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Canada's role in Bali was painful to see

Two days after the UN Climate Change conference in Bali concluded, with consensus on a "Bali Road Map" to steer negotiations over the next two years leading up to COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009, I was diving in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.

It was a truly euphoric experience, witnessing the magical colours of coral and fish, and at one point slowly swimming alongside a magnificent manta ray as it made its way gracefully through the crystalline waters off Heron Island.

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After the Pickton trial: what lives on

"We inherit not 'what really happened' to the dead but what lives on from that happening, what is conjured from it, how past generations and events occupy the force fields of the present, how they claim us, and how they haunt, plague, and inspirit our imaginations and visions for the future." -Wendy Brown, Politics Out of History

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Facing deportation: the case of Laibar Singh

The recent case of Laibar Singh, a paralyzed refugee claimant, has created much debate and division. There is a strong outpouring of sympathy for Laibar Singh and his medical condition. However, the fundamental question turns on whether Canadian society has any "obligation" to support Mr. Singh, as he has exhausted all his legal avenues. In addition, much of the public perception around Mr. Singh has unfortunately been fuelled by inaccurate facts.

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Why the Mulroney-Schreiber scandal matters

There are many Canadians whose interest in the Mulroney-Schreiber affair does not extend beyond the delicious anticipation of watching the 18th prime minister of Canada explain to a Parliamentary Committee why he accepted bags of cash which he took some time to declare as income.

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Court overturns Safe Third Country Agreement

In a surprise ruling the Federal Court of Canada has overturned the "Canada United States Safe Third Country Agreement" in a judgment issued on November 29, 2007.

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CEPAL marks Day of Solidarity with Palestinians

A people's right to pursue the most basic of human rights and the simplicity with which applying international law could award them these rights was the main focus of this year's commemoration of the UN Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people at an event held at the University of Toronto on Thursday, November 29.

The event, organized by the Canadian Palestinian Educational Exchange organization (CEPAL) saw a packed auditorium at the central Toronto campus.

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A decade later: Canada and the Mine Ban Treaty

Anniversaries are a time for reflection.

This month marks the ten-year anniversary of the International Mine Ban Treaty. Largely initiated (with grassroots pressure) by the Canadian government, it is one of numerous well-publicized international humanitarian initiatives undertaken over the past decade by the Canadian government.

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American copyright, stay away from me

Thanks to Jim Prentice, Canada may be about to step one year forward, ten years back, at least as far as copyright law goes.

Any day now, Prentice, Canada's Industry Minister, is expected to table proposed changes to the Copyright Act in the House of Commons.

All bets are that the changes will bring our copyright law into line with U.S. regulations which have proven useless, expensive, foolhardy, restrictive and punitive to consumers.

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War resisters face potential deportation

We did betray them, after all. As a veteran of an illegal war, I feared that Canada would do this. But I'd hoped otherwise.

On November 15th, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected bids for asylum from two American war resisters, Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey. When deported to the U.S., they both will face up to five years in prison and ongoing persecution. And this case will likely open the floodgates for deportation of other American war resisters from Canada.

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Politics of fear: Harper's 'war on drugs'

The Conservative government has taken another big step in its ideological drive for a "tough on crime" law and order agenda.

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