THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: I CAN’T EXPLAIN WHAT’S WRONG DOC, BUT HERE, LOOK AT MY PHONE

Trying to describe our son Nick’s seizures to his neurologist was really difficult until we realized we could film them and use our appointment time to watch the real thing. Nothing captures what really happens during a seizure like recording the event on video. The same goes for unusual or difficult episodes of behaviour in ...

A Puff of Absurdity: Inconceivable! His Dinner with Chomsky

Wallace Shawn sat down for a chat with Noam Chomsky, and here’s what they talked about – slightly abridged and loosely quoted (for clarification purposes) with links. It’s a great recharge for activists! Shawn – Many people are shocked to see the president is now a cruel, brutal, greedy type of a man, and this ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Revenue Agency suspends controversial Harper-era audit of charities

The Canada Revenue Agency has suspended the controversial Harper-era auditing of Canadian charities’ political activities. But some targeted organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a respected left-leaning think-tank, still await closure on their audit. The post Canada Revenue Agency suspends controversial Harper-era audit of charities appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Reunite refugee families this Refugee Rights Day

On Refugee Rights Day 2017, the Canadian Council for Refugees is drawing attention to the need for equal access to family reunification for refugees. The post Reunite refugee families this Refugee Rights Day appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Federal budget must take action on inequality and boost economy

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ latest annual Alternative Federal Budget urges the federal government to table a budget that makes good on its promises to reduce income inequality and drive inclusive growth. The post Federal budget must take action on inequality and boost economy appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

A Puff of Absurdity: On Rising Anxiety Rates

A couple weeks ago, CBC ran an article about a high-school guidance counsellor, Boyd Perry, concerned with the increase in anxiety in students, and I’ve been dwelling on it ever since. This is crazy long as I’m just figuring all the angles here. Perry thinks we need to assess anxiety differently because these kids, some ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Rising Anxiety Rates

A couple weeks ago, CBC ran an article about a high-school guidance counsellor, Boyd Perry, concerned with the increase in anxiety in students, and I’ve been dwelling on it ever since. This is crazy long as I’m just figuring all the angles here. Perry thinks we need to assess anxiety differently because these kids, some ...

Politics – Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye: Black History Month Celebrations at City of Toronto

The City of Toronto hosted  a Black History Month Reception at City Hall on Feb. 22, 2017. The event was also used to unveil an exhibition of artifacts found at the site of the new courthouse in Toronto, which highlight the abolitionist movement and aspects of the Black community in Toronto.

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: ADVOCATE WITH EMPATHY: A Chat About How It Works

Yesterday, my caregiving colleagues Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack hosted me in a fascinating chat about advocating with empathy. Have a listen to our discussion and let me know what you think. Have you been successful in advocating with empathy? What kinds of advocacy have worked for you as a caregiver? As is often the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: ADVOCATE WITH EMPATHY: A Chat About How It Works

Yesterday, my caregiving colleagues Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack hosted me in a fascinating chat about advocating with empathy. Have a listen to our discussion and let me know what you think. Have you been successful in advocating with empathy? What kinds of advocacy have worked for you as a caregiver? As is often the ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Cancer Doulas

When last we left our heroine, she had just had an invasive tumour removed, but found out there could be traces of cancer left behind. She was left to choose between surgery, radiation, tamoxifen, or nothing. Let’s see what she does next… I had never heard of Healthcare Navigators before, and it seems they don’t ...

A Puff of Absurdity: On Cancer Doulas

I had never heard of Healthcare Navigators before, and it seems they don’t exist as much in Canada as they do in the more expensive and privatized healthcare to the south (except for Indigenous needs), but they’re becoming more of a thing here. In Ontario, some hospitals have them, and we’re apparently leading the way to ...

The Canadian Progressive: CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities

The Canada Revenue Agency wants to hear from Canadians regarding its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities. The public’s feedback will lead to “the development of new guidance or educational resources for charities on the rules governing political activities.” The post CRA seeks Canadians’ feedback on its controversial auditing of charities’ political activities appeared first ...

Politics – Toronto Lawyer | Omar Ha-Redeye: Changes to the Judicial Appointment Process

Omar Ha-Redeye was interviewed in the Law Times on the judicial appointment process, Omar Ha-Redeye, founder and chair of the Lawyers for Representative Diversity is leading discussions with the government on the issue. “Governments come and go, but diversity in Canada is a permanent issue. Diversity itself is an issue of skill and merit. If there is little understanding of the social context of the law, you ...

The Canadian Progressive: Over 1280 archaeologists and historians denounce Dakota Access Pipeline

At least 1281 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, students and museum directors from the US, Canada and other countries recently signed a letter condemning the destruction of Standing Rock Sioux burial grounds and sacred sites by the Dakota Access Pipeline company. The post Over 1280 archaeologists and historians denounce Dakota Access Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal CETA a major threat food safety: Report

A new report warns that the Canada-EU trade deal CETA could threaten food safety and the greater public interest. Meanwhile, a group of Germany NGOs have launched a massive constitutional lawsuit against the deal. The post Canada-EU trade deal CETA a major threat food safety: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: G20 ignores global public’s call to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

G20 energy ministers’ meeting in Beijing this week failed to come up with a deadline and concrete plans for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. The meeting followed last month’s commitment by G7 leaders to phase out fossil fuel handouts by 2025. The post G20 ignores global public’s call to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies appeared first on ...

The Canadian Progressive: Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke Jewish National Fund’s charity status

The Green Party of Canada is calling on the Canada Revenue Agency to revoke the charity status of the Jewish National Fund on the grounds that the organization discriminates against Palestinians and non-Jews in Israel. Also, Israel’s “failure to comply with international human rights law.” The post Green Party of Canada asks CRA to revoke ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

On Wednesday, over 40 Canadian groups wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet and urged them to reject the pressure to champion the expansion of tar sands operations and pipelines. The post Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [VIDEO]

A new video from the Council of Canadians seeks to start an enlightened public conversation on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The post New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest’s grizzlies

Environmentalist David Suzuki argues that the recent agreement between government, industry, First Nations and environmental groups to protect the Great Bear Rainforest should have included efforts to end the “barbaric” and “disgusting” grizzly bear trophy hunt. The post David Suzuki: It’s time to protect the Great Bear Rainforest’s grizzlies appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: CRA revokes registration of charity that acted as a “receipting agent” for tax shelter arrangement

In December, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) revoked the registration of a Canadian charity that acted as a “receipting agent” for a tax shelter arrangement. Le Refuge des Rescapés, a charity based in Saint-Nicéphore, Quebec, “improperly issued receipts totalling over $2 million.” The post CRA revokes registration of charity that acted as a “receipting agent” ...

The Canadian Progressive: Abortion Rights Advocates File Legal Challenge Against P.E.I

Abortion right advocates in Prince Edward Island have advised the provincial government of their intention to file a legal challenge to the province’s “discriminatory and unlawful abortion policy.” The post Abortion Rights Advocates File Legal Challenge Against P.E.I appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers

Stephen Lewis and five other prominent Canadians recently called on the Commissioner of Competition to investigate climate change denier groups. The post Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Sizuki: Paris Agreement marks a global shift for climate

The Paris Agreement is the “first universal accord to spell out ways to confront climate change”, marks a global shift, argues environmentalist David Suzuki. The agreement requires Canada and other developed countries to ditch fossil fuels and embrace 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, and developing countries by 2080. The post David Sizuki: Paris ...