In 2020, we need to think of a #UN for the 21st Century

In recent years, it has become commonplace to criticise the United Nations for failing to do enough to safeguard human rights or secure global peace – writes Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan The UN has not been effective in resolving major intractable issues whether Israel-Palestine, or more recent conflicts, like Syria, or the treatment of the Rohingya and Uighur peoples. The failure of the most...

Getting #Brexit done? – EU Reporter : EU Reporter

On Thursday (12 December) this week, the UK will hold what is widely considered to be its most momentous general election since 1979. An apparently stark choice faces the country: with the Conservatives, exit from the EU on 31 January 2020, and the prospect of the low-tax low spend ‘Singapore-on-Sea’ free market nirvana long desired by the most ardent Brexiteers; with Labour, the opposite:...

Christopher Labos: Apple Watch isn’t great as a medical device

FILE PHOTO: An Apple Store employee shows the new Series 5 Apple Watch during the preview of the redesigned and reimagined Apple Fifth Avenue store in New York, U.S., September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo Brendan McDermid / REUTERS Apple wants to get into health care and they’re betting heavily on their new Apple Watch. Previous versions, though, were a bit underwhelming. As...

Appreciation: A towering figure, George Springate truly was unique

George Springate sits on the stairs of his childhood home in Montreal's Pointe-St-Charles district in 1981. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette It is always hard to part with good friends, and at my stage in life, these departures are happening all the more frequently. The passing of George Springate last week saddened me very specially.We often hear that each one of us is unique — but if I can be...

Lise Ravary: Quebec and Alberta have much in common

Calgary city's skyline, as seen from the air above Spruce Meadows during the final day of the Masters tournament in Calgary, Alta., on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. "Alberta and Quebec share a unique can-do spirit, a sense of being different and a desire to run their affairs as they see fit," Lise Ravary writes. Lyle Aspinall / Postmedia News Alberta was named after Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter,...

Macpherson: Québec solidaire on the trail of the caribou

Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Gabriel Nadeau Dubois speaks during question period, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the legislature in Quebec City. Quebec Solidaire co-spokesperson Manon Masse, left, looks on. "Instead of trying to sustain its growth by moving toward the political centre, where the votes are, the Solidaires have chosen to compete with the PQ on the separatist fringe," Don...

The Right Chemistry: A tarantula bite won’t make you dance

Undoubtedly, being bitten by a tarantula is not a pleasant experience. Yet while it may cause some pain, it isn’t going to cause the victim to go into a dancing frenzy. Unless the victim believes that it will! That is just what happened in episodes of “tarantism” that broke out on a number of occasions between the 11th and 18th centuries in the province of Taranto in southern Italy. People...

Opinion: Let’s get with the times on high-speed trains

People walk on a platform to take a TGV (High Speed Train) at the Gare St-Charles station in Marseille, southern France , Thursday, June 12, 2014. Claude Paris / The Associated Press Via Rail has proposed to make trains faster and more frequent in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, add more stops, and have more track dedicated solely to passenger trains. Studies are underway. A good start, but we...

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed: Teachers’ challenge to Bill 21 sets good example

Bronwen Agnew holds up a sign at a rally that teachers organized against Bill 21 in Montreal Saturday, September 28, 2019 outside the Parc metro station. John Kenney / Montreal Gazette Teachers are so often among our first guiding lights. Many adults can think back to one or two teachers who had a profound impact on how we see the world. For me, it was my Grade 8 Enriched English teacher, Mrs....