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Obama and Kerry Are Going Too Far To Prove We Are Tolerant and Inclusive

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

This ethic came under attack in the 20th century when Frans Boaz and Bertrand Russell introduced moral and cultural relativism. Boaz wrote there were no inferior or superior cultures, that all were equal and couldn't be ordered in an evolutionary scale. Russell believed the survival of democracy required tolerance and understanding of others.

Obama's Message to Canada: We Don't Want Your Oil

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Business
Kenneth P. Green

Whether or not one favors Mr. Obama's energy policy, there's one thing very clear about it: Canada's oil is not something that factors into Mr. Obama's calculations other than in the negative: it's not "American" energy, it's in the basket of "imported oil" that the U.S. wishes to curtail, and to Mr. Obama it's the wrong sort of energy.

Israel: The Defining Speech of Harper's Career

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Prime Minster Stephen Harper made a historic speech before the Israeli Knesset. I predict it will be considered Harper's greatest and most memorable of his political career and one of the most memorable speeches given by any Canadian prime minister domestically and internationally.

"Dirty Harry" Harper Stands Up To Befuddled Obama

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Harper should be commended for speaking truthfully to Obama and the US, that Canada's oil and gas industry is critical to Canada's future prosperity. And that Harper will continue to fight to transport Alberta oil to the US regardless whether Obama rejects Keystone. In a few years, Harper will still be prime minister. Obama will have faded into history.

Right-Wing Congress Brings "Rae Days" to Washington

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Who would have thought that the extreme right wing Tea Party-led US Congress would a pull a "Bob Rae", and in effect impose "Rae Days" on 800,00 federal employees in Washington? Washington, in 2013, is not much different than Ontario in the early 1990s.

Toronto LGBT Honours "International Day of Solidarity"

Barry Dennison | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Barry Dennison

As President Obama met with gay, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia last week, after the recent G20 Summit, on September 8, 2...

Putin's Op Ed Flips Obama the Bird, Tells Americans Not to Feel Special

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

The thuggish Putin thinks that Obama and the U.S. are so weakened, that he had the chutzpah to pen a highly critical Op Ed Piece in the New York Times, criticizing, among other things, America's view of itself as exceptional and unique. And criticizing hypocritically the U.S. for contemplating a military action, when Russia has been supplying arms to Assad to assist his regime in killing and gassing 100,000 of his own people. According to liberal CNN on Wednesday night, all the panellists agreed that Putin's Op Ed piece in the New York Times, was Putin's way of flipping the bird to Obama and the American people. This is what happens to the U.S. when its President leads from behind, or worse.

America's Syria Plan Considers Everything Except the People Living in Syria

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

The inadmissibility of chemical weapons on the battlefield was as early as 1899 an international principle of war. As is often pointed out, even Hitler -- himself the victim of a gas attack -- recoiled from their use in battle. The First World War scrubbed battle of its supposed virtues and in the place of heroism instituted the practical diplomacy of a League of Nations.

Congress Is Against Obama's Syrian Military Misadventure

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

President Obama is finally bringing together the unruly and ideologically opposed factions of Congress. But unfortunately for Obama and his administr...

Why Obama Will Lose the Syria Vote

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

Obama and political strategist David Axelrod are confident that the Congressional Republicans will put aside their personal disdain for Obama and domestic partisan concerns and support Obama's limited military strike against Syria. I predict Obama will not obtain Congressional support and will suffer a humiliating personal and political defeat.

The Cost of Non-Intervention in Syria

Errol P. Mendes | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Errol P. Mendes

If there is no outside intervention in Syria, the prospect of a stable Syria coming out of this conflict seems increasingly remote. What may well be the eventual outcome is a fractured country with different Sunni, Alawite, Christian, and Shiite forces creating their own safe havens within the country's borders. We have seen this before, and it rarely ends well.

Syria: "A Madman Is Gassing His Own People"

Josh D. Scheinert | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada
Josh D. Scheinert

In Syria we have been, perhaps rightfully, very concerned with getting ourselves caught in a situation where we have little control or influence, and whose end is unpredictable. Syria's civilians have paid the highest price of this calculus. Now, however, that calculus must change.

