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Political leaders should stop turning blind eye to atrocities affecting children in conflict zones

By David Morley      

The very norms and standards to protect children—foundational to universal accords of war, conflict, and human rights—are being defied with near impunity. 

Families fleeing escalating violence in northeast Syria continue to arrive in Tal Tamar. At least 160,000 people have been displaced due to fighting, mainly from north Syria. Nearly 70,000 of them are children. © UNICEF/UNI216990/Souleimain/AFP-Services

Twenty-four thousand. That’s the number of children killed or maimed in conflicts in 2018. This is the highest number ever reported by the UN since it began monitoring the six grave violations affecting children nearly 15 years ago.  

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‘Natural attrition’ can absorb most jobs in fossil fuel industry in managed phase-out, says economist

News|By Beatrice Paez
Most of the job losses would be concentrated in 18 communities in Western Canada, according to the report, with Wood Buffalo, Alta., where Fort McMurray is located, and Estevan, Sask., expected to be hit hardest.

Trudeau’s cabinet shuffle yet another indication Liberals ‘clearing the decks’ for a spring election, say political watchers

News|By Abbas Rana
One of the jobs of a minority government is to look for an opportunity to win a majority government, says Liberal strategist David Herle.

Conservatives need to chart ‘uniquely Canadian’ vision of party in wake of Capitol Hill riot, say political players

News|By Mike Lapointe
'Mr. O'Toole needs to have a 'blanket position that is against violence, that is in favour of law and order, and in favour of stable democracy,' according to leading pollster Nik Nanos.

Pandemic election bill far from the finish line, as talk of spring vote continues

PM Trudeau says he doesn’t want an election. ‘Prove it,’ says ex-chief electoral officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley. 

As Ford declares second state of emergency, some federal Ontario MPs say situation at ‘critical point,’ looking for more clarity

News|By Mike Lapointe
The Ontario provincial government has declared a second state of emergency in the wake of spiraling cases of the pandemic.

With Trump leaving and Biden taking over as U.S. president, ‘stars aligned’ for Canada on having a ‘stable, experienced partner,’ say politicos

News|By Abbas Rana
Newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden will face a number of daunting challenges, including uniting a divisive America, and the best way to do that is to tackle the economy and the COVID-19 pandemic raging in the U.S.

Prisoners owed ‘remedy’ for harsh conditions in prisons amid COVID, says watchdog

The government is facing class-action lawsuits and a constitutional challenge based on the conditions thousands of prisoners are being kept in that advocates describe as similar to solitary confinement.

Trudeau’s mini-shuffle a ‘game of dominoes,’ say politicos

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The changes weren’t made in a vacuum, says Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

100 days in, Greens’ leader Paul says she’s close to homing in on where to run

News|By Beatrice Paez
Mobilizing younger voters, especially millennials, would be a 'political windfall' for the Greens, especially in ridings where left-leaning voters have a say in the outcome, says Nik Nanos.
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