Islamic Relief Canada

This Ramadan, Let's Call For An End To The Global Refugee Crisis

Islamic Relief Canada | May 30, 2016 | Canada Impact
The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when Muslims all around the world abstain from all food, drink and sexual pleasure during daylight hours. It is also a time when Muslims remember those less fortunate around the world by giving a portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Every Ramadan, here at Islamic Relief Canada, we pick a global issue that we campaign and fundraise on, and this month we're calling for more action towards ending the global refugee crisis.
Rachel Décoste

South Africa Renews Canadian Ties With Fort McMurray Aid

Rachel Décoste | May 30, 2016 | Canada Alberta
The deployment of wildland fire fighters to Fort McMurray is the biggest foreign deployment ever for South Africa (save armed forces' deployments). The South African PR machine casts the aid as "repaying a debt to the Canadian people for their support for the anti-apartheid struggle." It's an interesting re-interpretation considering Canada's weak anti-apartheid record and deteriorating diplomatic relationships with South Africa.
Patricia Adams

Supreme Court's World Bank Decision Compromises Our Justice System

Patricia Adams | May 30, 2016 | Canada Politics
The case before the Supreme Court hinged on whether the World Bank and its officials should need to cooperate in a case involving Canadians accused by World Bank whistleblowers of conspiring to corruptly win a World Bank contract for a Bangladesh bridge-construction project.
Sarah Miller

Clark's Donation Leaves More Questions Than Answers

Sarah Miller | May 30, 2016 | Canada British Columbia
John Horgan didn't hold back while questioning Premier Christy Clark on a rather puzzling $150k donation, that ended up indirectly benefitting her brother. A donation that appears to have no paper trail, policy, or even a record that the request for the donation was ever made.
Cardinal Gérald Lacroix

We Must Choose To Recognize The Dignity Of Life

Cardinal Gérald Lacroix | May 30, 2016 | Canada Politics
The life you have received, the breath that sustains you, the personality that characterizes you are imprinted with beauty, nobility and greatness. The love you have received, the love you have given are always present and make you -- like all of us -- people that are vested with great dignity in all circumstances.
Reva Seth

Gender Equity: We Need A Genuine Shift In The Political Landscape

Reva Seth | May 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
These next few days are like festival season for political people: in Winnipeg the Liberal Party is gathering for the 2016 Biennial Convention while over in Vancouver, the Conservative Party are also in the midst of their national convention. Gender equity and increasing the number of female candidates will be a hot topic for both. PM Trudeau and his core team have this made this a clear priority for this Liberal Party and for the Conservatives, a more gender inclusive party has to be an essential part of their renewal efforts.
Robert Waite

A Spur-Of-The-Moment Decision Turned Me Canadian

Robert Waite | May 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Until recently, some of my American friends continued to urge me to return "home'. They said I must find it boring to be in Canada. Or that I must get tired of the cold; or the high taxes; or the dipsy-doodle currency we affectionately call the loonie. The truth is, I am home. And it feels pretty good.
Duncan Kinney

Is Brian Jean A Climate Change Hypocrite?

Duncan Kinney | May 27, 2016 | Canada Alberta
As a backbencher in Ottawa, no one paid much attention to Brian Jean. But now that's he's the leader of the Official Opposition here in Alberta, what has he actually said -- on the record -- about the environment, climate change, wind energy and carbon pricing? Let's look and see.
Mike Schreiner

We Must Go Further To Get Big Money Out Of Ontario Politics

Mike Schreiner | May 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
After being shamed into action by media report and letter writing campaigns, the Ontario Liberals have finally introduced an election financing reform bill. Unfortunately, it doesn't go far enough. The changes move the dial in the right direction -- by banning corporate and union donations, for example. But privileged hands can still find their way into the cookie jar. Quebec may have the solution to this problem.
Fiona Kouyoumdjian

Why Do So Many Canadian Prisoners Die After Their Release?

