Looking for answers to homegrown police brutality

By Richard Forbes. It's a Sunday morning in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighborhood. To the west of Ottawa's recognizable downtown core, the 'Burg is a mixed bag of rundown clapboard homes and trendy artisan shops. Abdirahman Abdi, a 37 year old Somali-Canadian, leaves a coffee shop being pursued by police as he makes his away towards his … Continue reading Looking for answers to homegrown police brutality

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The worst of Harper’s legacy comes back to haunt Tories

By Richard Forbes. The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) convened in a roomy Rideau committee room at 1 Wellington Street this week to discuss the refugee processing of vulnerable minorities from Syria and Iraq. But what began as yet another cheap opportunity for the Tories to paint the new government as deaf to … Continue reading The worst of Harper’s legacy comes back to haunt Tories

Canada isn’t immune to Donald Trump’s extremism

By Ronny Al-Nosir. Republicans from across the United States have gathered in Cleveland, Ohio for what has shaped up to be a coronation chalk full of lunacy. At the centre of this madness rolling across the continent like a bible-thumping tumbleweed is the Republican presidential nominee – a bigoted, near fascist himself. Donald Trump comes … Continue reading Canada isn’t immune to Donald Trump’s extremism

St Jerome is more than just another by-election

By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Canadian Press. A high stakes provincial by-election in St-Jerome, Quebec will be called in the fall and a CAQ win could hint at potential electoral ruin for the PQ in 2018. With the CAQ hoping to gain back the seat they lost to former PQ leader Pierre Karl Peladeau … Continue reading St Jerome is more than just another by-election

How would a “carbon neutral” federal government work, anyhow?

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Adrian Wyld, CP. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna dropped a large trial balloon last month when she said she hoped to see the federal government become 'carbon neutral' in the future. It appears her low key musings though may have been missed during all the fun of the Three Amigos summit. … Continue reading How would a “carbon neutral” federal government work, anyhow?

Canada will play an important role in Latvia – it’s a shame nobody seems to care

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via the Canadian Armed Forces. As the punishing summer heat brings a severe, record-breaking drought across the country, the common Canadian (in his or her natural environment) can be expected to reach for a spatula, flipping some burgers over a sizzling, open flame. Water advisories, drought reports and fire bans … Continue reading Canada will play an important role in Latvia – it’s a shame nobody seems to care

Despite the buzz, Scotland isn’t a roadmap for Quebec

By Chelsea Craig. Recent calls for a second Scottish independence referendum have been stirring a conversation among Quebec’s chattering classes who’ve been hard at work this past week drawing comparisons between Scotland’s and la belle province’s own quest to become a sovereign state. Setting aside the obvious legal distinction between Scotland, which is a country … Continue reading Despite the buzz, Scotland isn’t a roadmap for Quebec

Alberta doesn’t need Jason Kenney, Jason Kenney needs Alberta

By Mary Medinsky. Featured image via Jeff McIntosh, CP. Jason Kenney took the stage yesterday at Calgary's Clarion Hotel to break the worst kept secret in Canada: Jason Kenney, former Harper 'lieutenant', will be jumping from his life (and his seat) in federal politics back to Alberta to run for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives in a … Continue reading Alberta doesn’t need Jason Kenney, Jason Kenney needs Alberta

The progressive’s case for free trade

By Elias Weiss. Featured Image via Reuters. Obama’s historic speech in Ottawa at the Three Amigos summit last week sounded like a greatest hits of sorts: the president spoke at length about the benefits of global development, diplomacy, and multilateralism. He stressed the importance of inclusive growth, the urgent need to act on climate change and promoting … Continue reading The progressive’s case for free trade

Ontario’s autistic youth deserve better

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via CP. In an embarrassing about-face, the Ontario government announced this week autistic children, ages five and older, would receive $10,000 in successive direct finding while they plan to expedite their transition to a new Ontario Autism Program for next year. Michael Coteau, Minister for Children and Youth Services, made said announcement as … Continue reading Ontario’s autistic youth deserve better