Society.

Give (and Receive!) Hope for the Holidays

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Impact
Akaash Maharaj

Many of us will come home for the holidays worried about the world we will have to return to in the new year. Dire economic warnings abound. Democracy is being tested across the globe. Insecurity seems to be the only certainty. But Canadians have always found ways to master our fears rather than be mastered by them.

A Retweet Doesn't Really Show You Care

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's time to disconnect and really reach out. I know I need to call more. I know I need to reach out to you, to let you know I love you. It's so easy to think that a Facebook message or Twitter retweet shows my love, but I know it really doesn't let you know just how much you really cross my mind.

Teaching Children About the "Ability" in Disability

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

It Should Go Without Saying, But Don't Name Your Baby "Hitler"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I'm all for uniqueness when it comes to naming a child. After all, no one wants to give their child a name that will be shared by three or more kids in their grade school classroom. That being said, parents still need to consider certain parameters when making a decision that will affect their child for many years to come. Case in point: the poor child incredulously named "Adolph Hitler Campbell."

Can You Respect a Religion You Disagree With?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

How can the adherent of any religion (or even the atheist) -- who believes that his faith (or lack thereof) defines the true reality and offers the correct perspective on what is ethically and morally correct -- even accept a value of freedom of religion when it permits behaviour that this person deems incorrect?

Can I Flaunt My Body and Be a Feminist?

Kinnie Starr | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Living
Kinnie Starr

It's always been a big question to me where my comfort lies in the area of revealing my body. Am I am doing the world any good when I show off my frame? Am I building self-confidence or feeding the machine that tells us women should be seen, not heard. And better yet, women should be nearly naked, and perpetually on display in 2012?

Does Marriage Still Benefit Society?

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Living
Rabbi Ben Hecht

It would seem that marriage is some form of societal construct that allows for two individuals to create some type of life partnership and, in a gestalt manner, to be legally recognized as such. The result is that in an array of legal matters -- from taxation to insurance to inheritance -- these individuals are now perceived within the rules of this partnership. The reality is that society saw in the marital unit a structure that was beneficial to society, for one reason or another, and so it responded accordingly. The fact is, though, that changes in society have made marriage irrelevant in regard to those original benefits to society.

Why I'm Against Same Sex Marriage

Rabbi Ben Hecht | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada
Rabbi Ben Hecht

I was recently invited to debate Pastor Ted Haggard regarding whether a state should allow same-sex marriages or not. To me, the issue of same-sex marriage is not one of individual rights but, rather, involves the fine and detailed structure of society. The marital unit is the building block of society and its re-classification to include the same-sex couple is not just a matter of a simple change of definition.

Quebecers: Wrong on Tuition, But Not Laissez-Faire

Andrew D'Amours | Posted 05.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew D'Amours

Around two hundred thousand Quebec students were out in the streets of Montreal protesting tuition hikes Thursday. Their claims are unfounded, or at the very least misguided -- but one thing I must concede is how this movement is getting Quebeckers out of their bubble of indifference relating to public affairs.