It’s about time (another one)

So, I see, on CBC News and in the Globe and Mail, that “The Ontario Provincial Police have began to remove demonstrators from the camp near Belleville, Ont., where protests by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga have shut down passenger and freight train traffic for more than two weeks … [and] … At 8:15 on MondayContinue reading “It’s about time (another one)”

Getting it half right

The CBC‘s Aaron Wherry gets two important points right in an analysis of Justin Trudeau’s climb down or change of heart or whatever it was yesterday: First, he says that Canada has “demonstrated that there’s a significant well of public willingness to pursue reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples who originally occupied the land that isContinue reading “Getting it half right”

It’s about time

So, I see in the Globe and Mail, in a story datelined at about 5:00PM EST on 21 February, that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for an immediate end to rail blockades, noting his government’s calls for dialogue with Indigenous protesters have been ignored and the patience of Canadians is wearing thin.“ A smallContinue reading “It’s about time”

I’m repeating this …

… with little in the way of comment because I found it very informative and enlightening. It is a ‘Twitter rant‘ by Margareta Dovgal, who is the Policy, Research and Strategy Manager at Headwater Strategy Group in Vancouver. She began with this … … and then she continues: “This is a *consensus-based participatory democracy.* ThatContinue reading “I’m repeating this …”

This will not solve anything

So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different.Continue reading “This will not solve anything”

I’m sorry to say that Andrew Coyne is wrong

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “In the 12 days or so since the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute blew up from a localized confrontation in the British Columbia interior to a national crisis, two schools of thought have predominated: The first holds that the protests that have blocked rail lines andContinue reading “I’m sorry to say that Andrew Coyne is wrong”

Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

So, I saw this on social media: According to the Guardian, a reputable albeit somewhat progressive journal, “The [Australian] freight rail operator Aurizon has launched legal action against five environmental activists and is seeking $375,000 in compensation for a series of recent protests that stopped coal trains … [and] … Aurizon lodged a statement of claimContinue reading “Great idea! Can it work in Canada?”

Exactly right

The Globe and Mail gets it exactly right in an editorial published a couple of days ago: “You can forgive Canadians,” the Good Grey Globe says “for being confused … [because] … it has become the practice in this country to tread lightly when dealing with protests involving Indigenous people, even when the rule ofContinue reading “Exactly right”

Getting it all wrong

Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he “grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrificContinue reading “Getting it all wrong”

I’m not a lawyer …

… which is the same excuse that Gerald Butts and Michael Wernick used to excuse themselves for improperly applying political pressure on former Attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in an effort to get her to bend the rules to help Prime Ministre Trudeau help SNC-Lavalin to avoid prosecution for criminal activities … I think that’s calledContinue reading “I’m not a lawyer …”