Canada

Why Canadians Aren't Always so Kind

Reeha Korpal | Posted 08.02.2015 | Canada Living
Reeha Korpal

We are not all the ideal, liberated, and wonderful "Canadian" which we assume to be part of our national identity. We're not all there, but hopefully one day we will be. One day we can proudly proclaim that these wonderful positive stereotypes we hold dear to ourselves are complete, factual truths.

I Was Naive About Cancer, Until This Happened

Carrie Campbell | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Impact
Carrie Campbell

We found out my husband, Mark, has two, six-centimetre tumours in his lower spine. This was a shock! My husband had an MRI in December 2014 that showed nothing in his lower spine. I am participating in the inaugural Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre on Team Cancer Crusaders.

3 Things You Need to Know About Autism in Canada

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

Many organizations and affected families across the country have been calling for a national autism strategy. The wide range in disparity of publicly funded services for autism across the country has even generated a kind of "medical migration" with several published accounts of families leaving their home provinces (most commonly, Atlantic provinces, Ontario and Quebec) to move to Alberta or British Columbia where autism services are more readily available and/or more flexible. It is also no longer uncommon to find Canadian families using crowdsourcing campaigns to fund their children's autism and related therapies.

Expanding Free Trade With Israel: A Step in the Wrong Direction for Canada

Tyler Levitan | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Tyler Levitan

In a Canada in which our current government has expressed undying loyalty to Netanyahu's regime, and where the opposition parties appear unwilling to publicly shame the government for its appalling disregard for the human rights of Palestinians, we cannot realistically expect the enactment of state sanctions against Israel any time soon. If the NDP wants to prove to Canadians that it is indeed the government in waiting, and that it's visibly different from the Conservatives, then we should all expect it to commit to taking action on this issue. Will the NDP, at the very least, commit to reforming CIFTA to exclude tariff-free imports of illegal Israeli settlement products

Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

Maude Barlow | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal. We wish the government well in its quest to protect supply management, but we wish it would go to bat for other core Canadian values and industries. Unlike our European and even American counterparts, Canadian discussion on the TPP has been limited to chickens, eggs and milk.

One Blood Test Saved My Life

Sharon Rider | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Sharon Rider

I was married with two children and needed to have two surgeries due to back pain I had been experiencing for seven years. Pre-surgery blood tests revealed that I had the hepatitis C virus and had been living with it unknowingly for 23 years.

Yukon Dancers Sparkle at Panamania

Lisa Jackson | Posted 07.28.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers travelled 5,000 kilometres from Whitehorse to perform onstage at the Aboriginal Pavilion, as part of the 17-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival that ran parallel to the Pan Am Games.

You Won't Believe Where Researchers Found Lyme Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

For us in Canada, the results should be an early warning sign of things to come. As average temperatures rise, so will the risk. This means the timeline for spread could be shorter and Lyme disease may be coming to a wilderness near you.

Turning the Pan Am Games Into a Learning Opportunity

Joanne Sallay | Posted 07.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Sallay

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Games provide great teaching opportunities this summer. Whether you attend events live or watch from afar, they foster important messages of courage, determination and diversity -- just to name a few.

Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The CBC is facing significant challenges. There is the continued rise of the Internet and digital services like Netflix that are changing the broadcasting landscape. More and more content is consumed online. There are also long-standing challenges of competing against the U.S. entertainment giant to our south. With these challenges in mind, here is what I propose. It is important to have a strong and vibrant CBC, to tell our stories, to entertain and inform us as Canadians.

Canada Takes Long to Approve New Drugs - and That's Good

Alan Cassels | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Alan Cassels

Provinces are clearly voting with their budgets, going slow and low on approvals and coverage of new therapies. Canada is not wrong to be prudent in taking our time to decide how, or if, a new drug needs to be covered -- a precautionary approach is just the smart way to go.

Canadians Need More Love and Respect For Water

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Home to 60 per cent of the world's lakes, we are a nation with water at its heart. But some thought leaders say Canadians are losing an awareness of, and passion for, our water resources. It's a connection we need to rekindle for our country to successfully tackle some serious threats to the treasure that is our water supply.

