Entries by Rachel Décoste from 12/2012

Warning/Attention: You Are Under Surveillance in Canada

| Posted 12.04.2012 | Canada Politics

Trudeau's Protection of Privacy Act made it illegal for people to use wiretaps and other forms of electronic devices without a person's consent. The law has since evolved, but its spirit still resonates with Canadians. That explains the widespread wince last winter, following Vic Toews' tabling of an "online snooping bill" that put an electronic prisoner's bracelet on every Canadian. And members of the LGBT community were left disturbed and frightened when a GLBT-themed message from the minister's office landed in their email inbox in September. The Harper government's Orwellian strategies constitute an affront on the Canadian way of life and the freedoms we all cherish.

China-Nexen Deal: National Buoy or Ball and Chain?

| Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Business

By December 10, The federal government is expected to make a decision on whether to approve or reject the takeover of Nexen by a Chinese state-run company. Any rearward decision-making process hinging on knee-jerk intercultural reactions, quick paydays or short-sighted goals is detrimental to our country as a whole.

Ten Problems Harper Could Solve With F-35 Money

| Posted 12.07.2012 | Canada Politics

Looks like Christmas came early for Canadian taxpayers: the news leaked that the much-criticized F-35 military jet purchase has been cancelled. The first order should be for Canada to use the money to buy back its once-pristine international reputation. Should $40B not suffice, Canadians might contemplate how the PM could spend the cash!

Dix enjeux que pourrait résoudre Harper avec l'argent des F-35

| Posted 12.10.2012 | Canada Quebec

Noël est arrivé 2 semaines à l'avance pour les contribuables canadiens: la nouvelle annonçant l'annulation probable de l'achat des avions militaires F-35 est tombée le 6 décembre. Si 45 milliards ne suffisent pas, les Canadiens peuvent envisager comment le premier ministre pourrait dépenser cette large somme pour mieux se bénéficier.

Nine Years After Chrétien Resigned, Where Is the Liberal Party?

| Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Politics

It was on this day in 2003 that Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, the little guy from Shawinigan thrice elected to govern our great nation, announced his resignation as PM and as leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Nine years after Jean Chrétien's swan song, have the federal Liberals finally fixed their structural faults? Can they mend their frail faille? Or are they doomed to repeat the same mistakes?

Native Canadians Must be Idle No More on Election Day

| Posted 12.21.2012 | Canada Politics

During the Arab Spring,Tunisians and Egyptians awoke from the fog of fear, stood up and spoke out on the streets of Cairo and took their movement to the polls. In contrast, voter turnout for First Nations has been dismal at best. Like many oppressed Canadians, Aboriginals have diluted their own strength via their collective electoral idleness. Here's hoping for an Aboriginal Autumn that lasts through the 2015 Spring election.

'A N*gger in Net': Racism at the World Juniors

| Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada

The World Junior Hockey Championship has captivated Canadians again this holiday season. But the sight of Team Canada's goalie's skin colour was met with laughter, bemusement, confusion and contempt in Canada and abroad. Thankfully, the long-ignored vestiges of disdain for diversity in hockey have been gaining attention nationwide, in the USA, and across the pond as hockey fans and foes band together to address long-standing pressures that still blight the game.