Canada Politics

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 08.22.2014 | 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 08.07.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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 07.22.2014 | 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.

Extending the Powerful Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada

Joseph Soares | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Business
Joseph Soares

Since their overall objective should be to find ways to deliver better services more efficiently to Canadians, and given their remarkable record of success, shouldn't Canada forge ahead with a stronger agenda for more Private-Public Partnerships?

Sticky Situation: Talking Politics at the Office Is a Slippery Slope

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When I first started to give business etiquette workshops, I labelled politics along with religion, money and sexual matters, as "inappropriate" topics of conversation. I have since renamed them as "slippery." Meaning, yes you can chat about government actions, policies and their decision makers but beware. To avoid wanting to rewind the conversation tape, here are four don'ts and two dos.

Should Charities Be Allowed to Participate in Politics?

Blake Bromley | Posted 07.18.2014 | 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.

SPORTS AND WAR : Pop Philosophy After The World Cup

Kimon Valaskakis | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada
Kimon Valaskakis

After the double humiliation of Brazil by Germany (7-1) and by Holland (3-0) the depression in the host country of the World Cup was almost total: adu...

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

Blake Bromley | Posted 07.14.2014 | 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.

Is There Such a Thing as a Taboo Anymore?

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Is there such a thing as a taboo topic anymore? I, alongside many other people, was raised to believe that there are certain subjects that are simply verboten to discuss, namely the trifecta of taboos: sex, politics, and religion.

Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way For Tahltan's Own Land Case

Annita McPhee | Posted 07.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Annita McPhee

Without Tahltan consent, and against the clear wishes that our people have expressed, Fortune Minerals continues to press ahead with its plans to build the Arctos Anthracite open-pit coal mine on Mount Klappan in Tahltan territory. We will continue to work hard for our people and hope both the province and Fortune see that their current approach is not working, and the current path they are on is the wrong one.

We Need to Rethink the Canada Health Act, and Fast

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Brett Belchetz

Recently, a scathing report on the United States' health care system was issued. Surprisingly, little was made of this report in Canada. This was a shocking oversight, given that our performance on this same report was abysmal. Our health care system ranked second last in the study. How did our once-vaunted health care system become such a very expensive failure?

Tax Fairness: International Businesses Should Pay Their Due

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There are many tricks -- most of them currently legal -- multinationals use to avoid paying taxes in developing countries, including a tactic called "profit shifting." This often leads struggling families in the developed world paying more in income tax than international businesses.

Ontario's Liberals Didn't Win: The Other Parties Lost

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

Earlier this week, on CTV news, I predicted that two political parties would be looking for new leaders if the Ontario Liberals prevailed. Election day had yet to expire when Tim Hudak announced he would be stepping down, fulfilling half of my proposition. What I didn't say, but had meant to, was that defeating the party of Dalton McGuinty should be effortless, and that any leader unable to pull the thing off must be regarded as unfit. Never in my recollection has Ontario suffered a regime so deserving of a rude dismissal, and yet here we are, and here they are too, nothing having been altered by an election that may as well never have happened.

Declining Your Vote Is a Waste of Time

Katie Heindl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Katie Heindl

The newest hot trend in the trying-so-hard-not-to-expend-one-iota-of-independent-self-guided-research crowd is declining your vote. In less than 24 hours all manner of articles have sprung up that read like the person writing them caught a case of spontaneous narcolepsy when forced to talk about the election. Nobody is going to argue the fact that the Ontario party leaders we've been presented with this time around come across as flat and less than engaging, but when was it ever going to be an option that Hudak's lifeless floating grin be the one I could hold accountable were something to happen to me in my own neighbourhood? Did everyone forget how our political system works?

Do You Use All Three Forms of Communication?

Mary Donohue | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

If you can master this skill our research demonstrates that you can increase trust in leadership by 9 per cent in as little as 13 weeks. What does this mean to business higher productivity? Less churn. What does the mean to politicians, the difference between losing and winning, especially in a horse race election like Ontario's.

For Students, Tim Hudak Is a Fail

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

It should be said that the Ontario Progressive Conservatives Party's name is its own twisted type of false advertising. In fact, were Tim Hudak's policies implemented, the amount of tuition that I have to pay would increase by at least 30 per cent due to Hudak's proposed elimination of the current post-secondary grant. Under Tim Hudak, it seems that post-secondary education -- and indeed, university education in particular -- would return to being something for only the upper echelons of society.

Canada's Dumping Its Trash in Another Country's Backyard

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Something's rotten in the port of Manila -- and the stench is 100 per cent "Made in Canada." In June, 2013, 50 school bus-sized shipping containers arrived at the docks of the Philippines' capital city. Philippine media reported how port officials cracked the giant crates open to find tonnes of plastic mixed with garbage -- including dirty diapers.

Giving Money Towards Maternal Health Is Only Part of a Solution

Blake Bromley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

If Canada's $3.5 billion towards maternal health in low income countries is to be effective, we must not only deliver the funds, we must do so in programs that will be accepted by women and children in Africa. The goal must be to ensure that the ultimate measurement of success is that our funding is appropriate and accepted by individual women and children in Africa so that we do indeed enhance maternal, newborn and child health.

John Tory's Massive Flip-Flop Proves He's Not Mayoral Material

Jamey Heath | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Jamey Heath

Remember when John Tory's top priority was a subway relief line? He was so keen about building the Yonge Street Relief Line. So very keen, he often sounded like Rob Ford, demonizing Olivia for wanting a mix of above- and below-ground rail. Irrespective of expert advice, he vowed to start "immediately," because it's "job one." Ah, the clarity of yesterday, as printed in the Toronto Star on April 4: "I said at my [campaign] launch I would make the Yonge Street Relief Line priority number one. And I meant it." Not so. Now there's a new priority and faster than you can say Eurasia was never at war with Oceania, yesterday's priority is gone. Poof.