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Issue 25 – Summer / Fall 2009

Inroads 25’s main theme section is devoted to education, taking its cue from a landmark September 2008 article in a Montreal newspaper by former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau that drew attention to the school dropout problem, especially among francophone students. Along with a translation of Parizeau’s article, the section includes an analysis of the school dropout problem on a Canada-wide scale by John Richards, an account of the failure of Ontario’s compulsory civic education program by Henry Milner, a discussion of educational issues by Parizeau’s former adviser (and future PQ cabinet minister) Jean-François Lisée, a critique of Quebec’s history curriculum by Christian Rioux and Magali Favre, and a look at Finland’s successful education system by Luc Allaire.

 

  

 

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Human resources

This article is an edited excerpt from Jean-François Lisée's book Pour une 
gauche efficace (Montreal: Boréal, 2008). 
It was translated by Bob Chodos. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Jean-Francois Lisee
 

 
 
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School dropouts

School dropouts is not just a Quebec issue, but rather a Canadian one. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by John Richards
 

 

 
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This is history?

Quebec’s new high school history textbooks 
are inward-looking and devoid of meaning. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Christian Rioux
 

 
 
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Civics, Ontario style

Why did Ontario’s civic education program fail to reduce the democratic deficit? Henry Milner takes a look. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Henry Milner
 

 

 
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Recipe for success?

An earlier version of this article appeared in the winter 2009 edition of the magazine, Nouvelles CSQ. It was translated from the French by Frances Boylston. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Luc Allaire
 

 
 
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Confidence game

Playing fast and loose with parliamentary conventions has weakened responsible government [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Gary Levy
 

 

 
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Education: Who and what?

Bob Chodos introduces the following articles on education in Issue 25 [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Bob Chodos
 

 
 
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Lies my Fathers of Confederation told me

Are the governor general’s reserve powers a safeguard of democracy? [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Bruce Hicks
 

 

 
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Green the Liberals: Yes you can

Why the Liberals should maintain their commitment to environmental innovation despite the party’s October rout. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Nancy Olewiler
 

 
 
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Ignatieff’s main challenge
is in the west

Ignatieff has distanced himself from the coalition. As he should, argues Janice MacKinnon. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Janice MacKinnon
 

 

 
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Urban Aboriginals

Peter Dinsdale on the disappointment at the failure of Michael Ignatieff to grapple with the complexities of urban Aboriginal reality. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Peter Dinsdale
 

 
 
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And now, the aftermath

Canadian politics after the election, the near-coalition and the change in Liberal leadership. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Henry Milner
 

 

 
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Afghanistan

Why are Canadian and other soldiers dying to support a government that denies women the freedom to control their own bodies? [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Dominic Cardy
 

 
 
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GWOT – RIP

Shortly after 9/11, George W. Bush declared, in apocalyptic tones, a “Global War on Terror” (GWOT). The term prevailed until Barack Obama took office. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Reg Whitaker
 

 

 
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The high cost of 
something for nothing

There’s a certain recklessness in this stick-it-to-the-man-and-the-big-corporations attitude. Why pay when you can get stuff free? [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Daphne Bramham
 

 
 
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Fixing Vancouver’s 
Downtown Eastside

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been a famous hellhole for years. How can it be fixed? Arthur Milner has some ideas. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Arthur Milner
 

 

 
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Finland

A look at Finland's success story written by Jan Otto Andersson. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Jan Otto Andersson
 

 
 
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Battle on the Plains 
of Abraham cancelled

In the end, the reenactment of the battle on the Plains had to be cancelled to prevent another battle. [From Inroads 25, 2009]
by Louisa Blair