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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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The silence in our cities is eerie, beautiful – and a call to care for others

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I find the silence deafening. I went for a walk this week (maintaining appropriate distance, of course), at rush hour, along Georgia Street, one of the busiest

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On pipelines and protests, leadership is lacking across the board

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Let us momentarily set aside the hourly updates from the front lines of the anti-Coastal GasLink blockades that have clogged our ports, obstructed our rail freight and shut down our bridges to ask ourselves: How

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