Law

First Nations, with our constitutionally protected aboriginal and treaty rights, are Canadians’ last best hope to protect the lands, waters, plants, and animals from complete destruction – which doesn’t just benefit our children, but the children of all Canadians. Palmater, Pamela. “Why are we Idle No More?” in The Kino-nda-niimi Collective. The Winter We Danced: […]

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The creation of Canada was only possible through the negotiation of treaties between the Crown and indigenous nations. While the wording of the treaties varies from the peace and friendship treaties in the east to the numbered treaties in the west, most are based on the core treaty promise that we would all live together […]

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An excellent panel about First Nations reconciliation in Canada tonight has left me wanting to read a whole lot of things. To begin with, that includes The Winter We Danced, especially the chapter by Pamela Palmater. I also need to read a lot more about the Tsilhqot’in ruling.

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“Some people would say that “illegal immigrants” should have no legal rights at all, precisely because their very presence is “illegal.” But no one really would defend that view if they thought about it for a moment. The fact that immigrants have settled without authorization does not mean that it’s O.K. to kill them or […]

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Tonight I was elected to the first board of Toronto350.org, which is in the process of incorporating as a non-profit. Does anyone have experience being on the boards of non-profit organizations? I would be grateful if people could direct me toward some useful sources of information on how boards work and the responsibilities of directors. […]

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One of the best Wired articles ever, written by Neal Stephenson, and available for free online: Mother Earth Mother Board

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Back in February, the Planet Money podcast had an episode about organ donation. I think most of it would be familiar to anyone who follows the issue, but one thing was new to me. I have often heard that an easy way to increase the number of organ donors is to switch from an opt-in […]

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An international effort is being made today to fight back against internet surveillance. If you wish to take part, I suggest doing so by downloading a version of the GNU Privacy Guard for your operating system, in order to encrypt your emails. Gpg4Win is for Windows, while GPGTools is for Mac OS. Downloading the TOR […]

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