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Searing stories at residential-school hearings come to a close

Monday, March 31st, 2014

The heart-breaking accounts – almost all videotaped – will now form part of a lasting record of one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history… For many, being able to tell their stories was at once cathartic and a validation… The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, under Justice Murray Sinclair, visited more than 300 communities after it began hearings in Winnipeg in June 2010.

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Alan Borovoy, the man who was right

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Over the course of the past few decades’ most divisive and closely contested struggles for civil rights and social justice in Canada… Alan Borovoy, best known for his 40-year role as general counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association… [has published] a surprisingly elegant cross-genre fusion of legal history, political analysis and riveting memoir…

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The Wealth of Canadians: How much, in the hands of how few?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

… wealth was generally much more equally distributed by the mid-20th century than it had been in the pre-industrial era and the late 19th century. The share of all wealth held by the top 10 per cent in rich countries is typically very high, at 60 to 70 per cent, but this is still well below late-19th-century levels of 80 to 90 per cent… the rising ratio of wealth to GDP, combined with increasing inequality in the distribution of wealth since about 1970, may bring us back to the extreme economic inequality of the Victorian era

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How globalization has left the 1 per cent even further ahead

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The threshold to reach the top 1 per cent in 2010 was $201,400, while the median income in the middle of the 1-per-cent pack was $283,400 and the average income of 1 per centers was $429,600… The vast majority of those in the 1 per cent – 88 per cent – work in five broad occupation groups: management (39 per cent), health care (14 per cent); business and finance (14 per cent); education, law, community and government service (11 per cent) and natural and applied sciences (10 per cent).

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Inequality, the byproduct of progress

Monday, October 14th, 2013

… incomes are hardly the only measure of our quality of life. First-rate public education and health care mean that Canadians, regardless of income, are relatively more equal than almost any people in the world. Most of the goods and services we buy are relatively cheaper and more reliable than ever. In general, our lives are richer, even when our pay stubs seem smaller. What most often gets omitted in discussions about growing income inequality within rich countries, however, is the extraordinary and corresponding increase in global living standards.

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A Canadian genocide in search of a name

Friday, July 19th, 2013

It is time for Canadians to face the sad truth. Canada engaged in a deliberate policy of attempted genocide against First Nations people. And the starvation experiments were only the first of a litany of similar such attempts to control, delegitimize and, yes, even annihilate First Nations to suit the needs of a growing Dominion… a genocide that began at the time of first contact and that was still very active in our own lifetimes; a genocide… no longer in search of historical facts.

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Placing #IdleNoMore in Historical Context

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Jan. 4, 2012
#IdleNoMore is an explicitly non-violent movement, which accounts for its relatively wide spectrum of both Native and non-Native support at the moment… However, if the life of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence continues to be recklessly put in jeopardy… I predict that the spectre of political violence will re-emerge in Indigenous peoples’ collective conversations about what to do next.

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Poverty gives way to inequality and the Great Frustration

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Oct. 20 2012
Inequality has increased – and when that happens, economists have shown that there’s a corresponding collapse of social mobility, the ability to escape your income group for a higher one… When the rich get richer, the poor usually get poorer. But the converse isn’t true: Countries with strong redistributive systems and free economies are usually both wealthy and equal.

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Trudeau’s words about aboriginals resonate

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Jan. 3, 2012
“We will recognize treaty rights,” continued Trudeau, those 42 years ago. “We will recognize forms of contract which have been made with the Indian people by the Crown and we will try to bring justice in that area and this will mean that perhaps the treaties shouldn’t go on forever”… After considerable opposition from Indian politicians, the Trudeau government backed away from this so-called red paper proposal. Who is to know if his proposals would have made a difference among our First Nations communities?

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Happy birthday to Canadian multiculturalism

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Oct 08 2011
Unlike in Europe, where multiculturalism-lite was left to the whim of governments, our policy is anchored in the 1982 Charter of Rights as well as the 1988 Multiculturalism Act. No government, regardless of political stripe, is going to axe that act, let alone contemplate constitutional change. There are also positive reasons for the endurance of the policy, rooted as it is in our history… The 1867 British North America Act recognized aboriginal peoples, English-speaking Protestants and French-speaking Catholics on the basis of race, language and religion. The DNA of BNA was pluralism.

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