I work in a government agency responsible for responding to prisoner complaints, and investigating human rights violations in Canada’s federal prisons. I was inspired to write this post after one of my recent visits to a correctional facility. There, I met with a young man who decided that he wanted to end his life. There … Continue reading Criminal Justice and the Principle of Dignity
Multiple events held our attention over this past week: tensions between the United States and Iran were at an all time high; an executive order to assassinate a top Iranian official was carried out by the United States; and a Boeing jetliner headed for Ukraine crashed shortly after takeoff, just outside of Tehran, killing all … Continue reading 63 Stories That Could Enrich Our Views on Immigration & Diversity
On the heals of the recent and tragic shooting in Toronto, the two questions that seem to immediately enter our minds are “Who?” and “Why?” These are reasonable questions to ask as they stem from hope; hope that if we can resolve the who and the why, we might then be able to prevent future … Continue reading Gun Violence in Canada: A Fact Check
In 2013, Cameron described the transformation of Canada's immigration and refugee policies under the Trudeau government that culminated in the passing of the Immigration Act in 1976 (Cameron, 2013). Some of the changes that characterized this Act included "the principle of admission to Canada on humanitarian grounds and a provision for private sponsorship of refugees." Cameron goes on to demonstrate, in … Continue reading The Iranian Baha’i Refugee Program: A Case Study in Canadian Hospitality
O Canada. O Dear Canada. I have so much to thank you for. You opened your doors to my family when our homeland had rejected us. You were patient as we learned your culture, your rules, and your confusing government forms. You afforded us equal opportunities to engage in business, to further our education, to … Continue reading O Canada. O Dear Canada.