While Canada is in many ways a model, we are by no means immune to worrisome trends emerging in Europe and the United States. In November, a spike in hateful vandalism hit our nation’s capital, with targeted institutions including a Jewish community centre, several synagogues, a mosque, and a church.
Currently, Canada is the only G7 country without specific measures in place to protect genetic information. This means that Canadians could be forced to take genetic tests or disclose test results detailing their most personal information—their DNA. They could, in turn, be discriminated against because of their genes.
The SIP is more than a government program. It’s an investment in the long-term well-being of Canada’s diverse communities, a means of crime prevention, and a statement that those targeted for hate are not alone.
Diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions proved effective in bringing Iran to the negotiating table on the nuclear file and are the best way to impel Iranian compliance on multiple fronts, writes Shimon Fogel.