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The Missing Boys Of St. Anne's Residential School

(20) Comments | Posted December 16, 2015 | 4:46 PM

Excerpt from Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream

"In the residential schools, the secrecy began at dawn: we were beaten from the time we first awoke. Speaking out against the injustice in letters home was also cause for punishment. We coped in whatever way...
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Book Excerpt: Children of the Broken Treaty

(12) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 8:20 AM

The state of emergency was declared on Oct. 28, 2011, by Attawapiskat's new chief, Theresa Spence. I had known her through her work on council. She didn't strike me as a firebrand or overly political. She was worried that, as the arctic winter descended on the community, people in these...

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The Tories Cannot Ignore the Supreme Court's Decision on Assisted Suicide

(19) Comments | Posted March 15, 2015 | 11:14 PM

You don't ignore a mandate from the Supreme Court. But that seems to be the initial response from the Conservative government to the recent Carter decision on assisted suicide. The Supreme Court has given the government one year to draft legislation and yet after a short one-day debate in the...

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Assisted Suicide Is on Canada's Radar, But What About Palliative Care?

(10) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Last week's Supreme Court decision has put the issue of assisted suicide square onto the government agenda. However, it would be a real loss for Canadians if Parliament does not look at the much broader issue of how we care for Canadians suffering from incurable illnesses.

Last spring Parliament supported...

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Shockingly Low Literacy Rates Prove First Nations Kids Are Being Left Behind

(10) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 12:23 PM

A grade school teacher contacted me the other day with a request for help. She was asking for pencils, one-inch binders and papers for her class. "We have such smart young people here," she wrote, "they just need the resources to succeed."

Her school was a cluster...

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Why Canada Needs a Palliative Care Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 8:33 AM

It's been said that Canadians are not very good at talking about dying. It is the kind of discussion that doesn't take place in the media or with friends. And yet, I have found that in hosting town hall and community meetings on palliative care, Canadians have a lot to...

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"We Were Just Children Undergoing Torture...Nothing Has Changed"

(19) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Imagine what would happen if the Crown suppressed thousands of pages of police evidence from an important trial? It wouldn't take a legal expert to tell you there would be an immediate mistrial -- especially if the Crown also prepared a false evidence sheet that mislead the judges. And yet,...

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The Last Bomber Crew: Austria Remembers a Doomed Canadian Flight

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:58 AM

In the village of Adnet, Austria, people are preparing to commemorate the last bomber crew shot down in the Second World War. Locals still remember the plane that was blown out of the sky over their village on April 25, 1945. The pilot of this plane was 24-year-old Wilfred DeMarco...

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The "Four Horses" Video Is a Portrait of Canada's Dark History

(17) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 10:29 PM

I thought I knew Canadian history. The stories of the National Dream and the Medicine Line may have been dull compared to the myths of the American "wild" west but they spoke of a nation founded on compromise and good governance. However, as I stood with guitar in hand on...

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Our Government Is Re-Victimizing These Residential School Survivors

(49) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 12:06 PM

If you want to know why the Conservative government has lost so much goodwill on the residential school apology, look no further than the treatment of the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School.

In the dark annals of the residential schools, St. Anne's stands out as a particularly brutal...

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Dear Minister Poilievre: Come Clean on the Senate Scandal

(92) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 2:51 PM

Dear Minister Poilievre:

This week's Deloitte audit on Senator Pamela Wallin has raised numerous questions about a troubling lack of accountability in the Senate.

One of these questions is around the residency requirements for Senators and whether Ms. Wallin is even eligible to sit in the Senate. As a...

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An Open Letter to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

(20) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 5:45 PM

Dear Minister Valcourt,

Thank you for your letter of July 17 in which you respond to the failure of the Federal Government to fulfill its legal obligations to the survivors of St. Anne's Residential School. Of particular concern was government's breach of the Independent Assessment Process by failing...

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Taking on the Trolls: Why the Online Race-Hatred Against First Nations?

(528) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 5:47 PM

The much-predicted First Nations "summer of discontent" has yet to materialize. Perhaps we could take advantage of this breathing space and do some fence mending on the frayed relationship between First Nation people and the rest of Canada. What better place to start then with the online comments section of...

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The Event That Started My Life in Politics

(8) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 9:35 AM

The following is an excerpt from the book Unlikely Radicals: The Story of the Adams Mine War by Charlie Angus (Between the Lines, 2013).

I am often asked the question "What got you into politics?" I always think back to a cold October night in 2000, when I stood on...

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First Nation Cops Are Facing "Combat-Level" Stress

(20) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 4:25 PM

On a warm evening last May, officer Pauline Nguyen went into her backyard and shot herself with her police service revolver. The death of this popular 24-year-old police officer stunned people in her hometown of Thunder Bay. In the days following, heartbreaking memorials were posted online about the spirited young...

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Harper: Act Now Before Chief Theresa Spence Dies

(218) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Chief Theresa Spence hasn't eaten in over 11 days. The weather has taken a big turn for the worse and her tent home on Victoria Island is far from ideal. With Christmas week upon us, there is a real danger that the war room gamers in the Prime...

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Vic Toews is Snooping in Your Data Again

(34) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:52 PM

The notorious online "snooping" bill, C-30, looks like it may be coming back for round two. Earlier this year, the government rolled out legislation to enhance police powers in the cyber age. Bill C-30 would allow police to gather telecommunications service provider (TSP) subscriber data of cell phone...

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On the Anniversary of Attawapiskat, One Film Tells the Real Story

(33) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 10:00 AM

This week will mark the first anniversary since Attawapiskat First Nation declared a state of emergency over the abysmal housing situation on the James Bay coast. Footage of the living conditions in this isolated community shocked Canadians and resulted in a media firestorm.

The crisis...

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How McGuinty Stopped a Train and Started a Fight

(8) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 12:00 AM

They call it "Black" Friday -- September 28th, the day passenger train service died in Northern Ontario. The loss of public transit has exposed a deep political divide between the north and south in Ontario. And yet, my decision to travel on the last run of the Northlander wasn't just...

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Don't Stop This Train

(4) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 10:32 AM


Public transit is on the chopping block in Northeastern Ontario. On September 28th, the McGuinty Liberals are planning on silencing the whistle of the Northlander passenger train once and for all. With the train service killed, they will then move to...

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