The rise of the Common Sense Movement

While this description of the Common Sense Coalition is fictional, many of the factors on which it is based are real

The rise of the Common Sense MovementWhile the following series is fictional, the principle objective is non-fictional – to explore the likelihood that sooner or later, Canadians will demand a full-scale investigation into the management of the COVID crisis by our federal government. Predictably, while most of the mass media and academia went along with the channel change strategy, the vast…

Public unrest and the Freedom Convoy of 2022

An investigation into the mismanagement of the COVID crisis by the feds

Public unrest and the Freedom Convoy of 2022While the following series is fictional, the principle objective is non-fictional – to explore the likelihood that sooner or later, Canadians will demand a full-scale investigation into the management of the COVID crisis by our federal government. The public unrest which led to the establishment of what came to be known as the COVID Commission…

Play shines a spotlight on a civil rights icon

Gordon Hirabayashi took a principled stand against the internment of Japanese Americans

Play shines a spotlight on a civil rights iconWhen Japanese Americans were evacuated from the West Coast and sent to internment camps during the Second World War, Gordon Hirabayashi refused to comply. Acting on the courage of moral conviction, the Quaker pacifist instead turned himself in to the FBI, prepared to challenge the unjust executive order and take the case as far as…

Helping transgender people see themselves in the health-care system

How medical students are learning to provide safer, more inclusive care for all

Helping transgender people see themselves in the health-care system“The most important way of reducing discrimination is to see yourself in your health-care system.” That’s how LGBTQ health activist Marni Panas summed up what transgender visibility means to her in episode 47 of The Re:Pro Health Podcast, a show about sexual and reproductive health produced by medical students at the University of Alberta. Panas, 50,…

Judicial activism riding roughshod over our rights and freedoms

It’s time Canadians stood up and opposed judicial interference

Two recent provincial court judgments concerning the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are deeply concerning. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ve been around them most of my political life and had the good fortune of having several legal minds in my Newfoundland cabinet to advise me regularly. And going to the Supreme Court of Canada…

Student-run welding workshop gives women, LGBTQIA+ maker space

Born out of frustration with a male-dominated industry, The Red Bench is as much about community building as welding

Student-run welding workshop gives women, LGBTQIA+ maker spaceWhen Mack (Mackenzi) Johnston withdrew from engineering studies at a previous university, she felt discouraged and uninspired. The obstacles she faced in the male-dominated industry seemed insurmountable at times, and the path to success murky at best. Buoyed by memories of working alongside her father in his garage as a youth, Johnston recalled how strong…

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters now more than ever

Governments in Canada are violating the Charter relating to individual freedoms

Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters now more than everNow is the time for a regroup, a refresh. The fight over the removal of the vaccine mandates is just one battle, not the war. The war is that the mandates were and are unconstitutional. They must be found to have been unconstitutional, that they have all violated the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.…

Mentors are key to embracing new Canadians

An important lesson for nation-building in Canada

Mentors are key to embracing new CanadiansAs a new Canadian, I was fortunate to have had the guidance and mentorship of many outstanding Canadian role models. They helped pave my integration into a new society and provided me with invaluable advice for my professional career. There’s an important lesson here for nation-building in Canada. Bringing immigrants to Canada is only half…

Respect was once a cornerstone of Canadian society

You can disagree with the opinions but you must always show respect to the person who presents them

Respect was once a cornerstone of Canadian societyAs a Canadian, I was deeply saddened by a recent exchange in the House of Commons between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Opposition. Trudeau said, “Conservative Party members can stand with people who wave swastikas. They can stand with people who wave the Confederate flag.” In fact, interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen…

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies Act

An overextension of government powers shot an arrow through the heart of our democracy

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies ActThe Freedom Convoy has dominated the domestic and international news cycle for nearly three weeks. The protest is in the process of coming to a stunning conclusion, based on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act on Monday. Things were gradually winding down in recent days. Protesters were removed from the Ambassador…
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