Canada Politics

I Listened To The Stories Of Those Impacted By Monsanto's Greed

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

It was a chance to hear from some of the many victims of Monsanto and how that company has affected every level of our lives: from the food we put into our bodies and the issues associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, to the adverse impacts its corporate greed has on poverty and food security.

I'm Fighting To Keep A Neo-Nazi Paper Out Of My Neighbourhood

Lisa Kinsella | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Kinsella

It's not just the U.S. that is experiencing an increase in hate, it's been here at home -- Toronto -- for quite some time. And it's been landing on our doorsteps. It's the misogynist, racist, anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim and homophobic piece of garbage that calls itself the innocuous sounding "Your Ward News."

In A Hate-Filled World, What Can You Do?

Lauren Ross | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Living
Lauren Ross

In a time when hatred appears to be everywhere -- on Facebook and Twitter, in the suicide bombs of terrorists and the ugly politics of the United States -- I find solace in knowing we have the power to change. We have the power to erase hate, and instill understanding and acceptance, in the same way my mother did.

Ontario Police Boards Need To Change

Erick Laming | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Erick Laming

In Ontario, municipal police services are governed by Police Services Boards (PSBs). These Boards retain a great deal of control over local matters related to policing. They generally consist of three or five members for smaller jurisdictions, and seven members for large municipalities. It is time to abolish the current structure of PSBs and implement stronger forms of governance that serve the public interest and are accountable to the community, while ensuring the necessary checks and balances for the operation of police services.

Rise Up, Canada, And Revoke The Licence To Hate

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Go back to your f---ing country," the white man screamed at the non-white man. This outburst was caught on camera, not in post-Brexit England or post-election America, but on a streetcar in the middle of multicultural Toronto. Lately, Canadian headlines teem with tales of hate crimes. So what can you do? Lots.

Saskatchewan Political Donation Problem Is A Caution For Canada

Charles Smith | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Charles Smith

The role and influence of money in the political process has long been antagonistic to a fully democratic electoral system. Political parties must raise money from party supporters to maintain an organization, promote various messages and compete in elections, but it matters where that money comes from and how it is raised.

Circling The Wagons

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

In ancient Israel, there was a period of time when the society was beneficially directed, in the development and practice of the law, by two houses of...

Canada Doesn't Need A 'National Seal Products Day'

Sheryl Fink | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Living
Sheryl Fink

The comment was made that National Seal Products Day "makes a statement, not a holiday." But statements will do little to benefit Inuit sealers who could use real and tangible assistance in accessing the markets for products from their full-use seal hunt. They also fail to provide viable alternatives for fishermen in Atlantic Canada.

Enough Of U.S. Politics, I Have A Beef With The Mayor Of Toronto

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada
Fransi Weinstein

Campaign promises. Bah! There should be a rule preventing candidates from making them. Because they rarely, if ever, deliver. It would be bad enough i...

Why Do We Need The Canada Food Guide?

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Living
Aaron Wudrick

Canadians are more likely to Google on their phone while standing in a grocery aisle than carry around a folded-up food guide poster. Almost every grocery product is now labeled, disclosing how much sugar, fat, vitamins and calories are contained in each serving. This new reality calls into question why Canadians are paying millions to update a government diktat on what we should eat. And given the nutrition information is out there for all to see, why are we allowing faceless Ottawa bureaucrats to recommend what we should eat?

Centrist Politics Are Not The Answer To Trump

Andre Arnet-Zargarian | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Andre Arnet-Zargarian

What this election has proven is that, once again, indifference is all that is required to embolden those among us who wish to express their anger against those who do not look, think, or act like the majority do.

Lest We Forget: Reflections In Troubling Times

Mike Rowlands | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada
Mike Rowlands

"These are the times that try men's souls." So said Thomas Paine on the eve of the American Revolution. As the world looks on, America once again stan...

It's Time For The Donald Trump Apology Tour

Karen Lin | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Lin

Donald, you tapped into the anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment economics, establishment politics and the establishment media. But you also opened the Pandora box of hatred xenophobia and bigotry. Your campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" feels a lot like "Make America White Again" these days.

One Year Later: How The Paris Terror Attacks Changed The World

David Easey | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
David Easey

Nov. 13 marked the one-year anniversary of the Paris attacks, where 130 individuals lost their lives as several Islamic State (ISIS) militants brought an onslaught of violence and chaos. The bloodshed and terror was a symbolic and ruthless attack against the western world, as Paris is the epitome of occidental culture, and has represented western ideals since the French Revolution in the 18th century.

Tell Health Canada You Want GMO Foods To Be Labelled

Rachel Parent | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

With the topic of labelling GMOs such a priority elsewhere and something which the majority of Canadians want, why has Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency been denying this information to the public? Why do the same companies that manufacture GM food for the Canadian market supply non-GM food to other parts of the world? 

Heartbroken By The System? Apathy Is Not The Answer

Caro Loutfi | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Caro Loutfi

Watching the challenges of misogyny, sexism, racism, discrimination, poverty, and unemployment play out on centre stage in the United States has heightened the awareness that the same issues are still alive and well in our own country. The impact that a prime minister or president can have on the issues we care about is more than immense.

Stop Excusing Presidential Donald For Candidate Trump's Rhetoric

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

In the few days since Donald Trump was elected all I hear from some of the media, from some of his surrogates, from some of his pals is, "he only said those disgusting and outrageous things to get elected." They keep saying we'll see a "different Donald Trump, a kinder, gentler Donald Trump in the Oval Office." WTF?

The 'Great Unwashed' Will Have Their Revolution

Serge Buy | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Serge Buy

To all those that derided the supporters of Trump and even Sanders, who called them despicable (Trump) or idealistic (Sanders), who dismissed them as impractical or racist -- change your ways, or at least your thinking. The "great unwashed" are marching. And they're angry.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

Take A Break From All This

Angela Hartlin | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

Those of us who feel hurt in our hearts for our American friends and family must take time to stop engaging in this year's political circus. It is seemingly unfathomable to get this 180 degree turn of American politics out of your mind, especially when you understand the negative impact that could come of this presidency, with evidence based strictly on his divisive rhetoric. But you must. Even if only for a bit, you MUST unplug from the chaos.

Someone Like Donald Trump Could Never Win In Canada

Todd Hauptman | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Todd Hauptman

Despite our rich history of progressive policies, one must wonder whether a divisive political figure like Donald J. Trump is possible in this nation. The following five reasons are why I am convinced that this kind of national leader would not ever be possible in Canada.

Liberals Fight Accusations Of Shady Fundraising Practices

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau himself has defended the fundraisers.

Even Donna Brazile Has Forsaken Her Moral Compass In The U.S. Election

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada
Fransi Weinstein

We don't even get a minute to catch our breath. We weren't yet fully recovered from hearing about James Comey's inappropriate letter to Congress, and ...

3 Tips To Cope With Election Uncertainty

Lifetime Daily | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Living
Lifetime Daily

Truth is, our environment has always been uncertain. We don't have control over much of what happens to us. Even within the presidential electoral process, where we have a right to vote for our own leader, we are only given two choices. (Of course, we can vote for other candidates, but they have literally no chance of winning, so it's a bit of a fallacy).

Ontario's Patients First Act Puts Patients Last

Nadia Alam | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Alam

The healthcare system is broken, leaving doctors craving healthcare reform. Ontario funds an inadequate number of medical services for an inordinate number of patients. This mismatch creates a bottleneck in which care is triaged and/or rationed: the sickest are served while the rest wait.