Canadian Politics

After the Ottawa Shooting We Must Keep Calm & Carry On

Martina Buchal | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Martina Buchal

The symbolism of the events taking place on Wednesday October 22 in Ottawa could not be more cruel. Shots fired below the tower called "peace," a youn...

More Surveillance Punishes Canadians, Not Terrorists

Tom Henheffer | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Henheffer

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it. Please. Please remember this. It's even more important now, when that fact is so easily forgotten in the wake of the attack on our Parliament and the tragic deaths of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. We cannot allow the extreme actions of a few to strip us of the freedoms those soldiers worked so hard to protect. But the Canadian government continues to roll back our rights in the name of "security."

How the Candy Witch Can Revolutionize Halloween

Rachel Parent | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.

5 Political Terms That Don't Mean What People Think They Do

Ward Anderson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

This past summer I was lucky enough to go on a 10-week book tour all over North America. What surprised me was to find out how much people stood behind their politics without realizing that they were often calling themselves the wrong thing. Here's a few examples.

Despite the Shooting, We Must Keep Parliament Open to the Public

Zachary Stockill | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Zachary Stockill

Even in this moment of intense national sorrow and anger, we must remember that the accessibility of Parliament Hill to the general public is crucial to our national identity, and must be preserved at any cost.

What It Was Like to Be in Ottawa During the Shooting

Quora | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Quora

I hope nobody ever has to go through something like this again, but I know it happens every day, all over the world. We're not special. In fact, we've just joined a club that nobody wants to be a part of.

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Ottawa Shooting

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

A young reserve solider was shot and killed in our capital city of Ottawa by a gunman. Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened today. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. There is much we will need to understand and process around this horrific event, but here are some tips to help you talk with your children right here and right now.

Canada's War Against ISIS: a Little Less Talk, a Little More Conversation

Jordan Benadiba | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Jordan Benadiba

This conflict is not Afghanistan post 9/11 nor is it Iraq circa 2004. The fight against ISIS is far more complex, multifaceted and layered than any in which Canada has been involved in recent years. The Canadian government has suggested that the best that can be done is to act now and reevaluate in six months, figure out our goals and objectives as we go. And while the government's arguments against inaction appeal to our moral imperatives doing so basically asks Canadians to support military action with no clear or realistic intentions and with little acknowledgement that this conflict is likely to last longer than six months.

Conservatives Would Rather Cover Their Blunders Than Create Jobs

Emmanuel Dubourg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Emmanuel Dubourg

Given the country's high unemployment, the Conservatives' small business tax credit comes at a bad time. That's because it's bound to cost the Canadian economy 10,000 jobs in the long term.

Tanya Tagaq: Being An Aboriginal Woman Is Like Being Scared At A Horror Movie. All The Time

Huffington Post Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Music

Part way into a discussion of environmental issues, Tanya Tagaq, fuelled by a mix of frustration at the current state of the Canadian government, pass...

Meet The Man Taking On MacKay In 2015

CP | Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - There was a time when David MacLeod could have been a shoo-in candidate for the federal Conservative party.The former military man was a car...

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 10.18.2014 | 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?