Canada Politics

I Am Sick Of Corporate Sick Note Policies Costing Taxpayers

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Every corporation in Ontario, whether public or private, that has a sick note policy is taking advantage of you, the taxpayer, by offloading the cost of their policy onto the health care system. You, dear taxpayer, are subsidizing the cost of their business. So, how does one change that?

Paul Martin Talks About Reconnecting With Aboriginal People

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Hitch hiking across Canada as a teen, Paul Martin took a summer job as a deckhand on a tug boat in Canada's far north, toiling elbow-to-elbow alongside Dene First Nation, Inuit and Métis crew. When the work was done, he'd talk with them late into the night. His mates were friendly and smart, but the young Martin saw a sense of hopelessness in them. Most had been crushed by years in residential schools.

Why We Should Leave Canada's National Anthem Alone

Erin O'Toole | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

After only seven months in office, this new government believes they have the right to unilaterally rewrite or recast the heritage they inherited. Even more troubling is the way they are framing the debate about the change to our anthem.

Disclosing Physician Billings Tells An Utterly Incomplete Story

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

I believe the public should know how taxes are spent. More importantly, the public should know their money is wisely spent. With physician billings, though, I think we're chasing the wrong number. Billings are a crude, misleading measure of value for money. In isolation, they cannot and do not tell the story we need to hear.

No One Deserves To Die The Way My Mother Did

RACHEL RICKETTS | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Politics
RACHEL RICKETTS

Though assisted death is now officially legal in our fair country, we have yet to formalize a national framework and the debate over the specifics of the regulations seem to omit the most critical voice -- that of the individuals and families who have and continue to be subject to archaic mindsets that deny certain patients the right to end their own life, and control their own destiny. It is imperative we hear these voices -- and so here is mine.

Canada's Conservative Wasteland

Aaron Binder | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada
Aaron Binder

White boys rapping, Ready for Raitt, barbaric cultural practices and two Libertarians. All this and more as the Conservative Party of Canada begins e...

5 Ways To Communicate Like A Leader

Saeed Selvam | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

True leaders understand the importance of effective communication. Powerful speeches have changed the world and served as powerful agents of persuasion. Whether you're trying to change the world or change a lightbulb, the way you speak can mean the difference between getting walked on and being revered. Effective communication is not a "soft skill," it's a necessity if you're dealing with human beings in your line of work.

Bill C-14 Respects And Protects Our Most Vulnerable

James Hicks | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
James Hicks

The boundary established in Bill C-14 for reasonable foreseeability of natural death will serve as an essential safeguard to protect vulnerable persons from being induced to commit suicide through the system. From our perspective, anyone who is not dying, but who is nonetheless seeking death, is by definition vulnerable.

Confessions Of A Doctor On The Brink Of Burnout

Nadia Alam | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

Dread and despair, uncertainty and panic ebb and flow around thoughts of my medical career. Most days clamour with stories of clinics closing, physicians leaving and patients dying on waitlists -- all flatly ignored by provincial leaders. Some days, I even want to quit. After only sx years of independent practice, I'm burning out.

Canada Must Win Race To Meet Asia's Soaring Demand For LNG

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Business
Susanne DiCocco

British Columbia is one of the jurisdictions racing to supply Asia with LNG. Because there are more LNG proposals under consideration than there are needs in Asia, this opportunity is a race against time, or more accurately, a race against hundreds of other projects around the world.

When It Comes To Fiscal Policy, Japan Is No Role Model

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Tokyo this week for a bilateral visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well a G7 leaders summit in nearby Ise-Shima. While increasing trade is a major focus of the Prime Minister's visit (Japan is Canada's fifth largest trading partner), Canadians should cross their fingers that Trudeau doesn't ask his Japanese counterpart for advice on fiscal policy and the virtues of massive infrastructure spending.

Was Harper Really The Worst Canadian Prime Minister In History?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Does the inevitable stagnation that comes with a decade in power automatically cast a departed leader as the worst in history? Many will point at Harper's dictatorial approach to governance, his deficits, his disregard for science or his political gamesmanship as proof that he was. I don't think this type of hyperbole is worthwhile nor productive.

