Miss World Canada 2015 Anastasia Lin is an outspoken activist on Chinese human rights issues, such as organ harvesting and the persecution of Falun Gong followers. However, the 25-year-old’s outspokenness may be the root of her current predicament; her native country has not yet issued her a visa required to participate in the Miss World competition, which takes place Dec. 19 in the city of Sanya.
The Toronto-based actress, who moved to Canada with her mother when she was 13, has starred in Canadian-made movies that centre on the issues she regularly protests against. In one film, for example, she plays a Falun Gong follower who faces torture in a Chinese labour camp. Her latest movie “The Bleeding Edge” is about organ harvesting and is expected to hit Canadian theatres soon.
Lin, who won the Miss World Canada title in May, is currently awaiting an invitation letter from the Sanya government, which is required for her to travel there to participate in the final pageant. While other
- Elianna Lev | Canada Politics – Tue, 10 Nov, 2015
Miss World Canada 2015 Anastasia Lin is an outspoken activist on Chinese human rights issues, such as organ harvesting and the persecution of Falun Gong followers. However, the 25-year-old’s outspokenness may be the root of her current predicament; her native country has not yet issued her a visa required to participate in the Miss World competition, which takes place Dec. 19 in the city of Sanya.Read More »from Q&A with outspoken Miss World Canada on her China visa predicament
- Terri Coles | Canada Politics – Mon, 9 Nov, 2015
Stephen Harper’s policies restricting government scientists aren’t the only ones that could get a Liberal overhaul.
The new governing party has already signalled its intentions to quickly change some of the policies of the previous Conservative government, and several others were part of the Liberal’s campaign platform.
A promised change in the rules about media interactions for public servants is already well underway. Here are some other Conservative policies Justin Trudeau promised to change, and when those shifts might happen.
Long-form census: The Liberal government — via Navdeep Bains, the new minister of innovation, science and development — has already announced its intentions to bring back the long-form census, which was scrapped by the Conservatives and replaced with a voluntary household survey in 2010. The long-form census should return for 2016.
Freedom for diplomats: Earlier this week, Trudeau sent a letter to senior diplomats telling them that they’d play a vital role
- Terri Coles | Canada Politics – Mon, 9 Nov, 2015
The unmuzzling of government scientists has been one of the earliest acts of the new Liberal government, but it’ll take time to undo the damage caused by the old Harper era policy.
Scientists previously had to follow the strict policy on seeking departmental approval in order to speak to members of the media, under a rule set by the Conservative government. But the new government, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has already signalled its intentions of unmuzzling scientists.
“Our government values science and will treat scientists with respect,” Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, said in a statement on Friday. “That is why government scientists and experts will be able to speak freely about their work to the media and the public.”
Though some nervousness remains about where the line now lies, scientists are welcoming the policy shift.
“Absolutely it’s a huge first step and we’re thrilled to see it happen so far,” Katie Gibbs, executiveRead More »from Work to be done now that muzzle is off government scientists
Canada’s newest crop of politicians is already hard at work taking their pet causes to social media in their efforts to win hearts and minds.
NDP MP Kennedy Stewart wasted no time crowd-sourcing opinion on what his priorities should be.
“Please take my survey and help me set my priorities as your new Member of Parliament for Burnaby South,” he first posted on Facebook late last month, with a link to the questionnaire created using the online tool SurveyMonkey.
It’s not clear how many people responded, but Stewart took the two issues with the highest percentage of votes and put them in a Twitter survey to his followers.
NDP MP Jenny Kwan has been live-tweeting her attempt to live on welfare wages.
“#WelfareFoodChallenge Day 2 Dinner: 1 slice of bread + apple w/peanut butter + kiwi. Was feeling wozzy!” she posted last Wednesday.
Kwan andRead More »from MPs flog pet causes on social media
Canada is back.
That’s the message from new Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to the international community as global ministers gather for talks in Paris ahead of the United Nations climate change talks.
McKenna took to Twitter to ensure her colleagues and Canadians know that Canada is in attendance, with the hashtag #CanadaIsBack.
“We are here to play a constructive role with you #COP21,” she wrote on her social media page, referring to the UN summit later this month where world leaders will try to agree on a new climate change agreement.
It is the first time in a decade that a Canadian environment minister has attended the pre-summit meetings in person.
“We’re fully committed to the successful negotiations of a fair and effective international climate change agreement in Paris,” McKenna says.
