Canada Politics

History Will Likely Not Be Kind To Sean Spicer

Sean Mallen | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

In the world of crisis communications, we counsel to always tell the truth, and if you cannot, just shut up. Lies inevitably will be exposed. Reputations that are already damaged will be shattered beyond repair. But as we well know, Trump and his team have broken all the rules of media relations and gotten away with it -- so far.

Government Report On Salmon Ignores Science, Recommends Grey Seal Cull

Sheryl Fink | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

There is neither scientific evidence that grey seals are impacting salmon stocks, nor anything to indicate that a seal cull would improve salmon recovery. In fact, scientists warn that killing off top predators such as seals could make the situation worse, resulting in unexpected and undesired consequences on salmon and other species.

Quebec Mosque Shooting Is A Turning Point In Canada's Welcoming Narrative

Ashleigh-Rae Thomas | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

We have long maintained a sense of pride in being pro immigrant, refugee friendly, and a safe haven for all. This act of terrorism proved without a doubt that this is not the case. Instances of Islamophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant sentiment have been present in Canadian society for longer than most would like to admit.

How Canadians Can Resist Trump

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Andrew Tumilty

Canadians cannot support dissent against Trump without supporting dissent here, especially when it makes you uncomfortable. If Black Lives Matter or Idle No More, leave you feeling defensive, ask yourself why? Seek out voices from underrepresented communities and listen to what they have to say. By encouraging people to speak out against our own injustices, we show resistance to a president who ignores injustice.

Canadians Can Save Journalism In The Age Of Trump

Errol Salamon | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Errol Salamon

Public policy still has a crucial role to play in supporting journalism as a democratic institution that informs and as a democratic practice that supports the critical investigative work of journalists. But any viable proposal to save journalism must be grounded in a radically reformed policy-making process that encourages meaningful public participation and takes seriously non-Western voices and practices.

Canada Gets A Poor Grade In Civics Literacy

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Civics means learning about citizenship -- how our nation is governed, and our rights and duties as Canadians. It's a subject we believe is every bit as vital as math or science. Yet, across much of Canada, civics is tucked away in high school history or social studies curriculums.

Pipeline Projects Threaten Canada's Land, Health And Future

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as barely one year has elapsed since the historical COP21 agreement to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), we are deeply shaken by the federal government's approval of the proposed extension of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the replacement of Enbridge's Line 3.

Canadian Ministers And Canadian Medals

Colin Kenny | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

It's not every day that you see a politician make a policy decision that snubs thousands of community leaders in favour of a program that honours a handful of celebrities and elites. But it seems that's exactly what the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly has done.

It's Time Canadians Finally Pushed For A Sugar Tax That Sticks

Jon Telch | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Jon Telch

Implementing a sugar tax and designing it based on lengthy consultation with stakeholders across Canada is a commitment that the government will be able to meet with relative ease.

The United States Died Long Before Trump Became President

Warren Kinsella | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Warren Kinsella

It was then, right then, that the United States of America died. When you can let 20 six- and seven-year-olds be murdered, and do nothing to prevent it from happening ever again, you cease to be a country. You cease to be a people worthy of the name.

Dealing With Trolls In A Donald Trump World

Jeff Paterson | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

Back when the primaries kicked off, the trolls found a common hero in Trump. Someone on the outside the norm of the establishment, someone not taken seriously. Someone himself a master at getting reactions from making a single statement. I mean, that's the whole purpose of trolling, isn't it? Get people defensive and engage them to react with real emotions and sincerity.

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.