(Lack of) Citizenship and Canada’s Angel Complex

by Mirusha Yogarajah Canada tends to nod in agreement to the conversation about their angel complex—constantly contrasting themselves to the United States to highlight their zeal towards human rights initiatives and the galvanizing forces behind their diversity with their “reconciliation efforts” or gender-based federal budget. I’ve seen Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a myriad of […]

Migrant Care Workers in Canada: Policy Changes and Future Directions

Nicole Winger As of February 2018, Canada’s migrant Caregiver Program (CP), a five-year pilot from 2014 to 2019, has been in the news with the announcement of its current program review. At the crux of this review is how the federal government will proceed with permanent residency eligibility for migrant care workers. In conducting this […]

Canada and the Revival of the Pacific-Rim Trade Agreement

Joost van de Loo The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), is an eleven-member trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The goals of the CPTPP are: to reduce trade barriers; enforce environmental regulations; promote human rights; […]

Big in Japan: Public Policy of Love

Samantha Hatoski There is a demographic time bomb waiting to go off in Japan. Experts argue that the country’s shrinking population, slow economic growth, declining fertility rate, and rise in unsteady employment are all to blame, and with an increasing elderly population, the outlook is dire. Japan has taken a unique approach to this situation, […]

Fighting “Barbaric Cultural Practices” as Public Policy

Saad Omar Khan Sometime in his tenure as Britain’s Commander-in-Chief in India during a period of British rule in the nineteenth century, General Sir Charles Napier was approached by several Hindu priests regarding his aggressive crackdown on the practice of sati—the ritual burning of widows upon the death of their husbands. The priests’ objection to the colonial […]

Trade and Compromise with China: The Downplay of Human Rights

Lauren Wyman In recent months, the governments of Canada and China have been on a relationship roller-coaster. Accusations of a Chinese cyber attack on the National Research Council emerged in July, and just a few weeks later Canadian citizens Kevin and Julia Garratt were detained under allegations of espionage in what many believe to have […]