The minister’s message did not go unnoticed.Read More »from Environment minister to the world: #CanadaIsBack
- Dene Moore | Canada Politics – Sat, 7 Nov, 2015
Charlene Johnson was a rookie in the Newfoundland and Labrador cabinet when she found out she was going to have her first child.
in April 2009, she would be the first sitting member of the House of Assembly in the province’s history to have a baby.
“I was very sick beginning seven weeks into my pregnancy so the secret got out very early because you can only say you have the stomach bug for so long,” she recalls.
Johnson remembers her colleagues were all very supportive, but the Newfoundland and Labrador legislature had no provision for maternity leave.
The provincial government quickly revised legislation to add adoption, pregnancy and parental leave to the list of acceptable reasons to be absent from the House.
Still, Johnson was back in question period less than a month after giving birth to her daughter.
“I was doing my best to breastfeed despite some complications and so I wanted to be home as much as I could,” she tells Yahoo Canada News. “They say to nap when your baby naps;Read More »from Pregnant MLA forces Alberta to address maternity leave
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not meet his promise to have gender parity in his cabinet after appointing five women to minister of state roles, a Tory MP criticizes.
“Fantastic to see women in cabinet, but don’t say they have equal responsibilities when they don’t,” Michelle Rempel wrote on Twitter on Thursday night.
She asked people to “count the number of women chairing cabinet committees.” Seven of 10 committees are chaired by men.
The main committee of cabinet “makes the big decisions. Spoiler: no gender parity,” she tweeted.
The cabinet committee is made up of 11 members including the chair. Four of the members are women and six are men, but Trudeau is chair, bringing the number of men to seven.
Trudeau unveiled his historic cabinet on Wednesday that featured 15 men and 15 women. But a report on iPolitics brought into question the status of five female MPs, who were named as ministers of state in the orders in council (OIC) notes.
Marie-Claude Bibeau (internationalRead More »from Not all cabinet ministers equal, critic says
- Steve Mertl | Canada Politics – Fri, 6 Nov, 2015
One of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s stated priorities is to improve relations with Canada’s provinces and territories, symbolized by his decision to take on the job of intergovernmental affairs minister himself.
But observers noted that when his cabinet was unveiled this week, none of the new ministers appeared to have been given responsibility for any of the country’s regional development agencies, at least not publicly.
There are six such agencies whose role is to foster economic development in the West, North, Ontario (which has two), Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
A troll through the agencies’ websites shows only one agency, Federal Economic Initiative for Northern Ontario, has a named minister — Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (formerly Industry Canada). For the others, no names so far.
On Friday, a spokeswoman for the prime minister said Trudeau had decided to give Bains responsibility for all six economic development agencies. KateRead More »from The Trudeau cabinet: how will it manage the regions?
Balance and rules — those are two important words new members of Parliament should keep in mind as they make their way to Ottawa, three high-profile politicians say.
Former cabinet ministers Lisa Raitt and Tony Clement and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May spoke to Yahoo News Canada on Thursday to offer some advice to new members and cabinet ministers.
All three said finding balance — between personal and work life, between Ottawa and their ridings, between online interactions and meeting people face-to-face — will be the key for rookies to becoming successful in their new roles.
“For those who have gone into cabinet, you are serving your country as well as your constituents,” said Raitt, MP for Milton, Ont., and former transport minister. “Your time is very tightly controlled. Every minute of the day is filled.”
It will be hard to find time to socialize with friends or even spare a moment to exercise, she said.
“You are looking at the reality where you’re not going to be as free asRead More »from Rookie MPs get advice from 3 seasoned pros
A website is promising to keep track of every single one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election promises.
TrudeauMetre breaks down which promises the Liberal government makes good on and which it has yet to accomplish, as well as the number of days in office.Read More »from TrudeauMetre tracks election promises
“The TrudeauMetre is a non-partisan collaborative citizen initiative that tracks his performance with regards to his electoral platform,” the website states.
The pledges are broken down into separate categories: Culture, Economy, Environment, Government, Immigration, Indigenous Peoples and Security. Each has a variety of subheadings with a list of specific promises.
Beside every one of the 184 promises is an icon to illustrate how far along each has come: not yet started, in progress, achieved and broken.
So far, in the two days Trudeau has been in office, two promises have been achieved — restoring the mandatory long-form census and including an equal number of women and men in the Cabinet. Two promises are currently in
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