At the very last minute, the strike planned by teachers was called off. At 4:00 am today, the Ontario Labour Relations Board declared that a planned one-day walkout by elementary school teachers is illegal and, subsequently, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation president ordered members to comply with the ruling. Teachers are not the only disgruntled public sector employees in Canada; sanitary workers, doctors and other medical personnel, and sanitation workers have had to reportedly accept a pay freeze as part of their salary negotiations.… [Read more]
Who would have thought that the simple act of visiting a neighbour could be seen as historic? In this day and age of global communication, technology that facilitates instantaneous news reports and high-speed travel, reaching out to people across the globe doesn’t present the same challenges as it did many years ago. Yet, in the world of politics and diplomacy – with all of its hurdles – making an active effort to learn about other cultures, seeking to come to a place of understanding and attempting to see issues from another point of view is seen as ‘historic’.… [Read more]
It was the day of the election and we were talking about gay marriage.
“I think what really needs to happen is that people need to educate each other on tolerance and acceptance, because even if the federal government passes a law legalizing gay marriage, it won’t change people’s minds,” she said.
Then, after gay marriage won victories in Maine and Maryland, I was talking to another friend about the same thing.… [Read more]
The tribal system of justice is a continued agent of injustice and human rights violation in many parts of Pakistan. In some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, there is still this senseless tradition of swara, i.e. settling a dispute by giving a girl or woman from one’s family in marriage to the other party as a form of compensation for some wrong or offense.… [Read more]
Sino-American relations have always been a carefully choreographed exercise. This exercise has been well-played by President Obama and has worked to manage China relations for the benefit of American business. But what would a change in choreography mean for our country’s relationship with China?
Although not unusual, it is always intriguing to follow the logic behind the China-stance of a presidential nominee.… [Read more]
Part Two: Canada’s New BFF –China!
The last time out, I explained to America why China is such a swell new Canadian ‘Best Forever Friend’. The former Mao men have no compunctions about buying up other countries national resources, whether farm land in Africa or scoring an ever-greater stake in the gift that keeps in giving, the Alberta Oil Sands.… [Read more]
There are many unresolved issues to which we give our attention but, of all those issues, how many of us stop to think about the trafficking of humans for either sexual purposes or free labour? While we would like to think this heinous business ended a long time ago, unfortunately, that is simply not true — not around the world, and not even within the United States.… [Read more]