Canada

B.C. Must Step Out Of Canada's Carbon Shadow

Jens Wieting | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

It's not too late for B.C. to become a true climate champion.

Top Canadian Holiday Deal Destinations

Henrik Kjellberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Travel
Henrik Kjellberg

Is it really possible to find a good deal on a holiday getaway? Absolutely! I've put together a list of local cities that are seeing the steepest hotel price drops this holiday season, to help you find the best deals. Whether you're visiting family or taking a well-earned vacation, use this as a guide to find the best deals and deepest savings.

New Hospital Funding Method Discharges Patients "Quicker But Sicker'

Karen Palmer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Business
Karen Palmer

Most Canadians probably don't realize that health care in Canada is quietly undergoing a major transformation in funding that could significantly impact patients. Three provinces -- Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia -- are implementing a new funding model for hospitals and other provinces are watching with interest.

Why Denmark Should Own The North Pole Instead Of Canada

Dana Wagner | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

The North Pole is a single point on the Arctic map that falls in an area claimed by three countries. Directly beneath this spot, below the polar ice, is the Lomonosov Ridge, now at the centre of a land dispute. Canada, Denmark and Russia are jockeying for exclusive jurisdiction of the submerged mountain range. If the pole went to the country that can best govern it, the winner is Denmark. In second place, Canada would not be bad, especially relative to Russia. But between the two, as one expert told the CBC, "there's absolutely no doubt that the North Pole is most definitely closer to Greenland than it is to Canada." Still, here are some alternative factors to consider:

Let's Stop Saying: "We Don't Care, as Long as our Baby's Healthy"

Sarah Sahagian | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Sahagian

Ultimately, the refrain, "as long as they're healthy," makes it seem like individuals who are less healthy are less valuable and less loveable. In short, it's just a mean and untrue thing to say, so please, let's stop saying it.

Post-Warring: What Our Band Must Sacrifice to Survive

Wes Marskell | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Music
Wes Marskell

When Warring came out, I thought it was going to be the record for us. How naïve I was. Warring doesn't have a conventional single: the songs are too complex, the choruses aren't big enough or well enough defined and the lyrics are too abstract for commercial rock radio. I even remember having that clichéd conversation where someone said "I don't hear a single."

A Pretty Darn Good Finale For 'The Newsroom'

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada TV
Kolby Solinsky

Sunday night's series finale, it's obvious, would have made a much better premiere than the pilot did. It was probably the show's best hour.

Canada Keeps Skirting the Oilsands Issue at the COP20 Climate Talks

Carol Linnitt | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Canada's negotiators are working hard to sidestep the issue of the country's growing greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector while simultaneously keeping quiet about the oilsands as nations come up with their "intended nationally determined contributions" in the global climate agreement.

Ontario Doesn't Need An Income-Based Drug Benefit Program for Seniors

Steve Morgan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Rather than placing a tax on health needs -- as income-based drug plans do -- Ontario should consider a more positive road to universal pharmacare. Specifically, it should consider tax financing a universal drug benefit program that would give non-seniors the same coverage elderly residents enjoy today.

A Christmas Card to Canada, Love From America

Mark Moore | Posted 12.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark Moore

So thank you Canada. No one elected me to speak for the Americans, but I decided to do it anyway. Thanks for being such a good neighbor! I am talking about the less public things for which we owe you thanks. You have a big heart. And you are generous. We and the world keep eating at your house. You really are so nice.Thanks for that!

Can the Law Prosecute Users of The Pirate Bay Without Invading Innocents' Privacy?

Jillian Friedman | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Business
Jillian Friedman

The Pirate Bay is a popular website for the BitTorrent downloading of music, movies, games, software and much more. Swedish police raided the site by seizing its servers in Stockholm, allegedly in connection with violation of copyright law. The Pirate Bay shutdown isn't the first and likely won't be the last of its kind. Law enforcement agencies have been raiding the Pirate Bay service since 2006. The key challenge to pursuing consumers who share and download content in violation of copyrights is identifying them. Proposed solutions to this challenge pose serious privacy law concerns.

Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Isn't Crazy - Harper Is

Kevin Grandia | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Kevin Grandia

I am watching negotiators from impacted countries like the Philippines working earnestly on a new agreement to reduce global climate pollution. At the same time, I am reading stories back home about Prime Minister Stephen Harper telling the House of Commons yesterday that regulating greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas sector would be "crazy." Let's be clear who is crazy here.

