Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater

Elinor Caplan, Federal Minister of Immigration, has just tabled a new and improved Immigration Act. In large measure, this is in response to public outcry following the ships of Chinese boatpeople who washed up on the shores of British Columbia last fall. The new bill has been touted as a cure-all for all the immigration… Continue reading Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

Last week, amid a great deal of fanfare, a new Canadian political party was born–the Canadian Alliance. Narrowly avoiding becoming the first party in Canada to have a naughty acronym, the Canadian Alliance seeks to offer conservative-minded voters a right-wing alternative to the governing Liberal party. It will be interesting to see what comes of… Continue reading You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

Unravelling the truth about Chechnya

The Chechen rebels were expelled from Grozny. It has taken months of bitter fighting, but in the face of overwhelming opposition, Chechen fighters withdrew and relocated to the mountainous hillsides where the struggle is sure to continue indefinitely. They persist because they believe they are fighting for their freedom. Why the Russians persist is anybody’s… Continue reading Unravelling the truth about Chechnya

Down home hypocrisy

Farmers are an interesting lot. Most of them (on the prairies at least), subscribe strongly to right-wing politics. They support the Ralph Kleins and Mike Harrises of the nation. They wish they could still store loaded weapons on the rear window of their pick-up trucks. They don’t even blink when you talk about privatizing health… Continue reading Down home hypocrisy

Pro-law, anti-cop

Calgary’s finest have done it again. In a Toronto-esque move, the Calgary Police Association has announced they want to devote their time to investigating any public official who crosses them. The Association intends to investigate politicians who criticize police actions or budget proposals. If they can find any dirt, they will either press charges or… Continue reading Pro-law, anti-cop

Russia adopts domino theory

Russia has been shelling the Chechen capital of Grozny since last week. Russian forces appear to have directly attacked only some of the fleeing civilians. I guess things are looking up for noncombatants in Chechnya.Russia’s dispute with Chechnya is not a new one. The superpower and breakaway republic fought a bitter war from 1995-96. The… Continue reading Russia adopts domino theory

Rights of the child

Last Sunday marked the 10 year anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The fact it promotes basic human rights for children may explain why the vast majority of states signed it. It fails to explain, however, why so many do little to implement it.The convention is an international treaty designed… Continue reading Rights of the child