Category Archives: social justice

Does Canada need an “Aboriginal Inquiry”?

Of course we do! Too much controversy flows around the question of whether or not we need a formal inquiry into the disproportionate numbers of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. Why not? Most responses to this question range … Continue reading

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Shoot!! Or, maybe talk?

It’s almost a year since an 18-year-old boy, Sammy Yatim, was shot to death by a Toronto police officer. He was alone in a streetcar. With a 3” knife. I guess they thought that heavy, iron streetcar couldn’t contain him. … Continue reading

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Celebrating ‘the rainbow’

Toronto just hosted World Pride Week 2014, and I’m feeling proud to be Canadian. Especially in Ontario, where not only have we just elected our first female premier, but she’s openly gay, and behaves as if it’s the norm. Now … Continue reading

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Yes, it is our job to feed our neighbour’s child

Once again, a typical Conservative statement of values (with apologies to Hugh Segal): Minister James Moore says “Well, obviously nobody wants kids to go to school hungry. Certainly we want to make sure that kids go to school full bellied, … Continue reading

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Ah, insurance! Let me count the ways…

These days we’re seeing an increasing consciousness about ‘mental health’ issues.  We seem less aware of how such issues can affect insurability – or even employability.  The same could be said about physical ailments.  So when I think about the … Continue reading

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Desperate need…

Like most moms, I love my children enough that I would probably die for them.  I also enjoy their cousins and their friends, especially now that my kids are in their thirties, and the others have been coming around for … Continue reading

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The People of the Kattawapiskak River

I sit here in my large, comfortable, well-heated home, almost trembling with reverberation from seeing Alanis Obomsawin’s film, “The People of the Kattawapiskak River” at the ImagineNative film festival in Toronto. Every Canadian needs to see it. It’s late, and … Continue reading

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