Canadian Politics

Let Men With Same Sex Lovers Donate Blood

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Over a year ago, Canada lifted a 30-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. However, Canada Blood Services still includes a ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the past five years. That is why the Young Liberals of Canada want a policy that is based on evidence, because no single, loosely defined group should be discriminated against based on generalized statistics, perceptions or prejudices. A blanket ban on sexually active MSM is not merely discriminatory; it's unsafe.

Ezra Levant Won't Stop Trudeaumania 2.0

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

Two weeks ago, Ezra Levant went on a heated, televised tirade where he criticized Justin Trudeau for supposedly "photobombing" a wedding. Levant, most notably, called Justin's father Pierre a "slut," and insinuated similar things about Justin's mother, Margaret Sinclair. Apart from the fact that Levant's rant was inappropriate and completely misplaced, there is a greater picture here that must be considered -- one of even higher magnitude than Levant's derogatory mislabelling of a deceased, former prime minister. Ezra Levant is trying to dispel Trudeaumania from overtaking the country once more.

How Canada Can Stimulate Job Growth

Emmanuel Dubourg | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada
Emmanuel Dubourg

It is no longer a secret for anyone: Canada's labour market is stalled. Just recently, Statistics Canada reported a loss of more than 100 000 private...

Why Every Professor Should Think Beyond the Journals

Johanu Botha | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada
Johanu Botha

But all professors should be cognizant of the relevance their research holds for society beyond the journals, and the responsibility they have for sharing this research. If their work does not take the metaphorical form of Harrison Ford in a cowboy hat, sweeping through and engaging with the real world, then what's the point?

Why I'm Crowdfunding To Write A Book About Alternatives To Tar Sands Pipelines

Ben West | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ben West

Frankly I think it's at least partially our fault as an environmental movement that this framing has stuck. We haven't focused enough on specific solutions over the years. We have opposed bad ideas like pipelines with vague notions of carbon taxes or non-specific alternative energy projects. We have rarely proposed or even broadly supported specific alternative projects.

Harper Defends Gun Ownership, Again

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Politics

HAMILTON - Prime Minister Stephen Harper ramped up his criticism of Justin Trudeau, delivering a stinging attack on the Liberal leader during a pep ta...

Ranked Ballots Would Make Voting for the Lesser Evil Much Easier

Mark Crowley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

Now more than ever we need to acknowledge that an election choice is more subtle than any winner-take-all contest can ever capture. Voters are forced to choose the lesser of all evils and vote strategically about who they want as well as keep in mind who they are afraid might win. Why not let the voters rank the evils directly and stop worrying? It would be more honest. Government and democracy are about more than just finding efficiencies, lowering taxes or even getting people moving. Informed and responsible citizens of a democracy need to work to make the system better.

You Might Think Canada Is Doing its Best to Help Refugees, But You'd Be Wrong

Joe Gunn | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

There are more than 50 million refugees around the world. Surveys suggest that most Canadians believe we, and our government, are doing our best to help them. But a recent study of people working to resettle refugees suggests that these Canadians would be deceived. Partnership between the federal government and refugee sponsoring organizations is essential to this program's success. Commitment to this partnership, however, must be based on respect for the volunteers that put their own time and money on offer to better assist refugee resettlement.

The Problem With High Turnover in Canada's Dept. of the Environment

John McKay | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Frequent turnover at the head of a Department in the Public Service, sometimes referred to as Canada's Permanent Government, is almost never a good sign. It is often indicative of some serious friction at the highest level which almost inevitably reverberates throughout the department. It is therefore concerning but not surprising that Michael Martin is just the latest Deputy Minister at the Department of the Environment.

B.C. Tory MP Reveals Frustration Over Work Sacrifices

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Conservative B.C. MP's personal Facebook post gives a rare glimpse into the life of a federal politician and the need to be "politically correct all...

We Need to Make Better Use of Ex-Prime Ministers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

It's time for Canada to step up and recognize our own former Canadian leaders and use their expertise, both in Canada and around the world. It's the right thing to do for them -- it's also the right thing to do for the world.

