Columns

Bombs, Plots, and Laws

The Boston Marathon bombing highlighted two issues long debated by legislators and security professionals in the wake of 9/11 and the now infamous “Global War on Terror” initiated by President George W. Bush…

May Day: What’s Left of the Left

This past week a fortuitous stopover landed me in London on May 1st, historically “May Day,” the day commemorating international working class solidarity since Chicago’s Haymarket Massacre in 1886…

Iran and Al-Qaeda: The Enemy of my Enemy is not always my Friend

The Iranian angle to Monday’s foiled terror plot will be interpreted by many through the prism of recent tensions between Tehran and Ottawa…

Oocyte Donation-Aged Parents

In March 2013, the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine updated its guidelines on oocyte donation to postmenopausal women – women with premature ovarian failure and women of post-reproductive age. The new guidelines stipulate that: “some women over the age of 50, particularly in the age range of 50-54, who are healthy and well-prepared for parenting, are candidates to receive donated eggs.”

The new “Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development” is an opportunity to elevate the profile of international development in Canadian foreign policy

In its recent budget the Government of Canada announced the “amalgamation” of the Canadian International Development Agency into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Much of the discussion surrounding this move has been entirely insular and backward looking. This merger offers a unique opportunity to think bigger on development.

Global evidence suggests merging CIDA and DFAIT will be a mistake

The merger between CIDA and DFAIT announced last Thursday in the Federal budget has been almost universally applauded in the Canadian media…

Time we stop belittling the Canadian militia’s contribution to the War of 1812

Almost from the time the War of 1812 ended the so-called militia myth emerged claiming that Canada was saved by the heroic contributions of its part-time colonial soldiers or militia…

Is Online Spying Dead? New Threats and the Case for Vigilance

There has been growing concern amongst many members of the pro-privacy community that the government’s new Bill C-55 has risen from the ashes of the costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying Bill C-30 that was formally withdrawn earlier this year…

Grim rules of engagement after ten years with the ICC

Picture the ceiling swirling, dense with grand ideas expressed that day. Sorrowful, urgent, and ambitious: the words that delivered the first permanent International Criminal Court were a mural of life under universal law…

Harper’s “Real” Hidden Agenda Exposed

On Sunday February 24, there was an illuminating editorial in the Toronto Star by Haroon Siddiqui titled “Harper’s real agenda on religious freedom”…