31 Scary Reasons Canadians Should Reject the Risky TPP

What's wrong with the risky TPP? Modified from "What Is Wrong With the Trans-Pacific Partnership" (Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons).

For years, Canadians have been hearing how the risky TPP trade deal was being negotiated in secret. The text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was revealed late last year, but already, the Liberal government has agreed to sign on in early February. This, stressed International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, “essentially means Canada can keep its spot at the bargaining […]

#DeclineYourVote an Ineffective Solution to Voter Apathy

"X" — Don't decline your vote!

So you’ve heard you can #DeclineYourVote and you figure it sounds like a good idea? Think again. Someone will be elected, so you may as well have a say in who that is! Voting is no joke when the stakes are this high. It’s not a game to see how many people are willing to get their butts […]

Enabling Democracy through Media: Redefining Roles and Modifying Expectations

Was this media scrum with Jack Layton during the 2006 electoral campaign enabling democracy?

Often, there is a conception that media should objectively inform society’s members, especially in the case of politics, since the health of democracy depends on the voter base. Generally, media’s role in enabling democracy is to provide facts which the population can use to form opinions and make decisions. And yet, increasingly, this is not the reality. To […]

It’s About All People: Rants against Foreign Aid Miss the Point

We know it's about all people when we see, as here, young children affected by AIDS gathered, one boy in the centre carrying an ill child on his back.

I received one of those chain email forwards the other day that got me all riled up. The message had an interesting subject line: Who Died Before Collecting their Government Pension? With CPP a hot-button issue right now, I thought it would be something relevant to current affairs, or at least newsy. Turns out this message has been […]

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What’s Bugging Me Right Now: An Annual Message to Politicians

These protesters in Toronto are sending their own type of what's bugging me right now message to politicians!

Over the past few years, it’s become a bit of an annual tradition for me to get in touch with my elected representatives to let them know what’s bugging me right now, this year, this month, last night, and next year. I send this to my MP and MPP, without any regard for whether the items on my […]

Canada Post Fakes Death to Commit Suicide

Rural Canada Post office

Contents This article contains the following sections: Money Talks: Dollars and Deceptions Transition Time: Letters versus Parcels More Services, Reasonable Prices: A Better Business Strategy Home Delivery: Thinking Outside the PO Box Madness to the Method: Fixed and Pre-Determined Results Intentional Anti-Solution: Corporate Favouritism, Privatisation Links and Sources Old news. Canada Post dropped a bomb of an announcement […]

Reviewing Ontario’s Trails Strategy

Access to Atakas Trail from Coastal Trail, Mashkinonje Provincial Park

As a travel and trekking blogger based in Northern Ontario, the current review of the Ontario Trails Strategy is very important to me. I use trails year-long, mostly for hiking and backpacking, but also for walking, snowshoeing, and canoeing. Were paved trails available in the North to the extent they are in the South, I would dig out […]

Farming in the North: The Poultry Problem

Farming in the north is more challenging, so sign on to the We Want Northern Chicken campaign to ask for fairer marketing board rules!

In the French River area as in the rest of Northern Ontario, chicken farmers (and their egg and dairy counterparts) are faced with challenges unknown to Southern neighbours, but yet must play the same game. The rule makers are concerned with profits, not food security. And so, farming in the north is more difficult than many people may […]

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