We commend some very positive steps by Canada toward global solidarity against COVID-19 but more are needed. And we remember a towering Canadian intellectual and former RI Board member, Mel Watkins.
It is time to align our scientific, economic, diplomatic and political resources to address the health, climate and nuclear dangers that threaten us all.
Canada should add its diplomatic voice to those already urging the USA to lift its sanctions on Iran for the duration of the pandemic and join with others in providing direct humanitarian assistance.
It’s time for Canada to make good on its UN peacekeeping promises with new military and civilian contributions to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali.
In light of the new ICC Afghanistan investigation, Prime Minister Trudeau should launch a long-overdue public inquiry into Canada’s policies and practices relating to the transfer of hundreds of detainees to Afghan authorities during Canada’s military mission in that country.
We call on Canada to demonstrate “strict adherence to the rule of law and respect for human rights” by taking an unequivocal stand against the illegal sanctioning of humanitarian goods.