Canadian Politics

When it Comes to Finances, Gen Y Should Be Called 'Gen Screwed'

Candice Malcolm | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Business
Candice Malcolm

Nine-million baby boomers will retire from the workforce over the next two decades, and when they do, they will start to consume the most expensive forms of government programs. This is great news for seniors, but terrible news for our public finances and for young Canadians forced to foot the bill. Generation Y has been dubbed the "Millennial" generation because we came of age at the turn of the new millennium. A more fitting name for this cohort is Generation Screwed.

Action on Child Poverty Long Overdue

Janelle Vandergrift | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Janelle Vandergrift

Twenty five years ago this month, our government unanimously made a promise to end child poverty by the year 2000. Today the number of children living in poverty in Canada is the equivalent to the population of Calgary.

This Remembrance Day, Think About the Correlation Between Peace and Health

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada
Dr Ryan Meili

The road from peace to health is not a one-way street; a healthy society is less likely to find itself fighting. The same conditions that lead to higher levels of illness -- economic inequality, food insecurity, labour unrest -- can also lead to dangerous political instability.

When Will Canada Revenue Agency Start Dealing With Legal Issues Properly?

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

In 2009, CRA began to publish on its website summaries of the reasons it had revoked registrations "for cause". There is nothing in the Income Tax Act which defines revocation "for cause". (In deed, it is alarming to think that charities could be revoked "without cause".) These are simply charities CRA wants to "name and shame".

Encouraging Youth To Engage in Unpaid Work Is a Recipe For Exploitation

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Poloz is arguably Canada's most powerful economic policymaker. He has the ability to significantly change the bleak outlook facing young workers. Yet in essence, he encouraged unemployed youth to resign themselves to a grim reality, and simply find themselves something else to do. Working for free may not be ideal, he suggested, but it's better than nothing.

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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.14.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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.