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...
Over the last several months, the federal government has repeatedly thrown up the claim that theirs is "the most transparent government in Canadian history," even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is categorically untrue. Even the practice of stomping on backbenchers who push for more transparency is nothing new for this government.
In a Global interview with Laura Stone, I am quoted as saying that Stephen Harper is "not Canadian." Having lunch with a reporter on virtually no sleep is a high risk proposition, but I didn't say anything I didn't mean. The issue is this: unlike any prime minister in our history -- Liberal or Conservative -- Mr. Harper reflects a political culture foreign to Canada. What makes me say Mr. Harper has strayed from those traditional Canadian values and style of governance? Well, here's a short list.
The launch of synapsABILITY -- a social venture that will evolve into a digital platform connecting individuals with disabilities and the support networks that care for them -- promises to bring the power of social media to an increasingly cash-strapped system of care.
In our government, the president's top deputies are partisan appointments, part of a thick layer of political appointees that run every important council and agency in the government.
While the Canadian tourism industry faces headwinds from its traditional markets because of the continued lagging economies in Europe and the United States, it has seen growth in other parts of the world.
For a once homeless panhandler high school dropout refugee, Alfonso Cuadra has come a long way. At only 35 he is now living the Canadian dream. The no...
Political attack ads are designed to make you think. Their aim is to get you to look at a person or an issue in a different light, one different from what the media or the party's political spin machine wants you to look at. Simply put, they work. While it seems everyone complains about them, they still watch them.
If you're a fan, you can follow the action without worrying if the hooligan next to you is going to drop his beer on your lap (unless of course your neighbour is wearing a Leafs jersey, in which case you'd be advised to find Dupont or Jodoin to heckle him into an early departure).
While growing up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, I knew very little about Boston. Yet I knew everything to know about the Boston Marathon. I understood the Boston Marathon to be where the world came to compete and meet a personal milestone. I understood that even a country that is as poor and powerless as Ethiopia can compete and win.
While always nice to get a lot of media coverage, Trudeau should be concerned that in the long run all the hype could hurt more than help him. Expectations are so high for him that I wonder if anyone could live up to them. Remember all the media hype around the previous savior of the Liberal Party, a gentleman by the name of Michael Ignatieff. It didn't help him.
This week is momentous for legions of moms and women in general: the "Big O" is comin' to town. But what do you give to the billionaire Black woman who has everything? Give her an NHL A hockey jersey. Really? Is that the best we could come up with?
Justin Pierre James Trudeau was born "prorfyrogennitus," the name bestowed upon the children of sitting Byzantine emperors who, upon seeing the light ...
The Conservative government could have taken a much bolder stance on wildlife poaching, especially given the recent Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Canada has even more power to coerce China into bringing forth sweeping changes to it's treatment of animals and the environment.
This week, plenty of critics took the Harper government to task over its decision to withdraw Canada from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Even though the Conservatives' method of backing out of the convention was typically cowardly and arrogant, it's actually encouraging to see Canada asserting itself as a country grown-up and morally self-assured enough to act as a free agent on these kinds of matters. Given the UN's record, if Canada took the initiative for creating a new framework for principled, voluntary international co-operation, it might be doing the whole world a favour.