Canada Politics

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 09.23.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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 09.11.2014 | 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.

Why Does Canada's Government Punish Working Students?

Travis Gordon | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Business
Travis Gordon

As students prepare to head back to school next week, most people can imagine that they will be focused on studying and writing papers. However, today's students also face a new reality during the academic year: work. Currently, federal student loan policy actually punishes students, should they work 'too much'.

Tribute to Stephen Lloyd: Creator of Community Interest Companies

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.27.2014 | 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...

All This CRA Bickering Is Distracting Charities From Their Real Work

Blake Bromley | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue says that it is "absolutely shameful" to suggest that Canada Revenue Agency officials auditing charities could "somehow fall under political influence." This is a sideshow which is distracting the charitable sector from the real issues.

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?

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

Let's All Acknowledge the Feminist Conspiracy That is Canada

Anne Theriault | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this? Sure the five dollar bill boasts our old pal Wilfred Laurier, and the ten dollar bill shows everyone's favourite confederation-loving racist Sir John A. Macdonald, and the fifty dollar bill has séance-holder and dog enthusiast William Lyon Mackenzie King and yeah, fine, the hundred dollar bill is devoted to Nova Scotia's good ole boy Sir Robert Borden, but I mean, come on.

Find Beauty in a Packed Street Car

Dana Wagner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada
Dana Wagner

So the next time something happens on the streetcar -- because it will -- find something beautiful to see. No, it won't solve the communication and planning problems that create unannounced short turns and painful detours, or the management and electoral problems that make Queen Street at rush hour possible. But it might ease a few things onboard, while we wait.

When Palestinian Solidarity Harms More Than It Helps

Avi Goldberg | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

Palestinian solidarity activists are using Zionism isn't Judaism on social media to say that Jews aren't the problem, the Zionist state of Israel is the problem, but will this tactic work? Despite good intentions, the answer is no. One problem with Zionism isn't Judaism is that its primary assertion is inaccurate.