Human Rights

Pope Francis, 25 October 2020. (Source: Vatican News)

Unpacking Francis’ “Same-Sex Union” Remarks

October 28, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Reporters and religious writers who cover the Vatican are already going to great lengths to make sure that Catholics, especially LGBTQ Catholics, realize that Pope Francis’ statement re “civil unions” changes nothing as far as the Catholic Church’s stand on homosexuality and its definition of “marriage” is concerned. (The latterRead...

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Assisted Suicide: A Slippery Slope?

August 19, 2020 at 2:49 pm

In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada decriminalized the prohibition on assisted suicide, a decision which led to the legalization of assisted suicide (when an individual ends her own life with the help of another, usually a physician) and voluntary active euthanasia (when someone gives permission to another person –Read More

In CAHOOTS, an Alternative to Regular Policing

In CAHOOTS, an Alternative to Regular Policing

June 17, 2020 at 1:02 pm

There has been almost too much to process from days of watching the Black Lives Matter marches spreading, not only across the United States, but to so many countries around the world, including Canada. But even as protesters call out police racism and brutality, like that displayed in the killingRead...

Protestors run from tear gas, Denver. (YouTube screen grab)

Letter from Denver: ‘Less-than-Lethal’ Force

June 10, 2020 at 1:06 pm

Hello friends of the Spectator! My neighborhood in Denver, Colorado, USA is called Capitol Hill, and the golden dome of its namesake sits imperiously three blocks from my lovely 1918 building, with three stories of balconies overlooking Pennsylvania Street, next to the home of Molly Brown, Denver’s notable from theRead More

Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, NS COVID-19 Update for 2 June 2020

NS COVID-19 Update for 2 June 2020

June 2, 2020 at 5:56 pm

Daily briefing Today’s briefing began with both Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang offering condolences to the family of the Northwood resident who died of COVID-19 over the weekend. The death brought the province’s total to 60 — 53 of which have been at Northwood. Strang announced no newRead More

Seashore refugee camp, Chios, Greece, 2016. (Photo by Mstyslav Chernov / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Canada’s COVID-19 Experience in Perspective

May 20, 2020 at 12:02 pm

The lady was not happy. There was no mistaking that as she angrily asked the policeman why he was blocking the road she wanted to enter. Cars were lined up wanting to do the same but the policeman was adamant even as she told him in no uncertain terms howRead More

And…We Have Portable Toilets

And…We Have Portable Toilets

April 29, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Editor’s Note: Since I decided to do daily COVID-19 updates, I’ve been greatly assisted by my columnists who have provided excellent weekly content to make up for my focus on the pandemic. This week, I’ve hit a bit of a dry spell, and can offer only an abbreviated weekly edition,Read...

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Failing the Homeless and Vulnerable

April 22, 2020 at 11:20 am

“We need firstly some very basic things happening. We need access to portable toilets in our communities, so people can at least go to the bathroom, with wash stations so they can sanitize.” — Janet Bickerton, Ally Centre of Cape Breton, 30 March 2020, CBC interview   As noted above,Read More

Overview of Detroit Industry, North Wall, 1932-33, fresco by Diego Rivera. Detroit Institute of Arts. 
Diego Rivera

“In Seasons Such as These,” A Word on Socialism

April 15, 2020 at 11:04 am

  “Not even the apparently enlightened principle of the ‘greatest good for the greatest number’ can excuse indifference to individual suffering.” — Aneurin Bevan, In Place of Fear   “Poor naked wretches, wheresoe’er, That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm, How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides…defend youRead More

COVID-19 Update for 29 March 2020

COVID-19 Update for 29 March 2020

March 29, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Editor’s Note: A story unfolding as rapidly as the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t lend itself to weekly coverage so the Spectator is going to experiment with a daily COVID-19 update. This content will not be paywalled, so if you find it useful, feel free to share it. I intend to continueRead More