But gestures, even apologies from a pontiff who has repeatedly demonstrated his genuine compassion for the brutal treatment of Indigenous people in other countries, will always have a material side if they are real. That part has to do with making good on promises to assist Indigenous communities and to help rebuild crumbling or non-existent infrastructure.
Despite racism and intolerance, Canada can become what David Pfrimmer describes as a meeting place where there is 'greater freedom to be more provocative and prophetic in its justice seeking, peace building and ecological initiatives.'
Any nuclear early warning system is at best a fool’s game.
Milk marketing boards help to create little islands of middle-class prosperity in the countryside that spin off into other areas of stability.
What makes a good war memorial? Is it simply an admonition to go to war 'Never Again,' or can we the pay the peace message forward in some way that will actually stop us from slaughtering yet another generation?
Scrupulously honest and intellectually explosive, he was a friend to many of us at The Hill Times for a quarter of a century.
With the divergence of Trump and Trudeau's refugee policies, the fallout from this 2002 deal is now far worse than its architects could ever have imagined.
Canada’s leaders must know that the resentments that led to the Trump victory are also present here. How we deal with them will be a test for the Trudeau government, a test we can’t afford to fail.