Canada Politics

Liberals Face Heat Over Proposed Changes To Parliament's Rules

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics

The Conservatives argue that the Liberals are trying to ram through the changes without adhering to the customary practice of making changes to House procedures through consensus, not by majority.

Rempel: Trudeau 'Lost His S**t' After Tory MP Questioned Him

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Politics

It was a wild, wild day in the House.

Campaigns Don't Matter. Words Do

Warren Kinsella | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Warren Kinsella

Trump was a political seismic event in many ways, of course. Trump shattered the Western liberal democratic consensus in respect of trade, immigrants, refugees, security and race. He upended every convention. He also showed everyone, in a yuge way, that campaigns now don't matter much at all.

North Korea: A Humanitarian Crisis Decades In The Making

Harith Chaudhary | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Harith Chaudhary

Through inaction we are implicated. Through apathy we are condemned. History will not judge the DPRK regime kindly, but what of us who allowed it to stay in power for so long? What Pandora's Box awaits us with the fall of North Korea?

When The News Is About The News, We All Lose

Joanna Track | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living
Joanna Track

This is not a phenomenon that is exclusively occurring within the borders of our neighbour to the south. As Canadian media is undeniably shaped by American broadcasters, our news coverage has come to reflect this disorder. In our daily news publication, we work tirelessly to balance Canadian coverage with American and other world happenings.

Living In Poverty, Forgotten By Governments

Shawn Pegg | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Impact
Shawn Pegg

In the 2016 HungerCount report, Food Banks Canada called on the federal government to implement a poverty reduction strategy no later than the fall of 2017. Canadians who are struggling with food insecurity cannot wait years for the federal government to act. They need help now, today.

An Argument For Bi-Partisanship, Healthy Debate And Empathy

Olivia Lovenmark | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada
Olivia Lovenmark

The world is becoming more partisan, and we can understand why this is happening when you look at the consistency of global events that encourage impa...

Inside A Canadian Hate Group

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

After her assault, the police officer handling Sarah's case invited her to a meeting. A CSIS agent was there. Would she be willing to go undercover, inside a hate group, using her fiancé's connections to get information? There would be no pay. No police protection. Still, Sarah volunteered.

Democracy Without Conscience Can Only Result In Chaos

Glen Pearson | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

It's at times like the present when Vaclav Havel, former independence activist, playwright, and president of Czechoslovakia, might have something to offer us, despite the fact that he died some six years ago. It wasn't by accident that the New York Times called him the "global ambassador for conscience."

Direct Action Against Pipelines Is More Important Than Ever

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Ali Reza Naraghi

We must demand accountability, regardless of political affiliation. We cannot succeed if we are tied down to top-down politics that is inherently hostile to protest movements. Protests like the historic Women's March and the fight against DAPL are inspiring starts. A broad coalition of like-minded people who are organized around a need for a new kind of politics is emerging.

Why Are Physicians Being Labelled Right-Wing Radicals?

Michelle Cohen | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

If we are ever going to resolve the doctors' struggle with the government and the broken health care system all around us, we are going to have to look past simplistic right vs. left narratives and deal with some hard and complex truths.

End All Thinly Disguised Wars On The World's Most Marginalized

The Alitaptap Collective | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
The Alitaptap Collective

They launch crusades of violence against the easiest of targets: the racialized Other, the immigrant, the slum dweller, the refugee. They promise a return to a Utopian past at the expense of their chosen scapegoats - each one of a certain colour, geographic origin or religion - only to guarantee an impoverished future for us all.

Trump's America May Finally Force Us To Wake Up To Our Prejudices

Lauren Messervey | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

All of a sudden, it was OK for America to get back into hate crimes again. Behaviour that had been previously seen as scary stories from a discarded history text book are suddenly back in the news. Here we are, a long history of "haven't we become so much better" wiped clean with story after story of bigotry, Islamophobia, and Neo-Nazi ideals rising from the ashes.

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.