Hamas’ use of human shields is a war crime: Sarah Teich in the Toronto Sun

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The use of civilians as human shields is a war crime. This is well-established in international law. However, despite the global consensus, innocent civilians continue to be used as human shields, writes Sarah Teich in the Toronto Sun.  By Sarah Teich, May 14, 2021  The use of civilians as human shields is a war crime.… Continue reading Hamas’ use of human shields is a war crime: Sarah Teich in the Toronto Sun

Beijing’s threats against Taiwan’s foreign minister deserve condemnation: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

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Ottawa and capitals around the world cannot afford to remain silent in the face of such threats by the Chinese regime against officials from another country, writes J. Michael Cole. Speaking up and putting Chinese officials on notice isn’t simple altruism: Taiwan is a canary in the coal mine, and the tactics Beijing uses against… Continue reading Beijing’s threats against Taiwan’s foreign minister deserve condemnation: J. Michael Cole for Inside Policy

The lessons Canada’s military didn’t learn from the Somalia inquiry: Richard Shimooka in the National Post

The sexual misconduct crisis now facing the Forces points to broader systemic issues the Somalia inquiry tried, and failed, to address, writes Richard Shimooka in the National Post. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here. By Richard Shimooka, May 13, 2021 Exactly 25 years ago, the Canadian Armed… Continue reading The lessons Canada’s military didn’t learn from the Somalia inquiry: Richard Shimooka in the National Post

On vaccine patents, the logic of bandits: Richard C. Owens in the Financial Post

IP isn’t the problem, it’s the solution; stealing stuff isn’t the solution, it’s the problem, writes Richard C. Owens in the Financial Post. Below is an excerpt from the article which can be read in full here. By Richard C. Owens, May 12, 2021 The US decision to support a World Trade Organization waiver of… Continue reading On vaccine patents, the logic of bandits: Richard C. Owens in the Financial Post

Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

Giving Taiwan its rightful place at the table will not cost China anything. We are all in this together, and this is not a zero-sum game, writes J. Michael Cole. By J. Michael Cole, May 12, 2021 Once again this year, various countries will call upon the World Health Organization to allow Taiwan to participate… Continue reading Taiwan must be allowed to join the World Health Organization: J. Michael Cole in Nikkei Asia

Still waiting for accountability on youth mental illness: Karen Minden for Inside Policy

We know shockingly little about the effectiveness of programs for treating young people with mental illness or addictions, writes Karen Minden. We wouldn’t accept this kind of failure with any other disease. By Karen Minden, May 11, 2021 In 1998, our family was in trouble. We were on the brink of losing a child –… Continue reading Still waiting for accountability on youth mental illness: Karen Minden for Inside Policy

Should we be worried about government debt? Yes: Philip Cross in the Star

The high level of government debt in Canada, when the economy is recovering rapidly, reflects an unwillingness to make hard choices about spending priorities, writes Philip Cross in The Star.  This article is a part of The Star’s Saturday Debate series.  By Philip Cross, May 10, 2021 Government debt is sometimes both unavoidable and justifiable.… Continue reading Should we be worried about government debt? Yes: Philip Cross in the Star

Canada’s most vulnerable being let down again: Richard Audas in the Hill Times

For those aged 85 and above—our most vulnerable population—Canada’s situation is deteriorating with its excess death rate for Canada at 18.0 per cent, dramatically higher than the other developed countries in our comparison, writes Richard Audas in the Hill Times. By Richard Audas, May 7, 2021 It’s been said that the greatest weapon we have… Continue reading Canada’s most vulnerable being let down again: Richard Audas in the Hill Times

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault should start fresh on Bill C-10: Konrad von Fickenstein and Peter Menzies in the Globe and Mail

It is time for the government to pause, give Bill C-10 a conceptual rethink, and redraft and sharpen its tools. Fiddling won’t fix it, write Konrad von Fickenstein and Peter Menzies in the Globe and Mail.  By Konrad von Fickenstein and Peter Menzies, May 7, 2021 Controversial government efforts forcing streaming companies to pay into… Continue reading Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault should start fresh on Bill C-10: Konrad von Fickenstein and Peter Menzies in the Globe and Mail

Iran’s election to women’s-rights body makes a mockery of UN and feminism: Mariam Memarsadeghi in iPolitics

It is an open secret, in fact, that the global body has devolved into a primary mechanism for the world’s most brutal regimes to legitimize and sustain their rule, writes Mariam Memarsadeghi in iPolitics. Below is an excerpt from the article, which can be read in full here. By Mariam Memarsadeghi, May 7, 2021  To… Continue reading Iran’s election to women’s-rights body makes a mockery of UN and feminism: Mariam Memarsadeghi in iPolitics