Canada

Money Kept by Canadian Taxpayers Is Not a "Loss"

Mark Milke | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The Liberal finance minister assumed that taxes were useful but indeed a loss -- not to government, but to the citizens who pay the tax. Taxes are necessary, but we must be judicious about the money sent to politicians and civil servants. That includes understanding the money first belongs to Canadians.

Bill C-51 Would Jeopardize the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Bill C-51, dubbed the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, should cause Canadians deep concern. Its provisions, if passed into law, would jeopardize many of our most basic rights and liberties and would only serve to undermine the health of our democracy. Any limits imposed by Parliament on our basic rights and fundamental freedoms must be "reasonable"; they must not be overly broad; and they must be "demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. On the thirty-third anniversary of the signing of the Charter, we should demand that Parliament scrap Bill C-51 altogether.

John Tory's Support of Police Carding Is an Insult to the Black Community

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

he Toronto Police Services board approved and endorsed a policy of racial profiling -- carding -- to keep track of residents who look like me last night. From now onward, any Toronto Police officer can arbitrarily stop me without informing me of my rights, when no specific offence has not been committed and I am not considered a suspect. If refusing to reappoint Councillor Michael Thompson, the lone black member of the Toronto Police board, was not enough, Mayor John Tory voted to endorse the carding policy. I am disappointed and we should all be outraged.

Resolving Plantar Fasciitis Is the Start to a Pain-Free Journey

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

A thousand-mile journey may seem daunting for many of us, but the mores of our society encourage people, young and old, to be independent and stand on their own two feet. With the help of the Abelsons' latest book, Resolving Plantar Fasciitis, more people will be able to not only do so, but also to begin on their own individual and rewarding pain-free journeys.

India Needs to Make the Health of Female Children a Priority

Murtaza Haider | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Murtaza Haider

The ultimate goal of economic development is to achieve social justice and equity for all. The systematic biases that facilitate discrimination of girls, even at the hands of family, need to be confronted. When households stop stretching their fertility in hopes of having a son, a healthier and just society will emerge in India.

More Apprenticeship Training Will Help Grow Ontario's Economy

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

The Ontario government is to be applauded for emphasizing the importance of apprenticeship programs, particularly as the province strives to produce a more qualified and highly trained workforce for the skilled trades and other sectors. Ontario has committed funding towards new equipment and technology upgrades to ensure apprentices get training that is aligned with innovations in the workplace; while new funding has been announced to encourage greater numbers of Aboriginal Peoples, at-risk youth, women and newcomers to Canada to pursue skills training.

It's Time for Canada to Support a Fair Seal Industry Buyout

Rebecca Aldworth | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Business
Rebecca Aldworth

It is fast becoming apparent that the Newfoundland government "investment" in the commercial seal slaughter is simply a make-work project. Encouraging fishermen to make economic decisions based on markets that will never materialize serves only the executives of the seal processors. More than 35 nations have already prohibited their trade in the primary products of Canada's commercial seal slaughter and there is no future in commercial sealing. It is time the Canadian and provincial governments put their support behind a fair sealing industry buyout.

Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Amira Elghawaby

Even after the Conservative government buckled to pressure to amend the anti-terrors laws, Canadians can still be deemed too dangerous to travel by airline and won't be allowed to challenge the "evidence" against them. As lawyer and author Faisal Kutty puts it, Canadian Muslims can be considered "too guilty to fly, but too innocent to charge." Bill C-51 is a reckless attempt to win over an understandably fearful electorate under the pretense of fighting terrorism. Marginalizing the very Canadians who are on the front-lines of this struggle is worse than poor policy -- it's a threat to all of us.

Tech Company Innovation Outweighs Policy Headaches

Saeed Selvam | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Business
Saeed Selvam

Tech giants like Google, Facebook, Uber and Airbnb have entered unchartered policy territory where ethics debates, grey areas and government relations are the daily norm. While the seeming nuisance of having to deal with all these new policy implications all at once may seem cumbersome, the economic benefits and progress that has been made far outweigh the work.

Decoding the Modi Manifesto

Swati Bhatt Vyas | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Swati Bhatt Vyas

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Canada for his three-day visit as he ends his three-nation trip. He met PM Stephen Harper on Wednesday morning and later attended a community reception in Toronto and Vancouver. Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the community reception at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto. This momentous bilateral trip marks the visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Canada after nearly four decades, Indira Gandhi's visit to Canada in year 1973.

I Hugged a Tree and I Liked It

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.

Liberals Are Leading the Debate on Climate Change and the Economy

John McKay | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

As the provinces' experience with carbon pricing proves, we don't need to choose between our environment and our economy. In fact, they go together. Indeed, Canada must be able to take advantage of the billions of dollars in investment that will be made in green technologies. Justin Trudeau is already doing the important work that needs to be done.

Climate Karma Hits Home In B.C.

