Canada Politics

M-103 Ensures Diversity Can Continue To Be Canada's Strength

Raj Grewal | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Raj Grewal

If some of our fellow Canadian brothers and sisters are living in fear of being attacked, verbally or physically, because of their identity, we need to do better as a nation, and M-103 is a step in the right direction.

Wake Up Canada, Islamophobia Is Not New To This Country

Adrienne Martin | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

Islamophobia has been an issue here in Canada, long before Donald Trump. Although the country is home to more than one million Muslims, more than half of Canadians have an "unfavourable" view of Islam, according to a 2013 Angus Reid Global poll.

Poverty Violates Human Rights. Canada Must Do More To Defeat It

Michele Biss | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Michele Biss

For a poverty reduction strategy to be successful, it takes time, political momentum, dedicated resources and an understanding that governments must consider the lived realities of poverty in every single policy decision they make.

Who Marries An Extreme Narcissist?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Marcia Sirota

Recently, it was Family Day, and I got to thinking about all the different types of families there are: single-parent families, blended families, LGBT...

Women (And Children) Still Missing From Toronto's Budget

Kristyn Wong-Tam | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Politics
Kristyn Wong-Tam

If gender-based analysis was actually incorporated in the development of the capital budget, staff recommendations would certainly have gone against overpriced infrastructure destined to serve mostly male, car-focused commuters and do more to assist Toronto's vulnerable residents, who are mostly racialized, newcomer, poor families including women and children living in far flung suburban neighbourhoods.

CETA: Canada's Rocky Road To The European Parliament

Schams El Ghoneimi | Posted 02.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Schams El Ghoneimi

CETA, the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, has everyone talking about Canada in Brussels, the EU capital, ahead of February 15's vote - and it's not always good. So, here is a tip for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of his Thursday speech at the European Parliament.

Kevin O'Leary Can't Lead The Conservatives And They Know It

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

Should Conservative party members decide that reality TV star Kevin O'Leary is the best choice to carry the party forward, they will have to contend with the party's own past. Attack ads against O'Leary have already been written, and they're quite effective. Problem is, the Conservatives wrote them.

Black Lives Matter Toronto And The Fight For Good PR

Jeff Paterson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

I'm not sure who is advising the Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter. Social justice should be about resolving issues that exist and preventing new ones from popping up. Regressive justice and the approach of BLMTO seems to be creating division. They're stepping on others and provoking controversy. Making such outlandish commentary and actions, they become their own worst enemy.

To Kevin O'Leary, From One Dragon To Another

Bruce Croxon | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Bruce Croxon

Kevin, as somebody who sat next to you for three years on Dragon's Den, I want to congratulate you for taking the plunge into public service and taking on the real dragons and sharks of the political world. But there are a few things I'm concerned about. I know that you used to be open to the idea of a carbon tax -- I've seen the video of you talking about it. Somebody must have told you that you couldn't become Conservative leader if you supported one. But here's the thing: You will never become Prime Minister if you don't have a plan to deal with climate change.

Don't Let The Extreme Narcissists Of The World Silence You

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The powerful extreme narcissist will never stop trying to silence those who question or oppose them but when we unite, we become equally powerful, if not more so. When we stand together and stand up up for what's right, we become empowered to create positive change in our own lives and in the world.

Are O'Leary And Leitch The Faces Of Conservatism?

Terezia Farkas | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Terezia Farkas

O'Leary wants the top job of Prime Minister, but he won't run in any upcoming vacant ridings because he doesn't want to sit in Parliament as an MP. That should tell you what he thinks about the men and women who give up lucrative jobs in the private sector to work as public servants. Because an MP is a public servant, accountable to Canadian voters, sworn to serve Canada.

It Isn't Health Canada's Job To Put A Positive Spin On GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.

History Will Likely Not Be Kind To Sean Spicer

Sean Mallen | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

In the world of crisis communications, we counsel to always tell the truth, and if you cannot, just shut up. Lies inevitably will be exposed. Reputations that are already damaged will be shattered beyond repair. But as we well know, Trump and his team have broken all the rules of media relations and gotten away with it -- so far.

