Canada Politics

After Spectacular Failure, NDP Needs A Leader Who Can Inspire

Peggy Nash | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Peggy Nash

The most important thing is for the NDP to not limp along and slip into irrelevance, but to boldly rebuild. Canada needs the NDP. But it needs an NDP that is both inspiring and competent, visionary and responsible, principled and practical. The many dedicated NDP activists need to know what happens now. Where is the NDP headed and how do they fit in to the big picture? What are the concrete plans to rebuild? Which brings me to the leadership question. The Leader too has to share the blame and Tom Mulcair has acknowledged this.

5 Easy Fixes To Political Fundraising Rules

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Improving political fundraising regulations in Ontario, British Columbia and other provinces with outdated or overly opaque regulations doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. Here are five easy fixes that would have immediate benefits.

Government Inaction On Seal Hunt Threatens Both Seals And Sealers

Sheryl Fink | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

Despite tens of millions of dollars in government support, the hunt is at one of its lowest points in history. Processors have relied heavily on government loans in recent years in order to purchase sealskins, but with 35 countries now banning the import of seal products few commercial markets remain.

Ontario Needs A Smarter Way To Invest In Infrastructure

Barry Steinberg | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Barry Steinberg

The Wynne government doesn't have a long-term infrastructure plan that includes an accurate description of the current condition of the province's assets, including roads and buildings. That is to say that there is no reliable estimate of Ontario's infrastructure deficit -- a crucial factor in making evidence-based, properly planned investment decisions

No, Mr. Mulcair, The PM Doesn't Need To Call Trump A Fascist

Ryan Maloney | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Ryan Maloney

Let's imagine the prime minister went for it. Let's imagine he called Trump a fascist and urged U.S. Republicans to disown him, to shut down the circus. The story would make a much bigger splash than that photo of Trudeau striking a yoga pose on a desk shot in 2011 and inexplicably inescapable this week.

Humanity's Greatest Threat Is Upon Us

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Pearson

With so many advances in science, how is it that climate change now has us by the throat? In a world of spreading capitalism, how did it come to be that we have rising unemployment around the world and poverty escalating at troubling rates?

What We Can All Learn From Rob Ford's Passing

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Marcia Sirota

To Mr. Ford's loved ones, I offer my deepest condolences. To everyone else, I suggest that we see his story as a cautionary tale about not wasting the wonderful opportunities provided to us in our lives, but rather, facing our own demons head-on so that they never prevent us from fulfilling our great potential.

Ontario Politics, Propaganda And The Potential For Change

Nadia Alam | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

I am completely disillusioned by the Ontario Liberals and in particular, Health Minister Eric Hoskins, the man who is supposed to champion health care in Ontario. And I mean all of health care, not just nurses and hospitals, but doctors too because we each play a vital role.

Canada's Youth Win Big With The Federal Budget

Kids Help Phone | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Kids Help Phone

Canada's youth are the biggest winners from Tuesday's federal budget, but not in the way you'd expect. Buried deep inside the budget, well below the commendable financial commitments to First Nations, families and young children, is a potential game-changer for young people -- plans to create the first ever Prime Minister's Youth Council.

Rob Ford Lived His Gimmick, And That Was The Problem

Dan Lytwyn | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Dan Lytwyn

When someone we dislike passes away, we far too often revert to muted resignation. We purse our lips, dip our heads, and maybe mumble a few innocuous words of remembrance. It feels cheap to assail a dead man, especially when they're survived by a mourning family. So let's not assail Rob Ford The Man, but we should take a good hard look at Rob Ford The Character, or Rob Ford The Gimmick.

Why Anonymous' Attack On Donald Trump Affects Everyone

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

The turn towards targeting certain political figures is concerning. Despite Trump's vomit-inducing charades, the truth remains that as an American citizen, he DOES have the right to say what he chooses. Although some of what he says could fall under the category of "hate speech", we keep forgetting that there is a very simple solution to our Trump dilemma: stop voting for him. Really, isn't it the public's fault that he's still there?

The View From Canada

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Hollett

The rise of Donald Trump is familiar to Torontonians because Rob Ford speaks the same language. Like Trump, he's a master of slogans, sound bytes, and keeping it simple stupid, delivering a refreshing voice that sounds like a real human being. Trump's Twitter handle @realdonaldtrump drives this point home. They are both rich successful white men, born to wealthy, powerful fathers, who present like average Joes, sweaty red faces and all. We've seen this before, and we've seen it work.

