Canadian Politics

The Humanizing Power Of Baking (And Breaking) Bread

Kelli Kieley | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Kelli Kieley

While we focus on (and maybe obsess over) the nutrients, vitamins or calories in our food, food social enterprises like Newcomer Kitchen are using food's potential to open minds, build healthy communities, and open minds. "You are what you eat" takes on new meaning if we consider not only what is in our dinner, but how and with whom we are dining.

Storm Clouds Are On The Horizon For The Trudeau Government

Keith Beardsley | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There are issues requiring tough decisions that a few selfies will not provide him with enough cover nor will they help him to change the channel to better issues or allow for better optics. His recent foot in mouth moment over his comments on Fidel Castro is just this past weekend's storm cloud. We also have other storm clouds developing on the horizon.

Canadian Taxpayers Shouldn't Have To Foot Bill For British Royals

Luke Rebello | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Luke Rebello

There should be public outcry for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end these expensive traditions. It is due time the Canadian taxpayer stops paying for the Royal Family's expensive vacations. We are an independent sovereign nation, and it is time our politicians to stop wasting money.

Don't Just Sit There Because The Election's Over

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

We have to act "preventatively." Become active before they pass bills and laws that will affect us adversely. Once it's done, it's done. When we stay silent, when we do nothing, we send a message to our political leaders that everything is just fine and dandy. Even if we believe otherwise. That has to change.

The Changing Rules Of Citizen Engagement

Nick Vlahos | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Vlahos

The push for open government by the Liberals after the Conservatives showed a staunch opposition to transparency has merit. Yet, previous Action Plans were also visible during the Harper era. Nearly every single federal government department website had and still has a similar if not the same commitment to public engagement.

We Must Be United Against Doping In Sport

Carla Qualtrough | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Carla Qualtrough

As a Paralympian and through my subsequent experience in various positions in both the Canadian and international sport systems, I have seen first-hand the positive impact the independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has made in the fight against doping in sport. WADA is increasing the pressure on organizations and countries that don't comply with the World Anti-Doping Code. We are gaining traction on this. It's working. Cheaters are being exposed.

Canadian Foreign Aid Further Marginalizes Palestinian Women

Nadine Tahan | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

Rather than providing developmental or good governance aid to the Palestinians, the vast majority of Canada's aid to Palestinians is dedicated to training security forces to police fellow Palestinians. It could even be argued that this is more so a form of aid to Israel than to Palestine.

Green Party Finds Compromise Position On Boycott Of Israel

Thomas Woodley | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

With the release of a draft "compromise" resolution last week, the Green Party of Canada (GPC) seems poised to advocate economic pressure on Israel -- while not endorsing the BDS movement -- and May seems comfortable leading the party forward with this position.

Lest We Forget: Reflections In Troubling Times

Mike Rowlands | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada
Mike Rowlands

"These are the times that try men's souls." So said Thomas Paine on the eve of the American Revolution. As the world looks on, America once again stan...

The Election, As Told By A Canadian Studying Diplomacy In The U.S.

Nathan Cohen-Fournier | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Nathan Cohen-Fournier

As a Canadian studying international relations in the United States, I have followed the elections closely. I saw these elections as a symbol. A symbol of the world's polarization between equality and inclusion, versus protectionism and radicalization.

Canada Can Avoid Another Brexit -- If We're Careful

Kristen Pue | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Kristen Pue

On Wednesday we woke up to see one of the nastiest, most divisive US elections end in victory for a demagogue. Hate and fear won in America on November 9. But on that same day I was able to find hope in the unlikeliest of places: The Conservative leadership debate.

Trump's Rise Obligates Us To Question So-Called Canadian Values

Petra Molnar | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Petra Molnar

Kelly Leitch stated that Trump's victory sends an "exciting message" that is needed in Canada. This is the same candidate that continues to call for screening of immigrants for so-called Canadian values. But what are these values and which groups get to define them?

Responsible Citizenship Should Be A Mandatory Part Of Education

Erol Vekil | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Erol Vekil

We need to cultivate generations of young adults who have been educated through an unbiased curriculum that has helped them understand how the world works today, and how it actually should when they take on their roles as global citizens.

Wynne: Breaking The Glass Ceiling 'Just Got A Little Bit Harder'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics

It would've be great for young women to see a female president, she said.

Supremacist Incidents Are The Greatest Extremist Threat Canada Faces

Abbas Kassam | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Abbas Kassam

What's true is violent extremism is a greater threat than terrorism in Canada today. Furthermore, it is supremacist-motivated attacks that make up the majority of violent extremist incidents as the TSAS report articulates. Not surprisingly, supremacist-motivated attacks are hardly ever the focus of media stories.

I Know Why Rural Americans Voted For Donald Trump

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Elliot M. Cho

Let's face it: Trump enjoyed huge support from American rural communities. Regardless of what Canadians from rural communities think of themselves, my experience tells me that they are not much different from their American counterparts. Same music, same wheels, same worldview.

Please, Save Our B.C. Salmon

Jeff Matthews | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

The war on wild salmon escalated during the Harper years as wild salmon were viewed as mere complications to environmental assessments of resource development projects. A year into the Trudeau Liberal government, it appears little has changed.

In Case You Missed It, Canada Passed An Anti-Islamophobia Motion

Thomas Woodley | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

However you interpret it, the Muslim-Canadian community is denied an opportunity for empathy and recognition. In effect, much of the value of such motions stems from the public's awareness of them. Without any exposure, such motions pass largely without effect.

Ottawa Must Ask Itself Two Basic Questions About Deficit Spending

Sean Speer | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will soon release the government's Fall Economic Statement and the expectation is for more stimulus spending and higher deficits. The surrounding debate in Ottawa has been mostly focused on "how" and "what" of deficit spending and insufficiently on "why" and "when."

Muslim Canadians Must Hold The Trudeau Government Accountable

Nadine Tahan | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

A year has gone since Trudeau first came into office, offering a welcome message of change throughout his campaign. Yet, although Trudeau has had some accomplishments in office so far, Muslim Canadians must remain skeptical of his government and must be prepared to hold him accountable on issues that directly or indirectly impact our community.

Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On Promises

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

To be fair no government can deliver on everything in their first year. As the Trudeau Liberals are finding out, promises cost money and even free spending Liberals have to draw a line on what gets spent now and what gets pushed further down the road. Some of that is hidden under the guise of "consultation."

Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice's Job Application

Howard Anglin | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

Tradition is the right word for the appointment in other ways. While most court watchers confidently predicted an aboriginal appointee, a woman, or both, Mr Trudeau confounded speculation by choosing an experienced, older white man. The traditional diversity markers of region and language won out over more recent preoccupations with race and sex.

Pipeline Critics Must Learn To Compromise Or Be Left Behind

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

We're being left behind by other countries and economies while we chase an elusive ideal under some imaginary rainbow. It's time for our leaders to stand up and draw a line in the sand and stop enabling these fanatics, lest they achieve their ultimate goal of completely shutting down our economic engine.

The Deterioration Of Democracy In East Asia Threatens Human Rights

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Elliot M. Cho

Once a bastion of democracy in East Asia, which was successfully restored after almost 40 years of authoritarian rule, South Korea has now become the deathbed for democracy. Since 2011, Freedom House has rated the freedom of the press in South Korea as only being "partly free."

Parliament Must Not Back Down From Fight Against Tax Evasion

Guy Caron | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

There is no doubt that fighting tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance will mean confronting very powerful interests who will push back with a large arsenal of resources, from public relations to lawsuits. We, as parliamentarians, cannot be intimidated.