Canada Politics

It's Time for Canadian Doctors to Divest in Fossil Fuels

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In line with the hippocratic oath, we physicians-in-training make a formal request to our colleagues and mentors, we call upon the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to divest from fossil fuels.

Toronto's 2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers from a 'Democracy Deficit'

Janice Forsyth | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

Discussions about the 2024 bid were supposed to take place soon after the conclusion of the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games on August 15th. The Games have passed, the September 15th deadline is looming, and the trio of organizers -- Bob Richardson, Marcel Aubut, and Mayor John Tory -- have gone commando silent. They haven't offered a peep about procedures or timelines. We don't know with whom or how these discussions will take place. Why the secrecy? Where is the transparency and accountability in the Toronto 2024 bid process?

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper

Sarah Miller | Posted 08.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

This is a rather short list of the shortfalls of Harper and the disgrace he brings to our country and I urge everyone to fully research candidates and get out and VOTE. I think the newest campaign launched by our veterans says it best when they say ABC: Anyone but Conservative

Harper's Control of Communication Is Breaking Down

Terezia Farkas | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Terezia Farkas

To Canadians, Stephen Harper has been vague about what he did know about the plan to repay Senator Mike Duffy's Senate expenses and clear only about what he didn't know. Even with what Stephen Harper did know, the story keeps changing. The entire mess has become Canada's Watergate.

What Do We Know About Strategic Voting?

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

The concept of strategic voting is widely used by political parties and the media since the beginning of the campaign. It is assumed that it is a widespread behaviour because Canada has a "winner-takes-all" electoral system. There are two very simple conditions for a vote to be qualified as strategic: first, a voter must not vote for her preferred party, and second, behave this way in order to block a worse option. As we shall see, this straightforward definition has enormous consequences when it comes to quantifying strategic voting.

Nigel Wright's Testimony Is Insulting to Canadians

Frank Koller | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Koller

Nigel Wright didn't have a personal obligation to pay Duffy's debts, as he proclaimed. His personal obligation was to serve Canada and to maintain the integrity of its political institutions. We should be repelled by any notion that we should admire -- and excuse -- an incredibly rich individual who goes into public service and then uses his private financial resources to make political problems (and possibly crimes) disappear.

Why This Federal Election Is Kind Of Like 'Survivor'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Politics

So you think there's nothing to watch on TV during the summer? Well, as Ed the Sock points out, Stephen Harper has stepped in to help you through ...

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?