National Newswatch

Is equity policy linked to NDP’s precarious grip on power?

Jul 19 2017 — Daphne Bramham — It only took a century, but for the first time there are as many women as men in British Columbia’s cabinet. The New Democrats were the first major party in the province’s history to have more female candidates than male. Although the electoral results suggest that voters are gender blind, the B.C. NDP’s two milestones […]

Seattle wants to tax the rich so the poor can afford to live there

Jul 13 2017 — Daphne Bramham — Amid the mansions of tech billionaires and millionaires, the luxury stores and upscale eateries, Seattle is having an existential crisis. There’s a deepening wealth gap and housing costs are soaring beyond the reach of many working people, including software engineers whose salaries average $120,000 a year (and those are U.S. dollars). And the question that’s […]

Christy Clark raises much and donates little

Jun 5 2017 — Daphne Bramham — There’s a glaring irony in the phrase “pay-to-play” when it comes to B.C. politics. While developers, oil companies, banks, unions and lobbyists clearly got the memo, B.C.’s fundraiser in chief apparently didn’t. Christy Clark helped raise $7.6 million for the B.C. Liberals in 2016. But the premier and party leader didn’t contribute a dollar of […]

How do secular societies strike a balance between religious and other rights?

May 8 2017 — Daphne Bramham — Where religious freedom begins and ends is increasingly bedevilling secular, pluralistic societies, including ours. Despite constitutions and charters of rights, no single freedom is absolute. Rights frequently overlap, and then jostle for supremacy. Determining which is more deserving falls to judges, who weigh the harms of one against the harms of another. That balancing is […]

Enter the dragon — How Kevin O’Leary wants to change Canada

Feb 11 2017 — Daphne Bramham — It’s likely that the 13 other candidates in the federal Conservative’s leadership race and the party’s 80,000-some members prefer to wait until after the May vote to declare a winner. But not Kevin O’Leary. He’s already moved on. During a 45-minute interview, he barely mentioned the leadership contest and he never once mentioned the names […]

As Vancouver fails to enforce prostitution laws, Trudeau government needs to declare its stance on legalizing sex work

Sep 30 2016 — Daphne Bramham — When the Criminal Code’s sections on prostitution were rewritten in 2014 the intent was to focus on the demand for sex services, in order to make prostitution a less risky proposition. The changes recognized for the first time that the right to safety included people engaged in the sex trade. It was a recognition forced […]

Facing up to the facts of climate change

Jun 8 2016 — Daphne Bramham — It’s hard to enjoy the unseasonably warm, spring temperatures without at least contemplating that maybe it’s not such a good thing that my geraniums bloomed all winter (as if Vancouver were some Californian outpost) and that local raspberries and blueberries are already in the markets, nearly a month ahead of schedule.

Minister says resettling Syrian refugees is a work in progress

Mar 20 2016 — Daphne Bramham — For two months, a two-bedroom Vancouver co-op unit has been sitting empty, $2,000 has been drained out of a private refugee sponsorship group’s hard-earned and generously given fund, and two months of a 12-month sublet burned through. The beds are made. Towels neatly folded. The children’s room is stocked with toys, books and clothes that […]

The Syrian refugees are here. Now what?

Mar 16 2016 — Daphne Bramham — Refugees are not like immigrants. They haven’t chosen to be where they’ve ended up. They didn’t have time to upgrade their skills, save their money, learn another language or pack all their favourites things before they fled. The stark truth is that, in a more perfect world, most of the nearly 14 million refugees registered […]