Government Report On Salmon Ignores Science, Recommends Grey Seal Cull

Sheryl Fink | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

There is neither scientific evidence that grey seals are impacting salmon stocks, nor anything to indicate that a seal cull would improve salmon recovery. In fact, scientists warn that killing off top predators such as seals could make the situation worse, resulting in unexpected and undesired consequences on salmon and other species.

Quebec Mosque Shooting Is A Turning Point In Canada's Welcoming Narrative

Ashleigh-Rae Thomas | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Ashleigh-Rae Thomas

We have long maintained a sense of pride in being pro immigrant, refugee friendly, and a safe haven for all. This act of terrorism proved without a doubt that this is not the case. Instances of Islamophobia, racism, and anti-immigrant sentiment have been present in Canadian society for longer than most would like to admit.

How Canadians Can Resist Trump

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Andrew Tumilty

Canadians cannot support dissent against Trump without supporting dissent here, especially when it makes you uncomfortable. If Black Lives Matter or Idle No More, leave you feeling defensive, ask yourself why? Seek out voices from underrepresented communities and listen to what they have to say. By encouraging people to speak out against our own injustices, we show resistance to a president who ignores injustice.

Canadians Can Save Journalism In The Age Of Trump

Errol Salamon | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Impact
Errol Salamon

Public policy still has a crucial role to play in supporting journalism as a democratic institution that informs and as a democratic practice that supports the critical investigative work of journalists. But any viable proposal to save journalism must be grounded in a radically reformed policy-making process that encourages meaningful public participation and takes seriously non-Western voices and practices.

Canada Gets A Poor Grade In Civics Literacy

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Civics means learning about citizenship -- how our nation is governed, and our rights and duties as Canadians. It's a subject we believe is every bit as vital as math or science. Yet, across much of Canada, civics is tucked away in high school history or social studies curriculums.

Pipeline Projects Threaten Canada's Land, Health And Future

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as barely one year has elapsed since the historical COP21 agreement to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), we are deeply shaken by the federal government's approval of the proposed extension of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and the replacement of Enbridge's Line 3.

Canadian Ministers And Canadian Medals

Colin Kenny | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

It's not every day that you see a politician make a policy decision that snubs thousands of community leaders in favour of a program that honours a handful of celebrities and elites. But it seems that's exactly what the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Mélanie Joly has done.

It's Time Canadians Finally Pushed For A Sugar Tax That Sticks

Jon Telch | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Jon Telch

Implementing a sugar tax and designing it based on lengthy consultation with stakeholders across Canada is a commitment that the government will be able to meet with relative ease.

The United States Died Long Before Trump Became President

Warren Kinsella | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Warren Kinsella

It was then, right then, that the United States of America died. When you can let 20 six- and seven-year-olds be murdered, and do nothing to prevent it from happening ever again, you cease to be a country. You cease to be a people worthy of the name.

Dealing With Trolls In A Donald Trump World

Jeff Paterson | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

Back when the primaries kicked off, the trolls found a common hero in Trump. Someone on the outside the norm of the establishment, someone not taken seriously. Someone himself a master at getting reactions from making a single statement. I mean, that's the whole purpose of trolling, isn't it? Get people defensive and engage them to react with real emotions and sincerity.

It's Time For Kathleen Wynne To Consider Stepping Aside

Andrew Tumilty | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tumilty

Some decisions in politics are easy. It is not hard to oppose Trump and every vile thing he stands for. In general though political decisions are not often so clear cut. In 2017 -- sooner rather than later -- Premier Kathleen Wynne will have such a decision to make about her future, and in fact the future of the province.

A Word On Extreme Narcissists In The Wake Of Trump's Inauguration

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It's 2017 and extreme narcissists are among us. These toxic individuals are a real problem, as they're destructive and often dangerous. When an extreme narcissist holds a position of power, say, as the head of a corporation or a country, we're in a mess of trouble.