Why We May See More Homeless Seniors in Calgary's Future

Lee Tunstall | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Alberta
Lee Tunstall

Twenty per cent of older adults live with a mental health issue. In Calgary alone, that equates to over 21,000 older adults, with between 1,000 and 2,000 living with severe and persistent psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia and delusional disorder. These figures do not take into account individuals between 45 and 65 who have lived a higher-risk lifestyle and been intermittently homeless. Such individuals age more quickly than the general population, and often present as "functionally geriatric" well before the age of 65.

Buy This Ethical AND Gorgeous Gift For The Holidays

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc. is a Canadian company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Their belief is to flex their buying power to empower families in countries that are rebuilding. Their fragrances are made in Canada and are created with essential oils from nations that are rebuilding including Haiti, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

A Muslim Message to Those Leaving Canada to Join ISIS

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Recently ISIS released a video featuring former Canadian, 23-year-old John Maguire, now known as Abu Anwar Al-Canadi, demanding Muslim Canadians carry out terrorist attacks on Canadian soil. Though interpretations of religion which fail to uphold universal human rights legitimize ISIS ideologies for men like Maguire, not all Canadian adherents of conservative interpretations of Islam wish to live in a violent dictatorship, bound by the most rigid shariah law. If you are a Canadian Muslim, considering joining ISIS, here are a list of sins you will commit if you do.

What Would Warren Buffett Do With Canadian Assets?

John McKay | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
John McKay

The short term problem is that Alberta has expensive oil which will make it challenging for all governments to achieve their fiscal goals. Revenues are down. Already we are seeing the incredible shrinking surplus of the Harper government. Medium term the market will right itself and business will pick up.

Don't Forget Police Violence Happens Outside of America Too

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

I stand in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, New York and all over the world who are experiencing police violence. I encourage those of us who are committed to dismantling structural violence against black people that as we chant the slogan "Black Lives Matter", we must also remember "Black Lives Matter Everywhere". Let us not limit our desire for structural changes to only the United States.

Why There Will Never Be Another Jean Beliveau

Anne Lagace Dowson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada
Anne Lagace Dowson

Béliveau was much admired for his fidelity -- to his team, to the church, and to his family. Béliveau was that rare thing -- an athlete who could comfortably rub shoulders with the mucky mucks, the Desmarais' of Power Corporation, the Gillettes and Molsons who owned the team.

Constitutional Rights -- Poetry or Practice?

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

A celebration of our history brings us to reflect on the present. There are certain questions we must ask ourselves. What challenges do Norway, Canada, and other like-minded countries face in our efforts, for example, to promote democracy, protect, and live in an inclusive society with equal rights and non-discriminatory practices? What is our role in the global picture?

8 Great Gifts for ADHD Kids

Zoe Kessler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Living
Zoe Kessler

Being out in nature is good for anyone, but it's great for a lot of us ADHDers. Many of us feel markedly better in the woods, walking along the shoreline, hiking in the mountains, anywhere pretty and pristine in a natural setting. It's worth a shot to get out there with your kids at least once a week to see if this helps keep them on an even keel.

What Happened to Income Inequality in Canada in 1995?

Greg Sward | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
Greg Sward

Personally speaking, I was not surprised to see that Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have the greatest variance in data since many of their incomes are tied to agriculture and commodities which tend to be volatile industries.

How to Tell Your Kids That Work Can Be Boring

Leah Eichler | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

How do you prepare your kids for the likelihood that some work days, perhaps even a lot of them, won't feel especially fulfilling? According to professionals with children, that conversation needs to come early and often.

Why I Left the Conservatives To Run for the NDP

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

Mark Twain once said 'Give a man the reputation of an early riser and that man can sleep until noon.' Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney are responsible for three quarters of the national debt. Harper alone has added $170 billion. The Liberals get the rest. How either one gets away with even pretending to be fiscally responsible baffles me. Both parties have slept in well past noon. It's time for a rude awakening.

Pipeline Protesters Aren't Hypocrites for Driving Cars

Joseph McLean | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Joseph McLean

Opinions run hot around pipeline conflicts, and more is ahead of us. There are many arguments for and against civil protest, but one of the most persistent is that these people are hypocrites. That if you drive a car, take a plane, use hairspray, or otherwise consume fossil fuels in any way, you have no right to stand up. This comparison is troubling for a number of reasons.

Will MPs Empower Themselves and Restrict Their Powers?

Duff Conacher | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A committee of MPs is considering important and unprecedented changes that will either restrict the power of federal party leaders and empower MPs to represent voters, or not, and will also either make MPs much more accountable for their conduct, or not. What the committee decides will reveal a lot about the state of democracy in Canada.