Canada Politics

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.

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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.

The 10 Most Infamous Real-Life Backdoor Political Deals

AskMen.com | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
AskMen.com

Sometimes it isn't the government that's to blame for back door deals. Back in 1869, two wily financiers, Jay Gould and James Fisk, thought they could outsmart the government and corner the gold market, but were foiled by the administration. Gould and Fisk tried to buy massive amounts of gold at a low price and then sell high using insider information.

Spending Scandal: Canadians Won't Abide $72,000 in Moving Expenses

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Once again we have a spending scandal occupying the attention of Canadians. This time however, it doesn't involve our esteemed senators but two former generals, Andrew Leslie who is presently a senior Liberal advisor and Daniel Menard who retired in disgrace from the armed forces. Leslie claimed $72,000 for moving expenses and Menard claimed $40,000.

First Nations Want LNG, But Only If It's Done Right

Roland Willson | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Roland Willson

This week, First Nations leaders are meeting in Fort St. John at the First Nations LNG Summit to find ways to balance all the information pouring in about LNG and to determine the path ahead. We are hoping to find a balance between protecting our traditional and cultural ways and moving forward with development, while making sure that people in our communities understand and can make informed decisions.

What I Learned This Week: The Devastating Power of the Cold Hard Truth

Andy Nulman | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

There's so much pandering pap, Machiavellian crap and factory-processed opinion swirling around these days that when one encounters a fragment of truth, it is shocking and heart stopping. Trust me, you want people to buzz about your product, service, or cause? Then turn the bullshit generator off and tell it like it is.

Penguin Books India Gave Up on Freedom of Expression

Prashanth Gopalan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Prashanth Gopalan

Only days ago, news leaked that Penguin Books India had quietly settled a 2011 lawsuit filed against it by a conservative Indian education reform group, which required the publisher to withdraw and destroy all available copies of the Indian edition of University of Chicago professor Wendy Doniger's book The Hindus: An Alternative History.

Puck Politics: When Sports Turns Government On

Shachi Kurl | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

At a time when it seems we're paying less attention than ever to political news, it's even more crucial for politicians to identify with voters on another level. Be honest -- how many of you watched either the federal budget speech or the B.C. throne speech online? How many of you, by contrast -- have been sneaking peaks at the live-streamed Olympics from your desk?

Nothing To Hide: Pipelines, Spies and Animal Print Underpants

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
DeSmog Canada

More and more often, we are reading in the news about the federal government and various intelligence and law enforcement agencies allegedly "spying" on aboriginals and pipeline opponents. I am both of those things. I have no idea whether strangers are picking up shards of information from my emails and text messages. I have no idea what kind of beautiful stained-glass mosaics their imaginations might create.

Let's Get Down To The Business Of B.C. Energy

Andrew Weaver | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

It's time to get politics out of environmental policy and serious environmental policy into politics. After all, the environment really doesn't care which political party you belong to.