Workplace Sexual Harassment: The Canadian Context

Sanya Ramnauth In the wake of a series of high-profile sexual misconduct allegations that have emerged across the United States, the issue of sexual harassment has been brought to the forefront of discussions about gender inequality. This issue is not isolated within the U.S.; it touches the daily experiences of women across the world, ranging…

Diversity and Rights: The Evolution of Pluralism

Niha Shahzad Canada is often lauded by other countries for its policies on equality and diversity. In 1986, the UN even awarded the Nansen Award to the people of Canada for their constant contribution to the cause of refugees, the only time the award was given to a nation. But the panel on equity and…

Building a Wall: Germany and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment

Wir schaffen das. We can do it. So said Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding the decision to allow over a million asylum-seekers into Germany. However, the last German election in September 2017 saw the collapse of her governing coalition, and the rise of the far-right, anti-immigrant AfD (Alternative for Germany). The recent failure of coalition talks…

The Challenges of The Safe Third Country Agreement

Matthew Plouffe Recent issues surrounding restrictive immigration and refugee practices in the United States have led to a surge in irregular border crossings into Canada within the past year. This has caused increased concern amongst Canadian policy-makers and ignited a discussion about the dominant policy shaping U.S.-Canada border crossing, the Safe Third Country Agreement. The…

The Digital Role of the State

Most government websites are riddled with design flaws that prioritize endless amounts of text and hyperlinks over functionality and usability. Instead of finding what they need or completing a task quickly and simply, most users experience conflicting information, rampant accessibility issues, and confusing layouts and features. This raises the question of why online interactions with…

Upholding Human Rights Through Public Policy – November 29th, 2017

Good morning subscribers and thanks for tuning in to another edition of the Morning Brief! This week we turn our attention to the connection (or sometimes, disconnect) between public policy and human rights. The articles below demonstrate that for public policy to be truly just, human rights must be placed at its centre, rather than…