Fiona Kouyoumdjian | May 27, 2016 | Canada Politics
Canadians might be surprised to learn that many health and social services widely available in the community are not available in most of Canada's correctional facilities -- this needs to change. We are missing a critical window of opportunity to reframe the period of incarceration as a time to help people improve their health and well-being before returning to our communities.
Aaron Wudrick

When It Comes To Fiscal Policy, Japan Is No Role Model

Aaron Wudrick | May 26, 2016 | Canada Business
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Tokyo this week for a bilateral visit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as well a G7 leaders summit in nearby Ise-Shima. While increasing trade is a major focus of the Prime Minister's visit (Japan is Canada's fifth largest trading partner), Canadians should cross their fingers that Trudeau doesn't ask his Japanese counterpart for advice on fiscal policy and the virtues of massive infrastructure spending.
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Was Harper Really The Worst Canadian Prime Minister In History?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | May 26, 2016 | Canada Politics
Does the inevitable stagnation that comes with a decade in power automatically cast a departed leader as the worst in history? Many will point at Harper's dictatorial approach to governance, his deficits, his disregard for science or his political gamesmanship as proof that he was. I don't think this type of hyperbole is worthwhile nor productive.
Jeff Cates

How Canada Can Build An Innovation Nation From The Bottom Up

Jeff Cates | May 26, 2016 | Canada Business
Approximately 140,000 new businesses are started every year in Canada, yet half of them don't make it to their fifth year. Small businesses are key drivers of economic growth in our country and we must equip entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need for long-term success in order to help transform Canada into the innovation hotbed we know it can be.
Cathy Elliott

The Time For Pretty Words About First Nations Has Passed

Cathy Elliott | May 26, 2016 | Canada Living
When I hear about more suicide pacts, attempts, successes, my heart breaks into pieces. I see their faces. I see them smiling, joking, wrestling with life's mysteries, reaching out to their grandparents and my heart bursts with love, pride and despair. When I see them dance, sing, drum, draw, write and speak eloquently about the world as they see it, my mind is overwhelmed by their potential. And I am struck dumb by the idea that their potential is being smothered. Willfully. With impunity.
Jerry Dias

Listen Up, O'Leary: Democracy Doesn't Fit On A Spreadsheet

Jerry Dias | May 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary premiers his new reality show this weekend -- an all-too real show, in fact. The man who made a name for himself as the loudest and most offensive cast member of the Dragon's Den reality TV show will be testing the waters at the Conservative Party convention this weekend for a possible leadership bid. He would be a terrible leader. Terrible for the Conservatives and terrible for the national debate in this country. Being offensive and insensitive to the very real needs and wishes of Canadians is not leadership and it's certainly not prime ministerial.
Douglas Hoyes

Lowering Interest Rates On Payday Loans Is Not Enough

Douglas Hoyes | May 25, 2016 | Canada Business
Recently the Ontario government asked for comments on potential reductions in the maximum total cost of borrowing a payday loan in Ontario. In particular, the Ministry was recommending that the cost be reduced from the current $21 per $100 advanced, to either $15 per $100, $17 per $100 or $19 per $100.
Andrew Perez

Ambrose Has Proven Herself Worthy Of Permanent Tory Leadership

Andrew Perez | May 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
If Conservatives are shrewd as they convene in Vancouver this week for their party's convention, they will plead with Ambrose to run for the party's permanent leadership while requesting a not insignificant change to the party's constitution that would allow the party's interim leader to contest the permanent leadership.
Lisa Durante

#PrayforSophie Shames Working Moms Who Ask For Help

Lisa Durante | May 25, 2016 | Canada Living
Yes, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau asked for help. And with that request, a firestorm has ensued that has attacked her station. I don't mean her ambiguously political role as the spouse of Canada's prime minister or her status of privilege. I very much mean her standing as a working mother.
Nadia Abu-Zahra

No Rhyme Or Reason Behind Canadian Family's Ordeal In Egypt

Nadia Abu-Zahra | May 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Swept up in the dream of democracy, it seemed, her hubby took a consulting role. But the civil service in which he served was as short-lived as a drumroll. No sooner had he turned 34 (on his birthday, no less) that he was slammed in jail by a general who ruled the state under duress.
Christine Van Geyn

Premier Wynne Making Life Harder For Ontario Taxpayers

Christine Van Geyn | May 25, 2016 | Canada Politics
Over the long weekend, many Ontarians took time to visit friends and family across the province. For many, a topic of conversation over dining tables or dockside drinks was the state of the province and revelations from the past week of the conduct of Premier Kathleen Wynne. But where to begin?
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