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The Mackenzie King of our time

Skilful, cautious and uninspiring, Stephen Harper 
resembles Canada’s longest-serving prime minister [Issue 35, 2014]
by Garth Stevenson

Palestine Grafities

The Middle East impasse

With no tricks up American sleeves, the Kerry negotiations break down [Issue 35, 2014]
by Arthur Milner


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Cross-border education

Launching a joint international MA in Canadian-American Studies [Issue 35, 2014]
by Munroe Eagles

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The Northern Gateway to nowhere

Every few decades an issue arises that unexpectedly becomes a defining moment for the country. Such issues can creep up and catch decision-makers unawares. Reg Whitaker looks at the issue of the Northern Gateway. [From Inroads ...
by Reg Whitaker


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A war for hemp, iron and timber

A response to John R. Grodzinski’s “Remembering the War of 1812” from Issue 31 by Alastair Sweeny, author of Fire Along the Frontier: Great Battles of the War of 1812 [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Alastair Sweeny

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A generation that is deepening democracy

Judy Rebick believes the new generation rising up under the banners of the Quebec student strike and Occupy Wall Street are creating innovations that will profoundly deepen and broaden democracy. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Judy Rebick


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How did Netanyahu come to believe he runs the world?

Arthur Milner writes about Netanyahu and his free rein to do whatever he pleases. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Arthur Milner

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Social media politics

Are the new movements, from Quebec to Wall Street, compatible with representative democracy? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Henry Milner



Harper’s axe hits Canadian Studies abroad

The end of the Understanding Canada program reflects changing foreign policy priorities [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Richard Nimijean


Spain’s Indignados: For a better representative democracy, and more

Irene Martín Cortés looks into Spain’s Indignados as example of better representative democracy, and more. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Irene Martin


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Tax policy by referendum: British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform

British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by John Richards

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Language policy 
without the emotion

With the Parti Québécois winning the September 4 general election, language politics has once again been primed in Quebec and across Canada. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Bruce Hicks



Quebec’s distinct welfare state

During the period in which its major and distinctive antipoverty programs were implemented, Quebec appears to have succeeded in virtually eradicating acute poverty for both single- and two-parent families. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Axel Van den berg


The Jacobson question

It’s all dark fun, but unvarnished darkness is falling fast. Unrelenting reports of vandalism ("swastikas painted on stars of David; an Orthodox man in his sixties beaten up at a bus stop”). This seems extraordinary. [From...
by Arthur Milner



The health care policy trap: Lessons for Canada from health care reform in the United States

An excellent analysis of the tortuous evolution of health reform in the United States.Until Canadians address deficiencies in our own system, we have no reason to be smug in looking at health care politics in the US. [From Inro...
by Greg Marchildon


Incidents in the Life 
of Markus Paul – 1: A modern-day Dickens or Tolstoy

This murder mystery serves as a lens through which David Adams Richards illuminates the lingering effects of colonization, band council governance, systemic racism and the invidious nature of prejudice. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Nicole O'byrne



Tom Mulcair, prime minister in waiting?

Mulcair’s job is to present a credible, viable alternative to the team on the opposing front benches. No previous NDP leaders faced this challenge. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Henry Milner