One woman’s struggle against sexual harassment at a Canadian Forces base
The following is an excerpt from It Should Be Easy to Fix by Bonnie Robichaud, who took her fight against workplace sexual harassment all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada and won. Earlier chapters describe her taking a job in 1977 as a cleaner at the Canadian Forces Base in North Bay, Ontario, and then being sexually harassed over a long period of time by her supervisor Dennis Brennan.
Why Canada’s double standards on Russia-Ukraine matter
If Canadian foreign policy had anything resembling a consistent concern for human rights and the demands of oppressed populations, Canada’s leaders would not remain silent as the Biden administration starves the Afghan population as punishment for the US defeat there. If such a policy existed, our leaders would also totally extricate themselves from any involvement in the Saudi-led war on Yemen.
Children are bearing the brunt of Putin’s war
A UNICEF report from March 24 found that more than half of Ukraine’s child population has been displaced as a result of the invasion. Nearly two million kids have fled to neighbouring countries, while 2.5 million remain internally displaced. Within the country, 1.4 million people lack access to clean water, and almost half-a-million infants aged six to 24 months require complementary food support.
Biden’s sanctions against Afghanistan are starving millions
Since the withdrawal of occupation forces, the US has not halted its attempts to dominate Afghanistan. The Taliban has clearly demonstrated its ability to outperform the corrupt, lumbering US war machine, so in the absence of the possibility of military victory, the Biden administration has begun waging economic war against the entire population of the Central Asian country.
International criminal justice bares its colonial fangs
The inhuman manner in which the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) treats Rwandans who have been acquitted or who have been freed after serving their sentences obliges us to reexamine totally the body created by the UN Security Council in late 1994. How has this come to pass? Has the UN created its own system of judicial apartheid?
Leftists must oppose the suppression of dissent—even when we disagree with the dissenters
However strongly we leftists may disagree with the objectives, values or opinions of participants in the “freedom convoy,” if we support the government’s use of emergency powers in these circumstances, then it is only a matter of time before the government turns those extraordinary powers against us. According to lawyer, author and activist Dimitri Lascaris, that is the last thing we need.
Amnesty report on Israeli apartheid demands debate on Canada’s role
An honest reckoning with Amnesty’s analysis would force a serious re-examination of the Canada-Israel bilateral relationship. Canada may even be compelled to take a leadership role in a coordinated, international response against Israel’s system of apartheid, as Mulroney helped to coordinate action against South African apartheid (even if his role is often exaggerated).
What is the value of an acquittal in international criminal justice?
A serious injustice is occurring under our noses. Canada is part of it and has the key to a rapid solution. It is the case of former Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Jérôme Bicamumpaka, who was acquitted of all charges by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in 2011. So why is Canada refusing to allow him to reunite with his family?
With Omicron, it’s time for Canada to support global access to COVID vaccines
For the sake of speeding up global inoculations, eliminating ‘vaccine apartheid’ and drastically reducing the proliferation of deadly variants, the Canadian government should immediately announce its support for the temporary suspension of intellectual property (IP) rights related to COVID vaccines. It’s both the prudent and the right thing to do—for Canadians and citizens of the world alike.
What is Canadian feminism?
Demanding Equality, the new book from Joan Sangster, argues that Canadian feminism was polyphonic; it was a chorus of diverse political voices rather than solos sung by a few women leaders. It is difficult to distinguish a singular feminist consciousness or movement: rather, groups of feminists fashioned different dreams of equality, freedom, and social transformation.
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