We Canadians love our April Fools pranks. By "we Canadians", I don't mean just my daughters. The best Canadian prank I saw was Huffington Post Canada's. And I am not saying that only as a suck-up to get this article approved faster by the editors.
With Easter weekend behind us, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter especially all of those hard-working back-bench Members of Parliament and ministers and of course the prime minister too. Then again "hard-working" might not be an accurate description of our elected representatives.
Dear Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments: I hear that you're looking for a few good men (and women, too, of course) to quickly fill five Senate seats from the provinces with the most vacancies, namely Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Luckily for you folks, I'm available right now.
The Canadian government has kick started a process that seems to require perennial kick starting: reforming the public service in order to make it attractive to young job seekers. As a student of public administration and card-carrying member of the millennial clan, I have -- as befits my clan -- constructed an online list of things the latest batch of reforming should keep in mind:
In Canada, many pregnant moms have the excitement of tracking their baby's development in the womb week-by-week. In many parts of the world, this scenario is completely different. In places like Zambia, the weeks leading up to pregnancy are a montage of mysterious symptoms and, sometimes, tragic consequences. A global lack of proper nutrition and healthcare during pregnancy contributes to many of the 15 million babies that are born preterm on a yearly basis.
In Ottawa, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will once again convene a meeting of its 21 big city mayors. FCM is assembling the Big City Mayors' Caucus in advance of the federal budget, building on discussions which have been underway ever since the new government took office in late 2015.
Should you happen to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature in the days ahead, look for a small plaque that reminds visitors that the museum doors were, for four years beginning 100 years ago, the entry way to a productive and effective Parliament.
The Trudeau government seemingly called off the CRA from harassing Canada's charities on January 20. Well, not really, in fact. The Trudeau government's timidity so far in fixing this abuse of power by the previous government will probably result in some of Canada's most popular and important charities heading toward decertification and oblivion.
Canadian opinion on the question of whether physicians should be allowed, by law, to help end the lives of people who no longer wish to live is intricately nuanced. The Trudeau government must demonstrate a grasp of how complex the issue is, and how the individual moral codes of Canadians impact their thinking.
The Conservatives Party of Canada begins 2016 in a very different place from where they have been for the last 10 years. Defeats are never fun, but they offer the Conservatives a chance to rejuvenate, rebuild and rededicate themselves to promoting Canadian Conservative values.
So far Trudeau has set a new tone and the media are still wrapped up in the photo ops. But it is substance that he has to worry about and as the year progresses Canadians will have different markers to measure him against -- broken promises being one of them.
There is so much hype about the holidays. Unfortunately, our romantic notions are too often dashed and replaced with resentment, exhaustion and financial stress. But it doesn't have to be that way. With a bit of compromise, perspective and goodwill, you can survive and even thrive as a dynamic duo.
Duffy's defence -- which I will refer to as "The Costanza" -- may become a standard courtroom tactic should his lawyers succeed. This new legal principle would hold that one is innocent unless the law, social behaviour and even etiquette are explicitly explained in advance in each case.
I am really confused by my government right now, because when it comes to climate action, it feels like I have two different governments. One government is in Paris, and their words on climate sound like the kind of ambition we need. The other one is in Ottawa, and its actions are looking more and more like the Harper government's on climate change.
The Liberals had promised a new, government-wide appointment process that is open and based on merit. They recently reaffirmed that promise and added that they will ensure gender parity and that indigenous peoples and minority groups are reflected in positions of leadership. Nobody yet knows what this new government-wide process will look like.
Warnings of a housing correction are not new, but the frequency has increased. A couple of southwestern Ontario markets (most notably Toronto) and the Vancouver metro area are pricing out first-time buyers. In other major centres across Canada, the flatness or slowing of house price appreciation has dissuaded potential buyers from jumping in.