Sunday, August 25, 2019

Was Harper Really The Worst Canadian Prime Minister In History?

Recently an article in the National Observer entitled "Is Harper the Worst Prime Minister in History?" started trending. I was a hyper vocal critic of Stephen Harper in his last two terms in office, and would find it easy to lay out why he might be considered the worst prime minister in history. I voted for Harper in his first election win and...

How Canada Can Build An Innovation Nation From The Bottom Up

Approximately 140,000 new businesses are started every year in Canada, yet half of them don't make it to their fifth year. Small businesses are key drivers of economic growth in our country and we must equip entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need for long-term success in order to help transform Canada into the innovation hotbed we...

The Time For Pretty Words About First Nations Has Passed

For around nine years I've been writing about the good news coming out of Canada's remote and not so remote First Nations. I wish I could write something inspirational today. I wish I could list successes, accomplishments and victories. The good news about our Anishinabek, Mi'kmaw, Cree, Blackfoot, Inuit, Mohawk kids. But today, on this...

Listen Up, O’Leary: Democracy Doesn’t Fit On A Spreadsheet

Kevin O'Leary premiers his new reality show this weekend -- an all-too real show, in fact. The man who made a name for himself as the loudest and most offensive cast member of the Dragon's Den reality TV show will be testing the waters at the Conservative Party convention this weekend for a possible leadership bid. He would be a terrible leader....

Lowering Interest Rates On Payday Loans Is Not Enough

Recently the Ontario government asked for comments on potential reductions in the maximum total cost of borrowing a payday loan in Ontario. In particular, the Ministry was recommending that the cost be reduced from the current $21 per $100 advanced, to either $15 per $100, $17 per $100 or $19 per $100. Obviously, the lower the cost, the better for...

Ambrose Has Proven Herself Worthy Of Permanent Tory Leadership

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose did something earlier this month that her predecessor failed to do after a decade in power: display genuine emotion. Fighting back tears as she discussed the plight of Fort McMurray residents in the aftermath of the disastrous wild fires that ravaged that town's neighbourhoods, Ambrose made a permanent...

#PrayforSophie Shames Working Moms Who Ask For Help

The #PrayforSophie hashtag continues to gain momentum, and so do the scathing commentary, the vicious memes, cowardly tweeting and news reports on theories like Tall Poppy Syndrome. The backlash has even gained notice internationally, framing Canadians as a society of complainers. All because a working mother publicly acknowledged that being a...

No Rhyme Or Reason Behind Canadian Family’s Ordeal In Egypt

I wracked my brain to think of a way to appeal to my Canuck countryfolk, because the story I tell is none too happy, and the ending is yet unspoken. I write as a friend to a friend, a mother to a mother, a poet to a reader or leader. For in this family's story, the heart and the crux is that this -- quite easily -- this could have been us. A good...

Premier Wynne Making Life Harder For Ontario Taxpayers

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's speaks during a press conference regarding the political fundraising question at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, April 11, 2016. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette) Over the long weekend, many Ontarians took time to visit friends and family across the province. For many, a topic of conversation over...