- Accountability is more than accounting
Without an election call, much of the political drama in Ottawa lately has focused on the Mulroney-Schreiber affair. With its lurid allegations of political corruption and large sums of money exchanged for political influence, it seems like a relic of a ...
Story - Chandra - 04/15/2009 - 13:17 - 0 comments
- Dignity for All? Canada Reneges on Human Rights Commitments
In 2006, the UN’s Human Rights Council was mandated to "undertake a universal periodic review … of the fulfillment by each State of its human rights obligations and commitments.” Canada has been under review this year and d ...
Story - Karri - 06/23/2009 - 11:10 - 0 comments
- Ten-percenters and the politicians who represent us
As of late we’ve have been hearing a lot about political flyers known as “ten-percenters.” These refer to flyers that Members of Parliament (MPs) are allowed to send to other constituencies, up to a number equivalent to ten percent of ...
Blog entry - Rebekah - 12/20/2012 - 12:31 - 0 comments
- Drinking Downstream
In the fall of 2009, Canada’s Governor General hosted an opening ceremony for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on Indian Residential Schools . In response to media reports on this event there were streams of deeply unfortunat ...
Story - Visitor - 01/05/2010 - 11:29 - 0 comments
- Is prorogation diminishing Canada’s democracy?
In the past year many more Canadians have become familiar with the term prorogation. Parliament was due to resume on January 25, but for the second time in just over a year the government decided to prorogue, killing all bills currently before Parliam ...
Story - Rebekah - 01/11/2010 - 10:46 - 5 comments
- Does representative democracy threaten national security?
Has Canada been complicit in the torture of Afghan prisoners? This is the question at the heart of an ongoing parliamentary drama. It is a question with fundamental implications for Canada’s compliance with international law and respect for huma ...
Story - Chandra - 03/29/2010 - 16:00 - 1 comment
- Moving beyond “We’re sorry” to a legacy of change and hope
June 11 marks the second anniversary of the Canadian Government’s apology for the Indian Residential Schools. The official apology was made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper with responses from the other three major party leaders (Stépha ...
Story - Rebekah - 11/22/2012 - 11:43 - 0 comments
- Remembering the apology and moving forward
June 11 is the second anniversary of the government’s official apology for the Indian Residential Schools, which represent a disturbing legacy in Canada’s history. Since then Aboriginal groups, churches (from various denominati ...
Blog entry - Rebekah - 12/20/2012 - 13:42 - 0 comments
- Confrontation or consultation? It’s up to Parliament
The House of Commons wrapped up for the summer last week, ending a short but fractious Parliamentary session. While a few major stories have dominated the headlines since March – the Afghan detainee issue, the Jaffer-Guergis affair, and the disp ...
Story - Chandra - 11/22/2012 - 11:44 - 0 comments
- The Truth Hurts: Education through stories at the TRC
Last week the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Indian Residential Schools was officially launched in Winnipeg. Those present included Murray Sinclair and the other commissioners, government officials such as the Minister of I ...
Blog entry - Rebekah - 12/21/2012 - 10:15 - 0 comments
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