Canada Politics

Pan Am Gentrified My Neighbourhood - What Happens After the Games?

Ashley Pereira | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Ashley Pereira

Gentrification can crowd out, or displace, communities (typically ethnic) and social networks whilst newcomers transform the very character of our vibrant communities. It is a blow to low-income residents who often move out or stay behind only to pay higher rents. Our hidden agenda is not so hidden: Sustainable gentrification triggered by planned urban development -- not a brazen force blindly driven by dollars--that protects the most vulnerable in our communities long after the Pan Am athletes pack their bags.

The Conservatives Have Steered Canada Into a Preventable Recession

Jerry Dias | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

How far has Canada's economic star fallen? Only recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasted that Canada's economy was "the envy of the entire world." That claim was always overstated. Now it is downright ludicrous. We must look to government for a more effective response to the recession. Unfortunately, however, that looks like another policy dead-end. Because so far the response of federal Conservatives has been as ineffectual as it is predictable: deny, point fingers, and spread fear.

Mulcair Is Putting Canada At Risk By Pandering to Separatists

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

All Canadians, regardless of their home province, want a principled federal Government that gets things done, not one that panders, not one that is reckless, and certainly not one that lowers the bar for the break-up of our country. Thomas Mulcair hopes to woo separatists into voting NDP and he's putting the healed wounds of our national unity at risk to do so. Our country is at a crossroads. After nearly a decade of Harper they are hungry for real change and a positive new course.

It is Time to Move Beyond Harper's Politics of Division

Arnold Chan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Arnold Chan

The Harper Conservatives have focused their time in power on dividing Canadians and creating fear for their own political benefit. We have seen countless examples of this from groups that have questions about criminal code legislation being called "soft on crime," to the use of terrorist propaganda to stoke fear when talking about political rivals (just look at the latest online Conservative attack ad against Liberal leader Justin Trudeau using material from jihadist propaganda), to the politicization of citizenship ceremonies and the meaning of citizenship as a whole.

25 Reasons for Canadians Under 25 to Vote Green

Deborah Coyne | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

Demonstrating the Green Party's commitment to principled, thoughtful politics, each reason highlights a specific, deep-rooted problem and provides a long-term viable solution. The ultimate goal: build a better Canada for all Canadians, a Canada with a sustainable future grounded in responsible environmental stewardship, social justice and fiscal responsibility.

Brands Should Support LGBT Rights

Joseph Donia | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Business
Joseph Donia

As the SCOTUS decision permeates business and marketing discussions, there have been a few arguments against brands publicly supporting equal marriage and LGBT rights. And not always the kinds of truthiness inspired arguments you might expect, but rather, reasoned (if ill-informed) arguments based on a few common assumptions. I'd like to address those here.

The Conservatives Have Changed What it Means to Be Canadian

Arnold Chan | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Arnold Chan

As a second generation Canadian I grew up with a proud sense of attachment to our nation. I often listened to stories from my parents about the effort they made to immigrate to Canada so that my younger brother and I could enjoy the many opportunities that this nation has to offer.

Del Mastro Isn't the Problem, Politics Is

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

He looked at me through moist eyes and wanted me to know how delighted he was that our adopted kids from South Sudan had arrived and were seated in the visitor's gallery above the parliamentary chamber. Question Period had just concluded and his face had been a mixture of anger, mockery and clear disdain the entire time, and yet here he was, one of Stephen Harper's attack dogs, fighting back tears and being touchingly human.These thoughts came back to me as I watched the video of Dean Del Mastro being led into a paddy wagon following his conviction for electoral fraud in the 2008 federal election.

We all Need to Atone for Canada's Mistreatment of Aboriginals

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

You simply cannot live in Canada and ignore the past. It's a pretty strong statement but reading the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into Aboriginal residential schools, that's the conclusion I've come to. The truth may be out but the reconciliation is going to take a while. So just as all Canadians share accountability for what is past, we also share a responsibility for making things better.

In Politics, Shadow Deals Aren't So Easy Anymore

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

People are just tired of being at the wrong end of an equation that rewards established wealth while hollowing out the opportunities for the average citizen. It's not so easy to govern anymore behind the veil of complexity and secrecy, and that's just as it should be in a democracy.

Can the Pope's Letter Create a "Tipping Point" on Climate Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

When climate scientists refer to "tipping points" it is usually bad news -- a moment beyond which elevated levels of greenhouse gas emissions will result in extreme weather and catastrophic damage to life upon this planet. Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment may be seen as another "tipping point" -- towards ensuring that communities of faith take up the moral challenge to preserve and protect creation.

Canada Has Lost Its Civility

Clare Beckton | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Clare Beckton

Simply because you disagree with someone's opinion does not make the person wrong or a moron or any other name flung around out there. In fact the personal attack on an individual commentator or subject of a news story reflects badly on the person doing it because it suggests that they do not have an evidentiary basis for offering an alternate opinion. If you disagree, state clearly why you disagree and the evidence for it. The same goes for our politicians. It is harder to advocate for civility when we often see anything but civility being displayed by our elected representatives and leaders in this country.

