Cultural Appropriation…

May 19, 2017 Globe and Mail – Denise Balkissoon Can mainstream journalism survive identity politics? The question of culture appropriation has flared up in Canada with the resignation of two prominent journalists: Desmond Cole, formerly of the … [Read more...]

More fixing needed…

May 5, 2017  Ottawa Citizen – Anthony Doob Fixing the courts isn't up to the federal government Here’s a rather startling view of the all the recent fuss around the wide-ranging opinions on how to fix the court delays in response to the … [Read more...]

Criminalizing mental illness…

May 1, 2017 Toronto Star – Michael Bryant and Graham Brown Judge exposes how we criminalize mental illness The authors, Bryant, a former Ontario Attorney General, and Brown a policy analyst from John Howard, are insistent that the justice system … [Read more...]

“Free, prior and informed consent…”

April 26, 2917 Globe and Mail – Gloria Galloway Ottawa drops objections to UN resolution on Indigenous consent The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has a clause that requires governments to obtain consent for any decision that … [Read more...]

A tale of 3 cities…

April 25, 2017 CBC News – Ontario basic income pilot project to launch in Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay - Premier Wynne made the announcement at Liuna Station in Hamilton on Monday just after 9 a.m. You have to apply but there are no strings … [Read more...]

Get it right…

April 23, 2017 (Ed Note: Last edition gave an incorrect title for the report from the Ontario Ombudsman on police oversight: the correct title is “Out of oversight, out of mind.”  You can find the 73 page downloadable pdf at:  … [Read more...]

A Gift Exchanged…

April 13, 2017 CBC News – The Canadian Press Malala Yousafzai's full speech to Parliament - 'Education for girls can transform communities, countries and our world,' Nobel laureate says in address Canada’s sixth and youngest ever Honorary … [Read more...]

Red zones and bail…

Mar 3, 2017 The Megaphone / Tyee (BC) – Stefanie Seccia ‘Red Zones’ Set the Marginalized Up for More Trouble, Study Finds The link offers a connection to a couple of sources where the questions around bail conditions include “red zones,” … [Read more...]

No claw-backs…

Jan 11, 2016  Canada.com – Andrew Coyne The basics of a guaranteed basic income Subsidy for low wages or a structure that would encourage the lazy?  Coyne looks at the current efforts to assess the idea of bridging income disparity by a … [Read more...]

Conservatives and Islamophobia…

Oct 6, 2016 Huffington Post – Althia Raj Tory MPs Oppose NDP Motion Condemning All Forms of Islamophobia The NDP’s Tom Mulcair proposed a motion in the House rejecting all sorts of Islamophobia, expecting unanimous consent but a handful of … [Read more...]