• Beyond denial: Indigenous reconciliation requires recognition

    For reconciliation to fully manifest itself in Canada, denial must be ended in all of its aspects… to guide our work we released 10 principles – Principles Respecting Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples… [to] establish a clear, transparent foundation for reconciliation based on recognition… The principles bring a new direction and standard to how government officials must work and act in partnership with Indigenous peoples

  • Can we ever knock down the walls of the wealthy ghetto?

    There are two factors in particular that make Canada’s cycle of privilege a closed loop that excludes outsiders. The first is Canada’s lack of an inheritance tax. Taxing inheritance heavily doesn’t generate much government revenue… It expands privilege rather than keeping it cloistered… The second is Canada’s lax policy on private schools. The 6 per cent of Canadians who attend fee-charging schools are overwhelmingly there because their families are wealthy… even though their fees and sometimes their operations are taxpayer-subsidized.

  • Why are some gender activists denying science?

    … the science is settled. The two biological sexes (and there are only two) are broadly (though by no means perfectly) coterminous with gender… Close to 100 per cent of the human race is born with a set of either male or female chromosomes. A small number of people are born with chromosomal and/or reproductive abnormalities, and these people are commonly identified as “intersex.” … None of this is to argue that we should force people to conform to gender stereotypes, or punish them if they don’t.

  • Canada’s new sexual assault law is a ‘catastrophic attack’ on the rights of the accused

    They have channeled the mistaken but widespread belief that the justice system is skewed against women into Bill C-51, which has finished second reading in Parliament and will now receive attention from the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. C-51 proposes changes that will satisfy many radical feminists, but may ruin the lives of many innocent men accused of sexual assault.

  • Your name may dictate your apartment, degree, and career

    … name-blind screening is not a panacea — unconscious biases can’t be eliminated with one little recruitment remedy, and candidates will eventually be evaluated face to face. But removing a barrier to diversity in the federal civil service is a positive step, even if it is a minor one.

  • Canada’s big cities are feeling the pressure of income inequality

    Rising inequality is not just pervasive in our cities; it is almost exclusive to our cities. Yet, municipalities cannot address this challenge on their own… middle class and middle income are not necessarily one and the same… The reality is that middle-income Canadians living in cities such as those are likely the ones feeling the effects of rising inequality the most.

  • How to turn Canada 150 into a celebration for everyone

    The original peoples of Canada are founding nations of this country and as such need to be able to govern themselves in full equality with other Canadians. That is certainly not true of our past, or of our present. But it must become the reality of our future… The Indian Act has created a reserve and political structure that actually blocks effective governance and equality. Its continued existence makes the dream of effective sovereignty and good governance impossible.

  • Tide is turning on Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people

    … every once in a while, specific political and economic forces have converged in such a way as to create space for Indigenous people to make very dramatic, important and lasting gains. It is in those openings that we can catch a glimpse of the Canada that can be. And we, on the Indigenous side, can rise to those occasions as well and put the historic pain we have suffered in perspective.

  • After 150 years, Canada’s Indigenous citizens are finally being heard

    … as the country marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation, there is a widespread sense that any celebration… must be tempered by the conscious acknowledgment that the rise of the nation created in 1867 has gone hand in hand with state-enforced maltreatment of the people who were here first… If First Nations, Metis and Inuit people are Canadian, then the history of Canada can’t logically start at Confederation, or even at first contact with European explorers.

  • Improving Canadians’ income mobility is the next big policy challenge

    We can’t know whether the expansion of digital infrastructure will improve income mobility in rural parts of Canada, or slow the migration of the young to urban hubs… All government can do is try to ensure that every Canadian is as well-educated and as connected as possible…