Five of the best Canada-related links turning our heads and occupying our minds over the last week.
Canada legalized assisted dying
After months of debate, the law passed the Senate on Friday, allowing terminally ill permanent residents and citizens to be assisted by doctors in dying. Its passage makes Canada one of only a handful of nations where the practice is legal, and follows a period of contentious discussion in Parliament and across the country.
Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! is poised to go international
The New Yorker explores the rise of Toronto’s pick-up choral experience, which has performed alongside Cyndi Lauper and The Flaming Lips, and which has hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube — like this video:
How much does Canada need to retire?
The ongoing debate about reforming the Canada Pension Plan with an additional influx of cash moves to Vancouver this week where ministers will discuss its expansion. While several experts think Canadians are saving enough, others support the potential for greater payout that would benefit Canadians who are now in their 30s and 40s. Some common questions and answers about the reform can be found here.
All about electoral systems
Change might someday be coming! Maclean’s delves into possible alternatives to our current First-Past-The-Post system — with adorable thumb-prints! (You kind of need to see it.) Both informative and accessible. Win!
The good and the bad of being “Canada’s Band”
A long look at the Tragically Hip’s regional Canadiana focus — and narrow definition of what being Canadian was — that made them the poster band for a certain type of Canadian in the 1990s, and what their musical legacy is in today’s disparate musical community.