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by Contributor on Thursday Nov 28 2013

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, more and more Canadians are gearing up to spend. 

What if there was a day each year dedicated to giving back in the midst of the holiday spending season? The first annual GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on Tuesday, December 3, the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to answer this need. 

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by Contributor on Thursday Nov 28 2013

First Nations Summit leaders are once again calling on governments to address the disproportionate child poverty rates suffered by on and off-reserve First Nations children in BC following this week’s release of the 2013 Child Poverty Report Card by First Call; the BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition.

“Several independent organizations including, First Call; the BC Child...

by Boundary Sentinel on Monday Nov 25 2013

The European Union (EU) will continue its ban on imported seal products, despite the Canadian government's appeal that it violates fair trade agreements. 

In February 2011, Canada requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) create a dispute settlement panel to challenge the ban set by the EU. 

However, the WTO decided that the ban was justified due to public...

by Andre Carrel on Thursday Nov 14 2013

Many Norwegians responded in disbelief and anger when it was announced that convicted mass murderer Anders Breivik had enrolled in a political science course at the University of Oslo. Allowing a mass murderer to enroll in a university course was going too far. The university’s rector, Ole Petter Ottersen, explained that Breivik will not be admitted to campus, and that he will pursue his...

by Shara JJ Cooper on Thursday Nov 14 2013

At least 386 children have been saved from child exploitation around the world, thanks to Project Spade – a massive, international investigation headed by the Toronto Police Service (TPS).

The TPS started investigating a Toronto-based individual that was suspected of sharing graphic images of children being sexual abused in 2010.

This investigation led officers to uncover a...

by Murray Dobbin on Wednesday Nov 13 2013

Remember Brian Mulroney, the PM so many people loved to hate? We need to remember him so we can learn a lesson from that period in our political history: there is a real danger in demonizing prime ministers to the exclusion of other longer term political objectives. Mulroney’s unctuous manner, his arrogance and his shameless toadying to the U.S. and to corporate CEOs made people crazed with...

by Yves Engler on Thursday Nov 07 2013

This is of more than academic concern right now as the Harper Conservative government will eventually unveil the full details of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).

From what we know about it now this agreement is little more than a ‘corporate bill of rights’. It gives corporations even more power to shift investment as they see fit and directly...

by Andre Carrel on Wednesday Jul 24 2013

The history of regulations goes back to the early civilizations of Greece and Egypt. Their purpose then as it is now is to protect society from the negative consequences of risks and hazards. Regulations, backed by the power of laws, govern what we wear, what we eat, where and how we live, and all but the most benign of our daily activities. From seat belts to light switches, from milk cartons...

by Murray Dobbin on Tuesday Jul 23 2013

Our current incarnation of capitalism — variously referred to as savage capitalism, extreme capitalism or euphemistically as the “free market” (free of any constraints) — is in one of its periodic crises. For years many assumed that the smart people who ran the system and benefitted from it would find a practical way to fix it. The problem is that the solutions are all framed within an...

by Contributor on Thursday Jul 18 2013

Mr. Harper:

I write about your directing our military to revert to the use of British military rank insignias and designations after 45 years of a home-grown Canadian system. I also note that you previously had directed our services to revert to 'Royal' services in name, indicating service under the Queen of England.

My wife and I spent 16 years out of country and...

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