This Canada Day, we should have been singing “in all of us command”

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via CP. On making O Canada, 'gender-neutral,' someone once said, "Honourable senators, it is clear to me that we all have a stake in ensuring the equality of opportunity for future generations. We need to show Canadians that parliamentarians have the will to give real meaning to equality for all Canadians." … Continue reading This Canada Day, we should have been singing “in all of us command”

Federalism to make or break cannabis legalization

By Richard Forbes. Featured image via Justin Tang, CP. In a bid to meet one of his party's most controversial promises, the Trudeau government tabled its cannabis legislation last week. The Cannabis Act would restrict the sale of cannabis to those over the age of eighteen with limited allowances for possession and homegrown production. The plan … Continue reading Federalism to make or break cannabis legalization

It’s been a good week for the CBC

By Richard Forbes. Featured Image via David Bastedo. 11.7 million people watched the CBC's broadcast and livestreaming of the Tragically Hip's final concert, last Saturday, as a part of their Man Machine Poem tour. Hosted in Kingston, the band's hometown, the concert was a touching final performance for an iconic Canadian band that's woven itself into the … Continue reading It’s been a good week for the CBC

Looking for answers to homegrown police brutality

By Richard Forbes. It's a Sunday morning in Ottawa's Hintonburg neighborhood. To the west of Ottawa's recognizable downtown core, the 'Burg is a mixed bag of rundown clapboard homes and trendy artisan shops. Abdirahman Abdi, a 37 year old Somali-Canadian, leaves a coffee shop being pursued by police as he makes his away towards his … Continue reading Looking for answers to homegrown police brutality

Ottawa’s response to the Yezidi Genocide is a debate as old as genocide itself

By Richard Forbes. Over three thousand women and children are being imprisoned and enslaved by ISIL, the UN Human Rights Council reported this week – confirming the fears of many. Women used as sex slaves; children, indoctrinated and exploited as child soldiers; men, missing and presumed dead – the vast majority of these victims of war crimes forced … Continue reading Ottawa’s response to the Yezidi Genocide is a debate as old as genocide itself