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THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL IN SASKATCHEWAN

BY Jim Harding Retired Professor of Justice Studies, University of Regina There have been tongue-in-cheek phrases shared on coffee row and social media as Premier Wall’s support declined. “Up against the wall”, comes to mind. With Wall now leaving the … 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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QUEBEC: HARPER’S BIGGEST WEDGE OF ALL

BY Jim Harding Achieving unity within diversity requires a well-informed and well-intentioned approach to government. Canada’s federation desperately needs such vision and leadership. We can see how a greater good was achieved within co-operative federalism when we trace back the … 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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“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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HOME-GROWN DOUBLE STANDARDS ABOUT VIOLENCE NOT ACCEPTABLE

BY Jim Harding As a society we are beginning to fathom the depths of harm from war. On Nov. 23, 2014 the CBC reported that “128 regular forces and 32 reservists have committed suicide in the past decade”. This is … Continue reading

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HOW AND WHAT ARE WE TO REMEMBER?

BY Jim Harding Poppy sales skyrocketed across Canada this fall, suggesting growing awareness of the human costs of war. Perhaps there was more empathy for soldiers suffering from trauma, especially after a rash of news stories about soldiers committing suicide. … Continue reading

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