Canadian Politics

Is John A. Macdonald Really the Canadian Hero We Think He Is?

Lisa Jackson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Lisa Jackson

This year, a Sir John A. Macdonald-inspired beer was launched to "celebrate the heritage and greatness of being Canadian" and mark his 200th birthday. Looking closer at the real history, should we celebrate Sir John A as a beloved Canadian hero?

Is Trudeau's Positive Approach His Greatest Asset?

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

Often, the attitude in retaliation to anything -- political strategies included -- is one of "if we can't beat them, we'll join them." So why, then, has Justin Trudeau's Liberal party taken the opposite approach?

In 2014, There Was Progress For Aboriginal People

Andreas Krebs | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Canada's colonial reality means Aboriginal people here face challenges where non-Aboriginal people enjoy opportunities. But I believe that through the hard work of many activists, leaders, and thinkers, Canada is slowly decolonizing. In the spirit of optimism that rings in a new year, I'd like to focus on some of the events that signal this gradual shift, even while recognizing that, in the words of Justice Murray Sinclair, head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this work will not be completed in our lifetimes.

Lessons On the Dangers of Income Inequality... From TD Bank

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

It is perhaps discouraging that the health effects of inequality have not been sufficiently concerning to drive decision-makers to change policies, but a new kind of evidence may make a greater difference. It's not only the people in unequal countries that are sicker, it's their markets as well.

Why Do Charities Ask for Coins Instead of Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

At Christmas time, Canadians give like at no other time of year. What I don't see enough of at Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other time of year, however, are charities soliciting people to keep their coins, and instead offer real "change."

Vancouver MLA Seeks NDP Nomination For Federal Riding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver MLA is seeking the NDP nomination for the federal riding of Vancouver East.Mable Elmore currently represents the riding of Van...

Why Conservatives Changed Reform Act Into 'Hope for Reform Act'

Duff Conacher | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Duff Conacher

Conservative MPs had an historic, unprecedented chance to throw off their chains and empower themselves and all MPs, and political party riding associations, to represent voters. Instead, they changed the Reform Act to the "Hope for Reform Act," essentially giving up the chance to limit party leaders' powers.

Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under Trudeau

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him. Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision? Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.

Genetic Discrimination Means the Choice Between Life and Life Insurance

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Protecting members of our society from discrimination based on the colour of their skin, ethnicity, or ancestry is a fundamental Canadian value. Unfortunately, Canadians across the country currently face real as well as potential future discrimination based on their DNA. Genetic testing can provide diagnostic precision and more effective treatment of illness, saving lives and ultimately reducing healthcare costs. Tragically, patients all too often face a dreadful dilemma: undergo testing that could prolong and improve the quality of their lives but would make them vulnerable to discrimination, or refrain from testing and take their chances.

The Canadian Government Is Failing Endangered Species

Sheryl Fink | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

In the past two weeks, the government of Canada has come under fire several times over its complete lack of effort when it comes to the protection of endangered species. The gap between what Canada says -- and what it actually does -- for conservation continues to widen, and it is wildlife who pays the price.

When Will Governments Get Tough on Sexual Harassment?

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

It's no longer a matter of discretion on the part of employers to permit smoking in the workplace. Why? Because its effects are known to be toxic. Sexual harassment can be no less toxic to those affected. It's time our political leaders got that message. They need to stop allowing employers, including governments themselves, to turn a blind eye when sexual harassment and reprisals occur, and put in place tough laws that really protect women.

Will MPs Empower Themselves and Restrict Their Powers?

Duff Conacher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A committee of MPs is considering important and unprecedented changes that will either restrict the power of federal party leaders and empower MPs to represent voters, or not, and will also either make MPs much more accountable for their conduct, or not. What the committee decides will reveal a lot about the state of democracy in Canada.

CRA Can Call a Mulligan in "Auditgate" Process

Blake Bromley | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

The debate about how "tricky" it is for the Director-General of CRA's Charity Directorate to consider political leanings when selecting charities for audits continues to rage in Canada. The outrage has reached the dreaded "gate" stage with respected opinion leaders asking "Why is this not considered Canada's own Auditgate scandal?"

Has Canada Forgotten the Harsh Lessons of SARS Already?

Colleen M. Flood | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Colleen M. Flood

It was just 11 years ago when the World Health Organization slapped Toronto with a travel advisory, costing the city $2 billion and 28,000 jobs. This was not because of the number of SARS cases (similar in number to Singapore, which had no such advisory) but because Ottawa did not have a public health leader who could effectively coordinate with the provinces and communicate the outbreak's status to other countries.

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

Candice Malcolm | Posted 01.20.2015 | 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 01.18.2015 | 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 01.10.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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 01.06.2015 | 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 12.30.2014 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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 12.29.2014 | 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 12.26.2014 | 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 12.26.2014 | 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 12.23.2014 | 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.