Jason Kenney Hits a Nerve with Blunt Letter to Amnesty International (Canada) That Questions Their Credibility and Objectivity

August 10, 2011 10:05 pm

The Credibility of the actions of Amnesty International (Canada) and their continual and constant criticism towards the Harper government have been questioned by many over the past 5 years as the organization has consistently aligned itself with whatever position the NDP or “left” in Canada takes on most human rights matters. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney responded to the Amnesty International (Canada) criticism on Canada’s new policy to hunt down and remove war criminals hiding out in Canada.

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Strange Weather, Terrible Politics

July 26, 2011 10:05 am

One legitimately wonders how hot it must get or how much Arctic ice must melt before the Harper government understands the threats posed by a radically altered climate. Harper insists his government is prepared to act, but only in tandem with their U.S. counterparts.

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Terri-Jean Cracks Her Whip

July 20, 2011 11:20 am
Cover of Terri-Jean Bedford's new book "Dominatrix OnTrial"

With a new book entitled “Dominatrix On Trial” which hit the book shelves this week at Chapters, Indigo, and Coles, as well as a e-book version currently available,Terri-Jean Bedford, Canada’s most famous Dominatrix, is a determined woman who is anxious to tell her story.

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Crimes Against Children

July 11, 2011 9:06 am
child soldiers

Although 194 countries have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is a human rights treaty that sets out the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children around the world, the reality of the current situation brings us to reflect on the question of whether or not we are doing all we can to protect the children of the world.

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Prostitution and Canadian Society’s Moral Compass

June 27, 2011 9:00 am

The issue isn’t whether or not we subscribe to the idea that engaging in prostitution on either end of the transaction is right or wrong, but rather if everyone deserves a right to protection.

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Canada : In a State of Denial

June 17, 2011 9:00 am

There are so many people even today who have a very negative perception of Canada’s First Nations People. Not only do they have a negative perception, but many times they feel contempt, indifference to their current detrimental predicament, and a sense of unfairness that they glean certain benefits from the federal government that other Canadians do not.

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Wrestling Canadian Cultural Identity

June 7, 2011 9:00 am

Recent cuts to staff at the National Gallery of Canada are a wound on national institutions that present the country’s cultural fabrics. There is always debate about the importance of the arts to this country.

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Is Liberalism Dead in Canada?

May 17, 2011 10:11 am

The post election hand wringing has seemingly only confirmed that the liberal party is adrift with no sense of direction. Although there is constant talk of the need for ‘renewal,’ party members seem deeply uncertain as to what this process might mean.

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Our Shifting Political Landscape

May 3, 2011 10:11 pm
Michael Ignatieff

“Politics,” as Michael Ignatieff graciously acknowledged last night, “offers hard lessons we all must learn.” This is not only a hard truth for defeated politicians and for those who still invest hopes in the political process. It is also the case for prognosticators of the political scene.

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Why Isn’t Health Care A Major Campaign Issue?

9:18 am

Canadians’ commitment to a publicly funded universally based health care system remains as strong as ever. Yet the debate over the future of health care continues to rage on. The competing narratives should be by now familiar. On the one hand, commentators incessantly remind us that our health care system […]

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Public Service campaign defends future of professionals and vital services to Canadians

April 28, 2011 4:07 pm

The stakes are high for one particular group of professionals who create a large proportion of Ottawa’s population and who also deliver vital services to the rest of the people.

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Public Service debate puts heat on Conservatives

April 27, 2011 1:07 pm

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada in partnership with the University of Ottawa held the Future of the Public Service debate on April 26.

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Greener days are not ahead: Where is Elizabeth May and the Green Party in this campaign?

April 20, 2011 3:34 pm

How we address energy issues and the emerging impacts of climate change will assume a central role in the country’s evolution, yet more than half way through this campaign, the environment merits nary a word from the major parties.

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Ottawa’s new kid on the icon block

April 15, 2011 9:43 am
Convention cntr

Rising out of the east bank of the Rideau canal, just a shadow’s cast from The Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa – like a giant B-movie, gently marauding clam – ballooning like the croaking of an amphibious swollen throat and jowl – wedged in like a ‘Day The World Stood […]

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Assessing the English Debate: Who won? Call it a draw.

April 13, 2011 12:49 pm

If it was a boxing match and Stephen Harper was the defending champion, he would win by virtue of it being declared a draw.

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Fear Factor: What is Stephen Harper so afraid of?

April 11, 2011 3:56 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party strike me as relatively unprepared for this election. Or if they are prepared, they certainly seem complacent.

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In Canada is racism a spectator sport?

March 28, 2011 3:42 pm
band-aid racism

Happy to have found a seat near the back of a homeward-bound transit vehicle I did my best to settle into what had all the appearances of a standard rush hour ride.

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