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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.

Ambulance Fees Are Obstacles on the Road to Care

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

Experiencing a medical emergency is an incredibly stressful experience for patients and their families. This stress should not be compounded by worries about getting an ambulance bill they can't afford. As physicians, we know the importance of the first few minutes of an emergency situation, and the crucial role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in saving lives. And yet ambulance fees remain a significant barrier to people receiving necessary care across Canada.

How I Got Rob Ford to Publicly Apologize For His Racial Slurs

Samuel Getachew | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Following my complaint to Toronto's Integrity Commissioner, Valerie Jepson, Toronto's 64th mayor and (now) City Councillor, Rob Ford, offered a "sincere, specific and public apology" this morning. His apology was based on racial slurs he made in 2012. Ford needs to understand words -- and in particular, racial slurs -- are powerful and hurtful to all Canadians.

House Of Commons Votes In Favour Of Extending, Expanding ISIS Mission

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA -- Canadian fighter jets will soon be launching airstrikes in Syria now that the House of Commons has approved the federal government's plan to...

Analysts Question Whether Canada Can Stomach 'War' Against ISIS

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has declared "war" on Canada, the Harper government is fond of saying.With Parliament poised to emba...

Peaceful Protests Are Not a National Security Threat

Ecojustice | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Ecojustice

Looking at Bill C-51, Ecojustice's primary concerns revolve around the proposed information-sharing regime and its implications for First Nations and environmentalists engaged in non-violent protests against fracking, pipelines, or other projects that pose serious risks to the environment and human health. Bill C-51 should be amended to exempt all forms of "advocacy, protest, dissent or artistic expression" so long as they do not endanger life. A peaceful Aboriginal blockade or environmental protest is not a national security threat. 

A Trophy Hunt By Any Other Name

Chris Genovali | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Genovali

Not only would the bill do nothing to stop, or even reduce, the recreational killing of grizzlies, it would end up providing cover for grizzly killers who would like nothing more than to be able to mischaracterize their trophy hunting of bears as a food hunt.

Speaking Up for Ontario's New Curriculum

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandeep Prasad

Talking about consent from a very early age is about giving children and youth choices and reminding them every day that their body belongs to them; that they are in charge of what happens with/to their own bodies. Sexual health doesn't happen in a vacuum and it's about more than the birds and the bees. The well-researched and evidence-based curriculum that is being introduced broadens a narrow definition of health and to us it's a positive step forward.

Online Polls Are Better Than Phone Surveys in Almost Every Way

Angus Reid | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Angus Reid

I've been a pollster for 40 years. Internet polling enables us to explore subjects once very difficult, if not impossible, to cover via telephone surveys. Further, online polling provides opportunities to put video and photos in front of people for truer reactions.

Travelling Through the Lens of Canada's Top Instagrammers

Trivago.ca | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

It's safe to say this year's winter definitely had us looking forward to spring! We may have theoretically passed that long-awaited first day of spring, but in Canada, Mother Nature doesn't seem to be ready to give up with grace. To beat back our late winter blues, we rounded up top Canadian Instagrammers who've been capturing the beauty of Canada and the rest of the world, whatever the season.

It's Time to Put Healthcare on the Federal Election Agenda

Robert McMurtry | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert McMurtry

A federal election could be called any time in the next few months, judging by the media coverage and the ramping up of political activity. Many issues have been crowding into the media headlines in anticipation of the election -- but with a notable absence of any consideration of healthcare by our political parties. Apparently the subject is still on the minds of the electorate though, at least amongst my own circle of friends, colleagues and neighbours, many of whom note the leading edge of our baby-boomers have now turned 65.

Canada Should Partner with Canadian NGOs to Help Rebuild Gaza

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Now is the time for Canada to focus on long-term recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Gaza. Housing, health, water and sewage facilities, provision of social services, education, and psycho-social support are all areas where we can help. Canada must commit to long-term development programming in Gaza -- and a quick survey of some of Canada's NGOs suggests there are many positive and effective options for partnership.

