Shahla Khan Salter


Ordinary Muslims Part 1: There Is No Islam In ISIS

Shahla Khan Salter | September 1, 2014 | Canada Politics
Recent news that several young Canadian men, including two Calgary brothers, died fighting for ISIS has shocked Canada's Muslim community -- the vast majority of whom scoff at the notion that the terrorists who have overrun Syria and Iraq are acting upon authentic Islamic teachings, much less a compose a "caliphate."
Russell Williams


From the Slide Rule to Super Computers - 50 Years of Health Research

Russell Williams | September 1, 2014 | Canada Living
The NewScientist reported on a computer program that can identify rare conditions by analyzing a photograph of a face. The software developed at the University of Oxford can recognize 90 disorders by analyzing facial features such as lips, brows and the shape of eyes.
Sid Ryan


This Labour Day, Consider the "Union Advantage"

Sid Ryan | September 1, 2014 | Canada Politics
Nearly one in three people employed in Ontario is a union member. If you are one of these 1.6 million workers, you enjoy a tremendous advantage because your union has negotiated a fair wage and workday for you.
Andrea Horwath


What Labour Day Means To Me

Andrea Horwath | September 1, 2014 | Canada Politics
Labour Day is a day of camaraderie and solidarity that I enjoy, and look forward to each year. It's a day to celebrate all that we've achieved, a day to feel the power of togetherness and to recommit ourselves to the struggle ahead. From Leamington, to Toronto, it's clear that this economy is not working for people and their families. Factories continue to close, and unemployment in this province remains stubbornly high. Our once strong, stable middle class is quickly becoming a class of precarious workers.
Jerry Dias

The Labour Movement in Canada Has a Lot to Celebrate on Sept. 1

Jerry Dias | August 31, 2014 | Canada Politics
For a generation or more, organized labour had been on the defensive, too often forced to retreat in the face of unrelenting attacks from business and too-few politicians willing to stand up for the rights of working people. But Hudak's accent to power didn't go as planned.
Yanick Labrie


Private Health Care Could Benefit Canada

Yanick Labrie | August 30, 2014 | Canada Business
Canada is the only country to limit the role of private health insurance exclusively to the coverage of services not insured by the public system. Canada is also alone in prohibiting doctors from practicing in both the public and the private sectors. Whereas 99 per cent of hospitals in Canada are public, in all other countries, private institutions have an important role to play in the provision of hospital services. Private, for-profit hospitals make up over one third of all hospitals in Germany (42 per cent), France (39 per cent) and Australia (36 per cent). Beyond any doubt, patients would be the first to benefit from such a pragmatic, evidence-based outcome.
Samara Rotstein

Are Canadian Universities Doing Enough to Prevent Sexual Assault on Campus?

Samara Rotstein | August 29, 2014 | Canada Living
Recently in the U.S., the Federal government has taken a strong zero tolerance stance on sexual assault. This increased intervention in sexual assault on university campuses made me wonder -- are we doing enough in Canada to prevent similar outcomes? Are we doing enough to prevent sexual assault and ensuring the safety of young women in our country? According to statistics on Canadian campuses published on the York University website, 29 per cent of female undergraduate students in Canada report incidences of sexual assault.
Colin Kenny


Watch Out - China Has the Money and Now the Muscle Too

Colin Kenny | August 29, 2014 | Canada Politics
China has quietly developed the world's first land-based missile system -- Dong Feng 21Ds -- capable of sinking aircraft carriers from a long way off: to wit, more than 1,500 kilometers, or a bit more than the distance between Winnipeg and Vancouver. That's a long way out into the East and South China Seas.
Michel Kelly-Gagnon


Quebecers Want to Fight Climate Change But Worry About the Bottom Line

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
Quebecers want to fight climate change. But according to a new L├ęger Marketing poll, they're also concerned about the economic costs of doing so.
Lizanne Foster

Ending Teachers' Dispute Lies In Hands Of B.C. Government

Lizanne Foster | August 29, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Teachers do not hold the purse strings to public funds in this province. Teachers cannot pass legislation. Teachers cannot ignore Supreme Court rulings without risking jail. The government can and has done all these things. It is the government who can end this dispute.
Dan Kelly


