How Does Canada’s National Anthem Make Us More Inclusive?

It almost seemed like the end of a Hollywood film where MP Mauril Belanger, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), finally saw his Bill C-210 being voted in the House of Commons. Bill C-210, the bill to make the Canadian national anthem more gender inclusive, passed in the House by a voice vote.

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The specific change is to the line in all thy sons command, which will now change to in all of us command.

But what does this change do?

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Ramadan, Canadian Politics and Struggle

Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims all over the world. Every year during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Although Muslims consume food or water during daylight, Muslims also cannot do anything that would be considered sinful (lying, etc.). The month is about spiritually building yourself into a better person.

Although it does sound like a struggle, it is actually a time of happiness. I’ve always seen Ramadan as a time to get together with your family and community, and to focus on yourself as a member of society.

This is why I think it’s amazing that Canadian politicians are going around making videos wishing Canadian-Muslims ‘Ramadan Kareem’ (which translates to generous Ramadan). This past election, which saw the Liberals take a majority government, was a big election for Canadian-Muslims. Groups like Canadian Muslim Vote and many others worked on getting Muslims to take part in civic engagement.

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Are Conservatives Too Late to Supporting Same-Sex Marriage?

Surprisingly the Tories have officially ended their opposition to gay marriages in a surprising 1036-462 vote at the Conservative convention. Canada legalized same-sex marriage 11 years ago.

Now many are criticizing the party for being too late to make such a declaration, considering that same-sex marriage has been legal for over a decade.

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I think the opposite. I think this is a great step for the party itself.

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Justin Trudeau G7 Mission: Not Paying Ransoms

Justin Trudeau has made it his mission to convince others from the G7 meeting to not pay the ransoms of kidnapped citizens to terrorists. Trudeau feels that by paying the ransoms, you are funding terrorism.

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Canada has demonstrated this by not paying the $8 million ransom for John Ridsdel by the Fillipino terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. The group beheaded Ridsdel because the Canadian Government was being non-compliant.

There is a lot to discuss when we talk about citizens safety going abroad, especially since Canada was at the forefront of this not too long ago when Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy was arrested in Egypt.

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Justin Trudeau’s ‘Elbowgate Scandal’

We’ve seen many government scandals in the past few years, whether it be the Senate expense scandal or any scandal related to the Panama Papers. However the latest scandal, cleverly named ‘elbowgate’, is one of those scandals you hear about and truly wonder why so much time is dedicated to what the people in the UK political arena would call “Monday”.

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For those of you who don’t know, elbowgate refers to the actions of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House on May 18th. During a vote on limiting the debate on Bill C-14, Trudeau grabbed Conservative whip Gord Brown by the arm and dragged him through a crowd of NDP MPs, who were blocking his way, in an effort to speed up his vote. He had hit NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest while doing so.

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Is Internet a ‘Human Right’? – vlog post

The internet is a big part of our lives nowadays, but is it a ‘human right’? That’s a good question, especially considering job searching and education.

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