Canada Politics

Federal Arts Funding Should Take a Page From Kickstarter's Book

Peter McCaffrey | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Peter McCaffrey

In just a few short years, relatively simple technology that enables people to find like-minded individuals with similar tastes in artwork, has eclipsed and then surpassed a 50 year old institution of government. Hopefully, governments will learn the lessons of other industries and choose to embrace this technological advancement for what it is -- the democratization of art

Heartfelt Tributes Pour In For Flaherty

CP | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics

Tributes from across the country poured in for Jim Flaherty, as news spread that the former finance minister had died suddenly of a heart attack at th...

Jim Flaherty Was a Man Whose Humanity Trumped His Politics

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Jim Flaherty stared at me with tears streaming down his face. It was five years ago and I had been asked to speak at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa to support a group that helped with African adoptions. Then when I looked up, Jim Flaherty was facing me with a tear-stained face. I was in shock. We often faced one another across the aisle and it was easy to see when he was mirthful or angry. But my favourite image of him will be of a dignified man, fully encompassed in emotion, who was yet capable of embracing another father -- a Liberal father, even -- and touching that human nerve in me that is the basis of all our compassion.

Jim Flaherty Dead At 64

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics

Former finance minister Jim Flaherty has died at the age of 64. Flaherty, one of Canada's longest-serving finance ministers, resigned from cabinet ...

The Government Is Pulling Away From Health Care Spending

Livio Di Matteo | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Livio Di Matteo

Expenditures on public health care in Canada appear to be slowing, raising the possibility that the health care cost curve is finally being bent and the system transformed. What does this mean? The economy will eventually recover and relax provincial health expenditure constraints, but federal health transfer growth will be reduced starting in 2017.

Canadian Health Care Just Took a Step Backwards

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada
Dr Ryan Meili

The elimination of the Health Council only further underlines this movement away from national planning for better outcomes. That the Council's disappearance is part and parcel of a larger strategy of the elimination of the dissenting and unbiased voice -- something that is so needed in a democracy -- is downright disturbing.

Canada, Stop Denying Migrant Workers Health Care When They Need It Most

Ritika Goel | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada
Ritika Goel

We must face the reality of people like Kenroy and Denville who are punished as a result of laws that do not recognize the situation on the ground. We must address the unfair conditions under which we bring people over for this program, and provide them the services they are due. Canada set out to have a universal healthcare system that covers everybody, and it's about time that we did just that.

The World Is Too Grey For the PQ's Black and White Agenda

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

The last days of the provincial electoral campaign have made me feel people's disillusionment and frustration at the lack of inspiring options even more profoundly. During the debates Marois, Couillard, and Legault behaved like they were in a cage fight, barking insults at one another. It took all the self-restraint that I had not to switch channels. But, contrary to everything around me, I'm hopeful. I'm convinced that I'm witnessing a new breed of Quebecer emerge. One that isn't so easily defined... and therefore not as easy to manipulate and pigeonhole. Nothing will ever be as black or white as it once was, because the world we now live in is a million shades of grey.

Are You Happy With the Way Quebec's Resources Are Being Used?

Amber Rehman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

1,000,000 people in Quebec don't file their taxes every year. If each of those people owe taxes of... I don't know... let's say $624 each (an extremely low estimate given that the average amount of taxes paid by a Quebecer is around $10,000), then I'd say an investment of $600k in "FILE YOUR TAXES" billboards, print and TV ads might have helped us to avoid this huge debt hole.

Spirit Bears Are Safe Thanks to Youth Leaders

Simon Jackson | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

The campaign to save the spirit bear is a full-fledged movement, owned not by the Youth Coalition, but by millions around the world. And having done all we can to take the issue this far, it is up to all of us, as individuals, to take on the responsibility of continuing to make sure that the spirit bear isn't just safe, but will forever be wild and free.

Where Is the Action For Mothers of Murdered Children?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Youth leaders ask tough questions: what studies of the RCMP's "Bias-Free Policing policy" have been, or are being undertaken, to ensure that no bias does exist? Do mothers feel their children's deaths were considered less important because of their background, and do they believe the investigations into their children's deaths were treated the same as other victims?

Discrimination and Denial: The Racial Skeletons in Canada's Closet

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Canada has made tentative steps in acknowledging racism in our past, like aboriginal residential schools and the Chinese head tax. But there is a tendency to view these as isolated events of history. With our national rhetoric of a tolerant and multicultural society, many Canadians bristle at the suggestion that racial discrimination was and is a force in Canada.

