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The Similarities Between Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Slavery

Justin Beach | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

Currently, Canada is operating a temporary foreign worker program under which employers may bring foreign workers into Canada to work for a set period of time. The temporary workers are bound to their employer and may not quit for any reason or seek other employment. As it turns out, the control employers have over the workers runs far deeper than that at least in some cases.

You Gotta Eat Here, But You Have to Get Here First

John Catucci | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living
John Catucci

This coming season, in Churchill, MB, we visit the Tundra Inn and Pub, where they specialize in Northern comfort food like elk pie. It's the farthest distance we've travelled for the show; it took us two days to get there, but it was totally worth it.

How Canada Scored in Cannes This Year

Frederic Guarino | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada
Frederic Guarino

The news of our Quebec wunderkind Xavier Dolan in the 2014 Cannes film festival official competition was confirmed this morning. Xavier Dolan joi...

Let's Not Forget Flaherty's Controversial Political Career

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Here I must trespass on the impolite, and I'll begin by restoring to the record the excised bits in which Jim Flaherty was a soldier of Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution." The idea that he was a non-ideological moderate would have been laughed out of the room, even by the man himself. Moderate was an insult he applied to his leadership rival, that pink and pale McGuinty imitation Ernie Eves. As Ontario's Attorney General and Finance Minister, Flaherty was one of Harris's most consistent and reliable true believers, mocked (like Harris himself) for applying his tough-on-crime universal restorative elixir to homelessness and poverty.

What Meeting With Victoria's Secret Taught Me About Dedication

Ashley Diana Morris | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley Diana Morris

Victoria's Secret wanted to meet with me -- I almost fainted at the thought! It was a girl's dream come true. I barely slept and I woke up with the world's largest pimple, probably the biggest one I have ever had. I was told to strip down and stand against this white wall where multiple photos were taken of me while these two ladies went through my portfolio.

Medical Tourism Is Not the Answer For Canadian Hospitals

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

So it looks like the 'magic bullet' solution has been found at last to cure Canada's health care woes: medical tourism. It's a revenue-generating solution for a cash-strapped system, we are told. A handful of other hospitals already engage in this practice. Should we break out the champagne and celebrate? Not so fast.

The Hidden Truth in Unemployment Stats

Peter Hall | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

Have you seen the numbers lately? We should be celebrating in the streets! Recent economic performance has driven unemployment rates down to levels that many believed would not be seen for years to come. So why doesn't it feel that way?

Some News We Can All Drink (Water) To

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Although water treatment and purification technology offer hope, most current desalination technologies are based on energy-intensive processes that are limited and carry a big price tag.

How To Travel Towards a Spring Awakening

Brian Simpson | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Travel
Brian Simpson

Canadians can handle winters... well, most winters. However this year has pushed everyone past their breaking points, leaving us feeling beaten down. ...

We Deserve to Know More About Prescription Drugs

Roojin Habibi | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Roojin Habibi

Why is Health Canada only letting doctors and the public know part of the story about the safety and effectiveness of new pharmaceutical drugs? Inadequate information can be as dangerous as misinformation. Here's how.

Why Your Doctor Could Be Biased

Stephen Hwang | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Stephen Hwang

In a recent study researchers called doctors' offices in Toronto while playing the role of a person looking for a family physician. Doctors' offices were 58 per cent more likely to offer an appointment if the caller mentioned that he or she had a high-status job than if he or she mentioned receiving welfare.

Calling Out Mansplainers Isn't the Same as 'Silencing' Men

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Dear Tom McLaughlin And Joshua Sealy-Harrington: We need to talk about your recent article in the Globe and Mail about being "silenced" based on gender. First of all, let's get a few things straight here: You are not being silenced. Yes, sometimes your opinions will be discounted because of your identity -- because you know what? In the context of social justice, lived experience trumps everything else every time.

