Tag Archives: social justice

How Are We “All in This Together”?

April 2, 2020 By Jim Harding Epidemiology, the study of the distribution of any disease, can be a great moral teacher. Epidemiology might even be called a moral science. It is not “science” and technology in the service of warfare, … Continue reading

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QUALITY OF LIFE (Q of L) UNDER THE SASK PARTY

BY Jim Harding, Ph. D. I’ve heard the premier speak at several Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) conventions. He has always claimed that his open-for-business resource policies are a means, not an end, to improve the quality of life (Q … Continue reading

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POLARIZATION, RACIALIZATION AND ULTRA-NATIONALISM TO OUR SOUTH

BY Jim Harding, Ph. D. Imagine a country that has almost fully racialized its population and done this on the basis of a history of forced labour and cheap-labour immigration. Try to imagine a country that had jailed so many … Continue reading

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SASKATCHEWAN’S HUMAN RIGHTS HERITAGE

BY Jim Harding This is the second part of my pre-election series “Up Against the Wall” It is always risky to present the past as the bad times to try to garner political support for an upcoming election. But this … Continue reading

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HAVING THE COURAGE TO REMEMBER AS WE TRY TO MOVE ON

by Jim Harding I have just returned from Vancouver where I attended our oldest son’s 50th birthday. I had to pinch myself when I realized how quickly the years have gone by since he attended my 50th. There was lots … Continue reading

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WRITER’S BLOCK AND STAYING ENGAGED WITH THE CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABILITY

BY Jim Harding Anyone who tries to write on a regular basis will face “writer’s block”, a label for a whole array of challenges. If I have too much on my plate I lose the mental space I require to … Continue reading

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SOFT ON CRIME: HARPER’S WEDGE ON STANDBY

Part 1 BY Jim Harding Prime Minister Harper uses the terms “crime” and “terror” like blunt instruments. What if pseudo-weather forecasters tried to understand all the variations of rain, fog, snow, ice, clouds, drought and flooding with only one notion! … Continue reading

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MEECH LAKE AND THE ORIGINS OF WEDGE POLITICS

BY Jim Harding In 1982 Canada repatriated its constitution and added the Charter of Rights. Quebec didn’t sign on, which some believed increased the threat of separation. In 1987 Mulroney’s Progressive Conservative government tried to bring Quebec into the new … Continue reading

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WILL WEDGE POLITICS RULE IN THE 2015 ELECTION

BY Jim Harding A Conservative ad came on the radio as I drove home from meetings in Regina. It was another attack ad on Justin Trudeau. It was trying to get listeners irate that Trudeau would take money back that … Continue reading

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“JE SUIS CHARLIE”, BUT WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT TERRORIST VIOLENCE?

BY Jim Harding I was reading Karen Armstong’s newest book, Fields of Blood, on religion and the history of violence, when the French satirists were murdered. Armstrong is a world renowned writer on religion, best known for her A History … Continue reading

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