Changing TTC Names To Numbers is a Waste of Time and Money

Shireen Jeejeebhoy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Shireen Jeejeebhoy

Could you envision Toronto City Council changing the name of Yonge Street to 1 Street? Well, this is what the TTC is doing to our subway lines. Subway lines are underground routes for trains carrying people just like streets are routes for cars or bikes or buses carrying people. Main route names are rarely if ever changed because of their history and because it would cause major confusion.

Althia Raj

Tories Chipping Away At Official Bilingualism: NDP

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservative government is chipping away at official bilingualism, the NDP charged Tuesday, pointing to the elimination of bilingual po...

If Steve Paikin Wants Women On His Show, Maybe He Should Stop Insulting Them

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Kathryn Marshall

Paikin offers up another reason women guests are so hard to come by, and this one will floor you. He says "we've also discovered there also seems to be something in women's DNA that makes them harder to book." I think the last time I read something along those lines was in my undergraduate women's studies critical theory course, but it was something written in the 1800's. According to Paikin: "No man will say, "Sorry, can't do your show tonight, my roots are showing." I'm sure these words will find their way in a women's studies course someday too, to be picked apart by clever students who won't believe for a second it was written in 2014.

'Will Canada Get A Female Finance Minister?' Twitter Wonders

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics

Jim Flaherty's colleagues were quick to post tributes to the Tory MP after he announced his resignation as finance minister on Tuesday afternoon. ...

FLAHERTY RESIGNS

The Huffington Post Canada/CP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Politics

Jim Flaherty, one of Canada's longest-serving finance ministers, has announced his resignation from cabinet. Flaherty, first elected in 2006 after ...

Is Your Vote for Sale Because the NDP Wants to Buy it...for $100

Mike Schreiner | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Schreiner

Is your vote for sale? The Ontario NDP thinks so with its absurd policy to give every household a $100 hydro refund. Will the NDP pay for this with the same magic money and fairy dust they propose to fund transit? How much do you want for your vote? The whiff of an election in the air can bring out the silliness in politicians.

Can Slick Mr. Péladeau Sell Nationalism?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

The Quebec election campaign became a bit more interesting this week with Pierre Karl Péladeau's decision to run for the Parti Québécois. Péladeau brings a unique and coveted background to the PQ, having for decades dined on the earnings of tabloid agitprop and rabble-rousing emotionalism. Just as Marois shrugs off recent and bad economic news, Péladeau thrusts his fist into the air and chants inspirational slogans. And somehow, in combination, these are intended to add up to the sum of economic credibility. His business acumen and his knack for rube exploitation are simply the latest assets to be nationalized by a now desperate campaign.

Is Harper Stealing From the Future to Feed the Present?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On February 7, the government announced it would give almost $2 billion in new funding for aboriginal education. But it will take years to build all the new schools required, let alone create new community-run school systems. The real impact on aboriginal communities will take at least a generation to manifest. When next year's federal election rolls around, this agreement will provide few tangible, here-and-now marshmallows for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to offer voters.

Canadians of Colour Don't Want "Costumes," They Want Change

The Nudge Report | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics
The Nudge Report

Wearing ethnic garb and religious garments to grovel for votes makes for raised eyebrows. Minorities and ethnic voters aren't as interested in visible garbs as much as they are in (in)visible actions. None of these fashion distractions are substitutes for measurable results or genuine respect.

Media Bites: Canadians Might Not Ask Quebec to Stay This Time

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg With Quebec now facing an election where it looks increasingly likely that the separatist party will not only win a second term, but a majority government to boot, Anglo and Franco relations are being strained like never before. Separatism is poised to make its third great comeback. The question is whether any Canadians will be willing to carry the flag this time.

Seduction and Abandonment: Don Giovanni As a Model for U.S. Foreign Policy

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada
Hadani Ditmars

As I took in the opening night of Vancouver Opera's Don Giovanni on the weekend, I realized there was something vaguely familiar about the libertine p...

Words This Aboriginal Education Activist Never Thought She'd Hear

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When 78-year-old Aboriginal education activist Verna Kirkness heard Harper promise legislation giving aboriginal communities full control of on-reserve education, backed with $1.9 billion in new stable funding, she choked up. "I thought I would never hear such words. That feeling that, after all these years, something could finally happen."

Why John Tory Should Be Toronto's Next Mayor

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

The current mayor has personal defects including doing and buying drugs, binge drinking of alcohol and has been videotaped using profane rants and videotaped with faulty characters while in office. John Tory, while not prefect, does not and will not embarrass the city. I trust and admire his judgement.