Al Pope

Afghan torture: Please, Canada, follow the story

Globe and Mail parliamentary reporter Jane Taber reports this week that "After days and days of endless queries around the transfers of prisoners by Canadian soldiers, opposition interest is dwindling.

no family planning please were canadian

According to the Scotsman newspaper, Third World women "face as great a risk of death in childbirth as British mothers-to-be 100 years ago.

indigenous poverty a third world in your backyard

According to a report from the Public Health Agency of Canada, First Nation Canadians are 31 times more likely to contract tuberculosis than nonnatives. Shocking as this figure is, it's far worse for Inuits, at a factor of 186.

Forget the podium who owns the House?

According to the polling firm Ekos, the Harper Conservatives enjoyed a brief "Olympics bounce" of 10 per cent over the Liberals in the wake of the gold medal hockey game.

A live and let live place

The Guild Theatre in Whitehorse is currently presenting The Laramie Project, a deeply moving and disquieting piece of theatre. It's a documentary drama about the reaction of the town of Laramie, Wyoming, to a brutal hate crime.

the yukon legislature recycling in action

Last October, Yukon independent MLA John Edzerza crossed the floor to join the governing Yukon Party, amid much speculation - and as many denials - that he had been promised some kind of plum.

The book is dead, long live the e book

Last month, Apple Computer Inc. released its latest gadget, the iPad. A touch-screen computer that can slip easily into an average sized shoulder bag, it serves as a portable e-mail device, an internet browser, a movie viewer and an e-book reader.

dog laws a tale of three communities

Trevor, the Yukon's most famous dog, is looking for a home. Trevor is the shepherd-Rottweiler cross who made national headlines last year when the Yukon Supreme Court granted him a stay of execution after his third biting conviction.

no more bees … no more man

In 2007 beekeepers in the US reported that 30 per cent of their worker bees were disappearing from the hives. When they compared notes, France and Ireland were having the same problem. Soon the reports were coming from all over the world.

disaster relief american style send in the marines

In the wake of the disastrous earthquake that struck Haiti last week, people all over the world are offering what help they can. Private donors, NGOs, and governments are all demonstrating that great emergencies bring great humanitarian efforts.

With sisters like these …

On April 20, 2008, about 100 farmers in China's Yunnan Province gathered to protest and record the appropriation of their land by a government-owned mining company. Yunnan police opened fire on the farmers, killing one and seriously injuring six others.

yes mr. prime minister

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave his first televised interview since deciding to prorogue Parliament for the second time in a year.

a warm christmas tale

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful, cold country, where all the Christmases were white, and all the children were good. As well as being cold and beautiful, the country was also very rich, and lots of people lived happy comfortable lives.

Afghan torture: the evidence mounts

In the weeks since Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin's stark testimony on the transfer of Afghan detainees into the hands of known torturers, opposition parties have demanded explanations, called for a public inquiry, and questioned the honesty of senior c

Harper’s performance review: a perfect score

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper released his latest economic statement. Announcing an end to recession in Canada, Harper praised himself and his government for their success in slaying the economic crisis and putting Canada back to work.

conservatives fear a rock solid diplomat

In a poll conducted by Harris Decima this week, 51 per cent of respondents believed that during 2006 and 2007 the government of Canada sanctioned the transfer of Afghan prisoners into the likelihood of torture, and then suppressed diplomatic reports that

The asbestos lobby: exporting a lurking death

According to the Globe and Mail, asbestos is now killing more Canadians than ever before. Mesothelioma, "an aggressive cancer linked to asbestos" is on the increase in Canada, and we can expect this trend to continue for some years to come.

afghanistan today no more excuses

Last week, Sapper Steven Marshal became the 133rd Canadian soldier to die on duty in Afghanistan. He joins 1,428 soldiers from the so-called "coalition forces" who have lost their lives fighting in the Afghan war.

young canadians protest greens grab spotlight

This Monday a group of protesters interrupted Question Period in Canada's House of Commons.

And they call it democracy

On July 5, Isis Obed Murillo Mencias was shot to death by police in Tegucigalpa while peacefully demonstrating against the Honduran military coup. He was 19.