Great Bear Rainforest Will Win With Extra Time

Jens Wieting | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

There is another reason why we cannot afford to take much longer to increase conservation and tighten the rules. One major logging company operating in the region is not a member of the Joint Solutions Project. Instead, TimberWest has a long history of opposing increases in conservation and undertaking extremely profit-driven logging operations in the southern-most portion of the Great Bear Rainforest with very little remaining old-growth.

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though the atmosphere has apparently stabilized and winter will soon be gone for yet another year, for millions of people, this is no time to breathe easy. In the next few weeks, a new kind of trouble will emerge. Dubbed the 'pollen vortex' this rare springtime phenomenon will leave allergy sufferers just as miserable and clambering for the indoors.

This Doctor Treats Poverty Like a Disease

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Trudy Lieberman

What would you think if your doctor handed you a prescription that recommended filing your tax returns or applying for food or income benefit programs instead of the usual medicines for high blood pressure or diabetes? You'd probably say the physician was nuts. Tax refunds? Food? What do they have to do with making you healthier?

Let's Celebrate Bossy Girls

Leah Eichler | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

Language is powerful -- but banning another word from our lexicon is at best a token solution, and at worst misguided. I wish that banning the other B-word would result in improved self-worth for girls everywhere but that simply wouldn't be the case. Instead, let's celebrate fabulously bossy girls.

New Age Music With A Side of Meat Loaf

Gillian Farber | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Music
Gillian Farber

It's quite clear that musical tastes change with each generation and so do the outlets which allow music to be heard. I can understand why new age music might not be readily accepted by the older generation. Our ever changing music industry is constantly expanding into various avenues which make it easier for the average singer or talented artist to be discovered.

Simple Ways to Make Tax Season Painless

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Business
Jeffrey Schwartz

Tax season has begun. This yearly tradition is dreaded by many Canadians, but it doesn't need to be. Taxes are what keeps our roads paved, our schools running, and our health care free. When we think about the money we give to the government, we don't always realize that our money is going towards things we take for granted every day. So, approach the upcoming tax filing deadline with a positive outlook.

Why Prom Is Worth All The Fuss

Joanne Sallay | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
Joanne Sallay

It is important to understand the significance of this experience for young people today. Prom is considered a rite of passage. After close to 15 years of school, prom not only marks the end of secondary school, but an opportunity to celebrate this milestone with friends. For students who choose not to pursue college or university, high school marks the end of their formal education.

How Pauline Marois Fell Into Her Own Trap

Justine Frangouli-Argyris | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Justine Frangouli-Argyris

But Pauline Marois lost the game to Philippe Couillard. By choosing to openly flaunt the card of an unwanted referendum and sovereign Quebec, she is caught in her own trap. And by inadvertently bringing to light the aspect of her privileged profile, she has fallen out among the province's populace.

Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

Stuart Shanker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Shanker

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.

Can Your Corporate Culture Make You Money?

Darrell Kopke | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Darrell Kopke

Your organization has a culture whether you like it or not. The culture is a mood, feeling, and attitude. In our practice we describe culture as the sum total of conversations that happen in your organization and amongst its stakeholders. It is not genetically encoded; your culture can be shaped, evolved, and enhanced. The question is: Can your corporate culture make you money?

Why Alberta Is A Great Place To Call Home

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

Alberta has led all provinces in average annual economic growth over the last 20 years. Our unmatched strengths in agriculture, forestry and petrochemicals have earned us an international reputation but it is the energy sector that is our driving economic force. We are the energy hub in a nation that consistently ranks among the top 10 energy producers in the world. That's huge.

Think We're Rid of Measles? Think Again

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the case of measles, the introduction and widespread use of the vaccine should have allowed us to put our fears away and look forward to a measles-free world. But now that future is at risk. The reasons are varied and will be explored over the coming years but in the meantime, the best way to be prepared is to be informed.

People Without Educational Expertise Shouldn't Draft Educational Policy

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

The answer seems to be found in that old abysmal gap between policy-makers and practitioners. Why is anyone without educational expertise drafting educational policy? The actual question of who decides upon curriculum is nothing new: even the role and qualifications of teachers in this process is a contested matter.