Is Birthright Citizenship in Canada Coming to an End?

Since 1947, Canada has offered birthright citizenship. In short, this means that any child born on Canadian soil is automatically a Canadian citizen, regardless of their parents’ citizenship. However, Conservatives are looking to end the practice. The federal motion to do so was accepted on August 25, 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The idea of…

Opinion: Ontario Free Speech Mandate A Win, and Not Just for ‘Reactionaries’

As announced August 30 by Ontario Premier Doug Ford, publicly assisted Ontario post-secondary schools will soon be required to implement a policy that meets his administration’s standards. These include: A definition of free speech Principles borrowed from the University of Chicago Statement on Principles of Free Expression That existing disciplinary measures apply to students who…

Has the Time Come to Legalize All Drugs? Increasing Evidence Says Yes

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that marijuana will be nationally legal as of October 17, 2018. Despite the late delivery on one of his most notable campaign promises, the upcoming legalization has sparked conversation about whether Canada should legalize all drugs. Toronto and Vancouver are the first to support the idea. Despite having…

The Issues with Canada’s Telecoms Industry: Opinion

While US competitors are vying for the bragging rights of hitting the 5G market first, the big three Canadian telecoms are sitting mum. This comes as no surprise, Canadian cell providers have long been playing second fiddle to their American counterparts. I’ve been a Rogers customer for over two years now, and would have never…

Ford Distracts Media While He Trashes Ontario

On Friday, July 27th, Doug Ford personally surprised the entire province of Ontario with the sudden announcement that he and his PC government would be taking immediate steps to drastically reduce the Toronto City Council in size, less than three months before an election. Since Friday, the Ontario PCs have introduced legislative amendments to begin…

Taxing Automation: Are “Robot Taxes” Coming to Canada?

A levy against self-driving commercial vehicles could be sooner than you think, as young Albertan students will be debating the prospect next month through Mr. Speaker’s MLA for a Day program. Within this program, 87 high school students — one for each constituency of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta — spend three days in Edmonton…

Crisis Indicators are Returning: Is Canada’s Economy in Danger?

Canadian housing has raised at incredible and uncontrollable speeds in recent years. This spike in housing prices has become problematic for cities like Vancouver, British Columbia, where it is so unaffordable that there are empty houses while tens of thousands are left without a place to live. Not only that, but if the economy declined…

Ontario’s First Indigenous Senator

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday that he has chosen a new senator.The new senator is a female Indigenous name Yvonne Boyer. What makes her different is she is Ontario’s first Indigenous senator. Boyer, is a member of the Metis nation of Ontario and has family roots with the Metis nation of Saskatchewan and…

The Bloc Québécois: A Divided Party

The Bloc Québécois was left in shambles after seven of its ten MPs decided to leave the party early this month. The seven departed members decided to form a separate parliamentary group. The split in the party is the result of disagreements over the leadership of Martine Ouellet, claiming that her leadership is authoritarian. The…

Revisiting Populism; A Case Study

In light of Doug Ford’s recent win of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s nomination, it is important that we reexamine the influence and force of the populist movement within our politics. Contemporaries from Macleans and Globe and Mail have both commented on his populist nature, but what exactly is a populist and what does it…

The Westernisation of Second-Generation Chinese

Toronto; the largest city in Canada. With a total population of almost 3 million, 10.8% of all Torontonians were of Chinese descent as of 2011. But despite having Chinese ancestry, many Chinese-Canadians are vastly different from their peers who have grown up in China. I currently attend a Toronto high school. Of my classmates, over…

Dougald: Rhymes with Googled

Leader of Manitoba Liberals Hosts “Reddit Ask Me Anything” In an effort to acquaint himself with Manitoba voters, Dougald Lamont, newly elected leader of the Manitoba Liberal Party, opened to himself up to questions from Reddit users. After being live from 9 PM EST to 10 PM EST on Wednesday, he was able to answer…

An Open Letter to Andrew Scheer.

When a potential Prime Minister has a problem with upholding the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, all citizens have reason to be concerned.

Canadian Cellphone Price Drop

We live in a digital world, connected by the device in the palm of our hands. But this can become costly. There is some good news though, for Canadians at least. According to a report from Nordicity Group Limited, commissioned by the Canadian federal government said that lower-tier cellphone plan prices have dropped significantly over the…

(Opinion) What School Closures Tell Us About Municipal Politics

Not going to lie, this topic hits me close to home. Despite the fact that I recently graduated from my high school this June, and now attend University, I still find myself bewildered at the fact that the place I called home for 4 years will be gone before I’m done my undergraduate degree. The…

The Lack of a Female Voice, and why it’s so important.

Following the 2015 Federal Election in Canada, we had a record number of 88 women being elected to the House of Commons, 54 of them being elected for the very first time. While this is an excellent number, and record-breaking, only 26% of the seats in the House of Commons are filled by women. Following…

Language loss: a cultural, social, and environmental tragedy

Aqilokoq: Snow that falls softly and gently, in Inuit. Cacahkinosew: In Cree, a grey and speckled trout. Etthen: The way a herd of caribou lights up the land, like stars in the sky, in Chipewyan. Each of these words originates from a language spoken for centuries by Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Together, they paint a picture…

CSIS Sued for Discrimination

The CSIS have been sued for workplace misconduct against the employees for up to $35 Million Dollars. The allegation stems from 5 employees who claim that the CSIS supervisors encourage discriminatory behaviours which they describe as  Islamophobic, racist and homophobic. In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs state the breach of their rights under the Canadian Right…

Whose Values are ‘Canadian’ Values?

A City Councillor in Brampton, the ninth-largest city in Canada, with 51% of its population being immigrants, wrote in an email to his fellow councillors and a constituent that, “people of all races, colour, and creeds are eager to come to Brampton and Canada because the white people of this nation have developed a great…

Guantanamo to Canada: What’s Up with Khadr’s Compensation?

A dusty July day in Ayub Khyel would set the stage for a monumental breach in the appropriate treatment of child soldiers. It was in this barren Afghani village that a bright-eyed young teenager launched the grenade that would kill Sgt. Christopher Speer, a Delta Force medic, and rob Layne Morris of sight in one…

The Effect of Canadian Mining in Latin America and the Caribbean

Justin Trudeau has made a commitment to fighting climate change and human rights violations both locally and abroad. Locally, Justin Trudeau held a conference with all provincial and territorial leaders in 2016 to create an action plan to transition towards a low-carbon economy. He has also welcomed Syrian refugees and has attempted to address Aboriginal…

The Phony Seat: Canada’s “rise” to the Security Council

When it comes to promoting international stability, Canada is not a country to scoff at. Since its inception in the October of 1945, Canada has enthusiastically supported the United Nation’s vision of collective security, preventing conflict of the likes associated with the Second World War. But the country’s indisputable generosity continues to suffer a phantom…