Canada Politics

Israeli Parliament to Hold Historic Meet at Auschwitz

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

On January 27, 2014, the largest-ever delegation of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) members will convene overseas -- on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

Please Don't Poach Quebec's Doctors in Our Time of Need

Beverly Akerman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

Dear Lakeridge Health, This week, you started a direct mail campaign targeting Quebec doctors, medical residents, and medical students. I agree with your nearly 500 "likers" on Facebook: it's one great ad. But I'm writing to ask you if things aren't tough enough here in Quebec right now without you Ontarians trying to lure away our professionals? Who suffers most directly if our doctors and medical students leave? (Hint: it's not the PQ!)

Quebec Hates Mud Bloods (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta

Does anyone else see the resemblance between Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois?

Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Hollett

On Wednesday, Statistics Canada will release the delayed National Household Survey data, which highlights income and housing issues across our diverse nation. The one question on everyone's mind will be "where have all the good jobs gone?"

Pauline Marois Just Doesn't Get Multiculturalism -- or Canada

Saeed Selvam | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

Premier Pauline Marois' proposal to ban religious symbols in public sector settings like schools, hospitals and daycares is as unconstitutional as it is offensive to every religious minority in Quebec and across the nation. Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms under Section 2 specifically states a Canadian's right to freedom of religion and expression among others, no matter where you are.

Theatre Preview: Playwright Michael Healey Takes on Stephen Harper in Proud

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Mooney on Theatre

Dora Award-winning playwright Michael Healey's play Proud has also courted controversy throughout its history. The play is thoroughly political but it also transcends politics. If you're in any way engaged in political discourse in this country you owe it to yourself to see Proud.

First Nations Won't 'Get Over' Your Ignorance

Chelsea Vowel | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Chelsea Vowel

In January, the Morris Mirror ran an editorial by the community paper's editor-in-chief Reed Turcotte, that likened First Nations to terrorists and decried our "corruption and laziness." Not to be outdone, 80-something Nanaimo resident Don Olsen submitted a letter to the editor in March, detailing our supposed total lack of achievements and inability to survive in a modern world.

A Few Ideas for G20 Leaders

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Impact

On the eve of the 2013 G20 Leaders' Meeting, I have been speaking to media from around the world about the G20 Leader's agenda, particularly their focus on creating jobs and the need for investment and innovation to fuel the global economy. So what's the "ask"? Here are a few ideas for G20 Leaders.

Sparkling Lakes and Spectrum Auctions, Part 1

Benjamin Klass | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Business
Benjamin Klass

Bell, Rogers, and Telus have been collectively taking out full page advertisements in newspapers all summer long. You may have seen their most recent ...

GROOCH: Plants vs. Zombie (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Alberta

I'm not at all suggesting that the transition required for legalizing marijuana will be an easy road after all too many cheesy twists can cause high cholesterol. I would however like to say that my favorite quote from Mr.Trudeau on this topic is this: "I do not see this as a slippery slope... I see this as an issue of Legislators slowly catching up to where public opinion and public behavior actually is."

Thank You Jack Layton, For Changing My World

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Jack Layton was a die-hard Trekkie, and had his own custom-made Trekkie uniform that he wore at conventions. He was a musician, and loved to gather his friends and colleagues, singing songs from the 1960s. He would encourage everyone to sing, even if you didn't know the words. He wore funky glasses and blue jeans. He kept his hair long.

Do Politicians Deserve All the Credit for Job Creation?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Instinctively, everybody knows that job creation is something really important, both economically and socially. In a way, we should "thank" the job creators. But who is it, exactly, that we must thank? We might be tempted to believe that it is politicians.

Ontario Legislature Should Use Speaker's Warrant to Learn What Really Happened

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Recently leaked emails between Dalton McGuinty's former advisers reveal that they attempted to convince the Speaker to change his mind on an important...

The Time Is Now to Inquire About Missing and Murdered Women

Margot Franssen | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Margot Franssen

At the beginning of last week we rejoiced with our colleagues upon hearing that Canadian premiers called for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. And then in less than 24-hours the Feds dismissed the premier's urgent call to action. Full stop. If hundreds of white women were murdered and missing would an inquiry be so quickly dismissed? What about hundreds of kindergarten teachers? Or hundreds of fire fighters? The premiers have it right. The time is now.

Trudeau is on the Right Side of Marijuana Debate

Benjamin Morris | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Alberta
Benjamin Morris

When Justin Trudeau announced to a crowd in BC that he supported the legalization of marijuana, he took a brave, yet proper stance on the wasteful, and tyrannical war on marijuana. Marijuana criminalization has ruined lives, and has distracted law enforcement into wasting their time and resources on a personal activity that shouldn't be a crime. Trudeau is on the side of common sense while the Conservatives are on the side of insanity, ignorance, and foolishness.

It's Time to Celebrate Everyday Political Citizens

Alison Loat | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Given political goings-on it's no wonder people are checking out of the political world and channelling their energies elsewhere. But imagine if, in the same way we celebrate volunteers, we celebrated people who take the time to be political.

Crossing into Israel Isn't predictable

Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Travel
Annie Claire Bergeron-Oliver

JERUSALEM - The commute from Jerusalem to Ramallah is unpredictable at best. Big white commuter buses with green or blue stripes with Arabic script a...

Women Need to Get More Interested in Politics - Now

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Yoni Goldstein

Prime Minister Harper's cabinet shuffle has established four new female faces in ministerial positions. But a recent study that finds women are out of touch when it comes to politics. According to study author, "It's not only that women tend to know less about public affairs, but they are more disconnected to the political process ... Women are more inclined to say they are not interested in politics than men. Women are also more inclined to say politics are complicated and difficult to understand." As a man, I say the following with much discomfort: This will not do, ladies. Politics is important, no matter your gender. You need to do better.

How a Whip Could Be the Answer, After Al

Sean Holman | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Sean Holman

If we want our politicians to stop behaving like trained seals, it might not be necessary to take the whip away. So let me propose a different solution to the problem of party discipline: what if political parties had to formally and publicly disclose the amount of discipline they expect from their members on each vote -- from absolute obedience to the party line to absolute freedom?

Youth Voices Must Resonate

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the 4th session of the UN Open Working Groups (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals in New York as a delegate of the International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA), member of the Major Group of Children and Youth.

Ottawa To Send Terror Suspect To U.S.:Lawyer

CP | John Cotter, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The federal government plans to extradite a Canadian citizen to the United States to face terrorism charges, says his lawyer.Sayfildin Tahi...

A New Holiday For Alberta

Bill Haines | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

What made me really mad and sad was, not whether the Alberta PCs or the Wildrose won or lost, but that these political dirty tricksters were willing to discredit and make fun of, in the eyes of the young people of Alberta, the "whole Christian faith", "Lake of Fire" T-shirts and all, for the sake of political gain.

Sask. Party Votes to Abolish Senate

Cole Hogan | Posted 09.05.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

The Saskatchewan Party is now in favour of abolishing the Senate. This morning the Saskatchewan Party announced the results of the party referendum on the Senate, 86% of the governing party's members having voted to change the party's position on the Senate from reform to abolition.

The First Nations Leader Who Inspired a Generation

Frank Busch | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Impact
Frank Busch

When Elijah Harper passed away on May 17, 2013 I felt as though an arrow had pierced my heart. The man who inspired me to become what I am today was dead. In my childhood, there was only one Elijah Harper. Today, because he inspired an entire generation of First Nations youth, there are thousands of us.