Canada Politics

We Can Disagree Mr. Harper and That's Okay

Kevin Grandia | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Prime Minister Stephen Harper needs to figure out that not everyone is going to agree with him and his government's policies -- and that's okay. Rock legend Neil Young is making his way across Canada this week on a high-profile concert series in support of First Nations who oppose further expansion of oil sands extraction into their lands. Harper, through his spokesperson, responded to Young's concerns with empty talking points, reiterating that the natural resource sector remains a "fundamental part of our country's economy."Okay. Thanks Captain Obvious. Why is it so hard for the Prime Minister to speak with people who disagree with him?

Quebec's Charter Makes Minorities into Second-Class Citizens

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Let's call Bill 60 what it truly is: a bill that encourages intolerance, divides the population and makes visible and religious minorities into second class citizens in their own home. It is time for the opposition to step up and stop this nonsense. Until then I remain Canadian, Quebecker, a visibly practicing Muslim and proud.

Just A Motion Away: 14 Priority Items for Calgary City Council in 2014

Paul Hughes | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Council is a slow grind even on a fast day. If they could slide it into second gear, we'd begrudgingly forgive the Culture of One Gear (bureaucracy) that has entrenched itself at city hall. It's a lot like peer pressure at school.

Will the Aam Aadmi Party Contest India's Elections in 2014?

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada
Prashanth Gopalan

India's newest underdog party can either stay put and develop a sophisticated political ideology, or contest national elections this year. Either way,...

What I Want for Christmas: No More Hungry Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

At this time of year, when many Canadians are about to make a child's Christmas a little brighter, a senior federal Minister had to apologize for inse...

Watching the Watchdog: The Best Anchorman in Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

If you're not planning anything of overwhelming importance this evening I invite you to screen a newish, different, pioneering and quite fascinating one-hour news program. It's called Kevin Newman Live and it's on the CTV News Channel weekdays at 9.00 p.m.

Media Bites: All the Many "Valuable" Lessons We Learned in 2013

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg The Canadian press has been offering no shortage of year-in-review columns as of late. What's my pick for top story of 2013, you ask? I don't know if I have a headline per se, but I do have a theme: the decline of Brand Canada. If there's one thing Justin Trudeau, Rob Ford, and the Senate scandal have in common, after all, it's that they all prove, in different ways, that Canada is not nearly as serious, respectable, and mature of a country as we often like to believe.

Freedom Of Thought Requires Privacy, Not State Scrutiny

Madeleine Thien | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Thien

Imagine that I took all the e-mails and messages that I have ever written, as well as recordings of all Skype calls that I have ever made, and gave them to a group of strangers. Should we trust the priorities these strangers will have in 10 years, or 20 or 50? Should we trust that this immense cache of data will not become a commodity, traded to other governments that exist now, or will exist in the future?

The Northern Gateway Pipeline Decision Puts B.C. At Significant Risk

Andrew Weaver | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

The National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel (JRP) has now released its final report on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project. The project would see 525,000 barrels of the heavy oil diluted bitumen (dilbit) transported across British Columbia each day and loaded onto super tankers for shipment to international refineries. This puts British Columbia at significant economic and environmental risk.

House of Cards: 11 Questions to be Answered in Season 2

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada TV
Daniel Dickin

Netflix's House of Cards was nominated for four Golden Globes just hours before they launched their Season 2 trailer. Unfortunately, Season 2 will be the final season for House of Cards, citing the actors' and producers' preferences to do movies over a television series. Here are 11 questions to be answered in House of Cards Season two.

Canadian Start Up Takes Aim At Medical Debt

John F. Gray | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

If being sick doesn't kill you, the medical bills might. Imagine getting better and being bankrupted for it. Facing the prospect of financially devastating medical bills is a reality many Americans know isn't going away. But a newly announced partnership between B.C. startup FundRazr and leading US provider of healthcare information Healthline.com may just save them from financial ruin.

How Canadian Progressives Can Win

Matt Price | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren opened Rootscamp in Washington, D.C., last week by saying she likes to hang out with people "who get things done." It w...

Everyone Agrees Canada Post Needs to Change, and That's Why it Won't

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

All the pundits basically agree Canada's public-sector post office is an increasingly useless anachronism in the digital age. Many would say its costs, services, and employees are downright terrible, in fact -- and have been for ages. Yet any government that fails to reverse this decades-long status quo of irrelevant mediocrity is also said to be running the risk of triggering a massive public backlash, capable of leaving its re-election odds, at best, in doubt.

