Connecting remote northern communities to the outside world at a bearable cost and in a way that’s acceptable to northern residents has bedeviled generations. In recent years, especially, politics has often gotten in the way of and diverted attention from practical solutions. Something needs to be done, however. Josh Dehaas reports on a new way of using older technology that could, if it works, revolutionize northern transportation, doing for 21st century Indigenous residents what the canoe, kayak and bush plane did for their forebears.
Author: Josh Dehaas
Closing the gender gap, breaking the glass ceiling and achieving pay equity are well-worn buzzwords denoting social engineering obsessions across many fields. They often fall short, however, without the imposition of hiring quotas. The RCMP finds itself facing this dilemma. While decades of coaxing have brought several thousand females into its ranks, Josh Dehaas’s research reveals the gentle approach has stopped moving the needle. For now at least, the RCMP and its female Commissioner are sticking stoutly to merit in hiring.
Earth Day triggered the usual round of apocalyptic warnings and crazed publicity stunts, this time accompanied by the sad sight of schoolchildren warning adults that the world is doomed and today’s kids are destined for an early death. The facts, however, speak powerfully in the opposite direction, writes Josh Dehaas. He too endured eco-brainwashing as a schoolkid but eventually grew out of it, living proof the affliction is survivable.
Dalhousie University interim president Peter MacKinnon is a rare bird – a blue-chip member of the Canadian academic establishment who is standing up for free expression against campus social justice bullies. The mob is trying to get him fired, writes Josh Dehaas, because of the politically incorrect opinions expressed in his new book University Commons Divided. But MacKinnon has the stature and courage needed to take them on and, perhaps, the ideas needed to restore true academic freedom on the nation’s university campuses.
Canadians got a glimpse inside the country’s racially segregated justice system this fall when they learned that one of the perpetrators of a hideous child rape-murder had been quietly transferred from a prison to an Aboriginal “healing lodge”. The public outcry forced Ottawa to put Terri-Lynne McClintic back behind bars, but raised all kinds of questions about Canada’s efforts to reduce the “overrepresentation” of Aboriginal Canadians in jail. The obvious big one is, are they working. And the answer, reports Josh Dehaas, is no.
What a year 2015 was for female political empowerment! Women ruled the big provinces of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, and feminist Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a majority government promising a gender-equal cabinet. When asked why, Trudeau imperiously replied, “Because it’s 2015”. It felt like the dawn of a Gelded Age – until Donald Trump, Andrew Scheer, Jagmeet Singh, Patrick Brown and a bunch of other men defeated women in high-profile electoral contests. The male resurgence climaxed in Ontario’s just-passed election with the crushing defeat of Kathleen Wynne by the big lug Doug Ford. As the Liberal campaign tanked Wynne’s team tried to play the gender card, writes Josh Dehaas, but it was a bust.