Canada War

Progress In War Seems To Be Outpacing Efforts For Peace

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Not all that long ago, peace was viewed as the occasional pause between a long lists of conflicts. If we aren't careful, we will soon be in danger of replicating such a timeline. Peace becomes an investment in what we can accomplish; war morphs into everything that we can lose.

Fellow Canadians, Let's Show The World That Peace Matters In 2017

John Cartwright | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Living
John Cartwright

In the year 2017, all of us need to reach out to our families and neighbours who feel uneasy about the changing world, and patiently challenge prejudice or intolerance whenever it appears. If the worst happens south of the border and the drums of war and belligerence beat more loudly, the future of the world will be at risk.

For One Child, Education Is The Solution To Yemen Violence

UNICEF Canada | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Before the conflict in Yemen escalated, 10-year-old Fahd lived peacefully with his family in the northern city of Sa'ada. His routine was to wake up every morning, go to school, play with friends in the evenings and go back home for dinner and do his school homework.

The Generational Trauma Of War Has Uprooted Tamil Identities

TamilCulture | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

We as a diaspora, watched the curtain fall on a decades-long conflict we could never fully understand. And although the impact of the war varies drastically between us, what remains consistent is the recognition of a profound loss and the silent mourning of a forgotten identity.

Poetry Was My Refuge As A Child Living Through The Gulf War

Lubna Javed | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Lubna Javed

I was two months short of being 12. I went to bed quite late, only to be startled shortly afterwards by my mother. She was attempting to wake my father. She was yelling, "The war has started!" Years later I can still clearly recall the fright with which I got up. The haunting sound of the sirens still rings in my ears.

Prolonged Siege In Madaya Is Pushing Syrians To The Brink

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Driving towards Madaya in a convoy that snaked along the Damascus highway for hundreds of metres, a huge knot formed in the pit of my stomach. Not knowing what we would find there, and remembering the harrowing images of emaciated children pleading with their eyes for some respite from this siege, it was hard not to be worried.

'What Is Aleppo?' Reminds Us Of The War The World Forgot

Adrienne Martin | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

In the five years since the uprising-turned-civil-war, the Syrian conflict has become the "biggest humanitarian crisis of our time." The United Nations estimates more than 250,000 people have been killed (this figure is widely disputed among various international organizations), while another 6.6. million have been internally displaced.

Hope And Loss As World's Youngest Country Turns 5

Oxfam Canada | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Oxfam Canada

Last week, Canadians came together to celebrate their country's 149th birthday. This week, South Sudan marks five years as an independent nation. Yet for many there is little to celebrate. For half of its brief life, the world's youngest nation has been ripped apart by war, leaving tens of thousands dead.

How We Should Measure The Impact Of War On Children

Shelly Whitman | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Shelly Whitman

In our data driven world, numbers are key in terms of conveying the size of a problem or the intensity that we should pay attention to it. However, many of the world's most intractable problems continue to defy any systemic approaches to be easily counted. This is particularly accurate when assessing the effects of war on children.

Innovative Programs Help Syrian Refugees Face Uncertain Future

David Morley | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The Makani Centre sits in front of one of the only green spaces in Baqaa. Makani Centres are UNICEF-support initiatives to expand learning opportunities for vulnerable children in Jordan. Here in Baqaa it is a hive of activity for those Syrian children who cannot go to school.

Living With Cancer And Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Dave Murphy | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
Dave Murphy

The dark fear of living with cancer is like living with death on your horizon. For a long time I let myself feel like that was a certainty. First, before chemotherapy I took a stance of come what may. Since then, I've taken a more active line in trying to move away, and pursue a better, longer life. The truth was that until the appointments of this month I still had no long term vision. I was constantly repeating in my subconscious that radiation therapy was coming, to not be irrational and look into the future,but to stick in this moment and deal with it.

The Battle Of Vimy Ridge Helped Shape Our Nation

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell | Posted 04.10.2016 | Canada Politics
The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell

Canada was not quite 50 years old when the battle was fought. As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, and the battle its 100th, it is an important moment to contemplate the values we want to uphold, and the role we wish to play in the world.

Why I'm Travelling To Conflict Zones In Syria And Beyond

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.

Beasts Of A Nation Whose Name No One Cares To Know About

Lottie Ntim | Posted 12.03.2016 | Canada TV
Lottie Ntim

In a film that makes such a poignant case about valuing the perspectives of those seldom considered (children in general and children caught in the midst of conflict in particular), it appears to fail at achieving just that -- for Africans.

