Analysis & Opinion
Created 04 Apr 2021
  • Bill 21 in Québec: A Solution in Search of a Problem
    05 Jan 2022 • 4 min read
    Photo: Ivanoh Demers, Radio-Canada The national debate about laicity and Bill 21, adopted in the province of Québec in June 2019, really boils down to one slippery question: does wearing a religious s...
  • Challenging Incumbents is More Important Than Ever
    01 Jan 2022 • 4 min read
    Photo: Nathan Denette, CP Amid all the upheaval Covid-19 has wrought in Canada, one pattern has persisted: voters in pandemic elections, clutching at any semblance of stability, have been hesitant to ...
  • For Unscrupulous Restaurant Managers, the Chickens are Coming Home to Roost
    18 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Photo: Rene Asmussen, Pexels Ontario restaurants have once again begun to open at 100 percent capacity for the first time since the pandemic. Yet even as they do so, restaurant owners and their staff ...
  • In Search of a Cuban Truth
    15 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Photo: Ricardo IV Tamayo, Unsplash Cuba is a country of multi-faceted realities all existing simultaneously. There are multiple Cubas depending on vantage point. But it is a country easy to stereotype...
  • There Is No Popular Vote
    01 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo: Logan Stein, 980 CJME Canada observed its forty-forth general election last month, the prime minister’s new cabinet was sworn in last week, and parliament is scheduled to open in late November....
  • Yes, Humour Can Cause Pain
    31 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Photo: Wladyslaw, WikiMedia I must say that I am not a fan of the Canadian comedian, Mike Ward. I, like many others, found the video of him ridiculing Jérémy Gabriel, a young man with Treacher Collins...
  • The Tories and the PPC Must Reconcile
    28 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    Photo: Liam Richards, CP Canada is fragmented politically. This is not an inherent problem. As long as all viable parties agree on the basic tenets of rights-based liberalism, the real anti-democratic...
  • The 2021 Election Campaign has been a Washout
    18 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo: CBC News In 2019 I voted for the first time in a federal election, and it felt like an exciting endeavour. I was exercising my democratic rights and making my contribution (no matter how small)...
  • Recalling an Era when the Freedom to Speak Meant Life or Death
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo: Courtesy of the Bennett-Rilling family My great uncle, Helmut Ahrens, was born on October 3, 1919 in Trittau, Germany (about an hour outside of Hamburg). Just after graduating high school, he w...
  • Demos, Ochlos, and Mass Protests
    11 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    Photo: Jordan Bracco, Unsplash The age of revolution lasted roughly two centuries, from the “Atlantic Revolution” (American and French) in late 18th century to the 1979 revolutions in Iran and Nicarag...
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