Quito Maggi

Online Polls: Good for Lifestyle Quizzes, Not for Politics

Quito Maggi | March 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Online polls can be fun and if we want to determine the public's opinion on their favourite colour, or why they like Britney Spears better than Madonna, they can be accurate enough to be newsworthy, I suppose. I think we have to look at the differences between American and Canadian politics and culture to understand why online polls don't accurately reflect public opinion accurately enough when it comes to voting intentions.
Carol Linnitt

How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

Carol Linnitt | March 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."
Angus Reid

Online Polls Are Better Than Phone Surveys in Almost Every Way

Angus Reid | March 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
I've been a pollster for 40 years. Internet polling enables us to explore subjects once very difficult, if not impossible, to cover via telephone surveys. Further, online polling provides opportunities to put video and photos in front of people for truer reactions.
Brooks DeCillia

CBC News Cuts: We Need More Media In Canada, Not Less

Brooks DeCillia | March 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
I could, of course, see the dark clouds rolling in when I was still at the CBC -- but these latest cuts are an epic deluge for a place where I spent a lot of time.
Murtaza Haider

Toronto's Pan Am Transit Plans Divide the City

Murtaza Haider | March 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
The GO Transit network has sufficient capacity in the non-peak direction of travel during peak periods, and in both directions during off-peak periods. The government should offer free GO service in off-peak periods and in the non-peak direction during the peak period. The Pan Am Games should bring the City together in a mass celebration of the human spirit. The current plans require people to stay away or at home, which is against the very spirit of the Games. Let's plan better to have fun at the Games.
DeSmog Canada

Canada's Charitable Law Urgently Needs Reforming

DeSmog Canada | March 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
A report released today by the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre calls for sweeping reform of Canadian charitable law in line with other jurisdictions such as the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and England. Current rules around "political activity" are confusing and create an "intolerable state of uncertainty," the report says.
Junaid Jahangir

Moderate Muslims Are Everywhere, Just Not in the News

Junaid Jahangir | March 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
A simple Google search reveals that Muslim leaders and organizations across the globe have overwhelmingly condemned ISIS. However, on various online forums the question remains, "Where are the moderate Muslim voices?" On closer inspection, online commenters are not concerned about the umpteen condemnations by Muslim leaders but by the efficacy of such efforts.
Alex Abramovich

It's About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

Alex Abramovich | March 25, 2015 | Canada Impact
On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.
Robert McMurtry

It's Time to Put Healthcare on the Federal Election Agenda

Robert McMurtry | March 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
A federal election could be called any time in the next few months, judging by the media coverage and the ramping up of political activity. Many issues have been crowding into the media headlines in anticipation of the election -- but with a notable absence of any consideration of healthcare by our political parties. Apparently the subject is still on the minds of the electorate though, at least amongst my own circle of friends, colleagues and neighbours, many of whom note the leading edge of our baby-boomers have now turned 65.
Capt. Trevor Greene

The Maldives: Beautiful, Corrupt and Slowly Disappearing

Capt. Trevor Greene | March 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Mohamed Nasheed, the charismatic former president of the Maldives, was sentenced to 13 years in prison in mid-March for ordering the arrest of a senior judge in 2012. It's surreal and oddly disconcerting to think of political corruption, vote-rigging and torture afflicting an island paradise like the Maldives when the place is so indelibly associated with a noble, desperate battle against global warming.
Hélène Laverdière

Canada Should Partner with Canadian NGOs to Help Rebuild Gaza

Hélène Laverdière | March 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Now is the time for Canada to focus on long-term recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction in Gaza. Housing, health, water and sewage facilities, provision of social services, education, and psycho-social support are all areas where we can help. Canada must commit to long-term development programming in Gaza -- and a quick survey of some of Canada's NGOs suggests there are many positive and effective options for partnership.
Hon. Navdeep Bains

Harper Should Stop Playing "What Not to Wear" With Religious Dress

Hon. Navdeep Bains | March 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
I believe that Canadians see the strength of our shared diversity. Individuals like the young women who took to Twitter with #DressCodePM to express their displeasure with the idea of undue restrictions on religious expression, or fashion, remind me of that. As a father of two daughters I know the kind of Canada that I want my children to grow up in
Blake Bromley

Should Freedom of Religion Trump the Charter's Equality Rights?

Blake Bromley | March 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
The Supreme Court of Canada has held that the Quebec government is infringing on the religious freedom of Loyola High School to require it to teach the Christianity portion of this course from a neutral, rather than a Christian, perspective. The Supreme Court of Canada has effectively held that the Charter's fundamental freedom of religion provision trumps the Charter's equality rights.

For Many Canadians Without Safe Drinking Water, Help Isn't on the Way

Ecojustice | March 24, 2015 | Canada Impact
At any given time, there are thousands of Canadians who cannot safely drink the water out of the taps in their homes. In some extreme cases, they may not even have indoor plumbing. The worst part is that for many, help isn't on the way.
Mike Schreiner

Ontario's Opposition Parties Failing to Push Liberals on Climate Solutions

Mike Schreiner | March 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
The risks and costs associated with climate change are already mounting--ice storms, severe flooding, crop losses, damage to critical infrastructure, $3.2 billion in extreme weather related Canadian insurance costs in 2013 alone. Yet, the climate crisis is rarely talked about at Queen's Park. The lone exception is Ontario's Environmental Commissioner Gord Miller, who has stirred up controversy with reports pointing out that Ontario has no plan to meet its 2020 or 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.
Angelina Chapin

Why a $7000 Benefit Is An Insult to Veterans' Families

Angelina Chapin | March 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
This week, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) announced a proposed benefit of $7,238 for family members caring for severely ill or injured veterans. You'd think Jenifer Migneault, the wife of a man who suffers from PTSD, would be celebrating. But she's not. Migneault does not think cash is the solution. She wants a program that trains family-turned-caregivers to live with PTSD. "I can have all the money in the world," she told CBC in reaction to the caregiver benefit. "But if I don't have a quality of life, this money doesn't serve anything."
Dr Ryan Meili

Income Inequality Poses a Health Risk to All

Dr Ryan Meili | March 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
There is a growing international movement, supported by the World Health Organization, toward "Health in all Policies," an approach that has been adopted by governments around the world. Here in Canada, Quebec has such a policy, and Newfoundland and Labrador is currently exploring this model.
Lauryn Oates

True Democracies Protect Everyone's Freedom of Expression

Lauryn Oates | March 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Democracies must protect freedom of expression, which includes the right to blaspheme. Freedom of expression and the right to dissent is either for everybody or for nobody, or the principal falls apart entirely.
Susan Wright

What You'll Have to Do to Stay Under the Radar if Bill C-51 Becomes Law

Susan Wright | March 22, 2015 | Canada Politics
Bill C-51 is an omnibus anti-terrorism bill that grants CSIS new information sharing powers and converts CSIS from a covert intelligence gathering organization to a covert enforcement agency. Ms. Soapbox is here to offer four simple suggestions to keep you out of trouble when Stephen Harper's majority government finally passes this monstrous piece of legislation.
Maude Barlow

This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Maude Barlow | March 22, 2015 | Canada Impact
Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever. Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter "a new geologic age" -- a "planetary transformation" akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. This is according to 500 renowned scientists brought together in Bonn at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on May 2013.
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