Canada’s First Nations relations: An open letter to Justin Trudeau

06.30.2017

Dear Justin Trudeau: There’s a LOT to criticize about Canada’s relationship with our First Nations, both past and present. So, two thoughts about this statement: 1. Words matter. Tone matters. On this, I will commend you for your words and for attempting to strike a real dialogue for perhaps the first time in Canadian history. […]

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Quebec economy in pretty good shape

06.19.2017

This is getting buried in the news cycle. But it’s actually a pretty big deal, and a sign that Quebec’s economy is in its best shape since before the ’95 referendum: U.S. bond rating agency S&P Global has boosted Quebec’s credit rating to AA- – helping the province surpass neighbouring Ontario for the first time. […]

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Cuba-US relations: One step forward, one giant Trump leap back

06.16.2017

When I visited Cuba in December, the Cubans and Americans I met were all optimistic about the continued thawing of relations between the two countries following Barack Obama’s historic easing of restrictions. But, leave it to Donald Trump to make that one more thing on the list of everything he is massively screwing up: Trump […]

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Gender and stereotypes: What Obama got wrong in his Montreal speech

06.09.2017

Barack Obama gave a widely-anticipated speech in Montreal today. I watched online and, for most of it, Obama was in fine form: Eloquent, respectful, inspiring. But then there was an odd section, late in the speech, about gender equality and advancing the cause of women. Which included this line: “I did conclude at a certain […]

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Macron wins in France

05.07.2017

Thanks, France, for voting for the only sane option and bucking the populist demagogue trend. Macron, 39, a former economy minister who ran as a “neither left nor right” independent promising to shake up the French political system, took 66% to Le Pen’s 34%. His victory was hailed by his supporters as holding back a […]

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NHL won’t go to Pyeongchang Olympics

04.03.2017

I guess Team Canada won’t be defending its gold medal in Pyeongchang. The NHL won’t participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics. For the first time since 1994, NHL players will not attend the Winter Olympics. The league has released a statement saying it “considers the matter officially closed.” The IOC confirmed to CBC Sports Monday […]

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Andrew Potter, freedom of speech, and the pile-on effect

03.23.2017

The Gazette’s Allison Hanes weighs in on the Andrew Potter debate: We live in the age of the digital lynch mob, where our slightest missteps get magnified, stupid remarks snowball and ill-considered words live on in infamy. Potter is not the first to be scorched by the blowback from this vicious cycle. [ . . . ] […]

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Mental Health in Canada: Let’s do more than talk

03.10.2017

Campaigns like “Let’s Talk” are all well and good when it comes to ending the stigma and launching a conversation. But it’s not enough to just talk about mental health. We urgently need to fix our system to provide better access treatment, prevention and education. The Globe and Mail’s #OpenMinds Series has some practical, common-sense […]

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WaPo: People aren’t poor because they’re lazy

03.08.2017

This article in the Washington Post really gets at the crux of the difference in outlook between liberals and conservatives: Chaffetz was articulating a commonly held belief that poverty in the United States is, by and large, the result of laziness, immorality and irresponsibility. If only people made better choices — if they worked harder, […]

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Digital devices at the border: A guide for Canadians

03.01.2017

BCCLA has written a clear, easy-to-understand guide for Canadians about issues that are far from clear or easy to understand: The first thing to remember if you’re a Canadian travelling to the United States is that you do not have a free-standing right to enter the US. Many Canadians have been crossing the Canada-US border […]

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