Eoin Madden | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Eoin Madden

April brought a fresh new proclamation for B.C.: get out and see the glaciers before they are forever confined to history.

Trade With India Is Good Politics in Canada

Christopher Sands | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Canada for his first official visit today, drawing attention to the opportunity that India offers for the Canadian economy. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have made global market access a priority, and India, a Commonwealth cousin, is at the top of the list.

Dying With Dignity is Part of a Life Well Lived

Russell Williams | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Russell Williams

The importance of quality palliative care gets overshadowed by our national debate over euthanasia or medically assisted death. There is a lack of understanding about what palliative care means and how it can help to ensure that we and those we love are able to make that journey to the end of life with dignity.

Bill C-51 Poses a Serious Threat to Free Expression in Canada

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Bill C-51 is complex, dangerous, and poses a serious threat to free expression in Canada. If found to be in violation of the proposed legislation, citizens and visitors could wind up slapped with censorship orders, detained without due process or imprisoned for up to five years. Is the federal government giving itself and its agencies more power to fight ISIS-like terrorism, or is it using high-profile tragedies to illegally spy, surveil and silence innocent citizens and its political enemies? Silencing Canadians with the threat of prosecution is tantamount to a chilling or denial of freedom of expression and association, among other Charter rights.

Will Canada Ever Have its Own Hillary Clinton?

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president Sunday. If successful, she will become the very first woman president of the United States of America and her party's best chance to defeat the Republicans in 2016. Could a Canadian woman, with the same stature, gift and substance as the former first lady, attain the same milestone in Canada? Are we closer to having the first elected woman prime minister in Canada? In the 2015 federal election, it is shaping up to be a race between three white males -- Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair. Yet our politics should reflect our population and perspectives.

10 Unique Ways to Stay Fit Without Joining a Gym

Gillian Farber | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

For all of you gym haters out there who may want to start working out but aren't quite sure where to start, here are ten unique and fun ways to get fit this spring and ready for the beach this summer -- without stepping foot inside a horrible death maze. I mean, gym.

The Harper Government Has Failed to Walk the Talk on Public Safety

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

Since 2010, annual funding for the RCMP has declined in every year except one. The Conservatives claim they need to put new powers in the law, but police forces and security officers cannot fully utilize the laws already there when their budgets don't give them the necessary resources. And new laws will be meaningless without the funding to make them work. The well-being of Canadians is put at risk when these things are undermined. Honest or not, dangerous or not, Stephen Harper has been prepared to compromise even public safety to concoct the claim of a balanced budget before the 2015 election.

Ed Broadbent: Canada More Unequal Under Stephen Harper

CBC | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada has become a more unequal society under Stephen Harper, says Ed Broadbent, former head of the federal New Democratic Party and now chair of the...

Meet the Yukon's Caveman

Lisa Jackson | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

For the past 18 years, "Caveman Bill" Donaldson has lived in a cave above the Yukon River in Canada's North. Yup, this is for realsies. His cave is fully equipped with two small LED lights, a woodstove, cooking facilities, and a bed.

David Cameron Borrows From Harper's Election Playbook

Christopher Sands | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

In Canada, Stephen Harper led two minority governments before his 2011 win gave him a solid majority. Britain's David Cameron became prime minister in 2010 by virtue of a coalition with the Liberal Democrats and would clearly prefer a majority of his own. ‎By imitating Harper's Canadian Crunch, he may have improved his chances.

Canada Will Miss Its Climate Target And We'll All Miss Out

Carol Linnitt | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Environment Canada has been telling us for years that Canada is running off the climate track and -- because of growing emissions largely from the oil and gas sector -- we are getting farther and farther away from meeting our government's self-imposed climate targets. Because of that climate failure, Canada is holding all of us back from prosperity, jobs and better health. That's according to a new study of benefits from international emission pledges made in the lead up to December's UN climate summit. Developed countries around the world -- with the exception of Canada and Japan -- are unveiling their individual climate plans, which were due yesterday.

I Don't Want to Be the Only Minority at the Table. I Want to Add More Chairs

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Jasmeet Sidhu

I remember so distinctly staring around at the room of Toronto Star editors and the people around me, including my own fellow interns, and I remember the exact moment of realizing that everyone in that room, except me, was white. I often believe its all too easy when you exist as a member of the "other," like a minority community like ours, for someone to cling to the idea of being the "first one," the "only one" and achieve what they can in the world for themselves and then go home with the pride of that recognition and nothing else. What if instead of believing there are limited seats to the table, we all chose to add more chairs?

The Government Should Listen to Canadians' Concerns About Bill C-51

Alex Neve | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Alex Neve

How best to describe the rushed hearings the House of Commons' Public Safety Committee held over the past few weeks examining Bill C-51, the government's anti-terrorism law reforms? Circus, farce and disgrace all come to mind. I know, I was there on Amnesty International's behalf earlier this month.