Canada

The Real People Behind Canada's Most Famous Ghost Stories

Lesley Anderson | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

This Halloween I've been looking at some of the creepiest ghost stories in Canada's communities and since we have recently moved house, I was inspired to investigate my own neighbourhood of Stittsville, Ontario. There are a few historic buildings still standing and I wondered about the people who had lived there and if there were any "ghost stories" that I could uncover.

Australia For All Types of Travellers

Travelzoo Canada | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Travel
Travelzoo Canada

By birth, I'm Canadian, and by choice I'm living in Australia, having moved to Sydney several years ago. I'm often fielding questions from friends and family back home on what part of my adoptive country would be best for them to visit as most don't know where to start. Here's my guide to Australia for all types of travelers.

Don't Keep Yelling 'Islamophobia' To Silence Genuine Debate

Munir Pervaiz Saami | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada
Munir Pervaiz Saami

These conspiracy theories and Jihadi rhetoric have so clouded the Muslim mindset in Canada that they rarely come out to denounce Muslim terrorism with a united voice. And if they do, they refrain from renouncing the doctrine of armed Jihad.

What We Can Do To Bring Peace to Canada

Nicole Belanger | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada
Nicole Belanger

As the Archbishop Desmond Tutu famously said, "my humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together." Peace starts in recognizing and valuing the inherent humanity in each of us. And lasting peace comes when that outlook bleeds into every interaction that we have at work, on the street, and in our homes.

A True Apotheosis For The NAC Orchestra At The Salisbury Cathedral in England

Huffington Post Quebec | Samuel Larochelle | Posted 10.31.2014 | Canada Music

Vibrant. Intense. Memorable. Those three words are forever etched in the minds of the thousands of concertgoers who were present Wednesday night at th...

After the Ottawa Shooting We Must Keep Calm & Carry On

Martina Buchal | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Martina Buchal

The symbolism of the events taking place on Wednesday October 22 in Ottawa could not be more cruel. Shots fired below the tower called "peace," a youn...

It's Time To Stop Black And Orange Day And Let Schools Celebrate Halloween

Buzz Bishop | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada
Buzz Bishop

So when the traditional North American holidays roll around, don't expect me to sanitize them. I don't expect my brother-in-law to dial down Hannukah thinking I'd find it offensive. I don't expect my mayor to skip Eid because I don't celebrate it. I look forward to the Chinese New Year parade and so do my kids. They shouldn't stop it because I'm not Chinese.

More Surveillance Punishes Canadians, Not Terrorists

Tom Henheffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Henheffer

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it. Please. Please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security."

Exploring the Culinary Culture of Our Prairies

Rebecca LeHeup | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Travel
Rebecca LeHeup

Like many Canadians who have travelled across the County, I had been to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan several times but it had simply been to "drive through." This fall, I returned to the prairies to learn more about the culinary culture of Saskatoon.

Women's Forum 2014: Building the Feminist Agenda

Niki Ashton | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Niki Ashton

This Thursday, I will host the third annual Women's Forum des femmes in Ottawa. The past two years have set the foundation, leading us collectively t...

Canada and Israel: Natural Partners in Research and Innovation

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Shimon Koffler Fogel

The Canada-Israel relationship is often only viewed through the lens of politics, which unfortunately obscures the remarkable bonds being formed between Canadians and Israelis at the institutional and grassroots levels. As the admirable work of the AUCC has shown, there is much we can learn from one another.

Thousands Pay Their Respects

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Politics

HAMILTON - Thousands of people lined the streets of Hamilton on Tuesday to pay respects to a soldier described as a "kid at heart" who was gunned down...

Understanding the "Fearbola" Infection

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Jason Tetro

The extent of the infection of the public mindset inevitably rises towards the apex of a full-blown panic. At this point, the reaction is given a name as if it has become its own threat. In this case, the word was an almost too perfect mix of the reaction and the cause: Fearbola. But as seen in the last week, once the apex has been reached, there is no other direction to go than down back towards calm.

5 Political Terms That Don't Mean What People Think They Do

Ward Anderson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

This past summer I was lucky enough to go on a 10-week book tour all over North America. What surprised me was to find out how much people stood behind their politics without realizing that they were often calling themselves the wrong thing. Here's a few examples.

