost our innocence, how can you print it like a litany, false sympathy for our tears?

From Ayr to Here -- Studying the Scottish Experiment in Youth Voting

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The entire school in Ayr, Scotland, vibrated with anticipation. The lunchroom sounded more like a debate hall than a cafeteria. Kirsty McCahill watched the clock tick down to the closing bell. She rushed home, then to the nearby community centre to do what no Scottish 16-year-old had ever done before that day: vote on the future of her country.