We Must Learn From The Lessons Of Afghanistan To Extinguish ISIS

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The lessons of Afghanistan were purchased at a bitter cost: the war claimed more lives, more years, and more money than any other campaign in NATO's history. Unless the alliance takes those lessons to heart, a war in Syria and Iraq to extinguish Daesh -- the self-styled "Islamic State" -- will be worse. In any military campaign against Daesh, how will we identify effective allies on the ground, who are less pernicious than our common enemy? How will we ensure that neither chaos nor tyranny fill the vacuum left after a successful campaign? Whom will Syrians be able to trust to rebuild their country?

The Truth About Terror Isn't That Complicated

Jillian Skeet | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Jillian Skeet

Like all westerners, I watched in horror at the terror that was unleashed across Paris. But my horror quickly turned to frustration when, immediately in the aftermath, western leaders took advantage of the situation to reinforce a false narrative, and to justify the very policies that have brought us to such a crisis. Our governments do not want us to understand that wittingly or unwittingly (the jury is still out on what role they have really played) they created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and they did so through exactly the same disastrous policies that they now claim are the only way to destroy it.

Why I Am Choosing To Help Syrian Refugees Over My Dream Vacation

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

I couldn't help but ache for the families that do not have a warm home to come home to. The families who have had to leave their entire lives behind to be shelled to oblivion while they risk their own lives to give their children a future. These people are human beings struggling to simply stay alive and are risking everything they have ever known in order to do so.

Canada Should Not Wage War Against ISIS

Joe Killoran | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Joe Killoran

As is usually the case in the rush to war, this chorus of angry voices ignores the messy and uncomfortable reality of the situation. They propose a course of action that would put Canada in greater danger, strengthen its geopolitical foes, involve a far greater sacrifice than Canadians are willing to make, and fail to improve the situation in Syria or Iraq.

Remembering Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Living
Sean Mallen

Each of the thousands of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada has its own significance, meaning and poignancy. But the one that played out in Toronto's Mount Pleasant Cemetery had something no other could claim: a tribute to an extraordinary hero who for a time was nearly forgotten.

Let's Honour Canada's Diversity And Remember The Victims Of Colonialism

Yves Engler | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

To honour Canada's diversity, how about this year we remember some of the victims of that empire? Our racist and colonial past, as well as Canada's role in exploiting people of colour all over the world, must also be included in our remembrance if we are to build a nation of respect for all people -- the essence of real diversity.

I Am One of the Lucky Ones Who Escaped War

Miriam Bosiljevac | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Living
Miriam Bosiljevac

All the posts and articles about the current refugee crisis and the little boys found washed up on the beach have been very difficult for me to follow. In late spring of 1991, I remember sitting in a cramped office as we solemnly watched footage of tanks rolling into Djakovo, Crotia (then still former Yugoslavia).

How to Find Out if You're Related to a WWI Veteran

Lesley Anderson | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

I feel very proud to say that I had an ancestor who fought in the war and returned to Canada as a veteran. I am sometimes astounded at how many Canadians don't know about their family's military contributions. In fact, a recent Ancestry.ca survey revealed one in three Canadians has no idea whether they had an ancestor who fought in the First World War.

There Can Never Be a Humanitarian Component to Military Action

Stephen Cornish | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephen Cornish

There is simply no compatibility between humanitarian action and the use of military force in combat. One has as its singular objective the alleviation of human suffering, regardless of the sufferer's identity or affiliation; the other, by definition, involves taking the side of one group against the other. That's also why it is very worrying to hear that humanitarian assistance is being used as strategic tactic in military action.

Canada Should Stop Using Cowardice to Fight the War on Terror

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

The War on Terrorism has been raging since planes knocked down the Twin Towers on September 11th, 2001. Canadians have long felt insulated from the rush to hysteria and paranoia that has gripped many of our allies but now we're right in the thick of it.

Why 2014 Wasn't Exactly a Year Worth Tweeting About

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Living
Craig and Marc Kielburger

On balance, however, this was not a good year for world peace. Russian aggression in Crimea and the Ukraine, and the West's response, pushed the world closer to a new Cold War. Revelations about the CIA's use of torture were enough to shake anyone's faith in the goodness of humanity. Meanwhile, the Middle East spiralled downward with greater violence in Gaza, Syria and Iraq. At home we are still not on track to meet our emissions targets. And the strongest praise environmentalists could muster for the climate change deal reached in Lima, Peru, last week was to wince and say it is "better than nothing."