Authentic action will include the public recognition that Canada is built on legislated racism, and the significant work to do better. We can’t have one without the other.
Indigenous demonstrators, pictured in Ottawa on Feb. 24, 2020. This is about the risks that Indigenous people face in driving while brown, walking down the street while brown, shopping while brown, being sick while brown. We don't want yet another study on racism, which will cost who knows how much time and money and no action, writes Rose LeMay. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—It’s been five years into reconciliation and there’s been a lot of talk and not enough action. It’s time to start naming performative action as the barrier to real change.
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House leaders continue to hold talks over the summer, but whether an agreement can be struck to get Conservatives on side with a recent call to allow remote voting in ‘exceptional circumstances’ remains to be seen.
Though late and largely unconvincing, the PM's testimony helps ensure the government’s points, rather than mere speculation, are litigated in the public square instead, says Garry Keller of StrategyCorp.