• South Africa’s postapartheid journey offers ‘important insights’ for Canada: Justice Minister

    “It is hard to celebrate 150 years of colonialism,” she said in a speech at the University of Cape Town’s law school. “What we need to do is make a 180-degree turn, so that our laws and policies are pointing in the direction of the future of reconciliation and transformation – not the past of colonization.” … South Africa has also created a high-level panel… to assess more than 1,000 post-apartheid laws to see if they do enough to tackle the problems of poverty and inequality… Ms. Wilson-Raybould met the former president to see what she can learn from the panel’s work

  • Victims of abuse in residential schools may never be identified

    … [Indigenous Affairs Minister] Dr. Bennett said Thursday that… “Our government is committed to fixing the impact of the administrative split argument… We will be communicating before February 27 with the legal representatives of those who were affected by this issue and that deadline will not affect efforts to find a remedy for those whose claims were rejected or reduced because of the administrative split argument.‎”

  • Unfounded sexual assault cases: A human-rights issue

    The OHRC has made enforcing human rights in the criminal-justice system one of its key priorities for the next three to five years. We are also committed to promoting a human-rights culture through education – to address and eliminate, at the source, the kinds of stereotypes that may be behind some of these statistics. This is about our humanity and the true meaning of equal justice for all. Sexual-assault survivors must be taken seriously.

  • Quebec judge gives Ottawa more time to fix part of Indian Act declared discriminatory

    Recognizing that many sections of the Indian Act are discriminatory… the government said it would make changes in two phases. The first phase would focus on gender-based discrimination and the second phase would look at the rest of the act. Bill S-3… was introduced in the Senate rather than the House because… the government believed it could be expedited. But the Senate aboriginal peoples committee was not prepared to give it a rubber stamp… But all of the senators on the committee… agreed that the legislation was flawed.

  • Addressing indigenous issues requires change at every level

    … truth be told, we would not have made the progress that has been made without courts and tribunals insisting the Canadian constitution’s modest recognition of treaty and equality rights… Equality is expensive… stronger regional and tribal governments — and a determined willingness to work together. The Indian Act has divided First Nations, and this is hurting everyone, first and foremost indigenous people themselves.

  • How to make ‘nation to nation’ relationship genuine

    … a simple five-point plan for addressing a challenge to Canada… 1. Adopt the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples… 2. Make the chief of the Assembly of First Nations a de facto member of cabinet… 3. Make the use of select First Nations languages in Parliament a right… 4. Make the completion of a course in aboriginal studies a mandatory requirement to matriculate from high school… 5. Create and enforce a commons law uniting trails, reserves and national parks.

  • America’s Sorry State Is No Accident

    America is a mess. The world’s sole superpower seems cleaved by race, income disparity and social divisions. Worse, a disturbing number of Americans subscribe to beliefs that are ill-informed, insane or just plain wrong… The only plausible explanation for such aberrant American public opinion is that people in the U.S. are exposed to a vastly different worldview. A misinformation campaign of a scale enormous enough to account for the enfeebled U.S. zeitgeist speaks to how much some special interests gain in investing in and promoting such systemic ignorance.

  • Who Knew the Nordics Were Individualist Romantics? [ The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life ]

    Far from being docile servants of nanny states… the Nordics are bloody-minded individualists – because they can afford to be. That personal autonomy… means that no one has to stay in an abusive marriage (and risk death) because they need the abuser’s income. No one has to borrow from the Bank of Mom and Pop for the down payment on a condo, because everyone leaves post-secondary debt-free. And when Mom and Pop grow old, the kids don’t have to bear the brunt of caring for them: the whole society does that.

  • Self-regulation is no regulation

    … Doctors who sexually assault their own patients not only entirely, unbelievably, escape criminal charges, which would normally apply for any other citizen committing such crimes should a sex assault or rape occur anywhere except in a private office. And they are actually allowed to continue on as usual in their medical professions with a very few and limited restrictions. Seriously? They get to keep working? In the same field? With no police involvement?

  • By ignoring parental rights, Ontario puts our daughter’s welfare at risk

    Ontario led much of the world in recognizing equal marriage. It has fallen shockingly behind by failing to recognize equal parenting, and equal families. Parental equality will only be achieved when the rights of all parents are taken into account. The morality is clear. When families like mine are excluded from systems of birth registration and parental recognition, then parents just like us are told that we are not good enough and we do not count, and that our rights are somehow precarious, while our friends’ and neighbours’ rights are not.