Canada's Free Trade Needs Some Work

Dan Kelly | August 29, 2014 | Canada Business
In the midst of this new day of free trade between nations, it is precisely the right time to take a close look at our own back yard, and frankly, it needs some work -- particularly given the renewed discussion back home in Canada regarding the difficulty of doing business from one Canadian province to another.
Gerard Montpetit


Mr. Mulcair, the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence Is As Important As the Pacific Coast

Gerard Montpetit | August 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
If you hope to repeat the success of May 2, 2011, I invite you to take a firm stand against the TransCanada East pipeline and you must demand that the National Energy Board hold public hearings that are not mere rubber stamps for the oil industry.
Mark Milke


Improving the Lives of Aboriginal Canadians Starts With Solid Data

Mark Milke | August 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
The data shows that spending for First Nations people has risen dramatically, especially when compared with per person spending on all Canadians. Well-intentioned debates over how best to improve the lives of Canada's Aboriginal population are critical. Such debates must start with actual, solid numbers.
Mike Schreiner


The Ontario Government Needs a Lesson in How Energy Markets Work

Mike Schreiner | August 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
Does Ontario's Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli understand how electricity markets work? Or is he deliberately sabotaging negotiations with Quebec to justify Ontario spending billions on nuclear power?Nuclear power is a bad choice for our financial future. Nuclear power is a bad choice for our energy future. It's time for the Liberals to wake up from their nuclear dream, and get down to the business of providing Ontario with safe, secure, and affordable electricity.
Chelsea Vowel


Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Need Both Action and Inquiry

Chelsea Vowel | August 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
Indigenous peoples are calling for a national investigation that is centered on the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women, and they are also calling for immediate action. This nation is rich in monies directly derived from Indigenous lands and resources. Please don't try to tell us Canada just can't afford to do both. I would ask that people discussing these issues in the media not accept this dichotomy and not allow themselves to be divided into two camps: either in support of an inquiry or in support of 'action'. We can and should be engaging in both.
Stuart Trew


The Government's Approach to Trade Barriers Could Be Dangerous

Stuart Trew | August 27, 2014 | Canada Business
Canada's premiers are in Charlottetown for their annual Council of the Federation meeting and once again the apparently catastrophic issue of interprovincial trade barriers ranks high on the agenda. Most premiers would rather talk about a real problem, like lack of infrastructure money, but western provinces and the federal government see their moment to change the conversation for reasons no one is being honest about. According to their line of thinking, which is fuelled by letters from a list of business lobby groups, interprovincial trade is hampered by barriers too numerous to count.
Blake Bromley


Tribute to Stephen Lloyd: Creator of Community Interest Companies

Blake Bromley | August 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
The charity world lost one of its most important and innovative intellectual leaders. On August 20, London lawyer Stephen Lloyd died in a tragic boating accident while on holiday in Wales. Very few Canadians knew of Stephen Lloyd. However, the charitable sector in Canada is indebted to...
Junaid Jahangir


Muslims Stand Against ISIS, Too

Junaid Jahangir | August 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
A friend told me recently that the horrific conduct of ISIS -- Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- has left many people with the impression that all Muslims are like ISIS. However, a simple Google search reveals the Muslim response to ISIS.
Candice Malcolm

By 2040, We Won't Need Subways

Candice Malcolm | August 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
Premier Kathleen Wynne's solution to the transportation infrastructure problem is to spend a whopping $50 billion of taxpayer money over the next 25 years to build an expansive rail network. By 2040, Toronto may finally have the subways that other cities built nearly 200 years earlier. But can you imagine what the world will look like in 2040? We are on the cusp of explosive new technologies that will revolutionize how we commute. Innovative tech startups are fixing the problems we currently have with cars: that they pollute too much, are too expensive for many, and congest our overcrowded roads. Here are three notable examples of ideas and companies that will change transportation as we know it.
Rachel Parent

The Government Needs to Get Serious About GMOs

Rachel Parent | August 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
As you may already know, I've been on a mission to meet Canada's Health Minister, Rona Ambrose in person to discuss the important and urgent issue of GMO labeling. To date, I've sent her three letters via courier, and received absolutely no response. Below is the third letter that I sent her.
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