Look Who's Talking And Who's Not

A charitable organization that studies Canada's democracy wants to get tongues wagging on the Hill by talking about, well, talking. In honour of the summer reading season, Samara studied how much MPs...

Do Not Tell Women They Will "Make Good Wives"

Last week, the Conservative Party of Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Keith Ashfield, improvised some lines in an otherwise scripted event staged to cheerlead the 2013 federal budget. At the Morena family home he complimented the eldest daughter, Grace, observing that she is "a great cook" who will one day "make a wonderful wife for somebody." There is a universe of easy assumption packed into that little phrase. I've no idea if Ashfield is a sexist so-and-so. But I do know as certain that the world into which he was born is not the world in which we live today.

Fisheries Minister Suffers Heart Attack

Fisheries and Oceans Minister Keith Ashfield has suffered a heart attack. "Thanks to prompt medical attention I am now in stable condition and awaiting bypass surgery. While I am assured of a full and...

Canada's Enviro Policy is Sleeping With the Fishes

The government is actively gutting both the Fisheries Act and environmental protection legislation. One has to wonder what is happening to our democratic governments. Are they working for us, or for the anti-environmental corporations? The question is rhetorical, of course. We already know the answer.