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On China, Trudeau has Canadians in his corner

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Almost 50 years ago, Pierre Trudeau was faced with a dreadful choice over what to do about the politically motivated kidnapping of innocent civilians. There would be no rolling over, no capitulation in order to

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The status quo with long-term care can no longer stand

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has changed so much about the way we live in this country. Many predict those changes will be permanent. And while we cannot yet know whether going to the office

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Three reasons to like Canada’s exercise in ‘virtual’ sittings of Parliament

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Now that virtual sittings of Parliament have completed their third week, perhaps it’s time to talk about something other than the novelty factor. Not that it hasn’t been entertaining to learn which cabinet minister couldn’t

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Ban on military-style assault rifles – why didn’t the Liberals do it sooner?

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Grief. Loss. Mourning. It was impossible to know the extent to which these words would come to define the first four months of this year. It started with the deliberate attack on a passenger plane

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Canadians won’t rush back to normal life – even when government says it’s OK

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director In Donald Trump’s America, where new infections and mounting deaths show the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to grow staggeringly unchecked, protesters thumbed their noses at Michigan’s stay-at-home orders and railed against COVID-19-related public safety restrictions,

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COVID-19 – The time has come to share the bad news, politicians

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Of late, I have found myself yearning for this time a year ago when my biggest problems included finding new things to say about the prime minister and the SNC-Lavalin scandal. Remember then? Such easy

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