Canada Politics

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.

Israel-Palestine: Focus More on Talking and Less on the Politics of Talk

Avi Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

The Jewish community in Canada didn't even concentrate on Israeli politics until the Six Day War in 1967. Resulting, however, from the fear that Israeli Jews were facing a second Holocaust, as well from a new confidence that was born out of decisive victory in the war, Israel was officially adopted by the Canadian Jewish mainstream.

Why Isn't Canada a Leader in International Development?

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

This week is International Development Week. This year's theme is "We are Making a Difference." Canada should be making a difference -- a real, sustainable difference. Unfortunately, under the Conservative government, we are going in the wrong direction.

Media Bites: The Fair Elections Act Still Separates Us From the Yankees

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg What legislation like the Fair Elections Act reminds us is that in the realm of electoral law, America and Canada are, in fact, noticeably different. Though the reasons why are more complicated and nuanced than the simplistic narratives we're usually given.

How Does Canada Spend Your "Matching Funds" Money?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

From Haiti to the Philippines, matching government donations have become the golden carrot of Canadian humanitarianism -- the tool for inspiring the already legendary generosity of Canadians when global emergencies arise. What many Canadians may not realize is that charities don't necessarily get the matched funds from their donors. The government doles them out. And it's difficult for a researcher, let alone the average Canadian, to find out what happens to these matching funds and who benefits.

Insulting Veterans Is Just the Latest in a Long Line of Fantino Faux-Pas

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

As the Serial Minister of Various Affairs, the man has blustered and blundered, alienating constituents and stakeholders and using the resources of his office to engage in partisan attack. His latest insult, this time against war veterans, is proof of his unsuitability -- one more instance in a long career of similar proofs. The time is overdue for him to reap the final reward he so richly deserves. Rehearsing the long career of this one-time Toronto shopping mall security guard, one can't but notice the unbroken and uniform trail of soot which seems always to have attended him. Indeed, a pattern emerges.

Canada's Shortlist for the Everyday Political Citizen

Alison Loat | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Whether we like it or not, most major decisions about our communities are still made at the political level. Yet there is little celebration of, and often outright disdain for, those who engage with the political process to try and have a say in those decisions.

Why I'm Running for City Council

Saeed Selvam | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Saeed Selvam

You grow even fonder of your city when you've travelled abroad, I remember returning from a trip overseas and almost kissing the ground when I landed ...

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.