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France Is Fighting Its Own Taboos

Julie Barlow | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Julie Barlow

France's war against terrorism will be long and hard. That's because it's not just a war against external enemies. The investigation on the Paris attacks is forcing France's political class to face three blind spots: the integration of immigrants, religion and Europe.

France Has An Internal Problem

Miranda Frum | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Miranda Frum

The neighbourhoods outside of Paris, where the longtime Muslim European residents live have become a security problem. They have become slums which the central government actively avoids. Due to a lack of government involvement, a growing detachment from the State grows within the local Muslim youth. In these lost neighbourhoods, the terrorists of today and tomorrow are raised. These are the areas were ISIS operatives look to recruit new foreign fighters.

We Need A Responsible Timeline For Canada's Refugee Commitment

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas. There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government.

John Oliver's Message To Paris Attackers: 'F**k You'

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada

Buckle up. Lots of NSFW language ahead.

Powerful Rendition Of National Anthem To Mourn France's Dead

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada

“Terrorism won’t destroy the Republic, because the Republic will destroy terrorism."

Helpless But Not Hopeless In The Wake Of The Paris Attacks

Heather Magee | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada
Heather Magee

It sounds cliché, but Paris has always been and will always be a symbol of love. Which makes what's happened in the city all the more unbearable

CETA: The Canadian People's Voice In Europe

Sujata Dey | Posted 11.01.2015 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

A delegation from the Council of Canadians led by the organization's National Chairperson, Maude Barlow will also be going to Europe. This week, the Council of Canadians is launching an eight-country, two-month European tour to explain to European leaders the pitfalls of CETA.

High Taxes Have Created Brain Drain in France

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

This problem is also a Canadian concern. A May 2015 survey of high-impact Canadian firms revealed that "finding employees to expand and scale their business ranks as one of the top challenges identified by entrepreneurs." Lower and less progressive taxation would help attract and retain highly specialized labour.

What's Hiding Under the Calanques of Southern France

Nicole Abi-Najem | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Travel
Nicole Abi-Najem

The calanques -- deriving from the Occitan and Corsican word for inlet -- is just that: a series of natural inlets spanning 20 km across from Marseille to Cassis across Southern France. These emerald fingers, as Marseille's tourism site refers to them, dip between cliffs and were formed 12 000 years ago after a gradual warming during the ice age caused sea levels to rise, consequently flooding the valleys.

Discover the Paris Beyond the Eiffel Tower

Desi Globetrotter | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Travel
Desi Globetrotter

Planning a trip to Paris this fall? If you've visited before, your first trip to the City of Love may have been a whirlwind tour that went something like this -- Eiffel Tower, check. Notre Dame, check. Louvre, check. As much as these 'first-time' experiences are quintessential, there is so much more to Paris.

BLOG: Please don't try to simplify my child's 'different' name

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

As a former teacher I remember shortening kids' names, thinking I was giving them a special nickname. Now, as a parent, I cringe that I once did that. It wasn't up to me to change the name they were given.

The Right Way to Explore the French Countryside

Desi Globetrotter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Travel
Desi Globetrotter

For a quintessential Provençal experience -- one filled with wine tastings, exploring quiet villages with old, stone homes and cobblestoned lanes, cycling by poppy fields, having lunch overlooking green landscapes and relaxing at a spa housed in a centuries old convent -- rent a car for a few days from Marseille.

Why You Should Visit Marseille

Desi Globetrotter | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Travel
Desi Globetrotter

Hot off the heels of celebrating its title as the European Capital of Culture in 2013, Marseille, a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic French-Mediterranean port city and the capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in France, has shed its gritty reputation to unveil a brand new look.

After Copenhagen, Let the Defiance of Paris Lead Us

Lauryn Oates | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

On January 7, I happened to be driving through the 11th arrondisement of Paris when I saw a police van jolt to a stop and a half dozen officers jump o...

Don't Say the Paris Supermarket Attack Had Nothing To Do With Anti-Semistism

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Denials of reality about the Jihadist roots of this violence are already feeding frustration in Western populations who know better. The well-intended strategy of protecting Muslims in the West will actually do the opposite -- it will very likely guarantee a backlash against Western Muslims by a growing right-wing movement.

Moderates, Not Far Right or Lefties, Must Lead the Discussion About Charlie Hebdo

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

If our core values -- democracy, tolerance, pluralism -- are to prevail, moderates must act before the extreme right and the extreme left hijack the discourse. We must move quickly and decisively to prevent such atrocities from recurring, beginning with four critical steps.

The Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Not Fuel More Hate

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Few things are more despicable than the actions of these murderous individuals. Their actions are to be unequivocally condemned. However, to use an instance where 12 lives were extinguished in order to create momentum for furthering hate is not only ill-advised and insensitive -- it is disgusting and ill-placed. This is not the time to go and inflame an already sensitive issue. Families are mourning their deceased loved ones. Let's focus instead on respecting the lives lost and not on continuing to spread hatred.

Public Safety Minister To Attend Paris Unity Rally

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will represent Canada at a unity rally in Paris on Sunday, a show of solidarity in the wake of the terro...

The Racism Behind #JeSuisCharlie

Julian Vigo | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Julian Vigo

Now a few days after the horrific attack in Paris, hashtag #JeSuisCharlie floats about the Internet as a neoliberal nod of solidarity to those who were killed in yesterday's attack. While I see its good intentions, in the big picture this hashtag serves as a demonstration of alliance with that coveted icon of western identity: freedom of speech. But make no mistake, the reasons the perpetrators carried out this attack were more complex than simply freedom of speech. For what is pitifully lacking in most every media representation of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo is the historical background of what this attack was about.

What France Can Learn From Canada's Economy

Mark Milke | Posted 02.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

France's economy saw only a weak rebound after 2009 with real GDP growth rates of about two per cent in both 2010 and 2011 before slowing to a crawl with only 0.3 per cent growth in 2012. In comparison, Canada positively raced ahead, experiencing real GDP growth of 3.4, 3.0 and 1.9 per cent in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Visit Martinique - It's Magnifique!

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

Martinique is to France, as Hawaii is to the U.S. This island "outpost" is a district of France, and its approximately 400,000 inhabitants live under French law. Proud to have been anointed the safest Caribbean island in recent years, the island has a distinctive French flair which is uniquely blended with the island culture.

A Child's Travel Log: Germany, 1939

Rebecca Ananda | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Travel
Rebecca Ananda

"You no smuggle!" said the customs agent. It was nine-year-old Bev Miller's first trip to continental Europe. Bev landed at the Hook of Holland wi...

Buckworth List: Ski The French Alps

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

The French Alps are on many avid skiers "bucket lists", but the expectation that the price is prohibitive prevents many from even exploring the possibility. Extra costs for lift tickets and lessons can escalate quickly. But in Valmorel France, the all-inclusive Club Med ski resort makes managing the cost easier than ever.

Thank You For the Music, Paris

Adam Moscoe | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

"Oh to be young and going to Paris for the first time," exclaimed an elderly gentleman who donned his best sweatervest for a concert at the Ottawa Int...

Les Parapluies de Cherbourg: Incurably Romantic

Adam Moscoe | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

Walking away from Theatre Châtelet this afternoon, I felt as though my relationship with France and its notoriously perplexing people and culture had...