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9 Hotels Gyms to Satisfy Your New Year's Resolutions

Trivago.ca | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

If those extra holiday pounds are hanging a little heavy, one of your New Year's Eve resolutions probably includes some serious time spent at the gym. But all workout and no play is no way to spend the next year, and getting and staying fit is not fun when it puts a crimp in your travel plans.

The Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram Have Been Gone for 8 Long Months

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

It is time we all joined the UN chief's plea, and once again rallied to #bringbackourgirls from a terrorist organization that knows no bounds to its brutality. Join me as I call on Canada to work with the international community in addressing the ongoing violence threatening innocent women and children in Nigeria.

Ebola and West Africa's Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Today, Ebola continues to hit hardest in Sierra Leone, which reported 337 new cases in the last week of December, more than double those in Guinea and Liberia combined. In Sierra Leone, which already had the world's highest maternal mortality ratio and the fourth highest infant mortality rate, the impact of Ebola on children is huge and under-reported; and orphans remain the forgotten victims of the crisis.

My Humanitarian Holiday Wishes for the World

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

During this holiday season, Canadians come together to care for one another -- we find ways to support our local communities. As we get ready to celebrate the beginning of 2015, I would like to share with you my wishes for the children who are suffering through the world's worst humanitarian crises.

Ebola Is Still Ravaging Sierra Leone

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Despite a major scaling-up of efforts by the Government of Sierra Leone, the United Nations, the United Kingdom, donors and other partners, transmissi...

Canada Needs a Plan to Address Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women

University of Toronto News | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
University of Toronto News

The report calls for a national plan to address violence against immigrant and refugee women and immigration policies that better support immigrants in precarious circumstances. It calls on the federal government to abolish the two-year conditional status for sponsored spouses, reinstate access to the Interim Federal Health program to all refugee claimants and uphold the privacy of all people who have access to social and health services.

Canada Needs a Grade A School System

Malkin Dare | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Living
Malkin Dare

First, the PISA standing of Canadian students has been dropping over the years, both in terms of raw scores, and also in terms of comparative scores. Our students are getting lower marks than they did in the past -- at a time when a number of other countries are dramatically improving their scores and rocketing past Canada.

Ebola's In New York, But Don't Forget Africa

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

My conversation with Sierra Leone shows once again that there is much work to be done, and that international community must urgently step-up its response. Canada can and must do more to help the people of West Africa, and must turn its announcements into commitments on the ground. As the United Nations said, a humane world cannot allow Africa to suffer on such an extraordinary scale.

Canada Should Not Forget the Humanitarian Crises That Aren't Making Headlines

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada make a second humanitarian contribution to South Sudan to avoid yet another human catastrophe? Moreover, given that nutrition is one of the key pillars of the Every Woman Every Child Initiative, it is counterproductive to wait until South Sudan is classified as a severe famine before intervening.

Let's Remember #BringBackOurGirls on International Day of the Girl Child

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

October 11th marks the International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face. It will also mark the 179th day since more than 270 Nigerian girls were awakened by gunfire and kidnapped from their Chibok boarding school by Boko Haram.

Will Canada Do More To Help Combat Ebola?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the government show leadership in responding to this deadly outbreak and offer help needed to contain and control it, including much needed field hospitals and other equipment? And will the Government consider deploying more health care specialists and armed forces personnel in collaboration with the U.S. to face the outbreak?

50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.

On Canada Day, Let's Celebrate Maternal Health

Russell Williams | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Russell Williams

As we reflect on Canada Day, we can be very proud of the role we play globally in maternal child and newborn health. Thousands of doctors, nurses and field workers contribute daily across the globe supported by hundreds of thousands of Canadian volunteers and donors.

Will Canada Keep its Peacekeeping Promise?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Self-congratulations and blanket statements of support are not helping the children of CAR, who face crimes against humanity and war crimes. What we do now or fail to do will have an impact on society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

Don't Forget About the Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The clock began ticking April 14, when the 276 girls were abducted from their dormitories. Two months have now passed, and 219 girls remain missing. The more time passes the greater the risk, including the girls being sold into marriage or engaged in the worst forms of child labor, sexual exploitation and violence and recruitment into armed groups.

Why Is Our Government Leaving Crucial Questions Unanswered on South Sudan?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government send a high-level Canadian Government representative to South Sudan (and/or in coordination of other international actors as part of a delegation) to demonstrate that Canada is taking the conflict seriously, and will not accept the status quo?

The Spring Of Our Discontent

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The epic task is well underway. The first week it happened in Kerala, Haryana, and some of Assam. The second week it happened in Karnataka and parts...

Canada Must Do Its Part to Stop Violence in the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will Canada support the organization and monitoring of fair and free elections that will take place in one year? CAR must not become another Rwanda. As the Government considers what action to take, it must remember that what we do now or fail to do will have an impact on CAR society for years to come, and we will be judged on how we choose to act.

Canada, Don't Forget About South Sudan

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Government of Canada support the threatened peace talks in Addis Ababa by offering mediators to the warring parties and other stakeholders? Will it support civil society coalitions, which are working for reconciliation inside South Sudan? If the violence does not stop, South Sudan could slip further into ethnic conflict.

Three Years of Syrian Suffering: Are We Really Doing All We Can?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The international community must strengthen its efforts to work towards a political solution to the Syrian civil war. It cannot afford to lose focus, as the children of Syria cannot afford another year of suffering, another year without education, healthcare, and protection. There are no enemy children, and we must do whatever it takes to save lives.

The Four Global Conflicts That Are Affecting Millions of Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

While the UN Security Council holds urgent talks and Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon urges dialogue to resolve the Ukraine crisis, other areas of crisis fall to the back pages of newspapers. Yet, four level-three emergencies are currently affecting children: the Central African Republic, the Philippines, South Sudan, and Syria. The three conflicts are claiming lives and childhoods.

Canada Must Protect the Children of the Central African Republic

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

A total of 2.3-million children are at risk of becoming victims of attacks, and there are more than 6,000 child soldiers in CAR, many of whom are forced to commit atrocities. And sexual violence against girls is increasing. These attacks against children have reached appalling, indefensible levels. Surely Canada can, and must, do more beyond this week's announcement of an additional $5 million.

How Will Canada Help the Central African Republic Crisis?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The United Nations ranks the Central African Republic a level three emergency, among the top three humanitarian emergencies globally. The non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are concerned about the lack of awareness of this crisis. What can the government do to raise awareness of the crisis in the international community and at home in Canada?

It's Time for Africa to Rise

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

There is a new optimism associated with Africa these days. The phrase "Africa Rising" is showing up with regular frequency in media reports within the continent and beyond, and instead of a steady diet of African despair and failure, we are finally hearing about African innovation and success. Perhaps it is finally Africa's turn, and we at the Canadian Co-operative Association will have front row seats for a long-overdue African renaissance.

An African Internship -- Working Outside My Comfort Zone

Canadian Co-operative Association | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada
Canadian Co-operative Association

Three years into my career I traveled to Uganda as a volunteer with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) to discover how agricultural and financial co-operatives are drastically improving the lives of hard working farmers. That mission, "Telling Our Story Uganda" affected me in a profound and personal way.