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End All Thinly Disguised Wars On The World's Most Marginalized

The Alitaptap Collective | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
The Alitaptap Collective

They launch crusades of violence against the easiest of targets: the racialized Other, the immigrant, the slum dweller, the refugee. They promise a return to a Utopian past at the expense of their chosen scapegoats - each one of a certain colour, geographic origin or religion - only to guarantee an impoverished future for us all.

Progress In War Seems To Be Outpacing Efforts For Peace

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Not all that long ago, peace was viewed as the occasional pause between a long lists of conflicts. If we aren't careful, we will soon be in danger of replicating such a timeline. Peace becomes an investment in what we can accomplish; war morphs into everything that we can lose.

CETA: Canada's Rocky Road To The European Parliament

Schams El Ghoneimi | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Schams El Ghoneimi

CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, has everyone talking about Canada in Brussels, the EU capital, ahead of February 15's vote - and it's not always good. So, here is a tip for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of his Thursday speech at the European Parliament.

It Isn't Health Canada's Job To Put A Positive Spin On GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.

We Can't Allow Political Partisanship To Divide Us As Citizens

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

While the operating principle in our modern politics has been partisanship, its equivalent in our communities has been polarization. More than a few are now worried that this practice has carried over into how we treat one another as citizens.

I'm Deeply Sorry My Party Broke Its Promise On Electoral Reform

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

I ask a simple question: should a party with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote control 100 per cent of the power in our democracy? There is an overwhelming consensus that the answer is "no." Democracy's legitimacy lies in its authority from the people.

Canadians Can Save Journalism In The Age Of Trump

Errol Salamon | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Errol Salamon

Public policy still has a crucial role to play in supporting journalism as a democratic institution that informs and as a democratic practice that supports the critical investigative work of journalists. But any viable proposal to save journalism must be grounded in a radically reformed policy-making process that encourages meaningful public participation and takes seriously non-Western voices and practices.

Canada's Democracy Is Freer Than Ever: Study

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Rieger | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada

But the country fared somewhat poorly on political participation.

Toronto Women's March: I've Always Been Marching In My Own Way

Beverley Golden | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

When I first heard about the Women's March on Washington back in November, I felt called to get involved. I've used my words and my voice over the years, but have never physically marched. It was finally the time! I decided to stand with the thousands of other concerned citizens and march in solidarity here in Toronto.

Should Teachers Bring Their Politics Into The Classroom?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Among the groups that I saw at the Toronto march was a contingent of elementary school teachers. As most people know, the great majority of elementary school teachers everywhere are women. As women, they have experienced more than their fair share of discrimination, pay inequity, and even violence in the workplace. But should teachers have the right to protest and then to bring their views and opinions into their classrooms? It might depend on the views and how they are expressed.

Education Is The Key To Protecting Our Democratic Systems

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

What will the world look like in 2030? Will liberal democracy still exist? We have recently come to a crossroads where this question is entirely valid. I believe I speak for many people when I say that recent exercises in democracy have left me puzzled. I am disappointed that the United States now has a President Trump.

What Does The Left Have To Offer In Platform Capitalism?

George Poulakidas | Posted 12.30.2016 | Canada Politics
George Poulakidas

In reality, the left of the 21st century has failed to offer alternatives to a number of critical issues and doesn't seem to be adapting to a rapidly changing society and economy. Climate change, new technologies, and the development of the knowledge-based economy are challenges that don't fit the traditional, Marxist-based narrative of the left.

Let's Look To 2017 With A Renewed Sense Of Hope

Glen Pearson | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Glen Pearson

Hope is not just an aspiration, but a driving force of nature that takes on the world with a sense of determination, daring to take another chance at getting things right. It is the pitting of ourselves against the worst aspects of humanity and believing that we'll prevail. Hope is the better angels of our nature with their sleeves rolled up.

Canada's Brand Remains Strong Despite Reduced Outreach

Jack Jedwab | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In 2016, an index that ranked the world's best countries placed Canada in second behind Germany. Published by U.S. News and World Report, this index saw Canada take the top spot amongst among the nearly 6000 millennials that it surveyed (18-35 years old). Other assessments of Canada's international image have yielded similar results.

3 Things I Learned From President Obama's Speech In Athens

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

The whole speech was an hymn for democracy, aiming to remind us that after all this time, since democracy was first born here in Greece, its flame still fuels the progress of our society. He reminded us that democracy is neither perfect, nor complete.

Ramming CETA Through Parliament Would Be A Loss For Democracy

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

The federal government is ramming ratification of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) through Parliament in a process as undemocratic as the deal itself. Bill C-30 to implement the trade deal with Europe was brought before Parliament for second reading this week, and is expected to pass by today.

Trump Won Because America Chose To Look The Other Way

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Despite all the warnings, despite all the evidence, Americans elected a snake charmer, a man who's made a career out of taking advantage of people and then discarding them like a used tissue, who's made a career out of protecting no one's interests but his own.

You Can't Have Real Leaders Without Followers

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Repeatedly over this past year, prompted by the American election, one hears the question: "Where are our great leaders?" And then everyone gets down to dissecting politicians, exposing their every weakness, and bemoaning their increasing lack of capability. That is surely accurate, but there's another explanation to add to this rationale: we don't have real leaders anymore because we don't have followers.

We Are Challenging China And Fighting For Our Fathers' Freedom

Ti-Anna Wang | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Ti-Anna Wang

My father, Wang Bingzhang, is a Chinese political prisoner currently serving the 14th year of a life sentence for his work in pro-democracy activism. In 2002, while in Vietnam, my father was abducted into China and arrested by Chinese police. Six months later, he had a sham trial, found guilty, and sentenced to life in prison.

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."

Electoral Reform: How We Can Move Toward A Citizen-Centred Democracy

Kathleen O'Connor | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O'Connor

At the end of the day, reforming our electoral system is an opportunity for Canadians to ensure that the voices of a majority of citizens are represented in Parliament. If Canadians feel better represented in the House of Commons, it stands to reason that larger numbers will also be motivated to engage more fully in our democracy.

LNG Approval Shakes My Faith In The Trudeau Government's Values

Andrew Frank | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Frank

As a progressive voter, it was disappointing to watch the press conference announcing the federal approval of Petronas' Pacific Northwest LNG project, an industrial project that would trample the rights and title of First Nations and make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

What Does The Statue Of Liberty Think Of Donald Trump?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

One thing is certain. If he gets elected, she'll be out of a job. There won't be any immigrants to welcome, the Donald will see to that. And the very values America was founded upon, the very values that have made it the greatest, most powerful nation on earth, the very values that have attracted millions of foreigners in search of the American dream will cease to exist.

Politicians Have No More Excuses For Perpetuating Tax Avoidance

Guy Caron | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Nobody likes to pay taxes. However, the pill is easier to swallow when everyone pays their fair share. It's increasingly clear that in Canada -- and in most industrialized countries -- many are not. We have a two-tier system where the wealthy and the corporations can escape their obligations, and the rest of us can't.

Reaction To Failed Turkish Coup Highlights Hypocrisy Of The West

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

Instead of condemning the coup attempt and blaming those who intended to destabilize the country, they have vehemently criticized the Turkish president for cracking down on the culprits and accused him of overreacting. They have probably forgotten what the word means.