Canada Politics

International Men's Day Isn't Worthy of Celebration

Hana Shafi | Posted 11.19.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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 10.30.2014 | 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.

More Surveillance Punishes Canadians, Not Terrorists

Tom Henheffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Henheffer

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it. Please. Please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security."

5 Political Terms That Don't Mean What People Think They Do

Ward Anderson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

This past summer I was lucky enough to go on a 10-week book tour all over North America. What surprised me was to find out how much people stood behind their politics without realizing that they were often calling themselves the wrong thing. Here's a few examples.

The Great Toronto Dream Is at Stake on October 27

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Marcello Cabezas

The city we love is at stake, and one wonders if our city ever dreamed we would arrive at such a critically defining moment. We are often referred to...

Don't Believe Everything the Media Tells You This Municipal Election

Saeed Selvam | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Saeed Selvam

My point is simply this: Many want change in Toronto politics, but unless we start changing the way that media covers local council races, the same style of candidates will continue to be elected, we can no longer be allergic to the potential of something better, unlikely or fear something different in such a diverse city.

17 Canadian Politicians And Their Uncanny Lookalikes

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Politics

Parliament was on hiatus for a week, so it was obviously a prime time to debate doppelgangers at the news desk. Here are the fruits of our lookalike m...

Premiers, Pumpkins, and a Bonus Soup Recipe

Shannon McClennan | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Shannon McClennan

. Growing up, we've all heard the story of Cinderella, and how a pumpkin was transformed into a magnificent coach. But this is the first time I've heard of a premier turning into a pumpkin, or vice versa, as the case may be.

What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska

Romeo Vitelli | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Romeo Vitelli

According to the most recent statistics, suicide rates outside Alaska's main cities are four times the national average and among the highest in the world. In 2010 alone, the number of suicide in Alaska's Kuskokwim prompted state and local officials to mount an emergency response. Despite their efforts however, suicide rates in rural Alaska are still high.

4 Reasons This ER Physician Is Dead Scared of Our Ebola Response

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Statistically, when it comes to more Ebola cases arriving in North America, the question is not if, but when. While I still believe there is no cause for a general panic over Ebola, I feel that the approach being taken at present by our public health authorities is overconfident, dogmatic, and inflexible, with an unwillingness to consider that current containment measures may not be adequate. As a front line health care worker, I feel that my own safety is already at risk.

Criticizing Religious Beliefs Doesn't Make You a Bigot

Nishaan Sharma | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Living
Nishaan Sharma

When we, as atheists, say that Islam is the problem with the Middle East, we aren't saying that Muslims as people are the issue, we really are saying that the root of the crisis is the system of ancient, outmoded beliefs. Belief in Allah is not merely an identity marker, it is a belief that is acted upon, and criticizing this belief doesn't make one a racist.

CRA "Gotcha" Audits Need to Stop

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

When government or industry officials want a charity closed down, they have little interest in the way they achieve revocation. All they care about is whether, at the end of the audit, they can raise their martini glasses and say GOTCHA.

Canada Should Follow Sweden's Lead on the Syrian Refugee Issue

Dana Wagner | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Outside the neighbourhood, there is one country leading the response. It is not Canada, despite statements from our ministers that the Canadian refugee response constitutes "more than any of our allies have done." This is deliberately misleading and a slight to what our allies are actually doing. Greater leadership can be found in a country with a quarter of Canada's population.

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

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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.

Why the Quebec Student Protests Are Still Relevant

Johanu Botha | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Is any of this relevant almost three years later? Yes, because mini-versions of the Quebec protests still play out on Canadian campuses. They may not be about tuition, and their ideological bent could be left or right. But too often when students organize around political causes they take on the same unsavory tones that reject dissent and make straw men of opposing arguments.

Why I Quit Cable News and American Politics

Jason Najum | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Jason Najum

My appetite for big issues and my desire to be a part of the larger debates all pointed me in the direction of the American political spectrum. Because really, who cares what happens in my local city politics? Even my Canadian national elections didn't have any substantial consequences. Things up here would be OK, no matter which way they went. But what happened in the U.S.? Now that was big, that mattered. But like any buzz, it wears off. Quicker and quicker the more artificial the substance.

Understanding Toronto's Transit Future

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

On an average weekday, 1.6 million people use public transit to navigate Canada's largest city, relying on the Toronto Transit Commission's four subway lines, 11 streetcar routes, and more than 140 bus routes to reach their destinations. Writer Dominic Ali spoke with University of Toronto expert Matti Siemiatycki about where Toronto's transit has been and where it's heading.

Charity Lesson From the Scottish Referendum

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The referendum in Scotland demonstrates the risks of England denying tax benefits to charities which promote indigenous Scottish values. Canada should have the self-confidence to respect the values and purposes which emanate from Quebec's people and legislature when granting tax benefits to registered charities.

How the U.N. Exists in Thunder Bay

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

No more hockey. No more swimming lessons. For 15,000 Thunder Bay families living in poverty, the proposed funding cuts in 2005 meant the end of the only affordable sports and recreation programs available to their children. The council debate was rancorous. The motion looked ready to pass. Then one councillor rose to remind his colleagues of their promise to the city's young: the Children's Charter.

Every Second Woman You See Has Been a Victim of Violence

Stephen Hampton | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hampton

The reality is that domestic abuse is far too common in society and that includes Canada. According to a Statistics Canada study 50 per cent of women in Canada have experienced physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Think about that for a minute. Look around your office, your classroom, the street your walking on; statistically every second women you see will have suffered violence. And domestic violence is not just limited to people we don't know or people we don't see. Think about your friends and your family, your co-workers, and your classmates -- any of them could be victims of domestic violence.