I was born in 1970, when the FLQ broke out and the Beatles broke up. It was also six years after the birth of the last baby-boomer. Thanks to frisky folk wishing to proliferate their post-world-war confidence by, well, proliferating, an elephant sized generation was born. Continue reading
There’s been considerable discussion over the last month about the potential emergence of the Tea Party in Canada. Yet in the absence of a widely endorsed legislative entity, I think we’re missing the most obvious alternative. Let’s grind up support for a Tim Hortons Party of Canada, our very own Coffee Party. […keep reading]
For decades, the Canadian justice system has gradually molded and revised its penal system towards a restorative model, as opposed to criminal. No longer would we simply punish people for wrongdoing. We had apparently risen above “vengeance for barbarism” sake: Our intention would now be to restore wrongdoers to citizenship within our society. This paradigm is opposed by many, as it appears to sometimes give license to excessive impunity, creating opportunity for secretive pardons, early criminal release and lax sentencing. […keep reading]
Last week, the Queen unveiled the cornerstone of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, celebrating a new landmark in the city of Winnipeg, and our country. The stone originated from near Windsor Castle, where the original “Great Charter of Liberty”, the Magna Carta, was signed in 1215.
But the event was marred by an incident which is now receiving international news. […keep reading]
According to the Canadian family law process, divorced parents (both custodial and non-custodial) are often ordered to share in the cost of their children’s post secondary education until the first (and sometimes second!) degree is attained. […keep reading]
Taryn Crawford, 25 years old, was sentenced this week after killing 18 year old Sefatullah Khanzadeh on July 24, 2009, when she slammed into the back of a parked landscape truck on an Edmonton street, pinning Sefatullah where he died shortly after. Rumours that she had been seen texting immediately following the collision were quelled when the Crown Prosecutor demonstrated from cell phone records that she had not, in fact, been using her phone at the time of the collision. She was simply not paying attention.
On June 28, 2010, a young woman stopped in the fast lane of Highway 30 in Candiac, Quebec, getting out of her car to shoo a family of ducks off the road that had decided to cross. Two motorcycles, one carrying Andre Roy and his 16 year old daughter Jessie, the other carrying Andre’s wife Pauline Volikakis, slammed into the back of the car. Andre and Jessie died from their injuries. […keep reading]
So Mt. St. Helena is about to erupt, and everyone’s running for cover. The haughty and allegedly naughty star of the cabinet, member of Parliament Helena Guergis, has now been shooed to the back, kicked out of the spotlight, condemned to hover in the shadows and await the June arrival of the eagerly desired, eternally funded MP pension. […keep reading]