Canada Needs To Better Protect the Homeless During Heatwaves

Jino Distasio | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

Governments of all levels across the country need to consider the mounting evidence for increasing climate variability and create actionable plans for vulnerable persons to ensure that those most likely to be adversely effected by extreme weather events are protected with the right supports. This must start with ending homelessness for as many Canadians as possible and closing the widening income gap that pushes far too many into poor quality housing.

Will Climate Refugees in Canada Spur Action on Climate Change?

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

The people who have been relocated in Saskatchewan come from Northern communities with higher rates of poverty than the rest of the province. This is the predicted pattern of the repercussions from climate change, as remote communities with less infrastructure are more prone to its effects.

UN Report On Canada's Human Rights Record A 'Wake-Up Call'

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics

“Human rights in Canada are under assault, and the UN human rights committee noted that today.”

RCMP To Get Millions From Federal Cybersecurity Funding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics

An RCMP investigative team to combat high-priority cybercrime is among the initiatives that will benefit from more than $142 million in federal cybersecurity spending.

Trudeau's Plan for the Middle Class Will Reduce Inequality in Canada

Stephane Dion | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Reducing inequalities, if well done as per the progressive Trudeau Plan, will benefit our economy; increasing inequality -- the regressive Harper or Mulcair way -- will only harm it. A strong economy, a just society, a healthy environment: why should we have to choose? If we make the right decisions, we can better achieve all of these goals, precisely because we will not have given up on any of them. Trudeau's plan for fairness to the middle class is one of those good decisions Canadians have to make, in the interest of all.

Will I Be Paralyzed Like My Mother Once Was?

Jake Kivanc | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jake Kivanc

Now, I patiently wait on a list nine months long in order to see if I drew the short end of the stick. It's both comforting and frightening to know that, no matter the outcome, it's completely out of my control, and in a way I'm okay with that.

Illegal Canadian Trash Heads To Philippine Landfills

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Politics

"Canada, pick up your garbage!"

Mulcair Is Putting Canada At Risk By Pandering to Separatists

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

All Canadians, regardless of their home province, want a principled federal Government that gets things done, not one that panders, not one that is reckless, and certainly not one that lowers the bar for the break-up of our country. Thomas Mulcair hopes to woo separatists into voting NDP and he's putting the healed wounds of our national unity at risk to do so. Our country is at a crossroads. After nearly a decade of Harper they are hungry for real change and a positive new course.

It is Time to Move Beyond Harper's Politics of Division

Arnold Chan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Arnold Chan

The Harper Conservatives have focused their time in power on dividing Canadians and creating fear for their own political benefit. We have seen countless examples of this from groups that have questions about criminal code legislation being called "soft on crime," to the use of terrorist propaganda to stoke fear when talking about political rivals (just look at the latest online Conservative attack ad against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau using material from jihadist propaganda), to the politicization of citizenship ceremonies and the meaning of citizenship as a whole.

This App Could Help Victims of Racial Profiling

Samuel Getachew | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

There are too many of us who are randomly stopped by the police, questioned and ridiculed for no reason. Many of us lack an understanding of our basic human rights. But a new smartphone application, developed by a newly minted lawyer and activist, comes as a relief to many of us.

Talking About Sex Is Easier in Canada Than It Is in the U.S.

Will Sacks | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Will Sacks

Sadly, by addressing their reproductive health decisions openly, American women still run social, civil, and human rights risks that Canadian women no longer need to worry about. Additionally, in the U.S., if a woman speaks out about her body, she risks being pinned with moral connotations. Why? Because the subject of a woman's body is still claimed by both church and state.

25 Reasons for Canadians Under 25 to Vote Green

Deborah Coyne | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

Demonstrating the Green Party's commitment to principled, thoughtful politics, each reason highlights a specific, deep-rooted problem and provides a long-term viable solution. The ultimate goal: build a better Canada for all Canadians, a Canada with a sustainable future grounded in responsible environmental stewardship, social justice and fiscal responsibility.

Off the Beaten Path: Explore Canada's French Landscapes

Trivago.ca | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

For an authentic French Canadian experience, take a step off the overly beaten path, and let trivago.ca guide you to five of the most beautiful towns and areas in La Belle Province where you can embrace our French and Acadian culture.