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View of the National War Memorial in Confederation Square, Ottawa. Image: John A. Brebner

Canada Bands Together In Grief, In Strength

Note: This article contains information that may not be suitable for very young children.

The main entrance to Canada’s government–Parliament–is housed in a clock tower known as the Peace Tower.

It was built as a monument to the people who gave their lives for Canada during the second World War.

by · October 23, 2014 · News
Jean Chretien. Image: Joe Howell

Canada Sends Troops To Middle East

Former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien doesn’t often speak out publicly, these days.

Recently, however, he wrote a newspaper column suggesting that Canada should send help, not fighters, to the Middle East.

by · October 20, 2014 · News, Politics
Pierre Trudeau in 1968. image: Mickie Boisvert

Inspirational Canadians, Proud Deeds

When the federal government asked Canadians recently who they consider to be Canada’s most inspirational heroes, the answer was probably not what Prime Minister Stephen Harper expected.

by · June 22, 2014 · News, Politics
Julian Fantino. Image:  Korea.net

Protests Against Veterans’ Affairs Department

Veterans’ Affairs, the government department that serves men and women from Canada’s military, is being criticized.

by · June 10, 2014 · News, Politics
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin. Image: Gervásio Baptista/ABr

Canada’s Chief Justice, PM Square Off

There is a very unusual argument taking place between two very high-profile Canadians.

The Prime Minister of Canada and the head of Canada’s Supreme Court are in a battle of words and the stakes are high.

by · May 7, 2014 · News, Politics
Jim Flaherty, 2007. Image: Joshua Sherurcij

State Funeral For Former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty

A “state funeral” will be held in Toronto on Wednesday for Jim Flaherty.

by · April 13, 2014 · News, Politics
Lejac Residential School at Fraser Lake in 1920. Image: Wikimedia

Residential Schools Hearings Wrap Up

A commission that will document one of the darkest periods in Canada’s history is wrapping up and will report on its findings next year.

Since 2010, The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been gathering information from First Nations, Inuit and Metis people who were forced to take part in Canada’s “residential (boarding) schools” program.

by · March 31, 2014 · News, Politics
A boy votes in a "mock election" outside the Russian embassy in Ottawa. Image: Chrystia Chudczak, www.chrystiachudczak.com.

Crimea Has The World’s Attention

Some events are happening in Crimea and the world is taking notice of them.

The small peninsula of Crimea, attached to the country of Ukraine, sits in the middle of Europe. Crimea is about half the size of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia; about two million people live there.

Crimea is at the centre of a major political battle between Russia and Ukraine. The rest of world is watching that conflict closely.

by · March 18, 2014 · Breaking News, News, Politics
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How Would You Change The Senate?

What would you do with the Canadian Senate? Change the way Senators are chosen? Get rid of it? Keep it as-is?

The Senate is a legislative body of the government that has almost the same powers as the House of Commons.

However, members to the House of Commons are elected; the prime minister appoints Senators.

And these tend to be people from his own party, who have done good things for his party.

Once they are in the Senate, they almost always vote as their party does in the House of Commons.

The Senate was started this way in 1867 when Canada was formed.

It was supposed to be a place for “sober second thought”—thinking carefully about the laws sent to it by the House of Commons and sometimes improving them.

by · February 5, 2014 · News, Politics
CBC's Jian Ghomeshi with Neil Young

Neil Young Speaks Out Against “Oil Sands” In CBC Radio Interview

Neil Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter who is internationally famous.

He has been called “one of the most important figures in rock music.”

In 2009, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Young is an activist and many of his songs are political.

Now, Young is doing a four-city tour of Canada to protest what he feels is massive damage to the environment being done in the oil sands in Alberta.

by · January 14, 2014 · Entertainment, News