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7 Things Canadians Might Not Know About Canada

Johanu Botha | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

If beer companies advertised countries, Dos Equis would rep Canada -- it is the most interesting country in the world. But many of those living here would never guess it. Hence the need for an internet list to all Canadians. You're welcome.

Harper, Stop Canada From Entering a Decade of 'Diplomatic Darkness'

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

There was a time when Canada realized that while military security was an important investment, it was the long-term planning involved in relief and development that would ultimately bring greater measures of peace to our world. Somewhere along the way we lost that. We also lost a seat on the UN Security Council, the world's respect through our lack of action on climate change, and our altruism the moment we decided to invest development resources only in those nations that enhanced our own local economy and brought political benefit to the government.

Watching the Watchdog: Justin Trudeau Is the Man for the Job

Tim Knight | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. As I write, the brutish old pro licks his lips, girds his l...

When Did Canada Stop Being a Peacekeeping Nation?

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The historic Christmas adage "peace to those of goodwill" takes on an attractive ring for a country that once built its international reputation on fighting to preserve peace in troubled regions. It's time for the military thinkers to come to terms with the reality that Canadians will remain a peaceful people who desire that same blessing for people around the world.

How Was Canada Knocked Off the International Stage?

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

General Romeo Dallaire was in London, Ontario a couple of weeks ago speaking to a varied audience about Canada's dwindling international presence. Perhaps nowhere was that decline so clearly obvious as in Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird's speech to the UN General Assembly and its vote on Palestinian recognition.

Little Help Over Here, Canada?

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Calling the current tension between China and Japan "worrisome," the head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations wants Canada to becom...

One More Year

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - One of Canada's longest peacekeeping missions will go on for another year.Five soldiers comprising a headquarters detachment for NATO's Kosov...

Why is Our Public Discourse Aping Shock Jock Talk Radio?

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada
Glen Pearson

I was in a meeting recently in which an MP accused the government and Stephen Harper of being "evil" and "the enemy." I have heard the Prime Minister use that language himself on more than one occasion. The hurling of insults across the aisle of Parliament has now become a pandemic -- no respect, no dignity, no results.

As Afghanistan War Ends, Will Harper Abandon Troops?

Peter Worthington | Posted 01.12.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

With our combat role in Afghanistan a thing of history, there's a feeling that Ottawa (i.e. the Harper government and most politicians) want to wash their hands of the military. Bring the boys and gals home, leave a token force there, and forget about 'em.

10 Things I've Learned From Veterans and War Objectors

Josh Bowman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Josh Bowman

I don't think you can know what it is like to make a decision until you have had to make that decision yourself. I don't know what it would be like to pull the trigger of a gun and take a life. I don't know what it would be like to flee my country as a refugee or a political dissident.

Who Wins With a NDP-Liberal Merger? Stephen Harper

Martha Hall Findlay | Posted 12.19.2011 | Canada Politics
Martha Hall Findlay

Because economic prosperity is the number one issue for most Canadians, a NDP-Liberal merger would not get the majority of votes. So if there were a merger between the New Democrats and the Liberals, the Conservative party would need only become a bit more progressive on some social and international issues in order to woo voters.

Time to Celebrate the UN's Hidden Victories

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.30.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The real success of the United Nations can never be measured by what it's done or failed to do. I hearken back to former Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold's observation: "The UN was not created in order to bring us to heaven, but in order to save us from hell."

Instead of Exiting Afghanistan, it's Time to Re-Engage

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.07.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Western leaders have repeatedly justified military intervention as a means for providing security for community-building development efforts. Perhaps it's time we revisited that construct.

Peace on the Cheap

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.06.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Now that the exit from Afghanistan is in sight, how have Canadians upheld the other end of our military activity in maintaining peace in the troubled regions of the world? In two words: we haven't.