A little-noticed European Court of Human Rights decision regarding Polish complicity in torture may well have ripple effects on this side of the Atlantic and, hopefully, produce some accountability in the Ottawa bunkers of CSIS, the RCMP, and the foreign affairs and justice bureaucracies. In addition, its precedent would be most useful in hauling some high-profile Liberals out of their comfortable retirement to inquire about their role in the CIA-led global kidnap and disappearance-to-torture regime that has marked much of the 21st century.
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Educator and spoken-word poet Taylor Mali often uses the term "Miracle Workers" to describe teachers. Speaking to this term, I couldn't agree more. Teachers are miracle workers who support us and assist us at unbelievably great lengths to help us reach for (and connect to) our futures and realize our dreams.
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Helen Haig-Brown is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Williams Lake, B.C. She recently visited Kelowna as a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus. We sat down in an airport hotel restaurant to talk about Haig-Brown's artistry and her ongoing Legacy project. Despite the somewhat aseptic atmosphere of our meeting place, this Tsilhqot'in filmmaker had plenty to say about her work and its role in healing and reconciliation.