Canada

Let's Reinvest in the Middle Class

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Business
Hon. Navdeep Bains

Putting more money in the pockets of middle class Canadians is the key to driving a more sustainable and successful economy. Not only is it a good idea but it's also fair and the right thing to do. What could be more Canadian than that?

Canadians Should Not Shoulder Prescription Drug Costs

Steve Morgan | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Steve Morgan

Cities have to spend this money, taken from local taxpayers, because Canada's medicare system is the only universal, public health care system among developed countries that does not include universal coverage of prescription drugs. It is not wrong for cities to care for their employees. But leaving these costs to the cities makes about as much sense as requiring every homeowner to maintain the roads and infrastructure surrounding their property. Here's why.

The Use of Antipsychotics in Seniors' Homes -- How Much Is too Much?

Dr. Joshua Tepper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Joshua Tepper

The percentage of long-term care home residents who are using antipsychotic medications varies from zero per cent in some of the province's homes to 67 per cent in others, according to a new report published by Health Quality Ontario. That's a striking amount of variation.

This Maasai Woman Is Changing the Future for Girls Like Her

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Anne Theriault

Born in the Maasai village of Loodariak, Kenya, Teriano Lesancha was the eldest of 15 children. At birth she was promised in marriage to the 27-year-old son of the midwife who delivered her; Teriano was supposed to marry him when she turned 12, as was the Maasai custom. Most Maasai women do not have access to education -- in fact, 99 per cent of women and girls in Loodariak are illiterate. But Teriano's mother wanted a different life for her daughter.

Toronto's Newest Public Library Should Be Named After This Man

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Like many public institutions named after noted Canadians, such as the Barbara Frum Branch Public Library, I hope this library is also named after a Canadian that is still respected and adored and left a powerful legacy. I have such a name that needs to be acknowleged by naming the new library after him

Could This Be the Antidote to Bill C-51?

David Christopher | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Today's the big day, folks: Wednesday morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Sorry B.C., You're not a Climate Change Leader

Jens Wieting | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

It's great to hear that the B.C.government has begun work on a new climate action plan has begun. But this plan needs to be grounded in an honest assessment of our success to date, not wishful thinking.

Moving Provinces? You Can Transfer Your Prescriptions

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

In recent years, the provinces have introduced measures that make it easier for patients to transfer their prescriptions from another part of Canada. The process is fairly simple, but there are a few restrictions and other things you must consider.

A Look At Canada's Oil Sector Before And After The Collapse

CP | Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Alberta

In June 2014, the U.S. benchmark crude price averaged US$105.79 a barrel. By January of this year, it had shrivelled to just US$47.22.

Nine Secrets to Delivering a Kick-Ass Wedding Speech

Lauren Ferraro | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Lauren Ferraro

Considering we are now into wedding season, I have put together my list of tips to ensure that when it's your turn to step up to the mic, you don't have cringe-worthy moments like Steve Buscemi did in the wedding singer.

On Victoria Day, Think About Ending the Monarchy in Canada

Tom Freda | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Tom Freda

We still have a foreign person, a queen living in a castle on another continent -- Victoria's great, great, granddaughter, in fact -- as Canada's head of state. And it's a pretty safe bet that Canada isn't on her mind a whole lot either, if at all. So why do we put up with it? Without question, Canada deserves to have its own head of state, chosen by us and from among our citizens. How have we made it this far without taking the final step to full nationhood? The reason lies with misinformation.

Sexual Bullying At Schools Has to Stop

Karyn Pickles | Posted 05.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Karyn Pickles

Ten-year-old Hannah used to love going to school but now the Ontario fourth grader is too scared to return and her mother Nicola can't blame her. On Monday, Hannah experienced the second of two incidents of bullying with a disturbingly sexual tone. Hannah's mother spoke to the school principal, and although the boy admitted to the incident, as far as she knows no further action was taken by the school. As of Wednesday, Nicola's calls to the superintendent and her school trustee had not been returned, and the principal did not respond to a request for comment for this post.

