Ramisha Farooq

    Ramisha Farooq

  • Canadian health care a ‘ticking time bomb’

    A poll commissioned by Yahoo Canada News found that 75 per cent of Canadians rank ‘improving’ health care as their top priority for the federal government. If you ask a Canadian what they care most about the country, chances are you’ll get a different set of values depending on where you are and who you’re talking to — except when it comes to health care. According to results of a recent Yahoo Canada-Ipsos poll, 75 per cent of Canadians would rank improving health care as the No. 1 or 2 item that the federal government should prioritize.

  • Rona Ambrose upset by Tory leadership candidate's 'gay pride' comment

    Interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose says she’s upset by Brad Trost’s ‘hurtful’ gay pride comments. Interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose is upset by Conservative leadership candidate Brad Trost’s comments about gay pride parades, Global News reports.

  • Leitch successfully using bad publicity to manipulate media: expert

    Inspired by Trump-style politics, federal Conservative party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch called for immigrants to be screened for “Canadian values” earlier this year when announcing her leadership bid. Conservative Leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s brash campaign tactics and hard-right policy stance are deliberate attempts to knock out her competitors, experts say. A campaign video Leitch released last week that was meant to highlight her controversial immigration policies instead made her the subject of online ridicule, with a slew of awkward stares and unusual editing.

  • O'Leary, Chong among most appealing Tory leadership candidates, survey reveals

    Conservative Party leadership candidates (left to right) Rick Patterson, Chris Alexander, Michael Chong, Lisa Raitt and Maxime Bernier greet each other prior to a debate. Kevin O’Leary and Michael Chong are the most ‘politically appealing’ Tory leadership candidates, a new Nanos research survey suggests.

  • Former soldier and cancer survivor ‘pushed through the cracks’ without pension

    A 27-year veteran of the Canadian military is struggling to get by after long delays in her military severance and pension. Tricia Beauchamp has survived two battles with cancer, 26 radiation treatments, a botched surgery and 27 years of military service as a traffic technician. “I felt like I was pushed through the cracks,” Beauchamp told CBC News.

  • Canadians want Trudeau to stand on guard for economy: poll

    A majority of Canadians want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump, even if it leads to a U.S.-Canada trade dispute, a new poll says. The poll, conducted by Nanos for the Globe and Mail, found that 58 per cent of Canadians would support a trade war if the Trump administration imposed new tariffs on Canadian exports, suggesting general disapproval of proposals to renegotiate NAFTA. According to Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, Trudeau will be in Washington next week to discuss a range of policy issues with the U.S. president.

  • With electoral reform out, is Bill C-51 next on the chopping block?

    Bill C-51, introduced by the former Conservative government, has faced backlash across the country since its inception. Justin Trudeau’s government abandoned a long-standing campaign promise this week when they nixed a pledge to introduce electoral reform before the next federal vote. The move sparked fears that other key campaign promises, like repeals to the controversial Anti-terrorism Act, known as Bill C-51 before it became law, could be discarded too.

  • Trudeau-tied think tank receives funds from federal agency

    Canada 2020, a progressive think tank tied to the Trudeau government, has received a $15,000 sponsorship fee from a federal agency. A think tank with ties to the Trudeau government has received a financial contribution from a federal agency, CTV News reports, adding another layer of controversy to the Liberals’ growing cash-for-access scandal. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) paid $15,000 to the Canada 2020 think tank in part for federal minister for infrastructure Amarjeet Sohi to give a keynote address at an innovation conference.

  • Harry Potter festival casts spell on Ontario town, sells out months in advance

    An unofficial Harry Potter Festival in Goderich, Ont., has completely sold out nine months in advance. Come October, the town of Goderich, Ont., will transform into a magical world for the second annual Harry Potter and the Transfigured Town festival. Early bird and general tickets for the event, about three hours west of Toronto, are completely sold out, organizers confirmed on Facebook.

  • NDP leader urges Trudeau to stand up to 'fascist' Trump

    NDP leader Tom Mulcair is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take a stand against Donald Trump’s plan to bar refugees and immigrants from entering the U.S., the Globe and Mail reports. 

  • It's coming from inside the House: Government accountability in the age of Wikipedia

    Public access to government information is often touted as indispensable in a free and democratic society. In an era of “alternative facts” and fake news, the value can be that much more.

  • A Canadian's guide to joining the women's march

    As president-elect Donald Trump prepares to take his oath of office and become the 45th President of the United States, women across the U.S. mobilizing for a historic March on Washington. And now thousands of their Canadian neighbours are joining them.

  • Justin Trudeau, lured by selfie request, caught off guard by Indigenous rights question

    As Justin Trudeau makes his way across Canada on a campaign-style tour, he’s been bombarded with a flurry of questions about everything from the oilsands to his hair products. But there was one question at a recent tour stop he definitely wasn’t prepared for. Two students from Dalhousie University took the opportunity at a Halifax coffee-shop tour stop to ask the prime minister a tough question about Indigenous rights, CTV News reports. Alex Ayton and Kathleen Olds initially requested a selfie with Trudeau, who gladly obliged.

  • Cabinet shuffle attempt by government to 'smooth over' electoral reform file: advocate

    Karina Gould, centre, was named the new Minister for Democratic Institutions on Jan. 10. The federal Liberal government’s recent cabinet shuffle has signalled a slight shift in the Canadian political landscape with a fresh approach to foreign relations and immigration. Time is short and the timeline for electoral reform is still unknown, raising doubts about a hefty campaign promise made by the Liberal government.

  • PHOTOS: Remembering the 14 victims of the École Polytechnique massacre

    The Dec. 6, 1989 rampage at École Polytechnique left 14 women dead, many of them young engineering students, all of them targeted simply for being women. These are their stories. With files from the CBC More from our series commemorating the Montreal Massacre: 'I thought everything we'd gained, we'd have it forever': Survivors of the Montreal Massacre on the vulnerability of progress Montreal Massacre left 'indelible mark' on an engineering community still striving for more women Survivors, activists work to keep the lessons of the Montreal Massacre resonating with young Canadians PHOTOS: 10 celebrities who spoke out on violence against women VIDEO: How millennials are remembering the Montre...

  • POLL: Which prominent Canadian woman should appear on our money?

    Five distinguished women have been shortlisted to become the first Canadian female on the face of a banknote. The Bank of Canada announced the selection of poet E. Pauline Johnson; black rights activist Viola Desmond; Elsie MacGill, who received an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toronto in 1927; Quebec suffragette Idola Saint-Jean; and 1928 Olympic medallist Fanny Rosenfeld, a track and field athlete.