Having Women In Power Is A Matter Of Justice

G(irls)20 | July 28, 2014 | Canada
Women worldwide have faced discrimination, injustice and the infringement of their rights for centuries. In the 21st century, there still exists a great number of women who don't have basic civil rights, and female representation on different levels of our society remains low.
Anne Theriault


Let's All Acknowledge the Feminist Conspiracy That is Canada

Anne Theriault | July 28, 2014 | Canada
I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this? Sure the five dollar bill boasts our old pal Wilfred Laurier, and the ten dollar bill shows everyone's favourite confederation-loving racist Sir John A. Macdonald, and the fifty dollar bill has séance-holder and dog enthusiast William Lyon Mackenzie King and yeah, fine, the hundred dollar bill is devoted to Nova Scotia's good ole boy Sir Robert Borden, but I mean, come on.
Mark Milke


Why The World Should Watch Hong Kong And China

Mark Milke | July 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
With the recent Russian-inspired tragedies in eastern Ukraine and the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, much of the world is understandably focused on those regions. But another continent, Asia, is worth watching, particularly Chinese government action vis-à-vis Hong Kong.
Ike Awgu


When America Loses Power, Things Fall Apart

Ike Awgu | July 28, 2014 | Canada
When the United States retreats, there is a world of instability, where civil wars in strategic regions, violence, danger and death are ever more present. The world looks much like it did before the United States emerged as a global superpower.
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Ontario Should Consult People With Disabilities Before Making Laws to Protect Them

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | July 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
In 2005, the Province of Ontario enacted the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The thing that is missing from the AODA (in my opinion) is the lived experience of Ontarians with disabilities.
Shahla Khan Salter


Dear Stephen Harper, Eid Mubarak

Shahla Khan Salter | July 28, 2014 | Canada Politics
As Muslims celebrate Eid, it's important to look at the past month during which the world has witnessed thousands suffer in Gaza, Iraq and Syria. We has Prime Minister Stephen Harper to speak out about these issues, but are disappointed. We must do more in the name of humanity, Prime Minister Harper.
Greg Clark


Will This Be the Thing that Pushes the Alberta Tories Over the Edge?

Greg Clark | July 28, 2014 | Canada Alberta
Recall back in early March, then-Premier Alison Redford asked for an audit of the government's travel and expense policy and the use of government aircraft. The audit is due any time now and I expect it will be a doozy.
Irwin Cotler


We Must Go Beyond the Cycle of Violence in Gaza to Find Moral Clarity

Irwin Cotler | July 28, 2014 | Canada
I will stand with those who support the right of peoples in the Middle East -- Israelis and Palestinians alike -- to live in peace and security, free from any threats or acts of force, a cornerstone of UN principle and Canadian foreign policy; and I will oppose all those, like Hamas and its patron Iran, who seek the destruction of any people or state in violation of the UN Charter.
Corey Levine

Anti-Semitism Is Growing. Is Israel To Blame?

Corey Levine | July 28, 2014 | Canada
I grew up with the understanding that to be a Jew meant being on the side of justice. As a child, I watched my parents donate money to have trees planted in Israel in the name of their parents, who had survived the pogroms of Eastern Europe. From them I also learned the value of Tikkun Olam: "healing the world" in Hebrew -- that to help those who are suffering was an integral part of Judaism.
Zach Paikin


Three Thoughts for Canada's Pro-Israel Community

Zach Paikin | July 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
Let's get right to the point. As the third major eruption of violence between Hamas and Israel since 2008 drags on, I have so far identified three unconventional questions intended for dwelling upon by those who, like me, consider themselves to be friends of Israel in Canada.
Murtaza Haider


On International Issues, Harper Commits Selective Morality

Murtaza Haider | July 27, 2014 | Canada Politics
The Harper government has mastered the art of selective morality. When it is convenient, Mr. Harper takes cover behind international law to attack those he disagrees with on ideological or religious grounds. And those with whom he has an ideological or religious connection, his government wilfully ignores their indiscretions. This selective application of morality is at odds with the principles of social justice, which all Canadians hold dear.
Tom Henheffer

