This is Canada’s moment to change the world

Declaring what China is doing to Uighurs genocide is a good first step. But will Canada follow through?

This is Canada’s moment to change the worldCanadian Parliament recently took a stand on a human rights issue as courageous as Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney’s opposition to South African apartheid in the 1980s and Stephen Harper’s apology for residential schools in 2008. On Feb. 22, by a vote of 266 to zero, the House of Commons voted to recognize China’s treatment…

Uyghur no-show symbolic of Trudeau’s hypocrisy, incompetence

His response to the Uyghur genocide motion stands out simply because it put all his hypocrisy on display at once

Uyghur no-show symbolic of Trudeau’s hypocrisy, incompetencePolitical failures usually come in one of two flavours. The first are acts that expose a gap between reality and the stories politicians tell about themselves. Sometimes this occurs when a politician’s criminality is exposed. But much more often, it is the banal things that display glaring hypocrisy and enrage voters. Remember Bev Oda? I…

Pull the 2022 Olympics out of China

Or are we prepared to hang a “For sale” sign on our values as a nation?

Pull the 2022 Olympics out of ChinaCanada must call on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics out of China. It won’t be the first time Canadian leadership on the world stage meant taking a risk to stand up for human dignity. In 1985, in a hallway outside the United Nations General Assembly, Brian Mulroney added a few…

Erin O’Toole statement regarding China’s genocide of the Uyghur

China is acting with the intent to destroy and they are leveraging the full weight of the government to do so

Erin O’Toole statement regarding China’s genocide of the UyghurMore than a million Uyghur men and women have been detained in a vast network of camps in northwestern China. The Communist state has acknowledged the existence of these camps, and claims they are used for the “re-education” of Uyghurs and other minorities. For years, the Chinese state has been destroying the graveyards and religious…

Time for Canada to stand up to China’s bullying

Our speak softly and carry a limp stick approach has had no effect other than to embolden Communist China

Time for Canada to stand up to China’s bullyingFor centuries, Arab states across North Africa made fortunes from piracy. Now in the 21st century, a new pirate state is taking prisoners and holding them for ransom. In the past, raiding the coasts of Spain and Italy, scouring the Mediterranean and ravaging into the Atlantic as far as Iceland, Barbary corsairs captured over a…

The return of the Armenian Genocide must be stopped

Putting the health of the people in the South Caucasus at risk puts us all at risk. Diseases spread and mutate rapidly in refugee camps

The return of the Armenian Genocide must be stoppedWhen teaching history, it’s rare that an issue more than 100 years old becomes a current events lesson, but that’s what happened as I began teaching about the Armenian Genocide. The Ottoman Empire is responsible for the death of 1.5 million Armenians, primarily under the cover of the First World War. The empire collapsed after…

China targets everyone in the world

The Communists have issued arrest warrants for six pro-democracy advocates living outside Hong Kong

China targets everyone in the worldIn a little noted move, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) flexed its imperial muscle – criminalizing criticism of it anywhere on the planet – by issuing an arrest warrant for U.S. citizen Samuel Chu, a pro-democracy advocate for Hong Kong. In fact, by publishing this op-ed, this media outlet and I are breaking CCP laws…

We can forgive but we should never forget

Regardless of how a survivor processes their trauma, simply speaking the truth is what’s most important

We can forgive but we should never forgetDuring the 2015 trial of former SS guard Oskar Groning, as presented in the documentary The Accountant of Auschwitz, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor forgave the man she was testifying against. The response to Kor’s statement was extremely varied. Some praised her, others were shocked and some even reacted with scorn. Forgiveness is one of the…

Don’t sacrifice truth for illusion of security

Very few people have ever had the freedoms Canadians enjoy today. May we always be mindful of this

Don’t sacrifice truth for illusion of securityLike many of my generation of German descent, I’ve had to grapple with an uncomfortable family history. Though I know he came to regret his decision, my grandfather was a member of the Nazi Party and was part of the populist movement that brought them to power. I could make excuses for his decision and…

Three generations of courage and commitment

When you search the name Henry Morgenthau, you find remarkable legacies left by three men of one extraordinary family

Three generations of courage and commitmentAs I examined the history of human rights in America, one name kept coming up: Henry Morgenthau. It turns out I was actually learning about three men: Henry Morgenthau Sr., Henry Morgenthau Jr. and Henry Morgenthau III, father, son and grandson. All of them spoke with courage and together advanced the cause of human rights…
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