Human Rights

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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

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 20, 2020 at 10:00 am

Diverse diversions This week, my random things will all be things that can distract, amuse or entertain you while you’re self-isolating. Many of these things are found on the internet, as is my publication, so will be of no use to people who do not have an internet connection —Read More

Trident II D5 nuclear missile (Photo by Ronald Gutridge/US Navy)

Grasping ‘the Significance of the Weapon’

February 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

Never one to suffer subtlety gladly, or overpolish the written word, US President Donald J. Trump on January 3 ‘spoke’ to the world by tweet: an American flag, behind which, we soon learned, lay the body of Iranian General Qassam Suleimani (and seven other human beings), assassinated by drone inRead More

Photo of Dr. Margaret Fraser by Norma Jean MacPhee, CBC

Letter to the Editor: Something ‘Very, Very Wrong’ with CB Healthcare

January 8, 2020 at 12:45 pm

On December 23, amidst all the busyness leading up to Christmas Day, I was privileged to hear an outstanding interview broadcast on the national radio network of the CBC. The program was the public affairs daily The Current and the guest was the president of the Cape Breton Medical StaffRead More

Red dress, Potlotek First Nation, 9 June 2019

MMIWG: Two-Eyed Seeing

August 21, 2019 at 1:29 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here, the second here, the third here and the fourth here.   How might reclaiming the rightful “power andRead More

"Motherly love," painting/drawing by Dee-Jay Monika Rumbolt. MMIWG Gallery of Artistic Expressions https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists/motherly-love/

The Role of Indigenous Women

July 24, 2019 at 12:21 pm

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here, the second here and the third here.)   To show how Canada—and we in it—perpetrate genocide against Indigenous womenRead More

Illustrated London  News (ILN) 10 May 1919.

Give Peace in ‘Full Meaning’ a Chance?

July 10, 2019 at 11:21 am

Editor’s Note: The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 28 June 1919, five years to the day after an assassin’s bullet in Sarajevo sparked a global conflict claiming over 20 million lives. Sean Howard reflects on a momentous centenary receiving remarkably little political or media attention.    Mischief and MadnessRead More

"In My Heart," a tribute to all those who participated in the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls by Hermina Joldersma (Source: MMIWG https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists/in-my-heart/)

Relationships Are Sacred

July 10, 2019 at 11:19 am

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the conclusions of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) inquiry. You can read the first one here and the second here.)   Cassidy Bernard, a young mother died last fall in We’koqma’q (Whycocomagh). Last week,Read More