Homeless Families Are Trapped In A Bureaucratic Nightmare

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The experts who work in the trenches with Canada's homeless tell us, routinely, vulnerable individuals complete reams of paperwork and attend meetings with as many as five different government agencies and non-profit organizations. Often, the only outcome is severe stress for already devastated families. Provinces need to work with non-profits to adopt a "one family, one file" approach -- creating a single intake form and database. When a homeless family first approaches any agency -- be it for social assistance, child welfare, or a homeless group -- a single electronic file would be started for all necessary information.

What Do Trump And Sanders Mean To Canadian Politics?

Peter Landry | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Many Canadians are looking aghast at the rise of Donald Trump as the Republican Party's front-runner for President of the United States. How can someone so boorish and who espouses such hard ideas that are regularly called fascist-like be leading contender for president of a country that prides itself as being a freedom-loving democracy? Well, there's an explanation; just not exactly a reasonable one.

Green Buildings Will Play A Key Role In B.C. Climate Action

Karen Tam Wu | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Business
Karen Tam Wu

In B.C., the green building sector already supports more than 20,000 jobs. The right vision, a strong Climate Leadership Plan and sufficient investment will ensure this sector of the clean economy continues to thrive and expand.

Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From Trudeau

Rana Sarkar | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Rana Sarkar

Before being elected to Parliament, PM Trudeau spent time working as a teacher, a non-profit leader, a bouncer at a B.C. night-club, a snow board instructor -- along with side gigs such as starring in CBC TV movie The Great War. Far from being a disqualifier, it's his varied past and the skills he developed through it, that might make him an effective leader at a moment of disruptive change. His success will be not in spite of his past, but because of it.

Public Service Delivery Can Be A Matter Of Life And Death

Peter Landry | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Today we have Flint, but back in 2000, two hapless brothers, Stan and Frank Koebel, ran the water treatment plant in Walkerton, Ont. In May of that year, locals began suffering the effects of E. coli poisoning, up to and including death.

Canada's Global Opportunity: End Gender Bias Through Our Teenage Boys

Reva Seth | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Reva Seth

Both Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama are at a unique moment in their political careers -- one that lends itself to bold initiatives: an investment in a shared conversation and strategy to shift the frame on gender, care, equality and parenting in the next generation of boys would be groundbreaking. When that generation of men come of age, it would have a transformative ripple effect on families, workplaces, public spaces and relationships.

Examining Pakistan's Political Pragmatism

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Despite its internal problems, Pakistan is slowly emerging as a key cog in the geopolitics of the region. In light of the OPEC market share war and the Syrian crisis, both Iran and Saudi Arabia are looking to tilt the power balance in their favour - a balance that lies with Pakistan as a military power. Instead of gravitating towards its traditional Sunni ally in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan is attempting to play a positive role in diffusing tensions between the two regional powers while also keeping its interests in mind.

A Letter to Kathleen Wynne from Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

To: Kathleen Wynne From: Kevin O'Leary Re: New Cap and Trade Slush Fund Hi Premier, just saw you are setting up a new $1.9 billion cap and trade fu...

Our Food Issues Are So Much Bigger Than Overpriced Cauliflower

Nick Saul | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nick Saul

Single Ontarians on social assistance have just over $600/month to cover all their living expenses, including rent and food -- a pittance that causes many to have to go without food, or to access a food bank or meal program. People in low-paying jobs with no benefits struggle too.

A Canadian View Of The Scalia Replacement Controversy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

To Canadian eyes, there is something both familiar and strange about the controversy surrounding President Obama's authority to name a replacement for Antonin Scalia. The issue is familiar because, last year, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada only 6 weeks before the federal election (having announced that he would do so a few days before Parliament was dissolved). Examining both cases can help us learn key differences between our two governments.

Canada Should 'Feel The Bern' Too

Bruce Moncur | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

On February 15, 2016, I went to a Bernie Sanders rally in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is a hero to so many, and even if he does not get the nomination he has begun to make others advocate for what is right. He has done what so many other politicians have failed to do, get the attention of the young voter.

The Right Needs Principle, Not Unity

Tim Moen | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Tim Moen

There's a lot of talk recently in Alberta about uniting the right, but is there even a right anymore? There was a time when conservatism was synonym...

Canada Needs To Stem The Tide Of 'Stolen' Aboriginal Children

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Almost half of Canadian children in foster care are aboriginal, even though indigenous people make up less than five per cent of the population, according to the most recent statistics in the 2011 Census. What's particularly gut-wrenching is the majority of aboriginal children are placed in care, not because of parental abuse, but because their families are poor. Now it's time to invest in progressive initiatives, like the Circle of Care, that keep families together.