President Obama Must Step Up and Fight Climate Change

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Hannah McKinnon

Approving or rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline is one of the critical decisions that will test whether the President is serious about his legacy to protect our shared climate. While the President has stated he will not approve the pipeline if it damages our climate (spoiler alert: it will), it's time to turn up the pressure to encourage President Obama to make the right decision for our future and reject the pipeline.

Canada Is a Climate Change Loser, Not Leader

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada
Hannah McKinnon

On Tuesday, President Obama made it clear that a safe future for our children and climate comes first. While Canada used to be able to duck and hide behind the United States when it came to failing to act on climate change, with the U.S. stepping forward, Canada is now alone in its refusal to take climate change seriously.

SavvyMom Roundup: Political Gaffes and Unspeakable Tragedy

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

There was a lot in politics that caught my attention this week. Not all of it was good. The unimaginable bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon leave so much to discuss and wonder. What I found amazing was the ability of the American people to stay positive in the wake of such an event.

Bibi and Erdogan Bury the Hatchet Thanks to Obama

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

There were low expectations for the summit meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but the talks were a major d...

How Left-Wing Fundamentalists Slow Down Progress

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

We think of the religious right as fundamentalists, viewing the world through a narrow prism of religious doctrine. We think of people who refer to themselves as Conservatives as fundamentalists -- Stephen Harper and his party. But we rarely, if ever, consider the left-wing progressives as fundamentalists.

The Anti-Keystone Movement Should Know When to Fold 'Em

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 05.10.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Wolfe

In the last few weeks the American environmental anti-Keystone movement has been dealt several very bad hands. The anti-Keystone types have lost the food money. If I was their adviser, I would strongly urge them to fold now and walk away, with the few political chips, they still possess.

Bob Woodward Makes the President's Enemies List -- Again

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Wolfe

As reported by Jim Vanderhei and Mike Allen in today's Politico article, "Woodward at War", the legendary investigative reporter Bob Woodward, has b...

How Doublespeak Is Ruining Our Environment

Sangita Iyer | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Millions of dollars have been channeled into framing climate change messages by intentional misuse of language so as to mislead the masses. Unfortunately misleading language is precisely what the fossil fuel industry continues to thrive on; surely "ethical oil" sounds more appealing than tar-sands oil.

Watching the Watchdog: Obama's Been Playing the Part Too Long

Tim Knight | Posted 04.17.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

This week, in his fifth State of the Union address, Obama showed every sign of no longer believing in his words. He was Hamlet, unable to make up his mind, over-trained and over-rehearsed. This Obama speech was so flat, so monotonous, so uninteresting. But Florida Senator Marco Rubio had been carefully chosen by the Republican Party bigwigs to offer the party's answer to Obama. The Republicans must be insane.

SavvyMom Roundup: Remembering Sandy Hook

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada
Minnow Hamilton

I planned to write about Christmas today. Specifically, what I want for Christmas. But it doesn't seem right when that's not at all what caught my attention this week. What's in my head and my heart, on my Facebook feed and Twitter stream, in my inbox and in so many conversations I have had is the horrors and devastation from the Newtown, Connecticut shootings of last Friday.

An Open Letter to Uncle Sam, From Your Northern Neighbour

Preston Manning | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Preston Manning

As an old friend who wishes nothing but the best for your country, I am worried about what one election night commentator described as the ongoing "ideological civil war" in America. In the past, after this initial polarization, there is a seeking for common ground and a coming together in order to "get things done." In recent years, however, this has not occurred. Continued polarization and conflict over the economic crisis is also of great concern to us in Canada, since our economic prosperity is very much tied to that of our largest trading partner.

SavvyMom Roundup: Stop and Scan Holiday Shopping Is Here

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.10.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's safe to say that the virtual pop-up store is the latest and greatest. It's no wonder that with the holidays approaching Mattel and Walmart have come together to launch the first one for commuters in Toronto. The virtual toy store will run for four weeks and will provide the ultimate ease in shopping by providing images of toys and a UPC code to scan for purchase. Then the commuter/shopper goes home and waits for the delivery.

Watching the Watchdog: An Election Day Fable

Tim Knight | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

During those four years there had been much sadness, wailing and gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts in the land as the tribe's riches and power ebbed, and the people lost faith in their tribe. So therefore, many leaders did arise who did each say unto the people that he alone was strong and of good courage and should be their leader to lead them out of the slough of despond and into the land of milk and honey...