By Japhe Albu The Argus On November 3, military professionals gathered at Port Arthur Collegiate Institute to speak about the nation’s new military identity, and role in humanitarianism. The symposium’s goal was to facilitate conversation about Canada’s military presence in the world today. Topics discussed ranged from initiatives in Afghanistan, to humanitarian efforts in Haiti, [...]
The ruling that could’ve ended prostitution-related prosecutions in Canada has weighed in from Ontario’s top courts with favourable results. The Appeal Court was contemplating whether or not current laws regarding brothels, solicitation, and living off sex-trade work are constitutional.
“Once upon a time, scientists could talk to the press, but it’s getting tighter and tighter control.” Gary Corbett, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, expressed this sentiment almost one year ago in light of the Conservative government’s censorship of federal scientist Kristi Miller.
Thomas Mulcair took over the office of NDP leader and with it, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition last week. Jack Layton’s former Quebec Lieutenant secured a comfortable win, putting nearly 10 percentage points between himself and runner up Brian Topp. Predictably, the appointment of a new leader has led to a renewed session of mudslinging in Ottawa, beginning with Mulcair’s first question period as LO. MPs from the Conservative bench opened up by accusing the New Democrat of being “anti-jobs” and a “socialist.”
Liberal MP Justin Trudeau will challenge Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau to a boxing match at Ottawa’s Hampton Inn Convention Centre. The match is the main event of Fight for The Cure, an annual charity boxing event and fundraiser for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Proceeds raised will go towards cancer research.
This week, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health is deliberating Bill C-300, a private member’s bill titled “An Act Respecting a Federal Framework for Suicide Prevention.” This bill was put forward by Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht (Conservative), and seconded by Windsor-Tecumseh MP Joe Comartin (NDP). The bill is a culmination of efforts by MPs from all parties to tackle the issue of suicide over the past year, including a non-partisan motion by Liberal leader Bob Rae urging the government to establish a framework.
Canadian headlines have recently been dominated by news of “robocalls” which were made to Canadian voters earlier in last year’s federal election. Elections Canada is now officially investigating the reports of roughly 31,000 Canadians who claim to have received the calls in the lead-up to the last Federal election. To assist in managing the investigation, elections authorities are considering asking the RCMP for assistance.
Bill C-19, a Conservative initiative to end the long-gun registry, passed its final vote in the House of Commons on Feb. 15 with a margin of 159 to 130. It will be introduced to the Senate on Feb. 27.
The verdict is in. Last week the Ontario Superior Court found all three of the accused guilty in a 2009 alleged honor killing. The trial may have proved to be one of the most traumatic in recent memory.
NDP leadership candidate Paul Dewar visited the Study last week. Dewar is the NDP Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre and currently serves as the party’s critic for foreign affairs. After words from local MP Bruce Hyer, Dewar took the floor and gave a brief speech to students on his plans for the party.
A group of Vancouver sex-trade workers were in Canada’s top court on Thursday to argue the strength of an attempted constitutional challenge to prostitution laws.
Brigadier General Gordon Reid came to speak to the Thunder Bay chapter of the Canadian International Council at Lakehead University on the evolving role of Canada’s military.
Since legalization in 2005, 15,000 same-sex marriages have taken place in Canada, including roughly 5,000 unions of foreign couples who were unable to legally marry back home.
A controversial new office has been added to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The government has allocated roughly $5 million to a new Office of Religious Freedom, an office that still has an unclear mandate. Commentators have expressed concerns over the appearance of secrecy surrounding the creation of this new addition to the ministry.
New Democrat Thomas Mulcair became the first candidate for the party’s federal leadership to visit Thunder Bay last week. The event, held at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery, briefly outlined his background and vision for the federal party.
The U.S. State Department ordered the delay of an expansion project by Canadian TransCanada Corporation earlier this month. TransCanada had begun work on the 2,673 kilometer pipeline that would link crude oil supplies in Hardisty, Alberta to oil terminals in Nederland, Texas.
With both serious and petty crime dropping steadily in Canada over the last decade, according to Statistics Canada, many are challenging the federal government’s intense focus on imprisoning law-breakers.
The topic has been hotly debated since 63-year-old Gloria Taylor requested permission from the British Columbia Supreme Court to end her life with the help of a willing physician.