Canadian Charities: Criticize the Government and Pay

Tom Henheffer | July 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
Not terrorists, white-collar crooks, or climate change -- it seems the real threat to Canadian society hides behind a much friendlier face: charities. Or to be more specific, charities critical of the Canadian government. This week it was made public that the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is auditing PEN Canada for its "political activities." In 2012, the Canadian government earmarked $8 million of the CRA's budget for auditing political activities, and then upped that amount again to $13 million. In a time of austerity, there is still a plenty of money to go after enemies of our federal government.
Marvin Ross


How a Report on Toronto's Police Became Look at Mental Health

Marvin Ross | July 25, 2014 | Canada Impact
Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci points out in a report that Ontario does not have a mental health system as there is no coordinated, comprehensive approach to treating mental health. Rather, there is a patchwork collection of hospitals community treatment organizations and practitioners with often inadequate funding. Toronto (and the Province) he says would benefit from a well coordinated system.
Robert Barrett, PhD


Separate the People of Gaza from the Problem

Robert Barrett, PhD | July 25, 2014 | Canada
suffering conjures deep emotional sentiments that can quickly turn to feelings of anger and of retribution. And yet all too often this anger is channeled incorrectly. It's a mistake to think that pro-Palestinian is the antithesis of pro-Israeli. Would the Israelis not wish for a stable, prosperous, and free Gaza territory? Of course they would, because it would bring about a concomitant level of security for both Israel and the people of Gaza. Let's not confuse pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian with anti-Hamas.
Bacchus Barua


Let's Take a Closer Look At European Healthcare Before We Try To Emulate It

Bacchus Barua | July 25, 2014 | Canada Politics
The so-called "jewel of Canada's health system" is, in fact, exactly what sets us apart from the top-performing universal access health care systems across the developed world. Freeing patients to seek care on their own terms with their own resources actually more closely follows the European approach to health care where universally insured residents of countries like Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, and others have always had the option to choose private parallel care.
Murtaza Haider


When Harper Killed the Census He Robbed Canadians

Murtaza Haider | July 24, 2014 | Canada Politics
An ad in the Globe and Mail reveals the extent of harm the Harper Conservatives have inflicted on Statistics Canada. Because of poor quality, Statistics Canada is not releasing data at finer spatial scales because the Harper Conservatives killed the mandatory long-form Census and replaced it with a voluntary survey of dubious quality.
James Glave


B.C. Carbon Tax Doesn't Hurt Agricultural Sector: Study

James Glave | July 23, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
Despite industry claims to the contrary, British Columbia's carbon tax has not hurt the province's agricultural sector, a new Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions study concludes. Further, the study suggests that the more than $25 million worth of competitive "relief" that the provincial government has granted the industry in recent years may not have been necessary.
Dermod Travis


Why B.C. Government's Purchase Card Records Are So Illuminating

Dermod Travis | July 23, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
That's politics. The public gets irate over the small amounts because they can relate to them. But the funny thing is that politicians who get the small things right generally don't screw up the bigger ones.
Marvin Ross


Why I Don't Count on Government Mental Health Recommendations

Marvin Ross | July 23, 2014 | Canada Living
I don't want to sound overly cynical but I suggest that the families of those with developmental disabilities not expect much if anything to change. For the sake of families with loved ones with developmental disabilities, I hope that something comes of these recommendations but I would not count on it.
Dr Ryan Meili

Let's Keep It Real When Making Comparisons To Canadian Health Care

Dr Ryan Meili | July 23, 2014 | Canada Politics
Instead of falling for false comparators, how can we have a broader, proactive conversation on the future of Canadian health care? Boston's book highlights how isolated and frustrating the experience of a patient seeking treatment for a life-altering disease can be. She describes much of her frustration as stemming from rushed appointments that left little time for asking questions. What improvements in system efficiency or changes to compensation models would enable physicians to spend more time providing quality, patient-focused care?
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