Canadian Politics

Vigils honour murdered and missing aboriginal women

(NC) — Sixteen-year-old Felicia Solomon, originally from Norway House Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, went missing in Winnipeg in March 2003. Her body was found three months later. To date, no one has been charged with her murder. Solomon was not the first young woman stolen from this family. Her cousin, Helen Betty Osborne, was abducted, raped and murdered in 1971 by four men in The Pas, Man ....

Oil Sands not in Canada's interests says Green Party leader

Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada is holding a series of Town Halls throughout her riding in September. In the above video, she questions the Oil Sands project as the basis of Canada's economic development.  ....

Harper’s Trip to the Arctic Highlights Policy Deficiencies

Stephen Harper’s week long trip to Canada’s Arctic included meetings with community leaders, as well as a meeting with Canadian Rangers who are soldiers tasked with protecting remote regions of Canada’s North. During the meeting Harper went target shooting with members of the Canadian Rangers using outdated fifty year old rifles called Lee Enfield .303.  The Rangers also lack training ....

Nunavut: Eleven year old’s suicide indicative of growing problem

An eleven year old boy has committed suicide in Repulse Bay, a community in Nunavut. There have been growing fears that Nunavut is currently in the middle of a suicide epidemic, and the tragic death of this young boy only adds to calls for politicians in the region to act, and make suicide prevention a priority, as well as support for mental health.  The former mayor of Iqaluit Madeleine Re ....

Cyber Bullying: Nova Scotia implements legislation to honour young suicide victim

A new law introduced in Halifax aims at discouraging cyber-bullying. The law was inspired by the suicide of Rehtaeh Parsons, a seventeen year old who upon being severely bullied for months when a picture of her being sexually assaulted circulated her high school, tragically ended her own life in her home.   The law called the ‘Cyber-Safety Act’ allows victims of cyber-bullying and ....

Federal cuts to science threaten Canadian growth

On July 30th Statistics Canada released the findings from a survey of all government departments in Canada, and found that in 2013-2014 there is expected to be a 3.3 percent decrease in government spending on science and technology. Furthermore, the findings illustrate a larger trend of declining funds allocated to science and technology since the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The NDP is criticizing th ....

Crime rates decrease as spending on crime prevention increases

Statistics Canada reported a 3% decrease in crime rates during 2012, which continues a downward trend which sees national crime rates being the lowest since 1972.  In Statistics Canada’s last report on crime rates in 2012, they noted the trend was one that continued to decrease.  "The police-reported crime rate has followed a downward trend, and, in 2012, reached its lowest leve ....

Senate Abolition Plans: Saskatchewan Denies

REGINA (POSTMEDIA) — The Saskatchewan government denied a National Post report Friday that Premier Brad Wall plans to introduce a motion in the provincial legislature this fall calling for the abolition of the Senate. The article quotes an unnamed “a senior government official”  as saying this is intended to “get the ball rolling with the other provinces.” Provincial gover ....

Harper and Justin Trudeau help with Alberta flood relief

Over the last three days thousands of people made their way into High River Alberta to give a helping hand with post flood and clean up. Among the volunteers a few could not go unnoticed like the Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and the Prime Minister Stephen Harper. From the pictures that have been released of the two leaders giving a helping hand, it is not the usual traditional cheap political Pho ....

Canada taking in 1300 Syrian refugees by next year

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced on July 3rd, that Canada would be making a commitment in helping displaced Syrian refugees by welcoming 1300 people into Canada by the end of 2014.

Millions of Syrian citizens have had to leave their homes due a raging civil war. Minister Kenney addressed the concerns of Syrian-Canadians who were worried about the well-being of Syrian citizens. ....

Environment: Government sidelines oil and gas industry regulation

The federal government has been procrastinating in creating regulatory standards for the oil and natural gas industry.

If the government continues to exhibit this pattern of apathy, it could mean devastating effects for the environment, as well as an inability to meet a promise the government made to lower greenhouse gas emissions in 2020, to lower levels than the emission levels which ex ....

Multiculturalism: Harper government withholds earmarked money

The federal government is being accused of withholding funds which were supposed to go towards multiculturalism.  In response to the money not being used, the government has now said they will slash the budget for multiculturalism spending, despite government records indicating there is still a need to commission multicultural projects.

Cultural pluralism has always been an innately Ca ....

Critics: Canadian cities unprepared for natural disasters

With the devastation Albertans faced in recent weeks due to heavy rain and flooding, many environmental critics are warning other municipalities to beef up their emergency plans, so that they may be more prepared for future environmental catastrophes due to climate change.

Some critics are arguing that there are very few cities which are prepared for the natural disasters of the future -- ....

Charities decline Trudeau's offer for repayment

After the scandal earlier this month that saw Justin Trudeau in hot water by the Conservatives over allegations he was taking more money from charities- via paid speaking engagements- than he was giving, Trudeau confidants have revealed not a single charity has claimed money Trudeau offered to return.

The story began in March when the Grace Foundation wrote to the Speakers Spotlight, as t ....

Federal government fails aboriginal children

Poverty among Indigenous Groups in Canada is much higher than anyone could have anticipated. The Center for Policy Alternatives which has existed since 1980 and described on its website as an “independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with social, economic, and environmental justice,” has released a study in partnership with Save the Children Canada.

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PMO orders Conservative interns to crash Trudeau speech

During a speech on Parliament Hill earlier this month which spoke of  improving transparency within the House of Commons, Justin Trudeau was rudely interrupted by protesters who carried signs and attempted to distract from the speech.

These were not your average protesters, as the Huffington Post has learned, they were in fact Conservative interns ordered by the Prime Minister’s Of ....

Canadians confused: Harper wears military attire in Alberta

When Prime Minister Harper surveyed the damage caused in Southern Alberta by devastating floods which have plagued the area, many Canadians could not help but notice Prime Minister Harper’s choice of attire.

Whether it was visiting disaster areas with Alberta Premier Alison Redford and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, or surveying the damage solo in a helicopter, Harper donned a military ja ....

Canada-EU trade deal hits a snag

The massive trade deal Canada and the European Union have been negotiating over the past few months seems to have snagged in recent days. During the G8 summit currently taking place in Enniskillen Northern Ireland, deals were being negotiated, but it wasn’t with Canada and the EU.

Instead, it involved the United States and the EU, even though the EU and Canada have not yet closed any de ....
 

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