Columns and Letters

Letter: LTE

June 9, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I’ll tell you what’s been on my mind...Canada. An elder once told me to make things clear; the provincial and federal governments do not represent Indigenous peoples, but their own constituents (their voters). Minister Jordan is a prime example. Every day that passes by, the more I’m beginning to believe it.
    We still have First Nation communities across this country without clean drinking water. Mind you these first nation communities never actually resided on those lands, but were forcefully put there at the government’s expense to be out of sight.
    We still have DFO harassing and stealing our fishermen/women’s gear right from the water as they attempt their own moderate livelihood. Mind you we have treaties in place that allow us to a moderate livelihood. It’s slowly transitioning to “our right to fish” to the commercial fishermen’s “right to conservation.” Their right. Don’t be upset with us, we signed these treaties along with your ancestors.

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Column: China and Climate: Thank you Chairman Mao

June 9, 2021

-by Gwynne Dyer
    There is a great anomaly in China’s modern history, but it isn’t the late, unlamented one-child policy. That is endlessly discussed and debated as if it really mattered, while China’s three lost decades of economic growth and their unintended consequences for the climate crisis go almost unmentioned.
    There was great excitement among journalists last week when China announced its new three-child policy. Some even dared to ask why, if changing the one-child policy to a two-child policy in 2016 did nothing to fix the plunging birth-rate, does Beijing now think it can solve the problem by letting the people who already didn’t  want a second kid try for three instead?

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