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CANADA’S CABINET SHUFFLE

After two years of a majority government, Prime Minister Stephen Harper revived his Cabinet last month, making some major changes by bringing in new ministers – including younger MPs in their 30s and 40s, and bringing in more women. “I think this is a good mixture of some young and promising talent we have in our caucus and some experienced ... Read More »

The EDWARD SNOWDEN story worth paying attention to

Major media outlets throughout Canada and the USA are focusing their attention on Edward Snowden; not, as one would hope, because of the massive and illegal State surveillance program he has helped to expose, but because of his personal characteristics. This should not be surprising to anyone familiar with the history of whistleblowers. Approximately 40 years ago, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg ... Read More »

Man’s View on Sex Selective Abortions

An Indian woman clutches her neck and giggles nervously as she describes how she strangled eight of her newborn daughters to death. “Women have the power to give life and take it away,” she says. I am neither a pro-life-right-winger nor a pro-choice-left-winger. Actually I have no wings. Being wingless helps me stay grounded close to what is right and ... Read More »

Residential schools and experiments on aboriginals:

Canada’s shameful legacy of cultural genocide Recent revelations by University of Guelph food historian Ian Mosby explore details about experiments conducted by federal scientists on malnourished and hungry aboriginals on reserves and in residential schools. Between 1942 and 1952, experiments were conducted on 1300 people, studying the effects of nutritional supplements. Subjects were provided or denied vitamins, minerals and foods ... Read More »

Finding the Middle Grounds as a Parent

Too tired to set limits with your children? Well, the short-term gain (not having to deal with tantrums) is likely setting you up for long-term pain! It’s understandable that sometimes parents just want some peace and quiet whenever they can get it, and therefore will let some of their children’s poor behaviours slide, or give in to whatever demands their ... Read More »

Child Labour: A Serious Global Issue

Child labour is one of the most devastating consequences of persistent poverty but 81 percent of British Columbians think it’s easy to turn a blind eye to child labour in developing countries. Children should not have to work but according to the World Bank, an estimated 250 million children are working worldwide. Of these, 61 percent are in Asian, 32 ... Read More »

Punjab Drug Epidemic

Punjab, the land of five rivers, located in the north west of India, is one of the smallest and most prosperous states of India. With agricultural fields epitomizing the spirit of the entire country, Punjab is the food pocket of the country, leading India’s green revolution and transforming the landscape into a food-surplus country. Rich in cultural diversity, architectural monuments, ... Read More »

The good (and bad) Muslim

Our mind automatically and inevitably categorizes people and things in stereotypes. It helps us make sense of the world and satisfies our need to understand and predict the social world. We categorize individuals as members of groups, and assign a defined set of characteristics to this group based on appearance or our assumptions. The tragic bombing in Boston evoked speculation ... Read More »