Parker Barss Donham

Dec 2, 2001

My Last Column

Suddenly I find myself a former journalist, having, as CBC's Canada Now put it, "retired" from journalism to take a government PR job. This is known in the trade as "crossing over to the dark side",
Nov 25, 2001

The Last Days of Coal

While the end of coal and steel is a liberating event for Cape Breton's economy, it doesn't lessen the impact felt by those left behind after the shutdown of Cape Breton's last coal mine Friday.
Nov 21, 2001

Tinkering Won't Fix Bill C-36

Canadian governments no longer execute people, but aside from that, the main difference between Bush's decree and Attorney General Anne McLellan's anti-terrorism bill is one of scope: Bush's decree a
Nov 14, 2001

Murky, Messy Democracy

With so many reporters and editors tied up covering the aftermath of September 11, these media giants could spare no one to assemble the National Opinion Research Center's data into news stories that
Nov 11, 2001

The Secret of the Missing Mail

Customers who were kept in the dark for a week and a half about their missing mail can be forgiven for suspecting Canada Post was less concerned about timely service than about preventing the job act
Nov 4, 2001

Trampling Rights Won't Topple Terror

A realistic war against terror will make more use of architects, engineers, urban planners, sociologists, computer scientists, and psychologists than police. As a society, we need to think in an orga
Oct 28, 2001

The Rush to Pass Extreme Legislation

A parade of expert witnesses are wary of the Chrétien government's anti-terrorism bill, which would allow police to arrest and detain persons suspected of crimes that haven't even taken pl
Oct 24, 2001

Stripped Of Their Rights

Civilized societies regard security of the person as a fundamental value worthy of stringent protection. That's why police in free societies can't arbitrarily search large numbers of people on mere s
Oct 17, 2001

Sacrificing Civil Liberties

Beware of people who try to use the September 11 barbarities as an excuse to push agendas that wouldn't stand the light of day when people were thinking more clearly.
Oct 14, 2001

War Is No Time to Stifle Dissent

Like the estimated deaths of 500,000 Iraqi women and children attributed to the U.S.-led sanctions against their country, the bombing of Afghanistan may contribute to a human calamity that will nurtu
Oct 10, 2001

Time for Smokers to Butt Out

Health planners constantly stress the need to move away from illness care toward disease prevention and the promotion of healthy habits. Since research implicates smoking in so many diseases, it's an
Sep 30, 2001

Salvaging Sydney's Economy

Until recently, neither Ottawa nor the province had shown much interest in port development, insisting their respective piers would be sold to the highest bidders. The imminent collapse of the Truro-
Sep 26, 2001

Can George W. Bush Resist War?

By arresting Osama bin Laden and subjecting him to trial by an international court, the United States would retain the moral high ground Islamic extremists surrendered with the World Trade Center att
Sep 23, 2001

Calling It a War Won't Help

Aside from its moral reprehensibility, the notion of bombing Afghanistan back to the stone age, with or without nukes, has an obvious practical drawback: it's been done.
Sep 19, 2001

Ottawa Risks Lives on Water

On Sunday night, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and federal fisheries officers stood helplessly by as fifty-five white fishing boats raided the tiny lobster zone allocated to the Esgenoopetitj First N
Sep 16, 2001

Finding Security in an Age of Terror

With careful thought, additional steps can be found to eliminate the danger of terrorists reprising Tuesday's attacks. The important thing is to concentrate on concrete steps directly focused on the
Sep 9, 2001

Questionable Tactics

The average Nova Scotian has no deeper appreciation of the delicate balancing act required for successful collective bargaining than their Premier has. This summer, affection for nurses and other hea
Sep 5, 2001

Racism, at Home and Abroad

Matthew Coon Come's comments at the UN conference on racism, though provocatively phrased, were accurate. Canadian natives have been assigned to tiny reserves that constitute a minute fraction of the
Sep 2, 2001

Premier Sabotages Labour Inquiry

Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm and his government have embarked on a series of decisions and announcements that seem almost calculated to send an inquiry into the state of industrial relations in Nova


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