Canada

Twitter Canada: Its First Year and Beyond

Twitter Canada: Its First Year and Beyond

By Emma Sturgeon, Writer, Researcher, Religion and Political Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Canadian Tweeters will continue to hold a strong voice in driving discussions, trends and news on Twitter. It has been just over a year since Twitter Inc. opened the doors to its Toronto office and since then Twitter Canada has steadily grown. Kristine Stewart, head of Twitter Canada has lead this enterprise through its first year. I had the pleasure of hearing Kristine speak and her knowledge and passion about Canadian Twitter usage and growth […]

July 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Canada, Culture
Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom

Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom

By Emma Sturgeon, Writer, Researcher, Religion and Political Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Canadian diplomat Andrew Bennett says that the purpose of the newly founded Office of Religious Freedom will help support Canadian diplomats as they find themselves in increasing complex and religiously charged situations abroad. TORONTO, Canada — 2013 saw the founding of the Office of Religious Freedom by Prime Minister Steven Harper’s conservative government. A chief of this office has since been appointed, Dr. Andrew Bennett, a long time public servant with a PhD in political […]

January 2, 2014 · 0 comments · Canada, Emma Sturgeon, Politics
Quebec’s Controversial Human Values Charter

Quebec’s Controversial Human Values Charter

By Emma Sturgeon, Researcher, Religion and Political Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Quebec recently proposed a new Charter of values that outlines the prohibition of religious clothing and symbols in public space. The proposed Charter will, “Bar public sector employees — including everyone from civil servants to teachers, provincial court judges, daycare workers, police, health-care personnel, municipal employees and university staff — from wearing a hijab, turban, kippa, large visible crucifix or other “ostentatious” religious symbols while on the job.” Though the Charter is meant to address […]

October 11, 2013 · 0 comments · Canada, Politics
Quebec and Misguided Language Politics

Quebec and Misguided Language Politics

By Max Honigmann, Research Intern at Sharnoff's Global Views
Location Canada Canada

To French and English Quebecers alike, the strict provincial language laws designed to preserve French culture have become a familiar and more-or-less accepted part of public life. Under Bill 101, the charter currently defining Quebec’s linguistic policy, French has been declared the sole official language of government (for both internal and external communications), and the dominant language of commerce. By default, employees must conduct all customer service in French. Business signs must feature French in […]

June 10, 2013 · 0 comments · Canada, Culture, Politics
Canada’s View on Terrorism

Canada’s View on Terrorism

By Emma Sturgeon, Researcher, Religion and Political Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Since the Boston Marathon bombing, and the plot to derail a VIA Rail passenger train in Toronto, terrorism has once more moved to the forefront of many Canadian and American minds. Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded to these events by warning against “committing sociology” in examining terrorist activity. While Harper’s comments were aimed directly at Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau, his message reached the ears of Canadian citizens, and, for some, it was a message […]

May 4, 2013 · 1 comment · Canada, Politics