How Canada Can Reclaim Its Reputation for International Justice

Fannie Lafontaine | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Fannie Lafontaine

Canada has historically been a leading voice for international accountability. Mass violence and mass atrocities being committed in Syria, Ukraine, the Central African Republic and North Korea suggest that states are falling short of their obligations. Expectations are not being met. Canada can and should resuscitate its leadership on this front.

Investment in Post-Secondary Education Is Needed for a Strong Economy

Paul Charette | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Paul Charette

Our political leaders have clearly stated that the economy is their top priority for the upcoming election. We urge them to look to Canada's colleges and institutes to support them in creating economic growth by ensuring a skilled workforce and an innovative culture.

Citizenship Cannot Be Made Conditional Upon 'Assimilation'

Reut Amit | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Reut Amit

Karen Selick recently wrote the most honest column we will see in this election campaign -- Ms. Selick would permit "niqab-wearers" the benefit of Canadian citizenship, so long as they continued to play by her rules. If they did not, she suggests Canadians ought to deny them service at restaurants, refuse them as renters and as employees. What Ms. Selick fails to understand is she is affirming that her own membership is conditional.

Asking if Canadians Spend Too Much on Taxes Misses the Point

Michael Wolfson | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Wolfson

"There are lies, damned lies and statistics" is the well-worn phrase, but nothing better sums up the recent Fraser Institute scare mongering about taxes being the single largest budget item of Canadian households -- as catchy as the headlines may be, it is alarmist spin. Such biased economic exercises raise a fundamental question: Just what indicators should we be using to keep score on Canada's economic performance?

How Canada Can Commit to the Health of Our Global Community

Development Unplugged | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages includes a cross-cutting set of targets on maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and environmental impacts. Health is also integrated as a target across a number of goals, including those related to gender, the environment, poverty and consumption -- implicitly recognizing the inter linkages necessary to health.

Let's recognize the Impact of Vitamin A on World Sight Day

Marion Roche | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

October 8 is World Sight Day. As I reflect on World Sight Day 2015's call to action: "Eye care for all", I'm struck by how much Canadians have already contributed towards one key aspect of eye care -- preventing blindness.

Here Are 2 Ways Canada Can Help Syrian Refugees

Joe Gunn | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Canada should open our doors in an expedited manner to asylum seekers. For well over a year, Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ) has join many other organizations in calling for Ottawa accept at least 10,000 Syrians. We have also opposed discrimination against refugees from that region on the basis of their religion.

Why WayHome Wins Best Human Festival of Summer 2015

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

What seemed to be an experiment of sorts in fact created lasting impressions inspiring new friendships with strangers and proof that authentic moments are indeed possible within the "shiny penny syndrome" many call real life.

Our Tour of Shame in Syria

Maia Rose Rotman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Maia Rose Rotman

"Where is Canada?" In Turkey and Jordan recently, this was the question we heard over and over, from Syrian refugees themselves, crisis intervention workers, medical professionals, human rights activists and others dedicated to helping Syrians.To friends and family, I referred to my time in the region as a tour of shame, as a Canadian. There was a clear perception among the people we spoke with that Canada preferred Christian asylum seekers, and this explained the delays and inaction. As the now-infamous photo of Alan Kurdi reminds us, there is an immediate need for Canada to show leadership in developing a concrete solution.

This Election Is Not About Change - It's About Trust

Ike Awgu | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Ike Awgu

Who do Canadians trust to shepherd our country though what may be a coming turbulence? Our current election sees once more a plethora of "Star candidates" that normal Canadians know nothing about -- and their victory or defeat will have nothing to do with the very little light that these stars emit.

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

The Hard Truths for Canada About the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Carlo Dade | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Business
Carlo Dade

The bottom line with the Trans-Pacific Partnership for Canada is that it really doesn't have a choice about whether or not to join. The Americans and Mexicans are joining and they're taking the North American market i.e. Canada's market, the source of its prosperity, with them -- whether or not Canada agrees. The TPP will turn North America from a privileged table for three, which Canada has more or less had to share only with Mexico, into a crowded sauve qui peut la vie table for 12.

Why Do the Conservatives Support Special Forces Operations?

