Canada

Why Canada Shouldn't Open Up Its Dairy Market To New Zealand

Bruce Muirhead | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Business
Bruce Muirhead

Under the NZ system, milk prices are much higher than they are in Canada. They pay more than C$6 for the equivalent of 4 litres of milk. At my local supermarket, I pay C$3.99 and have for months. In the recent past a commission was struck by the NZ parliament to investigate the high price of dairy products. Do we want that in Canada? I don't think so.

Meet the Canadian Doctor Who Prescribes Income to Treat Poverty

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

Last fall when I visited Canada, I met a Toronto doctor named Gary Bloch who has developed a poverty tool for medical practitioners. Bloch's idea was to zoom in on the social determinants of health -- food, housing, transportation -- all poverty markers linked to bad health and poor health outcomes.

Quebec's Proposed Health Care Reform Ignores Scientific Evidence

François Béland | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
François Béland

Scientific evidence does not support the presumption of Bill 10 that there will be a reduction in bureaucracy with the centralization of decision-making. National and international experience has shown time and time again that the proposed reform will not have the desired effects and, in fact, will make healthcare delivery more complex.

Advice from Canada's Most Talented Entrepreneurs

Nikolas Badminton | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Business
Nikolas Badminton

When I started my new job with Freelancer.com, I was researching where and who to reach out to in Canada and I quickly realized the force that is the Ottawa start up scene. Sure it's the capital and that should be an obvious choice however I found something truly unique. The startup community is very creative and keen plus they are very adept at getting the government to pay attention.

Canada Needs to Get Serious About Development Finance

Brett House | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Brett House

Canada is the only G7 country that doesn't have a publicly-owned, profit-driven development finance institution (DFI) that can help private business invest in jobs, growth and markets in low-income countries. We're not just missing an opportunity to raise people out of poverty: we're also missing a chance to build Canadian business while earning returns for Canada's stretched taxpayers.

Poor People Aren't Poor Because They're Lazy

Fadumo Diriye | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Impact
Fadumo Diriye

It is essential that poor people are not the scapegoat for the problem of our public system. As a society we need to stop blaming the victims of poverty for their circumstances. But rather focus on solution that causes poverty.

7 Reasons Why Drivers Don't Use Turn Signals

Andrew Tai | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Tai

There are plenty of terrible driving habits, but one of the most annoying ones must be the inability to use a turn signal. While it may not seem like a big deal, it's actually a huge problem.

The Month I Spent Living on a Mattress

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Ana Rodriguez

When I am nine, my parents and I immigrate to Canada from the wet, hot, and hurricane-ridden island of Cuba. Before May 31, 2002, I have never stepped beyond my beautiful little island, have never seen a landscape without palm trees or the ocean, have never smelt air that isn't rife with humidity with a hint of dog piss, sea salt, and garbage, and I have never wanted to.

Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits'

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

If the definition of charity can be improved by examining Scotland's law, certainly there is merit in looking to the civil law of Quebec for concepts that could enhance the meaning of charity in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has moved away from the common law tradition of enabling courts to evolve new charitable purposes by analogy to previously recognized purposes.

Why The Maple Leafs Need To Embrace Their Fans' Hate

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

In Toronto, it's better bad. It's better like this, with the Leafs believing in only themselves -- believing in nobody but whoever's in that locker room. That means not trusting the always-mocked, never-defined, too-general MEDIA -- going to the mattresses, so to speak. Burying themselves in their bunker until they're one with Lord Stanley's handiwork.

Canada's Internet Needs to Join the 21st Century

Benjamin Klass | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Business
Benjamin Klass

Mr. Moore, Mr. Harper, Mr. Blais, we have given the large carriers our trust. And they have abused it. It's now up to you -- we need you to work together to ensure that our networks are open to content producers, to innovative service providers, and most of all, to ordinary Canadian citizens. We need more than tweets, more than press releases and pamphlets. We are asking for a firm commitment to ensure that the large network operators will no longer be artificially favoured over upstart innovators and competitors, a commitment to providing Canadians with a bright and lasting digital future.

Obama's Pretty Words Hide the Reality of U.S. Immigration

Dana Wagner | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Actions matter more than words, but in his speech to Americans, Obama's words overshadowed his actions. He spoke to hearts and minds, outlining an aspirational set of shared values on immigration. His subtext was 'we're not there yet,' but speaking ten steps ahead of hearts and minds is how to get there.

Where Are All the Midwives in Canada?

