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Canadians Need to Ask Big Questions About Our Society

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

A national election is months away, but campaigning has already begun. While party leaders talk issues of economy and security, no one is asking the big question: what kind of society do we want? Canada is no longer one of the top five countries for integrating immigrants, a European think-tank announced in May. For decades, we've heard that Canada is a "just society" -- based on equality and freedom for all upheld in laws. We've built our just society, but is Canada becoming a less compassionate one?

Gilles Duceppe Offers a Win-Win Alternative to Quebec Voters

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Now that Gilles Duceppe is back and has declared his willingness to support a coalition that would offer an alternative to the Conservatives and which is in Quebec's interest, the dilemma for voters in the province changes dramatically.

Reform or Abolish the Senate? The Choice Should Be Ours

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The latest depressing revelations about the Senate make it clear that the institution cannot continue in its present form. The vast majority of Canadians now agree that reform or abolition of the Canadian Senate is overdue. It is time to bring the people of Canada into the centre of the process and directly consult Canadians on any proposal for constitutional reform through a consultative referendum.

Now Is the Time for Canada to Transition Away From Fossil Fuels

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The G7 committed to eliminating the use of the fossil fuels by the end of the century. Canada and Alberta should be leading the transition, taking advantage of our tremendous solar and wind resources and supporting workers and communities in the process.

The Government Should Help Canadians Retire With Dignity

John McCallum | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
John McCallum

Canadians are worried about their retirement. Recent polls show that among working aged people there is a growing concern that they simply won't be financially secure in retirement. This concern is validated by statistical data showing that a significant segment of society is having trouble saving enough. Instead of turning a blind eye to a known problem, the Government of Canada should be trying to help Canadians retire with dignity. Clearly, the time is right. All that is missing is federal leadership. Unfortunately, Canadians just won't get it from Stephen Harper, who has always disliked the CPP.

A Better, Greener Alberta is Possible: Lets Work to Make It Real

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

What I do know is that we all need to do our part to act on the growing climate crisis and since Alberta creates more carbon pollution than Ontario and Quebec combined, the province has a long way to go to do its fair share.

It's in Every Canadian's Best Interest for the Middle Class to Grow

Bill Morneau | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Bill Morneau

The fact is that nearly nine out of 10 Canadians believe the cost of living is outpacing their household income. Our economy has more than doubled in size since 1980, but median incomes have flat lined. Household debt has ballooned to over 163 per cent of disposable income. As Liberals, we believe a strong economy is one that provides the largest number of good jobs to the largest number of Canadians. But by that measure, we are in trouble. Canadians continue to work hard, but the majority of them are finding it tougher and tougher to get by.

Small Businesses Across Canada Are Standing up Against Bill C-51

David Christopher | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Small businesses across Canada are speaking up to warn the government about the economic damage that its "secret police" Bill C-51 will inflict on our economy. If Bill C-51 is passed, it will change Canada's economic climate for the worse, notably by harming Canadian commerce, trade, and data security. This upsurge in opposition from small businesses couldn't be more timely: committee hearings on the Bill are continuing today in the Senate, while the House of Commons could hold its final vote in just days.

This Earth Day, Harper's Silence Was Deafening

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

There was no Earth Day speech. No urgent call to action. No outlining of the threats we face or the way in which we were going to work together to meet them. There wasn't even an Earth Day tweet -- just silence. It was a very stark reminder of his priorities. U.S. President Barack Obama's speech noted that we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. The fact that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, that droughts, storms, and wildfires are increasing all over the planet in both frequency and intensity, and how climate change is already adversely affecting the air our children breathe.

Protest Climate Change in Quebec City on April 11

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.06.2015 | Canada
Mike Hudema

On April 11th I will be in the streets of Quebec City. I will be there with thousands of others, from different walks of life, that have come from co...

Baird Invited To 'Make-Or-Break' Syria Meeting

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been invited to a high-level meeting this week about the future of Syria — one that could include h...

Kenney's Budget Musings Given Cold Shoulder By Gov't Source

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A federal official is distancing the Conservative government from Jason Kenney's public musings over the weekend that spending cuts might be ...

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 We Might Just Win This Fight Against the Tar Sands

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada
Mike Hudema

The battle to stop the tar sands is far from over but this week shows that when we work together and support each other, when we are bold and courageous we can climb and move mountains. We are growing in numbers every day, and together we can and already are changing the world.

Russian Cargo Ship A Wake-Up Call For B.C. Coast

Caitlyn Vernon | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Caitlyn Vernon

"On my mind as the saga unfolded were the fisheries the Haida depend on for jobs and food, as well as the whales and migratory birds that would be impacted by a spill."

Greenpeace Scales Oil Derrick to Send Solar Message

Mike Hudema | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

Alberta has the best solar and wind potential in all of Canada more than enough to power the entire province yet utilizes less than 1per cent of it. Alberta also has a highly skilled, trained workforce. Alberta has the welders, it has the electricians, it has the engineers, the machinists, it has all the people power it needs to make the solar powered leap.

Tarsands Blinding Alberta to Its True Renewable Potential

Mike Hudema | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

The Alberta government is so fixated on extracting the destructive tar sands that it's missing out on Alberta's real potential. Rather that causing rising greenhouse gas emissions, countless treaty rights violations, incredible disturbances to land, air and water, the government could be a leader in clean energy solutions.

B.C. Premier Chides Feds Over TFW Overhaul

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has accused federal politicians of "tragically misdirected" policies over the issue of temporary fo...

The Battle Against the Tar Sands Is About to Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

Working in Alberta, the belly of the tar sands beast, the odds are often overwhelming but, over the past few months, something has changed. The resistance to the tar sands has not only grown in leaps and bounds, it is changing the dynamics of the entire fight.

In the Heart of the Tarsands, Fort Chipewyan Builds Solar Solution

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

"First Nation communities, especially ones that are isolated and reliant on diesel for power, stand to benefit the most from a transition. These panels are an example of the type of solutions our communities should be implementing -- ones that create jobs, lower energy costs and don't hurt the environment to do it."

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...

CASL Isn't Targeting the True Spammers

Dan Kelly | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Dan Kelly

I really don't think the Nigerian prince is reading up on Canada's new anti-spam laws. Offshore erectile dysfunction pill providers are likewise not going to stop pumping out the spam. But the local real estate agent trying to reach a few dozen strong referrals a year will now have a low cost form of marketing scaled back by government in the process.

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...

Proof that Canada and Australia Don't Care About Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

Harper and Abbott have to understand that we can no longer have economies that exist outside of the ecological limits of our planet. Our reliance and exploitation of fossil fuels is endangering our future as well as our present and it needs to end. We need to transition to green energy and we need to keep more fossil fuels, especially high-carbon fuels like the tar sands, in the ground.