Canada, Please Stay Tolerant for My Muslim Children

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada Living
Taslim Jaffer

The events in Ottawa on October 22, 2014 shook me and I will always remember the details of when I heard the news. I was standing outside the preschool waiting for my son's teacher to open the door when another parent said, "Oh, it's going to be a bad day..." My gaze rested on the top of my son's head. And then I turned to his Chinese friend, and then his Indian friend, and over to his Caucasian friend. From child to child, my eyes moved, and filled with tears. Please let them always be like this, oblivious to their "differences." Please let this not get ugly for them.

The Affordable Housing Gap Is Only Getting Wider

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Housing affordability will continue to be one of the biggest challenges facing the rapidly urbanizing world. Canadian cities will not be exempt from this challenge.

One Way to Honour Our Fallen Soldiers

Cody Battershill | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Cody Battershill

The past week has been a horrific one for Canada. As targets of two separate fatal terrorist attacks, two Canadian soldiers -- Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo -- are unfortunately no longer with their family, friends and nation as a whole. Canadians, and anyone who is a friend of Canada, can show their support by making a donation to the Stand On Guard Fund.

Did Canada's Looser Gun Laws Contribute to the Parliament Hill Shooting?

John A. Tures | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
John A. Tures

Twitter exploded with comments by people wondering how Michael Zehaf-Bibeau could get a gun in Canada. The myth is that private citizens can't own guns. While the country doesn't have something along the lines of a Second Amendment to the Constitution, citizens can own guns. That's because the Canadian system is more about licensing and registration than restriction. And even that's been watered down in the last few years.

25 Years After the Montreal Massacre, Canada Still Has Gun Control Issues

Coalition for Gun Control | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Coalition for Gun Control

As the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre approaches, it is interesting to reflect upon the evolution of gun control and the government's approach to questions of gun violence and misuse. However, ensuring a safer environment for women -- and for society in general -- requires more than official recognition of sexism or any other so-called justification as an invalid reason for violence.

Is Canada Ready for Assisted Suicide?

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

This past week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. The Court faces a daunting task. Palliative care cannot eliminate every facet of end-of life suffering. Preserving dignity for patients at the end of life requires a steadfast commitment to non-abandonment, meticulous management of suffering and a tone of care marked by kindness. In response to this dignity conserving approach, the former head of the Hemlock Society conceded that "if most individuals with a terminal illness were treated this way, the incentive to end their lives would be greatly reduced."

Canada's Biggest Security Threat Isn't What You Think

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Rose-Martland

Recently, Canada's military has come under deliberate, sustained attack. In fact, our Forces may already have been vanquished. Not by an enemy, but by the nation it defends. Faith in Canada's support is the one thing our Forces absolutely, positively must have to be effective. But that was taken away last year, bringing the days of selflessly charging into danger to a crashing halt.

On Guard, For All of Us

Erin Chrusch | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

Like so many others across our country, I was - am - so upset about these tragic events. I am upset that a reservist guarding our nation's war memorial was murdered so callously. I am upset that the building where the legislation that shapes our country has been discussed and debated and passed into law was violated in such a visceral way. I am upset that schools in the area had to put their lockdown skills to good use.

Should You Lie at Work? That Depends

Leah Eichler | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Business
Leah Eichler

So lying at work is not necessarily as cut-and-dried as people think. While there is a lot of "creativity" around the truth, the irony is that in today's wired society, the consequences of being caught in a lie have never been more severe. The "little white lie" on the résumé has derailed many high-profile careers as professionals and amateurs work to "out" such untruths.

Post-Shooting, Canada Should Fight For Its Public Spaces

Kevin Wong | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Wong

Confronted with the senselessness of this tragedy, and given how many details have yet to emerge, understanding the implications of this horrific act is difficult. But it seems clear that this is more than merely an issue of national security -- it is an issue of national identity. Rarely have Canadians so acutely felt a sense of collective loss. The easy thing to do is to respond to this tragedy with anger, rashness, and xenophobia. Already, some pundits have found a way to politicize these events -- to call for a barricading of public spaces, a reform of the gun registry, and a military presence on the Hill. All of these things may indeed be sorely needed. But they are beside the point.

I Can Only Pray There Will Be a Thousand More Malalas

Murtaza Haider | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Murtaza Haider

Millions around the world rejoiced when Malala Yousafzai won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. Today, Canada will embrace Malala by granting her an honourary citizenship to recognize and celebrate her efforts to educate the girls in Pakistan. Today, we must also expose and confront the distorted narratives of those in Pakistan who systematically misconstrue facts and figures to discredit her.