The Abraham Accords changed the rules of the game in the Middle East
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The Abraham Accords changed the rules of the game in the Middle East

Just over a year ago, on September 15, 2020, Israel signed peace agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. These agreements were called the Abraham Accords. The agreement came 72 years after Israel proclaimed independence, and normalized diplomatic relations between the nations. Embassies and ambassadors were exchanged and they began to cooperate…

The other pandemic
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The other pandemic

From January 2016 to March 2021, 22,828 people died in Canada’s “other” pandemic: drug overdose deaths. This total does not include the numbers since March, which are reportedly high but not yet available. By contrast, the COVID-19 pandemic, which has profoundly affected us all, has caused a similar number of Canadian deaths (27,500 through September)….

Canada’s political institutions need reforms
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Canada’s political institutions need reforms

It is understandable that Canadians would become increasingly frustrated with the country’s political system. Our constitution is generally said to be characterized by responsible government, the central principle of our system since 1848. Responsible government means that the government of the day, led by the Prime Minister, is responsible to parliament for everything it does….

Could peace in the Middle East start in Canada?
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Could peace in the Middle East start in Canada?

On October 10 Avi Abraham Benlolo, a prominent Canadian expert in Holocaust studies, joined the Global Imams Council’s Interfaith Network. Perhaps it seems odd that a Canadian who has devoted his life to support Israel, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa in recognition of his work combating anti-antisemitism, would be welcome…

Alberta: Escaping the tyranny of fossil fuel dependency
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Alberta: Escaping the tyranny of fossil fuel dependency

The overriding question for Alberta seems to be: what is the place of fossil fuels – with their promise of generating jobs, economic growth and wealth – in a world facing climate disaster? The real question Parliament needs to address is why Alberta, and the entire country for that matter, is trapped in the tyranny…

Québec: Policy implementation and the cry of a Jewish prophet
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Québec: Policy implementation and the cry of a Jewish prophet

Dear Mister Prime Minister, As a fellow Québécois and Montréalais, I want to congratulate you on your election. I want to assure you that our church will be praying for you. You are well aware that “all politics are local” and no more so than in this recent election. There was no impact from Premier…

Ontario: Fighting indifference towards Indigenous Justice
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Ontario: Fighting indifference towards Indigenous Justice

There is a truism credited to a number of wise folks (Elie Wiesel among them), that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.Late last Spring, as political machinations pointed to an election, the stark truths of recovered unmarked graves at Residential School sites were high in the public mind. Given what Elders and…

British Columbia: Housing, immigration and election smear campaigns
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British Columbia: Housing, immigration and election smear campaigns

While party standings are largely unchanged in B.C., the Liberals won Richmond’s two seats from the Conservatives. That is most surprising and cause for concern. It appears pro-Beijing forces launched an aggressive smear-campaign on social media against the two Conservative incumbents for speaking out against Beijing’s human rights abuses. Chinese-Canadians dominate Richmond’s population. That community…

Safety online
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Safety online

Young people who sign up to use Instagram, Tik Tok or similar social media sites are targeted with potentially harmful material within 24 hours. New research by the 5 Rights Foundation, an international initiative to promote online safety, shows that this is built into the design of the platforms; it is not just an unfortunate…