Media Bites: Bad Boy Trudeau Skips Out on Attendance

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg There are a few conclusions you could draw from the recent revelation that Justin Trudeau has the worst Question Period attendance record of any federal party leader. We're supposed to either swoon with refreshed delight that he doesn't take the Ottawa rat race as seriously as it takes itself, or furrow our brows in anger that he's not taking it nearly seriously enough. I would imagine most of us can find speckles of truth in both perspectives.

What Mandela Would Have Wanted

Philip Plante-Ajah | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada
Philip Plante-Ajah

As the tributes continue to pour in, I wonder whether Mandela would want us to spend our time mourning him rather than working our differences towards a common goal. Mandela, known for his ability to unite quite diametrically opposed parties, leaves the planet at time where partisan behaviour seems to be only getting worse.

The Politics of Bullying

Tad Milmine | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tad Milmine

The last couple months have taught me a lot about youth, bullying and the politics of it all. As I tell the youth, I am "just a guy named Tad" and I am not an expert or professional on this topic at all. Having reflected on this recently, I believe it is safe to say that I do know a lot about bullying however, directly from the source ... the youth.

Romeo Dallaire Has Turned His Depression into Purpose

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When I read that Romeo Dallaire had been in a car accident on Parliament Hill just outside of East Block, I wondered if it was due to fatigue. I have never known him to be other than fully occupied and frequently exhausted in the course of his heavy schedule. Romeo has a lot more than just memories to fight. As he explained this week, he fights depression and remains medicated for PTSD. But he has turned his pain into a purpose, and in so doing he can get up every day.

Canada's Offer to the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS Falls Short

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Julio Montaner

There is an ongoing trend by our federal government to marginalize people living with HIV and AIDS. Ottawa will rightly pride itself about their investments in research aimed to develop a cure or possibly a vaccine. However, what good would it make to support research if we are not going to implement their results? InSite and HIV "Treatment as Prevention" are just two examples of Canadian successes that are simply not palatable to the federal government. And now globally, Canada has failed to match the contributions of key donors in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Ford Nation Should Stop Listening To Its Heart

Angelina Chapin | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Angelina Chapin

There's something about Justin Trudeau with his sideways smiles, V-necks and ladies' night that reminds me of smarmy men from my past. That connection is hard to break, even though as a friend recently pointed out, he's probably the politician who best reflects my views. As with our personal relationships, we are often blind to our favourite politicians' faults. We defend them when others bring up their shortcomings -- "You don't know the real Barack!" -- rather than accept the facts. That's why it stung so much when I recently read a piece in the Globe and Mail titled "From messiah to lame duck: How Barack Obama fell to earth."

Written Proof Harper Doesn't Care About Aboriginal Education

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

We now know the Conservatives' refusal to fund First Nations students attending school on reserves at the same level as their provincial counterparts is coming straight from the top. This is not just a shocking example of Stephen Harper's anti-democratic command and control style of government, but clearly demonstrates that the Prime Minister callously refuses to provide First Nations students with the equality of opportunity they deserve.

Climate Change Refugees: Coming Soon to a Country Near You

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Ioane Teitiota just wants a safe home where his family has a future, but his quest may set a legal precedent with global ramifications. Teitiota could become the world's first legally-recognized refugee from climate change. Canada is a global destination for refugees -- we took in 5,412 last year.

Changing the Channel: Healthy, Higher Perspectives

Paula Pyne | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Paula Pyne

With the news programs blaring the most recent political scandals, it's hard to remember that there are positive things happening in the world and leaders who are inspiring heart-centred change. It's integral that we maintain a healthy, higher perspective about what really matters and share it with our communities.

Where Were You When JFK Was Shot?

Anne Day | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

Where were you on November 22, 1963? For some of you this may be before you time, but for me, I was a 12-year-old living in Edinburgh, Scotland and it is a day I will never forget. And for those of you who have no recall of what happened 50 years ago, it was the day that John F. Kennedy was shot and assassinated.

'See You In Court': An Expensive, Time-Consuming Wrong-Headed Strategy

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Last year the Conservative government spent more fighting Indigenous people in the courts than it spent going after tax frauds. From First Nations' child welfare to resource development, the government's response has been "see you in court." Who knew in 2011, when a government document listed Indigenous peoples as "adversaries" in terms of resource development, that this attitude would permeate every aspect of the Conservatives' approach when dealing with Aboriginal people? Prime Minister Harper's decision to abandon consultation and negotiation to drag Aboriginal issues through the courts is failing, costly, time consuming and undermines the honour of the Crown.

Media Bites: We Can't Reform the Senate if We're Constitutionally Constipated

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Our constitutional amendment rules are so terrible, so poorly-written and caked with complex regulations designed to eliminate any hope of ever achieving any meaningful improvement to anything, we barely even know how to read some of them. And we're not talking about 18th century legalese here -- this stuff was written all of 30 years ago.