Society

Kutupalong Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. (Photo by John Owens, VOA, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

The Rohingya Horror

March 21, 2018 at 11:21 am

The Rohingya, whom most of us had probably never heard of before their plight began to be shared via TV and newspapers around the world, are “the world’s most persecuted minority,” according to  Al Jazeera. They are an ethnic group, largely Muslim, that has lived for centuries in the majorityRead More

The Ethicist: Taking Cartesian Dualism Too Far?

The Ethicist: Taking Cartesian Dualism Too Far?

March 14, 2018 at 9:36 am

Last month, I discussed Descartes’ thought experiment and its sharp separation between mind and body. This month, I want to look at a bizarre and ethically troubling proposal that arises as a consequence of this way of understanding ourselves: the head transplant operation that Italian physician Dr. Sergio Canavero claims thatRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

March 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

Equalize this Developments on the equalization front this week must be gratifying to the stalwart members of Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness (NSEF), a CBRM-based advocacy group that has been meeting monthly to discuss the issue of municipal financing for 15 long years. Against the backdrop of budget discussions, whichRead More

President Donald J. Trump addresses service members during a Troop Talk at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Nov. 5, 2017. During his talk, Trump highlighted the importance of the U.S. – Japan alliance in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Juan Torres

Trump’s Nuclear Posturing: More Weapons, Less Control

March 7, 2018 at 12:34 pm

On February 2, the United States released its first Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) since the 2010 study commissioned by then-President Barack Obama. The Obama NPR disappointed many disarmament advocates in its doctrinal timidity – it failed to declare the US would never use nuclear weapons first, and only ever use themRead More

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

Seeking a Sustainable Future, One Interview at a Time

February 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

Cape Breton writer Silver Donald Cameron’s latest undertaking, The Green Interview, is an ever-growing collection of videotaped interviews with “thinkers, writers and observers whose ideas and perceptions are leading the way to a new era of sustainability.” Cameron interviews people who would be considered Green Royalty if the kind of peopleRead More

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot Shows Promise

February 28, 2018 at 12:34 pm

Perhaps one of Charles Dickens’ most famous lines was Oliver Twist’s “Please sir, I want some more.” First published in monthly installments from February 1837 to April 1839, Oliver Twist was pretty much an attack on Britain’s Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834. As G.K. Chesterton wrote in an introductionRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

February 23, 2018 at 10:30 am

Eating (some) crow I received a detailed response to last week’s Fast & Curious from CBC Cape Breton Information Morning panelist Stephen Tobin of the Horizon Achievement Centre. He took issue (see what I did there?) with my critique of his list of Nova Scotia mayors who remained in office whileRead More

United Nations headquarters interior, NYC. (Photo by Madison Goodliffe)

Front Row Seat: A CBU Student at the UN

February 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

This past fall, I boarded a one-way flight to New York City with two outrageously sized suitcases, a backpack and a yoga mat. I had a faint idea about what I would be doing in the Big Apple, but nothing could have prepared me for what lay ahead in theRead More

Ideas You Didn’t Know You Had: Who Are You?

Ideas You Didn’t Know You Had: Who Are You?

February 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

There is a common type of case study presented in many bioethics textbooks. It concerns a person (usually a woman, for some reason) who is suffering from somewhat advanced dementia. She is often described as having been someone who was highly intelligent, who had a professional career in which sheRead More

The Poor We Have Always With Us?

The Poor We Have Always With Us?

February 14, 2018 at 12:06 pm

First, some numbers: according to Statistics Canada, in 2016, Canadian households spent, on average, $8,784.00 on food, 26% of that on restaurant meals. In Nova Scotia last year, a single woman on social assistance received $532.00 for housing, $275.00 as a personal allowance and $36.00 for drugs, medical and transportation.Read More