Federal election primer: What we can’t ignore when it comes to reconciliation

As leaders debate the federal track record on Indigenous issues, there are several key issues that cannot, and should not be ignored. View the story Federal election primer: What we can't ignore when it comes to reconciliation By Alyssa O'Dell “The structures and processes of colonization, which are often relegated…
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Doing more with less: Time for a National Action Plan to combat violence against women

Two reports came out in early May that should have received a lot more attention than they did. The Standing Committee on the Status of Women released its latest study, Surviving Abuse and Building Resilience, on Canada’s systems of shelters and transition houses serving women and children fleeing violence. And…
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Homelessness, harm reduction and Housing First

I was recently invited to give a presentation at a two-day event discussing the overdose crisis and First Nations, with a focus on southern Alberta. My presentation (slide deck available here) focused on homelessness, substance use, harm reduction and Housing First. With this in mind, here are 10 things to know: Indigenous peoples…
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Canadian mining companies are behaving badly in the Global South—and Wall Street is profiting from it

Of the limited changes made to the renegotiated NAFTA agreement—also known as the USMCA—perhaps the most significant relates to the system of investor protections that permits foreign firms to challenge government policies, laws and court decisions through private arbitration. Under the USMCA, this investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system will no…
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The New NAFTA is a missed opportunity for gender equality

The recent renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement presented a unique opportunity to rethink the dominant model for governing international trade and investment. At the outset of the “New NAFTA” talks in August 2017, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the government’s priorities under the umbrella of a…
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