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Stories by Rose Lemay

Instead of fining the unvaccinated, let’s fine the politicians who fan the flames

Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Fine any politician who fans the flames of disinformation. Make it count, a fine of $25,000 a pop, and it can’t be covered by the salaries paid by taxpayers. The public good relies on non-partisan expertise.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
The threat to human rights under Bill 21 for some Quebecers is an alarming issue that demands the attention and support of Indigenous peoples.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Indigenous peoples can’t even gather together to voice their demands for better treatment, without getting an alarmed response from the federal government and the RCMP.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Our existence is our resistance. And yet, some want to be like us.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
This is not a 'Liberal' platform or a federal issue. Reconciliation is the responsibility of every political leader and elected official, at every level in this country.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
With a First Nations Elder, an Inuit Elder and a Métis Elder operating in a Circle, it might bring some humility into the office, a longer-term perspective than just the next amazing announcement. It would be an incredib
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Reconciliation is not superficial lip service, nor is it led by the federal government. It is about changing hearts and minds and about changing the federal government from the inside out.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Every single MP, come Sept. 21, should be scheduling in their first trip to the nearest residential school search for unmarked graves, and every single MP should be in an Indigenous community on Sept. 30.
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Opinion|By Rose LeMay
There are few signs that this election about nothing will improve the representativeness of the House, or the discourse within it.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
The bodies of children are still being discovered near residential school sites, but after a few tears and warm words, little has been done or said to keep the issue in the spotlight.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Church leaders need to be prosecuted. The Catholic Church needs to pay its reparations. The federal government needs to dismantle the Department of Indian Affairs.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
The muted and negative responses in Quebec about Mary Simon’s appointment as Canada's Governor General are somewhat galling, and here’s why.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Sector leaders and CEOs wondering what to say this Canada Day? Don’t shy away from real leadership. It’s time to reflect on the emotional reaction of Canadians and of employees. It’s time to take a stand.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
It’s time for Canadians to let go of the lines that residential schools were run by 'the federal government,' or 'it was the Catholic Church.' Absolutely, they certainly committed some serious horrors.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
But the federal government continues its passive aggressive resistance to the truth.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Quebec's Bill 96 is an affront to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and efforts to protect Indigenous languages in the province.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Here’s hoping that this 2021 AFN election is all about rebuilding for balance.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
When a political leader refuses to represent all Canadians in her or his riding, what should be the consequence?
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
We need chief public health officers and elected politicians to do consistent communication and action against this threat to our collective safety. If there was a national approach, we might get through this together.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Take heed, political party leaders. Indigenous peoples, Black Canadians, and people of colour are now more than 26 per cent of Canada’s population. We will not be dismissed any longer.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Public health leaders need to understand the implications of relying on a flawed database and its colonial roots. There is no alternative until First Nations determine our own ways of building and recognizing community, based in our own values and knowledge systems.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
When hand-washing is our best defence in the midst of a pandemic, the federal government chose to stall its work on clean water for a portion of its citizens. The pandemic is the reason this file stalled?
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
François Legault's fight against 'wokeness' and social advocacy isn’t about academic freedom. It’s about a small group of white people refusing to change or hear about any other lived experience.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Harmony Johnson recently led a team to review complaints of racism in health care in British Columbia, and the resulting report should be mandatory reading for all Canadians.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
The prime minister and most premiers will not take political risk to protect those who most need it most. Some leaders don’t believe it’s really a problem, some don’t see it as an urgent enough issue.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
We can be horrified by the actions of those among us, by systems that perpetuate racism, and by the people who uphold the system, to white supremacists in our midst.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Indigenous peoples face a much higher risk of most diseases, and much higher risks for COVID-19. One of the largest factors contributing to this inequity today, is the historic racism which denied health care outright.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Five years into reconciliation, and the government hasn’t added reconciliation nor personal learning for cultural competence as basic knowledge requirements in job descriptions nor performance reviews.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
Iqaluit, which is a Canadian capital city, lacks stable electricity, its power is diesel-based and has to be shipped in, and it doesn't have a stable water source. The next first ministers conference should be held here.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
This is a failed institution built with archaic structures that protect internal wrongdoing, including racism against Indigenous peoples and deaths of citizens at the hands of police.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
The federal government has convened an emergency meeting on racism against Indigenous peoples in the health-care system. It’s a start. But it has to do the serious internal work to fully understand unconscious bias.
Opinion|By Rose LeMay
When we discuss the challenges facing Indigenous peoples, we also need to reflect on the resilience of Indigenous peoples because we have some serious work to do to ensure we don’t lose another Indigenous life to racism.
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