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The Beijing Consensus: China has astonished the world, but is the dragon as formidable as it looks?

China has indeed astonished the world, but once the shock is over, the dragon begins to look less formidable, more amenable. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Reg Whitaker


Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare: Doubts about the doubts

Camil Bouchard and John Richards continue the debate on Quebec’s $7-a-day daycare program that began in the last issue of Inroads. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by John Richards



Quebec: Equitable yes, sustainable no

Pierre Fortin has set out his view that Quebec is doing well economically in the article Quebec is fairer. François Vaillancourt 
and Mathieu Laberge challenge this view. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Francois Vaillancourt


Good politics, bad policy

When Prime Minister Harper introduced his National Anti-Drug Strategy (NADS) in October 2007, drug policy experts braced for the worst. Drug prohibition ignores science, compassion, experience and logic. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Craig Jones



Religion, ethics and schools

Is Quebec’s new Ethics and Religious Culture course a step toward mutual respect, or a new state religion? An introduction by Louisa Blair [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Louisa Blair


Imposed from above

The Quebec state has imposed a new Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program which replaces all previous religious instruction and moral education, and it is compulsory [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Gary Caldwell



Education for pluralism

Georges Leroux responds to Gary Caldwell's critique of the new Quebec Ethics and Religious Culture program [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Georges Leroux


The inequality surge

By 2000, the relationship was such that the highest-paid women were married to the highest-paid men, and the lowest-paid women to the lowest-paid men. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by John Myles



Quebec is fairer

Among regions of Canada, Quebec is a leader in the fight against poverty and inequality. In this article, Pierre Fortin, elaborates on this fact and suggest a few explanations. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Pierre Fortin


Well-kept secret

Cuba’s medical role in Haiti has been extremely important for a number of years there. Emily J.Kirk and John M. Kirk take you through its impact. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by John Kirk



Two deaths, two mournings

In Quebec, two deaths and two mournings marked the year 2009: Nelly Arcan’s and Pierre Falardeau’s. Malcolm Reid looks at two different cultural stars' lives and contributions. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Malcolm Reid

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A study that makes urban Aboriginals visible

Environics Institute released an ambitious study of urban Aboriginals across Canada. John Richards discusses the study. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by John Richards



In defence of religion

A response to Arthur Milner's article “The Offence of Atheism,” Inroads, Winter/Spring 2010, pp. 10–13 [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Bob Chodos


The offence of atheism

The question of God, atheism, fundamentalism, faith and religion is tackled by Arthur Milner in his column. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Arthur Milner



Ten policies in search of a leader & Rescuing God by killing Him

Arthur Milner weighs in with ten policies for a Canadian leader and responds to the responses of his article “The Offence of Atheism.” [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Arthur Milner


A Canadian problem, not a Quebec one

A response to François Vaillancourt and Mathieu Laberge by Pierre Fortin on Quebec's Economy [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Pierre Fortin



The government is doing something

Craig Jones looks into if there is substance to the Conservatives’ tough-on-crime agenda, or whether it's just optics? [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Craig Jones


The Gitxsan Alternative

Gordon Gibson writes about the Gitxsan Alternative, a new approach to Aboriginal treaty making in British Columbia, with implications for the rest of Canada as well. [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Gordon Gibson