B.C.'s Wolf Cull Is Unscientific, Unethical and Unwarranted

Chris Genovali | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

This wolf cull is a consequence of industrial logging and other human activity, which have transformed the caribou's habitat into a landscape that can no longer provide the food, cover, and security these animals need to survive. Rather than address the real problem, i.e., the destruction of life sustaining caribou habitat, the B.C. government has chosen to scapegoat wolves.

We Must Pay More Than Lip Service to Our Soldiers and Veterans

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When Canadian soldiers returned from World War II, local business and community leaders formed committees to ensure vets had jobs and the support they needed to start a new life. It's time to re-examine that idea. Soldiers deserve more than a handshake when their service ends. "Support our Troops" must be more than an empty slogan on a bumper sticker.

I Regret Not Voting For Olivia Chow

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

In the 2014 municipal election, I should have voted for Olivia Chow. I voted for John Tory and that was a mistake.Citizens like me and many others made him look smart, progressive and moderate. Sadly, he is not. Essentially, we became the human face of a man whose ideals are wrong for Toronto and Torontonians. We should have known better. I voted for Tory but I certainly did not endorse a second-class citizenship for myself. Why is he endorsing public policies that Torontonians, for the most part, do not want? Why are we, our fellow black and brown citizens, allowed to be treated in such a way?

Canada and Norway: An Alliance to Be Remembered

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

To celebrate the ideas of the constitution made more 200 years back might seem irrelevant and outdated. However, for Norwegians everywhere May 17 is a reminder of freedom fight, of identity, and of gratefulness for shared values. In Canada, we find a close ally that share these ideas.

Why Celebrating Dad Bods Is Dumb

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Let's not get caught up in the media body trend of the week. Let's fight for everyone's body to be seen in mainstream media and stop hiding behind myths and excuses as to why someone is better than someone else.

10 Documentaries That Will Teach Children Real Lessons

Laura Snow | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Laura Snow

If there was ever a time to educate our children, outside of the classroom, now is the time. Our earth is in crisis, the global population is expanding by approximately 80 million people a year, poverty is increasing dramatically, and we don't have enough fresh water for about 20 per cent of the population.

Toronto Needs to Invest in Walkable Neighbourhoods

Frank Margani | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Business
Frank Margani

In order to unlock the grand potential of Toronto's non-core markets to create affordable and vibrant communities and to ensure everyone is able to share in the economic and health benefits of walkable and livable neighborhoods, the city needs investment.

5 Awesome Hiking Trails in Canada

Vacay.ca | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Travel
Vacay.ca

Our country possesses one big backyard and some of the best hikes in the world. To get you moving, I've listed some of my favourite hiking trails in Canada, along with a handful that I aspire to trek in the future. Some trails are well-known; others may surprise you. And this is by no means a complete list.

Bill C-51 Is Right to Criminalize the Advocacy of Terrorism

Danny Eisen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Danny Eisen

The advocacy of terrorism cannot be separated out neatly from the violence it generates. It is not an ancillary factor causally removed from its devastating result, but an inextricable feature of the recruitment methodology employed by terror-supporting states, terrorist organizations and their supporters.

Omar Khadr's Release Can Offer an Important Lesson to Us All

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After being imprisoned for over a decade, Omar Khadr is now free on bail. In his first public appearance and media scrum, we witnessed not a mean-spirited radicalized militant, but rather, an articulate humbled young man, and in his own words, someone eager to "prove to [Canadians] that I'm more than what they thought of me."

Is Canada Destined to Be Ruled by the Same Two Political Parties?

Samer Majzoub | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Canadians throughout the years have been convinced that they have only one choice to choose between either of the Liberals or Conservatives. This particular "doctrine" has ruled out any opportunity for other political parties to rule the nation in any way.

When Women Are CEOs at Home and at Work

Joanne Sallay | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Joanne Sallay

These past few months I have learned there are many similarities between being a mother and entrepreneur. Common skills are drawn upon to run a growing home and business. It takes strong leadership, decision-making and communication skills -- just to name a few.

Environmental Racism Remains a Reality in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

Turning a blind eye to the links between race, socio-economic status, and environmental risks doesn't make the issue any less real. The fact is, environmentally harmful activities take place in some communities more than others. The proposed Act to Address Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia is a powerful step in that direction.