Parliament Is (Still) Broken

Guy Caron | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Few realize that the position of prime minister in Canada has more power than the President in the United States or, for that matter, any government leader in the G7. The current government already has the majority of seats and therefore control of the legislative agenda. It can use its majority to limit debate on any given bill and it also has control over the committees studying these bills.

Canada Is Finally Moving Forward On Trans Rights

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

The gender identity and expression bill is long overdue, with similar bills having already been introduced seven times before. But what makes this a cause for celebration is that for the first time, it's the government who is tabling the bill. Unlike previous private members' bills, this one is much more likely to pass. This bill would go a long way toward equal protections for all trans people across Canada, and could be a promising example to follow for provinces and territories who haven't yet adopted similar protections.

Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

The idea that one group of children must be tossed aside for another is flawed and harmful. The problem of wait lists for autism therapy is simply one of government spending priorities. The only reason every single child with autism cannot immediately receive IBI is because the government is not immediately investing enough money for them to do so. But aren't the Liberals investing $333 million? Why isn't that enough?

Passion In Parliament Should Never Lead To Misconduct

Erin O'Toole | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

If all MPs and all Canadians approach these subjects with respect, we can all feel better about the outcome whether you support Bill C-14 or not. I have been part of a few interviews and discussions with MPs on the issue of assisted suicide and got to know my colleagues across the aisle and understand their motivations better. This is passion and Parliament at its best. Sadly, last week also saw Parliament at its worst when the prime minister of Canada allowed his passion to get the better of him and he stormed across the aisle to yell at, and engaged in a scuffle with opposition MPs.

Democracy Was The Ultimate Victim Of The House Of Commons Antics

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

As the leading elected official, the prime minister erred significantly, and his subsequent apologies contain a hint of his awareness of how Parliament was belittled through his action. And when NDP members sought to keep the Opposition Whip from proceeding down the aisle with his government counterpart, they too played their own erring part in the twisted plot.

Alberta's LGBTQ Students Have The Right To Own Their Narrative

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Today in Alberta there is a debate about parental rights v. the rights of LGBTQ kids. It centres around the obligation of a school teacher to whom a student discloses their orientation or gender identity to tell that student's parents. I was fortunate that my parents were supportive and understanding. Not all kids are so fortunate.

Oh What A Circus: An American Version Of Evita

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

With the strains of Don't Cry for Me Argentina still fresh in my mind from Vancouver Opera's production of Evita, I am re-imagining the seminal 70's r...

Canada Must Decide The Role Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Plays

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

I'm proud of Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau's involvement and support of causes. I just think she chose the wrong audience at the wrong time. Most parents who work full-time or more would be over the moon to have one helper. To want to have two plus an office of staff comes across as tone-deaf and elitist, even if it is warranted by the purposes you are taking on. I think I speak for the majority of the average families out there when they would say that if you can't handle the workload you're taking on, you're going to have to consider cutting back or looking at taking some money out of your pocket to find a workaround.

Are The Liberals Preparing To Stack The Deck In Their Favour?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Prime Minister Trudeau's preferred method of elections, a ranked ballot system where you would indicate your first and second preferences down to last preference that would effectively put the Conservative Party of Canada on the path to irrelevance, is of concern.

Canada's "No-Fly List" Highlights A Need For Political Courage

Monia Mazigh | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

It has now been five months since we started hearing and reading about the Canadian kids affected by additional security screening measures when they try to board a plane, and unfortunately, the situation hasn't improved much since.

The Olympics' Exploitation Of Indigenous People Has To Stop

Janice Forsyth | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

Organized sport played an important role in the residential school system, which means that sport is implicated in Canada's history of cultural genocide. How we move our bodies, the values we attach to those movements, and the resources we provide to support certain types of movements and not others are political decisions.

The Problem With Seeing Only What We Want To See

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.09.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

I can think of many times when I ignored what I saw in a person or a situation. Initially, it seems so much easier to see what we prefer to see, rather than face the unpleasant truth of what's actually there. Still, what I've realized is that no matter how difficult it is to acknowledge the signs of trouble in our relationships or environment, it's always better to do so.

Manitoba Minister Overseeing Francophone Affairs Doesn't Speak French

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Politics

The cabinet has been criticized for its lack of diversity.