SHORTLY AFTER the much discussed, and rightly much derided Graham James two-year sentence for sexual assault, I had a conversation with a journalist who is ghost writing the memoir of a sexual abuse survivor. Why, she asked me, do these… Read More ›
Posts about the politics, people and news events of Canada.
In the days and weeks following Prime Minister Harper’s Davos speech, there’s been ample commentary, provoked by the following: “As I said earlier, one of the backdrops for my concerns is Canada’s aging population. If not addressed promptly this has… Read More ›
SURVEYING the decade and-a-half career of the Member of Parliament, Rob Anders, I become the zazillionth person to note this Member’s principled objection in 2001 to making Nelson Mandela (by his measure a terrorist and Communist) an honourary Canadian citizen…. Read More ›
LAST WEEK, Liberal leader Bob Rae warned that the federal political culture of Canada is ‘entering into a kind of Nixonian moment.’ This all-thumbs assertion lacks definite substance and grip — we’re in a kind of like, you know, moment… Read More ›
CANADA’S TRUTH and Reconciliation Commission has received a dab of media attention, much of it for regrettable reasons. In October 2008, the TRC Chair Justice Harry LaForme resigned, citing the political interference of the Assembly of First Nations and the… Read More ›
AT DINNER one evening in the 1990s, while I was living down the road from Kingston Penitentiary, the English Utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s ‘panopticon’ came up.
I now have unchallengeable objective proof that I’ve lived too long in Ottawa, and it’s this: I caught myself today wondering how the bureaucrats are going to say the new acronym AANDC, the stand-in for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development… Read More ›