End of Year Letter 2020

To our valued ARI community, 2021 will be the year Canadians begin to reclaim their lives and livelihoods as the administration of vaccines marks the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also mark the seventh full

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Hugs, travel, sports – what Canadians are looking forward to in 2021

By Shachi Kurl, President When tasked with writing these “what will 2021 yield” pieces, I find it both helpful (and humbling) to check first what I said about 2020. Behold the last paragraph of last year’s last column: “… take

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What to do when it’s over? After COVID-19, Canadians long to live stress-free, hug their friends and travel

Return-to-normal not expected by most until at least next fall, if ever December 22, 2020 – For many Canadians, the answer to a common question in December carries an unusual answer. What are you doing New Years Eve? Waiting for

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Story 10 – Policing Perspectives

2020 was a tumultuous year for those in law enforcement and those pushing for reforms to a justice system long-identified as failing to properly serve Black, Indigenous and non-white people in Canada and the United States. In both countries, the

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Story 9 – Meng and the Michaels

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have now been detained in China for more than two years. In June, Chinese officials announced that they had charged the two with espionage. These charges have been described as baseless and arbitrary by Canadian and international

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Story 8 – The Royals (briefly) come to Canada

Some lighter news also captured Canadian imaginations and attention this year. In January it was announced that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – were not only seeking to partially quit the

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