Is Canada liable? To whom?

Teresa Wright, of the Canadian Press, says, in an article published in the Globe and Mail, that "Refugee advocates say Canada could be in legal hot water if the United States deports asylum seekers turned away from Canada as part of a broader deal with the U.S. to close the border to all but non-essential … Continue reading Is Canada liable? To whom?

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

It’s about time

Buried in a Globe and Mail story about making more ventilators and medical masks available ~ very important ~ is this: "Mr. Trudeau also announced that the Canada-U.S. border will close to non-essential travel at midnight Friday and both countries will turn back asylum seekers crossing the border at unofficial entries." All I can say … Continue reading It’s about time

Not good enough

Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that "Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary." That's right, even though, just a … Continue reading Not good enough

What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?

Still on the wrong track

Almost a year ago I deemed a Globe and Mail proposal (made in an editorial) to be nonsense. Now the Good Grey Globe is back at it, in another editorial, from about three weeks ago, in which they actually explain what the problem is ~ "The unsettling rise in gang violence and shootings in (mostly) … Continue reading Still on the wrong track