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Edmonton demonstrators gather to protest against COVID-19 measures and support the ‘freedom convoy’ in February 2022. Research suggests Alberta separatist sentiments have as much to do with antipathy about the federal government and Justin Trudeau as actually leaving Confederation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

What the spectre of Alberta separatism means for Canada

Members of the Levica party march on a government building during a protest in Skopje, North Macedonia, on July 6, 2022. Thousands of people marched for several nights after French President Emmanuel Macron announced a proposal to enable the country’s admission into the EU that many North Macedonians find controversial. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)

Why North Macedonia is the European Union’s latest self-inflicted wound

The EU is creating resentment in North Macedonia over its feud with Bulgaria. In the midst of the Russia-Ukraine war, it will only serve to benefit Russia in its efforts to undermine the EU.
Activists hold slogans as they protest against Chinese aggression in the South China Sea outside the Chinese consulate in Makati, Philippines in November 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

As China flexes its muscles in the Indo-Pacific, Canada and Australia must step up

China is posing many challenges to the Indo-Pacific region in 2022. How should Canada and Australia respond?
Sturdy yet flexible, hygienic, disposable, readily available and cheap … the plastic straw is better than any eco-alternative for many disabled folks. (Shutterstock)

Disability rights don’t have to clash with environmental responsibility

Placing plastic straws, a life sustaining accessibility tool, under the same restrictions for sale as tobacco products is overly harsh, and detrimental to the dignity and inclusion of disabled people
With the so-called “freedom convoy” promising to return to Ottawa over the summer, its association with neo-fascist groups brings them back into the spotlight. (Shutterstock)

Despite the Proud Boys disbanding, far-right extremism still exists

It’s been over a year since the Proud Boys were labelled a terrorist entity, but that hasn’t affected extremist activities in Canada.
Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Richard Wagner waits to pose for a group photo with other members of the Supreme Court on the steps of the building following a welcoming ceremony for Judge Mahmud Jamal in October 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Why Canada’s Supreme Court isn’t likely to go rogue

Decision-making in the Canadian Supreme Court appears to be more fundamentally rooted in the law, not politics, than it is in the United States. Here’s why.
The U.S. Supreme Court is seen behind security fencing on June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Can Americans be shielded from the U.S. Supreme Court?

The combination of crumbling democratic norms in the U.S. Supreme Court appointments process and an ideological court out of step with mainstream America raises questions of how it could be reformed.
The Canadian flag flies in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

In defence of the notwithstanding clause

The notwithstanding clause is both historically appropriate and democratically desirable. Excising it would make our Charter of Rights and Freedoms more American. Is that really where we want to go?
Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola is filmed smashing Capitol building window on Jan. 6. (U.S. Federal court documents)

Jan. 6 insurrection showed performance crime is increasingly popular

Performance crime is the act of filming while engaging in criminal activity. During the Jan. 6 capitol riots, insurrectionists uploaded performance crime videos and photos, incriminating themselves.
A person holds a sign calling for to defund the police during an October 2020 protest in Ottawa after a police constable was acquitted of manslaughter in the 2016 death of a Black man, Abdirahman Abdi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Thin-skinned blue line: Police fight against defunding, showing their true colours

Has the defund the police movement had an impact in Canada? It depends on how you define success.
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation children play in water sprinklers during National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations in Mississauga, Ont., on June 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Are the kids alright? Why Canada must urgently step up to ensure children’s rights

Under international law, children have the right to be heard in legal proceedings directly or indirectly affecting them. Canada must step up to ensure all human rights apply to kids as they do adults.
People stand on Parliament Hill in July 2021 alongside a makeshift memorial for children who died at Indian Residential Schools during a rally to demand an independent investigation into Canada’s crimes against Indigenous Peoples. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Newcomers to Canada support Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation

Newcomers to Canada tend to be more supportive of Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation than other Canadians.

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