OPINION | Achieving Reconciliation Means Teaching the Truth About Indigenous Peoples in Canada

In light of the recent discovery of unmarked graves at the former residential schools there has been an increased focused on indigenous issues. Particularly the idea that In order for Canada to truly achieve truth and reconciliation with the indigenous communities within our borders our education system must be modified and reviewed. This includes not only the curriculum, but also the resources available and the teaching methods used by educators.

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  • OPINION | It’s Past Time for Canada to Re-Engage with Iran

    Canada stands to lose more than it gains by refusing to reopen diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Iran has shown some movement in a positive direction in terms of willingness to engage with the outside world and moderate its actions on the global stage, which most other Western nations have recognized by reopening communication lines. Continuing a relations freeze in light of this makes Canada appear not only quixotic but ignorant of the consequences.

  • OPINION | The Case for Investing in Public Transportation as a Climate Solution

    There has been a growing push in Canada to make electric cars more affordable for the average Canadian in the hopes that this will help Canada meet its climate goals. However, a comparison with our European counterparts has shown that this has not been the case. Instead, Canada should focus on building cities around the concept of transit oriented development.

  • OPINION | The Singapore Fantasy and the Impossibility of Benevolent Autocracy

    Though China is sometimes invoked in quasi-admirable terms, the real goal for the anti-populist would be, in a sense, “getting to Singapore”, where there are (notionally) competitive elections, but much of the state functions on a perception of “clean”, meritocratic technocracy. However, Singapore is not “Singapore” and the reasons for this point to both the impossibility of closed systems of government being benevolent and the need for the anti-populists to stop dreaming and start addressing real concerns.

  • OPINION | Achieving Reconciliation Means Teaching the Truth About Indigenous Peoples in Canada

    In light of the recent discovery of unmarked graves at the former residential schools there has been an increased focused on indigenous issues. Particularly the idea that In order for Canada to truly achieve truth and reconciliation with the indigenous communities within our borders our education system must be modified and reviewed. This includes not only the curriculum, but also the resources available and the teaching methods used by educators.

  • OPINION | Looking to the Past Won’t Help Us Understand Post-COVID Economics

    The unique nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in equally unique, and unforeseen consequences, the economy being the main casualty. While it is tempting to compare the present economic circumstances to that of the 2008 recession to do so would be incorrect and in fact dangerous especially when attempting to navigate post COVID economics. Instead, officials should look to different methods and responses in order to rebuild the economy such as through a more sophisticated investment response.

  • OPINION | There Are Risks to Leaving Afghanistan: Biden is Right to Do It Anyways

    Given the failure of the United States in Afghanistan to produce measurable results it only makes sense for President Biden to withdraw US troops from the region. However, withdrawing from the region will have some consequences both politically and socially.

  • OPINION | Wanted: Young Labor Leaders

    For the last forty years pundits have wondered if labor unions are still relevant. Pointing to history and the current state of the workforce, most millennials will likely answer yes.

  • OPINION | Canada Should Experiment with German-Style Universities

    In light of the current static and outdated state of Canada’s university system a change to a different model may be able to bridge these gaps. The German model in particular may be the perfect system for policymakers to experiment with.

  • Homelessness Reduction and Police Abolition: The Case for an Interlinked Process

    The recent rise in homelessness and detention rates during the pandemic has raised concerns about the interconnectedness of race, prison and homelessness in Canada. Reallocating funds from police budgets to social housing budgets has the potential to address this issue.

  • OPINION | Canada’s Reverse Robin Hood Housing Policy

    The federal government has pledged to introduce a modest, targeted vacancy tax in its recent budget in order to tamp down on the speculative housing activity that has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is difficult to imagine that such a small measure will make much of a difference on the overall costs and a responsible government would, before introducing new initiatives, examine and eliminate perverse incentives in this realm which previous have put in place and which continue to contribute to an overheating market.