Together we can upright the canoe

We now know the truth about seven generations of terrible Canadian policy, which is now accepted as “cultural genocide”. We learned of the irreparable damage to the lives of countless First Nation, Métis and Inuit families. Repairing that relationship is the unfinished business of Confederation, but it can’t be done solely by government or politicians.

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A civil society needs to hold government to account

At all of our Town Hall and Roundtable events in St. Paul’s we benefit from hearing from the knowledgeable people who work in organizations in our community dedicated to identifying the real needs of our citizens and our global responsibilities, and to finding real solutions. From Dying with Dignity, to Community Living, the Cancer Society and SPRINT, these organizations contribute to finding better policies, and deliver real supports and services. There is also a crescendo of concerned voices across Canada warning us we are going to have to totally rebuild civil society in Canada.

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Necessary conversations for better end-of-life policies

On Feb. 6 the unanimous Supreme Court of Canada ruling extended the “sanctity of life” provision in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to the “passage into death.” This is huge. As Sean Fine reported in the Globe and Mail, it puts Canada in the company of a small group of countries that permit doctor-assisted death. But we will not get this right without listening to Canadians.

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Lest We Forget — And lest we merely ‘remember’ on Nov. 11

The events last month on the Hill and in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu have forever changed my understanding of Remembrance Day. No longer can it be only an extremely important history lesson. It will from now on mean that we must ensure that we also remember and honour those who right now, every day are putting their lives at risk in order to protect us.

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