Politicians tip-toeing around Bill 21 during election

Politicians tip-toeing around Bill 21 during election

As published in the Victoria Standard: Sept. 25, 2019.

Quebec exceptionalism is back, although this time it’s secularism versus religion rather than the usual French language issues. As the October election looms, federal leadership candidates are responding cautiously to recent developments in Canada’s second-largest province.

Pension Debate Framing Undermines all Working People

Pension Debate Framing Undermines all Working People

As published in the Hill Times: Sept. 11, 2019

https://www.hilltimes.com › 2019/09/11 › pension-debate-framing-underm...

There has been a well-funded and effective campaign in the US (Koch brothers/Cato Institute etc.) and Canada (Canadian Council of Chief Executives/Fraser Institute etc.) to discredit all levels of government, public institutions and the public service. The military, police and security services are generally spared the lash.

Election 2019: Trudeau’s Ethics Mirror Harper’s

Election 2019: Trudeau’s Ethics Mirror Harper’s

As published in the Victoria Standard: 25 August, 2019

A little bit of division in Ford’s math test debate

A little bit of division in Ford’s math test debate

As published in the Toronto Star / Ottawa Citizen / MSN.com: Aug. 30, 2019 & Ottawa Sun: Sept. 10, 2019.

Ontario teachers will have to score at least 70 per cent on math tests, online, Aug. 27

Canada Moves to Protect Sharks

Canada Moves to Protect Sharks

As published in the Victoria Standard: 31 July 2019

Sharks are making the news, mostly for positive reasons. Recent legislation reinforces a 1994 ban on commercial shark “finning” within Canadian waters by banning the importation of fins for shark fin soup, an Asian delicacy. Shark finning involves the cruel practice of slicing the fins off living sharks before tossing them overboard to die. This legislative change is one of many amendments to the Fisheries Act under Bill C-68 that became law on June 21, 2019.

ISRAEL’S ATTEMPTS TO COURT CANADA’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August/September 2019, pp. 6-7

Letters to the Editor

ISRAEL’S ATTEMPTS TO COURT CANADA’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLES

Canada Acknowledges Indigenous Genocide

Canada Acknowledges Indigenous Genocide

As published in the Victoria Standard: July 3, 2019

Canada’s government has accepted the findings of a $92 million Inquiry into the fate of murdered and vanished Indigenous women and girls. The Inquiry’s 1200 page final report, Reclaiming Power and Place: National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Girls and Women (MMIWG, required three years of research and consultation. Notably, Prime Minister Trudeau agreed with the report’s declaration that Canada’s historic treatment of Indigenous people amounts to genocide.

Attack Ads Toxic to Democracy

Attack Ads Toxic to Democracy

As published in the Victoria Standard: June 5, 2019

Political attack ads have returned to Canada’s airwaves and social media as federal political parties seek to undermine their electoral opponents. In spite of its corrosive effect on public discourse, this ugly tactic has proven consistently successful, particularly for dominant parties who can afford to hire expert advisors.

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Long Overdue

Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act Long Overdue

As published in the Victoria Standard: May 8, 2019

There is no justification for testing cosmetics on mice, rabbits or other animals. I’ve seen video footage of this cruelty and the unsettling images linger in my memory. Thankfully, some Canadian politicians are prepared to legislate against animal testing in cosmetic research. The law would mainly apply to the importation of animal-tested cosmetics since only a tiny percentage of Canadian animal testing is conducted for non-medical research.

Canada’s Venezuelan Meddling a Pre-election Diversion

Canada’s Venezuelan Meddling a Pre-election Diversion

As published by the Victoria Standard: April 10, 2019

As a member of the Lima Group, Canada has chosen to interfere in the politics of Venezuela, a troubled but sovereign state. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has publicly declared Canada’s intentions regarding so-called democracy promotion.

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