The Niqab Ban Goes Against Canadian Values

Saeed Selvam | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living
Saeed Selvam

A ceremony designed to showcase our national values of freedom of religion, expression, accommodation and speech? Well, let's just say that this election year, the Prime Minister should focus on reaching elsewhere for points rather than conjuring fear from diversity at a time where cultural understanding and unity are desperately needed.

Should Freedom of Religion Trump the Charter's Equality Rights?

Blake Bromley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the Quebec government is infringing on the religious freedom of Loyola High School to require it to teach the Christianity portion of this course from a neutral, rather than a Christian, perspective. The Supreme Court of Canada has effectively held that the Charter's fundamental freedom of religion provision trumps the Charter's equality rights.

For Many Canadians Without Safe Drinking Water, Help Isn't on the Way

Ecojustice | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

At any given time, there are thousands of Canadians who cannot safely drink the water out of the taps in their homes. In some extreme cases, they may not even have indoor plumbing. The worst part is that for many, help isn't on the way.

How a Made-in-B.C. Strategy Could Bring an End to AIDS in Canada

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Saskatchewan is among a number of regions in Canada, such as Manitoba and even our nation's capital, currently experiencing alarming spikes in the spread of HIV. B.C. has an impressive track record for slowing the spread of HIV/AIDs in the province. The B.C. Centre created a Treatment as Prevention strategy which provides widespread access to HIV testing, care, support and treatment. Keys to the strategy's success have been political commitment, programmatic focus, ongoing innovation coupled with monitoring and evaluation, appropriate resourcing and free services (including fully free antiretroviral therapy (ART)).

The Canadian Organization That Didn't Screw Up Global Aid

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

For almost a decade, CUSO has been mobilizing the African diaspora in Canada to lend its professional expertise to their homelands. It seems to work as many friends have answered the call and have volunteered in many parts of Ethiopia for a year and made tangible impact to the country.

Racism Should Not Become a Conservative Value

Samuel Getachew | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

MP Larry Miller, who once used Hitler and the Nazis as references to oppose the gun registry, also recently made a dumb comment about how prospective Canadians should "stay the hell where you came from" if they prefer to wear a niqab during a Canadian citizenship ceremony. He is one of a long line of Conservative MPs to make racist remarks. I hope racism, ignorance and stupidity are not becoming mainstream Canadian values, let alone values endorsed by the Conservative Party of Canada. I hope the Prime Minister understands in his awkward silence, he is giving the impression that he is actually endorsing all the ills we have seen from members of his caucus in recent months. He should not.

Canada Needs More Transparency in Pharmaceutical Regulation

Kelvin K. Ogilvie | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Kelvin K. Ogilvie

The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of the systems for drug safety already in place in Canada. Yet there's room for significant improvement. Canadians deserve safe, effective, accessible and reliable pharmaceutical drugs when they need them. The only way to do this is through perpetually improved systems framed by transparency and openness.

What Bill C-22 Means For Oil Spill Cleanup in Canada

Ecojustice | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Ecojustice

A chemical dispersant is a kind of "spill-treating agent" (or "STA") that is designed to break up an oil slick and dilute the oil by mixing it into the water. A chemical dispersant isn't truly a clean-up tool -- it doesn't take any spilled oil out of the environment, and by the time a dispersant is applied, it's already too late to save most life forms in the vicinity of the spill.

What Would I Do to Conserve Lake Erie? Rebrand it

Dan Kraus | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dan Kraus

Someone recently asked me how I would invest a million dollars to help conserve Lake Erie. When I really thought about it, the answer became clear: if I had a million dollars to spend on Lake Erie, I'd hire a public relations firm to remake our collective perceptions and rebrand the world's 11th largest lake.

BLOG: Perfect patios to enjoy Vancouver's spring sunshine

Yelp Canada | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada
Yelp Canada

Revel in the glorious sunshine and T-shirt weather with this collection of some of our favourite patios in Vancouver! Grab a cold one, pull up the weather report for the East coast, and enjoy that smug feeling, you lucky jerks...

It's Been a Rough Year for the Flu Vaccine

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Now that the flu season is coming to an end in Canada, many public health officials will be taking a look back to reflect on the year to see what went right and what went wrong. Upon closer inspection of the details, the problems deal more with unforeseen circumstances than error.