Opinion Editorial

Canada's Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett (R) speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

UN declaration vow leaves a lot unsaid

Depending on whom you ask, Canada's newly stated promise to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is either a catastrophe that will cripple our resource economy or the start of a golden age between the Crown and aboriginals.

<p>Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly raises the Grey Cup after his team defeated the Ottawa Redblacks in the CFL's 103rd Grey Cup championship football game in Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Getting life lessons from the gridiron

We spend so much time discussing the latest roster moves of our favourite football teams that we often lose sight of the life lessons that emerge from the teams' locker room and offices.


Mandatory minimum sentences don’t add up

When it comes to Canada's criminal justice system, the popular political play in recent years has been to follow our American neighbours and mimic their embrace of "tough on crime" laws with hard and fast rules for mandatory minimum punishments.

People take part in a march and candlelight vigil in the Attawapiskat First Nation in northern Ontario on April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Aboriginal youth deserve better future

An outcry of sorts greeted former prime minister Jean Chrétien's recent suggestion inhabitants of the remote, poverty-­stricken community of Attawapiskat might have to move to improve their lives. Many urban Canadians wondered why First Nations people would insist on remaining in such dreadful conditions. But many First Nations people found Chrétie

Nearing finish line of provincial election

Well, we’re in the final stretch run in provincial politics as eligible voters in Manitoba have the opportunity to elect new government on April 19. And according to some recent polls, it looks as if the Progressive Conservatives will form the next government. After several failed attempts under former Tory leaders Stuart Murray and Hugh McFadyen,

The National Research Council at 800 Collip Circle in London, Ont. is seen in this file photo. Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

Hazy role hobbles research council

One hundred years ago, the National Research Council "rallied the nation's science and technology resources to counter threats faced by Canadians and their wartime allies," according to an inspirational blurb on its website. When the First World War ended, that role evolved into research "to solve pressing national challenges."

NDP leader Tom Mulcair waves at the end of his concession speech after Canada's federal election in Montreal, Quebec on October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Mathieu Belanger

Mulcair best choice to carry NDP forward

In Irresponsible Government, his insightful book on the breakdown of parliamentary democracy, former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber reminds us of an MP's first duty: Hold government to account. Whether a in opposition or part of the governing party itself, that's Job 1.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne attends the annual Greek Independence Day Parade on Danforth Avenue in Toronto on April 3, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

Grits need not delay fundraising changes

Kathleen Wynne has promised new rules for political fundraising in Ontario after a series of news reports revealed just how the cash is changing hands at Queen's Park. A cool $1,600 a head for a dinner with the premier; ministers personally responsible for raising hundreds of thousands on behalf of the party. In Ontario, it's beginning to look like