Forget Russia, We Have Our Own Human Rights Problems

Hana Shafi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Hana Shafi

Fixating on Russia is not going to solve the various human rights crises facing the West. Russia does have several of its own human rights abuses, several of its own problems that harm the society there. But let's not pretend for a second like the West is somehow incredibly different. By doing so, we forego the responsibility to address the problems that we have right here at home, and prove to the world that we are still holding onto simplistic "scary Russia" sentiments that were just as misguided and ignorant during the Cold War as they are now.

It's Time We Get Over Jacques Parizeau's "Money and Ethnic Vote" Comment

Toula Drimonis | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Jacques Parizeau was a passionate and principled man who believed in Quebec's independence, but he was at times a divisive politician. Judging by the many hateful comments I saw last night, his "money and the ethnic vote" speech after the razor-thin Quebec independence referendum loss in 1995 will continue to haunt his legacy. The over-the-top indignation I'm seeing from some is getting on my nerves. Is that one sentence from 20 years ago the only thing some of you can remember from his entire political legacy? Parizeau was so much more than just a rant, more than just one ugly moment in time.

The Government Should Help Canadians Retire With Dignity

John McCallum | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
John McCallum

Canadians are worried about their retirement. Recent polls show that among working aged people there is a growing concern that they simply won't be financially secure in retirement. This concern is validated by statistical data showing that a significant segment of society is having trouble saving enough. Instead of turning a blind eye to a known problem, the Government of Canada should be trying to help Canadians retire with dignity. Clearly, the time is right. All that is missing is federal leadership. Unfortunately, Canadians just won't get it from Stephen Harper, who has always disliked the CPP.

Why Politics Shouldn't Get Personal

Jenn Gearey | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Politics
Jenn Gearey

I think we should all put on an oxygen mask when we see the smoke of politicos' personal lives being pushed in our faces. Their work should be the measured based on their achievements as our representatives. All's fair in love, war, and politics? Each seems to contain an element of the other in one way, and each needs rules of its own.  Let's see who can play the election game fairly and not manipulate voters into believing a flaw in someone's personal life equates to them being ill suited to honourably serving the public with devotion and distinction.

Will the Sexual Orientation of Michael Sam and Other LGBT Players Ever Be Irrelevant?

Avi Goldberg | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Living
Avi Goldberg

In the context of a fluid reality, one in which expectations and potentials for sexual minorities in both society and sports are both changing and not quite resolved, Michael Sam held an historic press conference in Montreal. And, reflective of both the desire for more change as well as the fact that we're not quite sure what to do to take those final steps, there was neither consensus on what needed to be asked and said about sexuality and sports nor on whether anything had to be asked or said about that subject at all

Let's Reinvest in the Middle Class

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Business
Hon. Navdeep Bains

Putting more money in the pockets of middle class Canadians is the key to driving a more sustainable and successful economy. Not only is it a good idea but it's also fair and the right thing to do. What could be more Canadian than that?

B.C. Needs to Value Parents' Opinions on Public Education

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.

Why Same-Sex Parents Shouldn't Take Canadian Policy for Granted

Allison Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Allison Lee

This week my Facebook news feed has blown up with profile pictures featuring the red equals sign and posts about the SCOTUS hearing. The one that has the potential to grant (or continue to deny) same-sex couples rights that most heterosexual couples take completely for granted. Rights about what happens if their spouse dies. Rights about recognizing non-gestational parents as parents. It is absolutely horrifying to me to think that if The Bean were born in the U.S. rather than Canada that I would not be recognized as his parent. I am also holding my breath. For my friends. For my family. For rights that I usually take for granted, but know many are still struggling to achieve.

Top 10 Reasons B.C. Needs A New Government

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

These are all issues that every citizen can relate to and some of them, if not addressed soon, could be the downfall of our province.

It's Time for a Comprehensive Review of Canada's Tax System

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

The Conservative budget's failure to initiate a process of comprehensive tax reform is a missed opportunity to lift Canada's prospects for long-term prosperity and growth. Tax reform and simplification would improve Canada's international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth, from both a personal and corporate perspective.

We Explored Newfoundland's History Through the Story of One Man

William D. MacGillivray | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
William D. MacGillivray

The documentary Danny is as much about Newfoundland and Labrador as it is about Danny Williams. Despite the usual incursions through mass media and recently the Internet, Newfoundland and Labrador remains quite unique in Canada. A part of the North American land mass, it is also a huge, crazily desolate island off the Atlantic coast.

Modi's Potential for Good Outweighs the Bad

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

While most of the Indian diaspora as well as some Canadian politicians were very excited about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Canada, there were others who were outraged and saw it as an opportunity to express their displeasure with protests. But Modi is not the first leader of a nation to be accused of some form of transgression.

Gandhi Warned of Seven Sins. It Seems We Ignored Him

Glen Pearson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Shortly before he was tragically assassinated, Mahatma Gandhi spoke of current troublesome trends that he eventually titled The Seven Sins. Over 60 years later, these seven blunders have been so institutionalized that they have been structured into modern society in ways that are endemic.