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Issue 31 Columns

Undoubtedly the most urgent issues of governance in Canada today concern Aboriginal people. Two linked articles examine some of these issues. John Graham casts a spotlight on 11 features of First Nation governance that, in combination, act as “a significant brake on achieving better results for First Nation communities.” Joseph Quesnel takes a close look at one particular First Nation, the Nisga’a of northwestern British Columbia, who in 1998 signed a treaty that granted them effective self-government. How has that worked out? Quesnel finds “very compelling evidence for improvements in various areas under self-government,” but warns against thinking of self-government as a “silver bullet.” Questions of First Nation governance are raised by David Adams Richards in his 2011 novel Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul in a very different way – through a murder mystery. We present two reviews of Richards’s novel – by Joseph Quesnel, who pays particular attention to governance questions, and by Nicole O’Byrne, who looks at more universal themes.

 

  

 

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When victims are bullies and bullies are victims

Through relentless dramatization of the Iranian menace, the peace process has been swept off the negotiating table while Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank expand. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Reg Whitaker
 

 
 
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Elections in France and Greece cannot resolve Europe’s underlying problems

Ultimately the Greek and French elections signify nothing: they cannot address the toxic economic bonds that make fiscal policy a burning cross-border issue within the eurozone. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Finn Poschmann
 

 

 
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Political chill and artistic courage

This government has created a chill, and, I would suggest, has done so intentionally. It calls opposition un-Canadian, extremist or sympathetic to child molesters. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Arthur Milner
 

 
 
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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