Yves Engler | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Last week former defence minister Jason Kenney said if re-elected the Conservatives would significantly expand Canada's special forces. Why? What do these "special forces" do? Who decides when and where to deploy them? For what purpose? These are all questions left unanswered (and not even asked in the mainstream media).

We Day: Changing the World One Student at a Time

Joanne Sallay | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Living
Joanne Sallay

On Thursday October 1st the Air Canada Centre was transformed into a gigantic classroom with over 20,000 students to host the educational field trip o...

How to Host the Perfect Canadian Thanksgiving

Lisa Orr | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Thanksgiving is about celebrating and giving thanks for our wonderful families and the other gifts in our lives. Regardless of what's on the menu, where you serve it or how you eat it, the key to a perfect Thanksgiving meal is to focus on our gratitude and on being together with our most precious gifts, our family and friends.

Canadian Students Call for a Response to the Refugee Crisis

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, our current Canadian government has reluctantly offered some support. We shall, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accept 10,000 refugees over the next three years. As medical students committed to global health, we call into question this lukewarm commitment to such a pressing crisis and call for stronger commitments in line with Canada's values.

Canada's Top 10 Fastest Growing Travel Destinations

Flight Network | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Travel
Flight Network

Avid travellers are always on the search for something new to experience. Luckily, Canadians don't always have to travel across the globe to find it. There are so many destinations to experience right here in Canada, from mountains to lakes and everything in between.

Should Eye Exams Be Mandatory for School-Age Kids?

Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski

Currently only 14 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six receive professional eye care. Since the measles outbreak in North America a few months ago, more school districts and provinces are considering mandatory immunization in order to attend school. Should eye examination be added to the list of school entry requirements?

FATCA Court Challenge Fails to Make a Dent

Cleo Hamel | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Business
Cleo Hamel

As expected, the court challenge to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) by two Canadians failed to stop the flow of information between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) happening in the last half of September. Lawyers for the Canadians argued that the agreement was an unlawful use of the tax treaty and a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedom and was unconstitutional but a Federal Court judge disagreed.

Let's Make Affordable Housing a Federal Election Issue

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

There are 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness in the course of a year. And 1.6 million more Canadians are at risk of losing their homes according to CMHC. All this misery while study after study shows that it is cheaper for the public purse to house someone than leave them on the street, moving in and out of shelters, emergency hospital rooms and even jails in some cases. I think we all understand intuitively the importance of having decent shelter. A home anchors a person, anchors a family.

Connecting Talent With Opportunity in Biotechnology

Russell Williams | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Business
Russell Williams

A strong bio-economy is essential for Canada to compete on the global stage. Each year, the bio-sector welcomes hundreds of new college and university graduates in all areas of the industry who are eager to enter the workforce and help fuel this exciting sector. That said, finding a match between the skill and the opportunity can be a challenge to both the graduate and the employer.

How Do the Leaders Rate Post-Munk Debate?

Ian Capstick | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Ian Capstick

Each of the leaders would present a different face of Canada to the world. Mulcair clearly demonstrated a new NDP approach to the realm of foreign affairs for Canada. Trudeau worked hard to dig into his opponents, but didn't present himself as a possible world leader. Stephen Harper managed to stay out of any major trouble and reinforced his image as a "tough on terror" PM.

Black Voices Must Be Heard in the Conversation About Gender Violence

Black Lives Matter – Toronto | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Despite the Black Lives Matter movement focusing media attention on how violence affects black communities, the experiences of women and girls have not received the same sustained media attention and outcry as the experiences of men. Our voices are routinely excluded from political and public discourse. It's critical for us to make an intervention.

Women Are Central to Canadian Foreign Policy

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The absence of female voices in public policy debates is not simply a matter of demographic representation. Without women's voices, and more specifically feminist voices, we lose the perspective that strong women bring to the table and we lose the potential for far better politics and policies that champion the rights and interests of both women and men.

Foreign Policy Should Have Taken Centre Stage at the Munk Debate

Carlo Dade | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Carlo Dade

Monday's Munk Debate is probably going to generate a lot chatter about in the small circles in Canada that actually care about foreign policy. That the three candidates themselves had trouble staying on the foreign side of issues and had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, back to foreign policy is only one indication.