Let's All Acknowledge the Feminist Conspiracy That is Canada

Anne Theriault | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this? Sure the five dollar bill boasts our old pal Wilfred Laurier, and the ten dollar bill shows everyone's favourite confederation-loving racist Sir John A. Macdonald, and the fifty dollar bill has séance-holder and dog enthusiast William Lyon Mackenzie King and yeah, fine, the hundred dollar bill is devoted to Nova Scotia's good ole boy Sir Robert Borden, but I mean, come on.

Why Are Black People So Committed to Supporting Rob Ford?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

It benefits us all to be honest with ourselves and recognize that adopted in 1971, enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and further enacted in law in 1988, Canadian multiculturalism is a socio-economic failure that now stains our national mosaic. There is nothing new in pointing out the failure(s) of multiculturalism. However, what has yet to be engaged as a public conversation is the consideration that, as our society's seeping open secret, the socio-economic failure of multiculturalism is what explains the festering phenomenon of black support for Rob Ford.

Extending the Powerful Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada

Joseph Soares | Posted 09.20.2014 | Canada Business
Joseph Soares

Since their overall objective should be to find ways to deliver better services more efficiently to Canadians, and given their remarkable record of success, shouldn't Canada forge ahead with a stronger agenda for more Private-Public Partnerships?

50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.

Canadian Politicians in Israel Just Experienced Terrorism Firsthand

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Around 9 p.m. Israel time on Tuesday, Liberal MP Gerry Byrne and a group of Canadian parliamentarians were forced to take cover in one of many bomb shelters across Israel when a siren warned of missiles fired from Gaza headed for Jerusalem, the nation's capital. While all emerged safely, the experience -- and the knowledge that several missiles landed in the city's vicinity -- will not be soon forgotten. Being Canadian is among the greatest gifts in an often-dangerous world.

Would Politicians Make Good Goalkeepers?

Yanick Labrie | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Yanick Labrie

In a penalty kick situation, goalkeepers must decide what to do before clearly observing kick direction. Basically, goalkeepers feel worse, and are judged more harshly, if they stay in the centre and fail to stop the ball than if they jump left or right and fail. Another profession that exhibits action bias, and for much the same reason, is politics.

Why We Should Bring Back Dominion Day

Tom Kott | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Of course, Canadians should be proud of our history as a tolerant, multicultural nation. But this comes without the need to destroy the symbols that brought us to this proud point. Rather, we need to see ourselves as dwarfs on the shoulders of giants. For this reason, Dominion Day should be brought back.

How to Be Patriotic About a Country Built on Diversity

Johanu Botha | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Respecting differences is rightfully Canada's claim to fame in the world, but that is not enough to guide this place to its fullest potential. Canadians cannot -- and should not -- embrace any particular race, language, or religion as their national marker, but they can and should embrace their country. Such an embrace constitutes a commitment to the people who share this land and, indeed, to the land itself. Canadians can put aside the fear that flying the Maple Leaf too high may yield a sudden intolerance in the ship's hull. It won't.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

TFW Program Changes Not Calming B.C. Debate

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government's planned overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program has done little to calm debate in British Columbia, wher...

Former Tory MP Under Fire For New Gig

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An environmental group has asked the federal ethics commissioner to investigate former cabinet minister Ted Menzies over his new work with an...

Alberta, Saskatchewan Premiers Featured In Northern Gateway Ad

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Former Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin has some advice for British Columbia on the cusp of a final federal decision on the Northern Gatew...

Declining Your Vote Is a Waste of Time

Katie Heindl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Katie Heindl

The newest hot trend in the trying-so-hard-not-to-expend-one-iota-of-independent-self-guided-research crowd is declining your vote. In less than 24 hours all manner of articles have sprung up that read like the person writing them caught a case of spontaneous narcolepsy when forced to talk about the election. Nobody is going to argue the fact that the Ontario party leaders we've been presented with this time around come across as flat and less than engaging, but when was it ever going to be an option that Hudak's lifeless floating grin be the one I could hold accountable were something to happen to me in my own neighbourhood? Did everyone forget how our political system works?

I Work in Civic Engagement, But I Don't Know How to Vote

Leora Smith | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Leora Smith

Now here comes my confession: I don't know how to vote. In any of these elections. It's embarrassing because I really love politics. I talk about it all the time. I mean, I work at Samara, an organization that works to strengthen political participation in Canada. I literally (and I mean literally in the actual literal sense) spend my whole day working on civic engagement. How could this happen to me?