President Obama

Celebrating Michelle Obama's Legacy Of Kindness

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

She inspired Americans to be more caring and respectful toward one-another, as she never treated anyone with less than the utmost respect. For that reason, she won the love, respect and admiration of her fellow Americans. Many First Ladies are respected and admired, it's true, but few were as deeply loved as Mrs. Obama has been.

The Obamas Showed Us How To Go High When The World Goes Low

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

The last eight years have hardly been America's finest. Through it all, however, this family has stood tall -- resolute, proud, dignified. Never letting on how hurt, how insulted, how devastated, how disappointed and yes, how justifiably angry they must have been, may still be, may always be.

Obama Tells Anxious America To Be Hopeful In Emotional Farewell

CP | Josh Lederman And Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada Politics

The president wiped away tears as he thanked his wife.

Becoming President Is Probably The Best Deal Donald Trump's Ever Made

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

He is well within his legal rights to run both the country and his company. There is not a damn thing anyone can do about it. You could argue that it's corrupt, or that it's unethical, but we shouldn't hold our breath waiting for either Donald Trump or Congress to embrace the notion of ethics.

When Will Trump Voters Realize They've Been Had?

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

Remember Donald Trump's campaign speeches when he was the Republican presidential candidate? All those promises he made? How his supporters lapped it all up? How loudly they cheered? How madly they waved their placards and signs? How riled up they got?

3 Things I Learned From President Obama's Speech In Athens

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.25.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

The whole speech was an hymn for democracy, aiming to remind us that after all this time, since democracy was first born here in Greece, its flame still fuels the progress of our society. He reminded us that democracy is neither perfect, nor complete.

Obama's Legacy Through The Eyes Of One Of His Canadian Volunteers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

They told me and many others to go back to where we came from. In due time, the campaign would be embraced by the electorate, especially among African Americans, whose loyalty of the Clinton's is often unhealthy and concerning.

Hollywood Envisioned Trump Nearly 60 Years Ago

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Last night I watched one of my favourite movies, A Face in the Crowd. Favourite not in terms of feel-good, but unsettling. This 1957 movie by Elia Kaz...

Clinton-Trump Debate Hooked This Canadian On U.S. Politics Again

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada
Fransi Weinstein

I've loved politics pretty much my entire adult life, both Canadian and U.S. I've always been an enthusiastic and avid follower and I've been known to watch every rally, speech and debate. I've also been known to stay up half the night waiting for the last vote to be counted.

President Obama Is Right: The World Needs More Canada

Michael Darch | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Darch

The situation in both the U.S. and the U.K. indicates disenchantment with conventional political elites. Donald Trump has been playing heavily to white voters who have seen an erosion of jobs, and for those with jobs, no real wage growth. Against this backdrop of polarization, political discontent, uncertainty and nationalism comes Canada.

World Leaders Are 'Rattled' By Trump — And For Good Reason: Obama

CP | Nancy Benac, The Associated Press | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Obama's assessment of the presidential campaign came on the sidelines of a Group of Seven summit.

Mind The Gap: Is Taking A Year Off After High School A Good Idea?

Lianne Castelino | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

With her intention to take a year off -- more formerly known as a "gap year" before starting at Harvard in 2017 -- now a matter of public record, President Obama's eldest daughter's decision comes with it the predictable flood of raised eyebrows, analysis and opinion.

Solidarity For Nosey's Freedom

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The saga of Nosey the African elephant has been escalated to The White House, as animal welfare groups renew their calls to confiscate the ailing elephant. This, after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently renewed, Hugo Libel's license to exhibit the elephant, despite 200 Animal Welfare Act (AWA) offences and Nosey's deteriorating health.

Obama's Cuba Visit Puts Acrimony In The Past

CP | Julie Pace And Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press | Posted 03.20.2016 | Canada Politics

"This is an incredible thing.''

What Came Of Trudeau's Visit To Washington

Carlo Dade | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Carlo Dade

During the Trudeau-Obama talk in D.C., it was clear that amongst the lobbyist and government relations crowd at the talk, there appeared to be a heightened sense of anticipation for this visit; above what one would normally expect for a run of the mill head of state visit. And this is good news for Canada with Trudeau as PM.

Telling Your Story Can Change The World

Jagneet Singh | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Jagneet Singh

A few years ago I decided to embark on a backpacking trip across Europe for two months. Towards the end of my travels, I found myself at the Sisteen Chapel in Rome, Italy. As I was standing there, enchanted by this insanely crazy masterpiece, I felt a soft whisper perk the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.

Rejection Of Keystone XL Is A Leap Forward For The Climate Movement

Ecojustice | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Ecojustice

The U.S. decision on Keystone XL sent a clear message: Tar sands pipeline projects like the ones currently under consideration or subject to litigation in Canada -- TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline, Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain Expansion Project, and Enbridge's Northern Gateway Project -- are not the way of the future.

Scrapping Keystone XL A Victory For And By The People

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Keystone was a fight that no one thought we could win. When the pipeline was first proposed, every energy analyst, every journalist and every politician either had never heard of it or thought the same thing -- the pipeline was a virtual certainty and its approval was imminent.

Toddler Throws Tantrum In Front Of President Obama

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Parents

Toddlers have unpredictable emotions, often going from laughter to tantrums in a matter of seconds. One little girl proved this true when she visited ...

Examining Core Values on World Elephant Day

Sangita Iyer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Today is the third annual "World Elephant Day" honoring two magnificent species, and bringing global awareness to the plight of African and Asian elep...

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.