August 07, 2015 - 8:22 am
Compulsory arbitration? Bring it back
"A meaningful alternative to the use of the strike as a weapon of last resort"
There they go again. On strike.
On one side, there’s a clumsy, unprepared government employer that can barely communicate with itself, let alone the public.
On the other side, there’s an equally clumsy union whose members have spent the last three weeks hurling insults and libel at their fellow...
July 23, 2015 - 1:09 pm
A busy year for Mr. Clawback
"The federal government will pump a lot of money into your pocket this month. They also plan to take a lot of it back."
Even as the first cheques from the Conservative government’s beefed-up version of the Universal Child Care Benefit found their way into mailboxes across the country this July 20, Conservative MPs were sounding the alarm.
Some people aren’t signed up! Apply now!
Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, for...
July 08, 2015 - 3:50 pm
A celebration you say?
Does July 9 really stand for something worth celebrating?
This July 9, most Nunavut residents will mark the arrival of yet another Nunavut Day. Who knows? Some people might actually want to celebrate it.
It’s a great time to mingle with old friends and relatives and bond with your neighbours. In Iqaluit, the crowds will likely gather near the territory’s...
May 15, 2015 - 9:45 am
Good little Nunavut comes through
"Each side was able to cut its losses and declare victory — the best kind of compromise"
When conservative-minded federal governments need a win on an Aboriginal issue, they often turn to Nunavut.
In 1991 and 1992, in the aftermath of the Oka crisis and other upheavals, the Progressive Conservative government badly needed a demonstration of goodwill on an Aboriginal issue. Good little...
April 21, 2015 - 7:59 am
Nunavut must start earlier detection of cancer
"Too many people die before their time"
Nothing illustrates the Nunavut government’s negligent approach to the early detection of cancer better than this message: “No services were found in your area.”
That’s from the website of the Canadian Cancer Society. You’ll see it if you search an area of their site set up for people who want...
March 20, 2015 - 7:15 am
A gutsy move on language standardization
"We hope Nunavut residents will keep their minds open to the use of Roman orthography"
As the people of Nunavut contemplate the tarnished dream of April 1, 1999, it’s worth noting that not all is lost.
Just last week, we saw that when elected leaders make decisive use of the powerful instruments that the Nunavut project put into their hands, they can move on from the dithering and...
January 09, 2015 - 9:15 am
Nunavut needs a new social contract
"Those at the top are doing better and those at the bottom are doing worse."
Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq’s many detractors enjoyed a delightful month last November.
Their most pleasurable moments likely occurred after the airing of a televised documentary containing footage of people foraging for food at the Rankin Inlet dump. Some of that criticism was fair and some of it...