Rubin “Rocky” Coward is “extremely optimistic” about changes he feels are imminent within the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Coward — along with JP Menard, Marc Frenette, and Wallace Fowler — are the four plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the CAF, and are are suing for systemic racism and institutional discrimination they say they faced […]
Friday’s announcement that eligible parents and caregivers will save 25% on child care fees retroactive from Jan. 1, and 50% by year’s end, was greeted with cautious optimism by advocates. “It is historic. It is hard not to stand back sometimes and go ‘Oh God. They’re doing this. They’re investing and they are investing in […]
Is it the person or the persona? The person or the party? The campaign or the campaigner? Does it really even matter? I’ve spent a good chunk of my columnist’s career mocking Peter MacKay without ever actually having spent time in his company. MacKay was always just a dependable target, a talking contradiction, inevitably doing...
There is an unanswered, barely whispered question at the heart-attack centre of the SNC-Lavalin scandal now dumping buckets of freezing rain on Justin Trudeau’s sunny ways/sunny days parade. And that question is this: what would Andrew Scheer or Jagmeet Singh have done differently? In our system of government, opposition parties are expected to oppose, not […]
News 1. Northern Pulp “‘We care,’ says Northern Pulp on the website it has created to spread the word that it ‘cares about forestry families of Nova Scotia,’” writes Joan Baxter: The site is a vehicle for the company’s letter-writing campaign to get people in the forestry sector to contact Premier Stephen McNeil, their MLA, […]
“We need to go forward, but progress isn’t always a straight line or a smooth path.” Barack Obama victory speech, November 7, 2012 How to explain our current political whipsaw? You go to sleep one night knowing 6,000 delegates to this weekend’s federal Liberal party convention will debate progressive resolutions to de-criminalize possession of small...
Prologue: December 4 & 5 Desmond Cole says to me, “these people underestimate us.” We are organizing to help Abdoul Abdi, who was brought to Canada from Somalia as a young boy, was taken into the care of the province and bounced between 31 different home placements, including three years of abuse. Through it all, […]