Indigenous rights are not absolute

Public policy discourse needs to move away from where Indigenous issues are paramount to where they’re one set among many

Indigenous rights are not absoluteIndigenous people too often seem to think that their rights are absolute or act as if their rights trump everything else. This attitude was seen clearly in a reaction from the Saskatchewan-based Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) after the Saskatchewan government changed the policy regarding when people can hunt on summer pasture lands. All…

Will the Supreme Court uphold our liberty to dissent?

The Trinity Western University case represents one of the most important religious freedom decisions of the past 20 years

Will the Supreme Court uphold our liberty to dissent?On Friday, the Supreme Court of Canada will release its ruling in the Trinity Western University case. Until the judgment is made public, of course, no one knows which way the court might swing. For all who’ve tracked the dispute’s progress through the legal process, however, it stands to be among the most important religious…

Bail reform is critical to achieve wider U.S. social justice

Simply not being able to afford to pay the gatekeeper is a positively medieval way to determine who walks free in our modern society

Bail reform is critical to achieve wider U.S. social justiceThink everyone in jail deserves to be there? Think again. Millions of people believe that everyone in jail is probably guilty of something. These ‘law and order’ types embrace incarceration as a deterrent to crime, even if it leads to dangerous and inhumane overcrowding. Challenge them with the facts that deterrence is hardly a given…

Different rights for different groups of Canadians?

The assertion that we are on treaty land should not allow anyone to impose expectations or rights beyond the societal standard

Different rights for different groups of Canadians?CBC Radio recently aired a story about an Indigenous woman who complained that a security officer, and then a City of Winnipeg police officer, treated her improperly while she was attending a Winnipeg Jets-related “Whiteout” event. The woman, who described herself as an elder and a grandmother, says she was standing in a place that…

Leave the Assisted Human Reproduction Act alone

The Act laudably puts children’s interests - rather than adult needs - first. It’s time we all did

Leave the Assisted Human Reproduction Act aloneBy Juliet Guichon, Barry Stevens and Ian Mitchell Troy Media contributors The federal Assisted Human Reproduction Act is under attack by people who want to make it legal to buy ova, sperm and gestational capacity. Demand for babies is higher than supply and those who earn a living through the transactions aren’t happy. Incorrectly claiming…

The great pipeline debate has degenerated

We need a way to drill down to the science and legality related to Trans Mountain. We need to replace cacophony with compromise

The great pipeline debate has degeneratedThe last few months have illustrated how we now argue in public in Canada and the picture is not encouraging. I’m referring to what many think of as the great pipeline debate: the pros and cons of the Kinder Morgan diluted bitumen Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from the Alberta oilsands to tidewater in Vancouver. We…

Justice reform can’t just be knee-jerk

Eliminating peremptory challenges during jury selection and restricting preliminary inquiries won't necessarily improve the system

Justice reform can’t just be knee-jerkThere has been considerable talk recently about reforming the justice system. The talk has become particularly shrill following the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine murder trials in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The federal justice minister has said she plans to eliminate peremptory challenges because, in her mind, not enough Indigenous people were selected for the juries. Peremptory…

Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence 

Canada needs a national agency to review all domestic homicides and create an integrated domestic violence safety system

Bill C-75 reforms too little, too late to respond to domestic violence By Elizabeth Sheehy and Isabel Grant EvidenceNetwork.ca Domestic violence is a national crisis. A woman is killed by her current or former partner every six days in Canada. Indigenous women are killed by their intimate partners at a rate eight times higher. In Peel (part of the Greater Toronto Area) alone, five women were killed…

Intemperance and intolerance in campus culture clashes

Students of the snowflake generation feel empowered to videotape, confront and swarm professors with whom they disagree

Intemperance and intolerance in campus culture clashesI must confess to a crime. Many years ago, when I was still in my 20s, I was enjoying a late-night non-alcoholic beverage with an old friend from my high school days. Our talk turned to the teachers in our adolescence, some of whom we revered, some of whom we despised. The memory of one…

Does white privilege debate promote racism against white people?

It’s difficult to predict where the white privilege debate will go in the coming years but it may involve a collision with our society’s most basic rules

Does white privilege debate promote racism against white people?A bold debate called white privilege is growing day by day at Canadian universities. It’s also showing up in neighbourhood schools. It’s sometimes a fierce topic and, more than occasionally, white privilege speeches have not been moderate. For example in March 2018, Trent University hosted a speech event entitled “It’s OK to be against whiteness.”…
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