Freedom

How to Make the World a Better Place

G(irls)20 | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png "The little girl wants to tell you something else. Please don't forget them. Please help them live in freedom." That urgent message, delivered by a translator as I was leaving a room in Kabul, Afghanistan, came from a 13-year-old Afghan girl.

The Gun Lobby Needs To Consider People's Changing Mental Condition

Elan Divon | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada
Elan Divon

Many Americans will point to the constitution and the sacred right to bear arms. It's a fundamental freedom -- an American tradition carried out for generations. But guess what? The constitution was written 250 years ago at a time there was no government agency to keep the peace and protect civilians. It therefore made perfect sense to allow people to form their own militias to defend themselves because nobody else was going to do it.

I Challenge You To Live In The Now For 30 Days

Adrian Wesley | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Wesley

I declared that I would live only in the now for 30 days. This meant I could not think about the past or the future -- I would only focus on what was happening in the moment. Sounds easy, but what an awakening experience. If I started to think about how something went wrong in the past or worry about something in the future, I would stop myself and release the thought and get back to the present.

When "Freedom" and "Democracy" Are Euphemisms for Evil

Mark Taliano | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Business
Mark Taliano

Once freed from the devastating tentacles of the transnational monopolies, Canadians will realize that it's time to call 911 on the corporatocracy. We might then recapture real democracy and freedom, rather than settle for their bankrupt facsimiles.

Why I Quit My PhD to 'Strip'

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Three months ago I quit my PhD to become a stripper. Of course, I was afraid of what people would think, but my old life wasn't working for me, and so I decided to change it. I'm not taking my clothes off, but this stripping of mine makes me feel free and, yes, naked and vulnerable, too. Layer by layer, I'm stripping away thoughts and beliefs that were toxic.

Black History Month Deepens Racism's Roots

Reid Price | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada
Reid Price

Now that Black History Month is over (didn't take long) I feel more comfortable in saying that I very much dislike it. Black people are more than a month, and are more than several prominent black figures. Black history should be a regular part of educational curriculum and media programming, yet it is differentiated and set aside, just as black people were not so long ago. How is this good?

Which Religions Forbids A Man From Working With Women?

Stuart Rudner | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Rudner

How did York University initially validate the request of a student who said for religious reasons, he couldn't interact with women? Unfortunately, perhaps it is because organizations are so afraid of being sued for failing to accommodate that they have lost the sense of what is a proper request for accommodation. Many would argue that what they have lost is their common sense.

Canada Should Listen to Australia on Internet Censorship

David Christopher | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Now, our friends in Australia are sounding the alarm about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership could wreak havoc on Canada's economy. Australians know well the economic damage that unbalanced and extreme Internet censorship rules can cause.

Be a Resolutionary -- and Help Your Kid Be One Too

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

I like to call us resolutionaries. We are the people who have the best intentions and make great plans for the year to come. We will quit our bad habits and develop new and healthy ones. Today, we are sending our children back to school for the first week of 2014. Let's make a resolution to help them develop healthy habits -- and stick to those new habits.

Please View This Body Responsibly

Kinnie Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

Let's look at our world in 2013 in a nutshell, where rape and the assumptions that women 'want it' are made constantly. And yes, women are showing their bodies... we know that. Assuming women are being looked at, and knowing full well that the fashion and entertainment, porn and social media industries are a big part of all our lives in developed nations, I think it follows that it is more effective to educate men about their privilege as 'watchers' than to shame women for revealing our bodies. Maybe women's bodies are also for swimming, being good people, playing, walking, being strong, being free?

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

A Legal Test for Hate Speech in Canada

Avi Benlolo | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Avi Benlolo

If a Canadian incites hatred against an identifiable group in public and advocates murder or genocide, does that constitute a hate crime? If the incitement is against, for example, the gay, black or aboriginal community should criminal charges be laid? What if the incitement is against the Jewish community, is there a difference?

