President Obama

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 05.03.2016 | 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 11.13.2015 | 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 11.12.2015 | 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.

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.