Ivy Lynn Bourgeault | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Ivy Lynn Bourgeault

Part of the cause is that Canada was one of a handful of countries (and the only Western industrialized nation) not to have any provisions for midwifery care prior to 1993. In the last 20 years, there has been growth in the profession, but only modest.

How Canada Can Help Combat the 'Resource Curse'

Lina Holguin | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Business
Lina Holguin

Recently, Canada's Parliament introduced the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which could have a huge impact on people around the world experiencing the "resource curse." Too often, poor communities have no say in the extraction of resources from their land and receive little information about the scope of these projects, the revenues they generate, their timelines and potential impacts. The Canadian government has an historic opportunity to make a low-cost contribution to fighting corruption and improving the lives of thousands of communities around the world.

Why Should I Apologize For Having a Complex Identity?

Hana Shafi | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
Hana Shafi

Girls like me are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Our critiques about, let's say, the misogyny within our community are so often co-opted by white Eurocentric feminism as a kind of "see, look, the oppressed brown women need us!" And at the same time, I don't want to silence myself from critiquing by own community just because I'm scared that some white feminists may twist my words.

Why Does the Fight For Aboriginal Rights Equal a Rejection of Science?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

The illness of a young girl is saddening, and the preceding topics are important and timely. But now, with this court case, we've gone off the rails into unhelpful territory. A growing number of people are turning away from, and against, science and modernity, and for a number of causes -- environmentalism, mistrust of corporations, dislike of secularism, traditionalism, and in extreme cases religious fundamentalism.

It's a Slippery Slope for Canadian Species at Risk

Brett Favaro | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Brett Favaro

We have found that 86 per cent of species considered to be at risk of extinction in Canada are either deteriorating or failing to recover. Despite the fact that many of these species should be receiving protection, the government has largely failed to identify the critical habitat necessary for the species to recover, and as a result this habitat may be going unprotected. This is bad news for biodiversity.

Three Must-Read Books for Bullying Awareness Week

Joanne Sallay | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Joanne Sallay

Bullying prevention and intervention is a topic that is important all year round. However, initiatives such as Bullying Awareness Week ensure this important subject is brought to the forefront. Here is a shortlist of must-read books covering three unique perspectives in bullying.

Canada and Norway's Shared Polar History: An Important Testament to Cooperation in the Arctic

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

Norway, like Canada, has a time-honoured history of polar exploration. Canada's Arctic Archipelago is one of the least accessible regions in the world; this maze has been the object of fascination and obsession for centuries.

Canada's Top 15 Best Value Cities for 2015

Trivago.ca | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

If you're looking for a fun and affordable vacation it's time to travel domestically and explore one of hotel comparison trivago.ca's 15 Best Value Canadian Cities for 2015. Based on the yearly average price of a standard double room and the destinations' overall hotel reputation on over 200 booking sites, trivago has revealed the home turf cities that are both budget friendly and worth a visit in 2015!

Provinces Have Reined in Healthcare Costs -- But Not for Long

Livio Di Matteo | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Livio Di Matteo

In the wake of new health expenditure data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the evidence continues to mount that Canadian public health expenditure growth is moderating. Moreover, adjusting for inflation and population growth, per capita provincial and territorial government health expenditures have actually declined since their peak in 2010.

Food Banks Were Meant to be Temporary. So Why Are They Growing?

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real news in the recent Hunger Count 2014 report is not that 841,191 people came to food banks for help in one month -- a number 25 per cent higher than in 2008. Nor is it the realization that close to 40 per cent of food bank recipients are children. No, the overarching narrative is how the presence of food banks in most communities has come to represent the failure of imagination for a country and its citizens.

We're Not Showy, But Canadians Stand on Guard for What's Important

Joseph McLean | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Joseph McLean

Canada is not a place that celebrates military power. We are more likely to admire our healthcare system or our fine selection of baked goods, because our forces are small and we don't care much for swagger. But there is a tradition, hidden in our anthem and in our hearts. We stand on guard.

Homelessness Remains a National Crisis

Jino Distasio | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

All levels of government and the private sector must begin to see the tremendous social and economic benefits of doing the right thing. Canada can end homelessness and our elected officials have a duty to work together on funding community based solutions.

Be Careful or You May Catch 'Fearbola'

Michelle Driedger | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Michelle Driedger

Providing effective communication is critical to ensuring health care workers feel informed and safe at work. Nursing union representatives have clearly expressed that nurses do not feel prepared for Ebola in their hospitals. Media stories have documented how personal protective equipment and training for front line health workers hasn't been available in all hospital locations across the country.