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Why not let the women and children in the Tijuana camp resettle in Canada?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

Canada has set out that the treatment of women and girls is a priority of our international policy. One of the key findings of the World Refugee Council Report to be released in the new year is the extent of discrimination against women in refugee situations. Here is a clear opportunity to act against such bias… Canadian leadership in meeting this tragedy on our doorstep would be a welcome, tangible demonstration of how the compacts can be a springboard for direct action and lead to improved collaboration on migration and refugees issues.

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The contradictions at the heart of Canada’s modern multiculturalism

Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

So why has the issue of immigration now become so emotional, and assumed such potency? … Part of the answer lies with high levels of inequality, part of the answer with tepid economic growth, and another part lying with a cooler-looking economic future… where jobs and wages have been lost to robotics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and automation, blue-collar workers, mainly males, have been driven toward racial resentment and ordered populist politics.

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Help the poor: Stop donating canned goods to food banks

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

If you hand your food bank a 30 pound office hamper filled with random food, you’re handing over a miniature logistical challenge that may or may not end up on the table of a hungry family. Hand over $20, and the food bank will be able to buy $100 worth of food, they’ll save on processing costs and Ottawa will kick you back up to $6.

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Toronto seems to have learned from last winter’s shelter debacle

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

the new plan… calls for hundreds of new spaces in three prefabricated structures located across the central city that will be open 24 hours a day. It includes a temporary site with up to 200 spots at… Exhibition Place… And the city has budgeted for more staff to improve operations at respite facilities and coordination of services across the system… opening ever more permanent shelter beds is not a long-term solution… The city, along with Queen’s Park and Ottawa, must increase efforts to create more affordable and supportive housing.

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Is debate an effective way of combating extremism? Yes

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Historically, the benefit of debating ideas, extreme or otherwise, seems to outweigh the harms…. Freedom of expression exists not to protect the views of those with whom we agree, but for exactly the opposite reason. It’s a freedom forged in the humble idea that no one has a monopoly over the truth… history suggests that divisions eventually have to be healed rather than conquered.

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Don’t ignore Steve Bannon, Trump’s political philosopher

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

The moral capitalism that rebuilt the world after the Second World War has been replaced by new forms unlinked to the foundations of Judeo-Christian belief. These new forms include state capitalism, where rewards are siphoned off by a small elite. They also include a strain of brutal libertarian capitalism that treats people as mere commodities. The new right populism is a reaction to this. It is a revolt of the middle and working classes against what Bannon calls the “administrative state.”

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How to pull voters back from the far-right brink? Look to Germany

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

“We realized that people are turning toward extremist parties not because they believe their ideas, but because they feel that the government doesn’t have things under control,” Mr. Kretschmann said. “So we listened to them.”… Crime rates in his state, and across Germany, are at three-decade lows. But the Greens discovered that a lot of voters, in the wake of the 2015-16 migration crisis, were believing popular notions about immigrants and crime.

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How poverty and precarious work killed a healthy Toronto man

Friday, September 28th, 2018

This man had been depending on odd jobs to meet his basic needs. His casual employers certainly didn’t offer sick days, and he simply couldn’t spare the money he’d lose by missing work to see a doctor. This man died from poverty. He died from precarious, unsafe work. He died from making just one of the many impossible choices that we saddle on people living in poverty: getting the health care that could have saved his life conflicted with a job that had so far allowed him to survive.

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Who’s playing identity politics? Everyone

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Diversity is not our strength. Unity is our strength. What makes Canada strong is our ability to unite people of diverse backgrounds with a shared set of goals and values. That is what we’re good at… there’s plenty of evidence that our highly selective immigration system – which shows no sign of changing – is quite good at identifying people who will integrate and do well. The real test of any immigration policy is: How will the kids do? And so far as I can see, most of the the kids are doing fine.

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An Apology for Multiculturalism

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Not long ago we assumed globalization, with its intensity of interactions, would breed tolerance for others. Instead, we must fight for that ideal, even if flawed, now more than ever… We should fight for multiculturalism not because it’s easy but because it’s hard. Open societies are rare; they call to each other over the great nightmare of history, candles in windy darknesses. And yet openness to the other has always been an essential element of basic human decency.

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