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Out of nothing, nothing comes: the lingering effects of racism in politics

By Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo      

The many implications of apartheid seriously maimed not just the physical bodies, but the souls of many South Africans. This is what happens when the people in power do not reflect the people they represent.

Children are pictured in a a ‘resettlement’ village in the former province of Natal, South Africa in January 1982. Millions of Black South Africans were forcibly resettled in such villages called Black ‘homelands’ as of 1948. The Bantu education system presented Blacks as 'sub-human beings incapable of assimilating civilization,' thereby excluding them from mainstream political, economic, and social life and advancement. Photograph courtesy of the United Nations

OTTAWA—“Out of nothing, nothing comes.” If this saying is true, as once asserted by former South Africa president Thabo Mbeki when giving an address in Ottawa on Historical Injustice in 1979, “then, it must follow that the future is formed and derives its first impulse in the womb of the present.”

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Guilbeault says feds ‘absolutely prepared’ to make tweaks to feds’ media aid package

News|By Beatrice Paez
Plus, the heritage minister says recommendations made by an expert broadcast review panel will be used to inform a forthcoming government bill, which he expects to table before the House rises this summer.

Feds eyeing ‘social-distancing’ measures in response to growing concerns over coronavirus outbreak, health official says

News|By Palak Mangat
Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne says there's no plan to repatriate those asking to be repatriated from Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Lead up to Buffalo Declaration ‘disingenuous’ to Alberta, national caucus, says Conservative MP Kusie

News|By Mike Lapointe
Pollster Nik Nanos called the release of the declaration 'a bit of a veiled threat, especially considering no one was given a heads up and it just came right out of the blue.'

‘A fundamental reset’: pollsters, Indigenous experts call for re-examination of feds’ approach to reconciliation

'There’s no solution here that gives the hereditary chiefs what they want that doesn’t blow the underpinnings of the Canadian regulatory process for reviewing infrastructure,' says pollster Greg Lyle.

MPs still figuring out feedback, as key decisions await Centre Block renovation project

The three-member working group set up by the House Board of Internal Economy in 2019 to oversee Centre Block’s renovation was disbanded with the last Parliament, and discussions are now underway on its successor.

American presidential election could define new U.S. envoy Aldona Wos’ time in Ottawa, say analysts

News|By Neil Moss
Aldona Wos is the second straight top Republican donor from a southern U.S. state that U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated as ambassador to Canada.

Prison watchdog calls for independent inquiry into death of sex worker

An independent investigation is necessary to avoid the risk of a ‘self-serving’ report from CSC and the Parole Board, says Ivan Zinger.

MPs to hold emergency debate on Teck’s decision to kill oilsands project

'The decision that was taken was a decision taken by Teck for its reasons,' says Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

Chinese ambassador touts Beijing’s coronavirus response in panel on Canada-China relations

Beijing's envoy to Canada also suggests that if Ottawa were to release Meng Wanzhou, the bilateral relationship would not only return to status quo, but would be brought to new heights.
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