Ontario Says "No" to Ideology of Hate

Avi Benlolo | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Avi Benlolo

This week marked an important turning point in Ontario's awareness of determined and well-funded efforts to undermine the values and conceptual underpinnings of Canadian society by groups hoping to import a toxic and foreign ideology to our nation. Nowhere was this effort more evident than the staging of the "Al Quds Day" rally, held for the past two years on the grounds of Queen's Park. Supporters of a genocidal theocracy which aims to fundamentally reshape western democracies by exporting the values of Shariah law should not and do not have to receive the blessing of the state to exercise this right. The fundamental values cherished by all Canadians must not be discarded so cavalierly, with the acquiescence of our government and the permission of our laws.

Trade Freedom for "Security"? That's a Raw Deal, Canada

Adam Kingsmith | Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Adam Kingsmith

So here we are -- witnessing the slow and painful death of freedom in Canada as the Harper administration relentlessly wages a war on critical thinking that has left us with drastic reductions to our anonymity, due process, freedom of assembly, and virtual privacy in exchange for some intangible conceptualization of security.

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.

Three Ways to Feel Freedom

Vibha Dhawan | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Living
Vibha Dhawan

When was the last time you ran in an open field with your arms wide open? When did you last embrace the world like it was all yours? Is day dreaming something you are still guilty about? The question is, in this so called free world, are you really free? Free from your own shackles or have you managed to entangle yourself to such a great extent that you feel trapped within?

Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Debt

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada
Douglas Hoyes

Conventional wisdom says that debt used to purchase something of lasting value, like an investment, or a house, or a car, is good debt, because you benefit from the purchase. An example of bad debt would be borrowing to go on vacation, because when the vacation is over you have nothing to show for it. In some cases both of these examples are true.

Valedictorian Address: "The Courage to Use Our Own Understanding"

Adam Moscoe | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada
Adam Moscoe

Delivered in a bilingual version on June 8, 2013 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Today we are one. A class for 2013 -- and don't we l...

New 'Calgary Compliments' Facebook Page Takes the "Strange Out of Stranger"

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

Since its inception in January 2013, Facebook page Calgary Compliments has taken our city by storm. So what exactly is the purpose to a page like this? Unlike similar "confessions" pages which have been popping all over the interwebs, this compliments page is a civic outreach initiative to help Calgarians bond.

What Should Take Precedence, State or Church Law?

Doug Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

When a country like Canada enshrines "freedom of conscience and religion" in its Charter of Rights and Freedoms, it gives itself a particular challeng...

Hugo Chavez Left a Sad Legacy

Yanick Labrie | Posted 03.08.2013 | Canada
Yanick Labrie

Media around the world have devoted a great deal of coverage to the death of Hugo Chavez, who passed away last Tuesday after losing his fight against cancer. His legacy as the President of the "Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela" needs to be seen in the light of a long tradition of populism in Latin American history.

Think Canada Allows Freedom of Speech? Think Again

Tom Kott | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

This societal need to prosecute potty mouths and anything deemed offensive has become a popular trend in Canada. Most recently this has been transcended into anti-bullying laws introduced in legislatures all over the country.We have to be careful about legislating offensiveness. We cannot allow the government to decide what subjective comments are acceptable and which should land you in prison. Britain is taking steps to restore absolute freedom of speech, so should Canada.

How Chanukah Became an American Myth

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 02.06.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

As a Rabbi, I have always found it somewhat curious the way the general North American public looks upon the festival of Chanukah. While actually a relatively minor holiday in the Jewish calendar, it is given much significance in Western society. But what I also find fascinating is the way that North America had to simultaneously transform Chanukah into a festivity that relates to the North American consciousness. If people are going to be celebrating this holiday then it better have a meaning with which these individuals can connect.

Is Sexism Alive at Burning Man?

Kinnie Starr | Posted 01.21.2013 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

I can't help but wonder if Burning Man will be a bit too much like the rainbow batherings I checked in the early 90s where I realized quickly that urban mentalities like sexism also permeate counter-culture. The young women at the Rainbow Gatherings danced topless around the drum jams while the men drummed and ogled them

An Open Letter to Jean-François Lisée

Tony Kondaks | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Tony Kondaks

As the newly appointed Minister Responsible for the Montreal Region, Quebec Premier Marois has asked you to start a dialogue with the province's anglophone minority. Real nations are benevolent to their minorities. Perhaps acting as if you already are a nation may make nationhood become a reality that much faster. Mr. Lisée, give us this pittance. Throw us this crumb.