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.
Quebec's student strike leads not to Scandinvian higher education but to that in France, Quebec’s students should ask their confrères and consœurs from France if that is the direction they should take.
In the Poitou-Charentes region in west-central France, a participatory budget process for high schools has existed since 2005, resulting in greater transparency and the dissemination of more information about school boards.
Perhaps the biggest obstacle to a CAQ breakthrough is that it seeks what amounts to a dose of fiscal realism to voters little willing to wean themselves from the magical thinking proffered by the mainstream parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.