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Let’s not double down on the nanny state

The virus may be “natural” but governments have made the crisis. Although the circumstances are new, says Queen’s University law professor, Bruce Pardy, the pattern is not: the larger the welfare state, the more it stands in the way of well being. Don’t double down: turn around.

China’s Chernobyl moment

More than one hundred China experts and senior political figures have signed an open letter describing the Chinese Communist Party government’s cover up of COVID-19 as “China’s Chernobyl moment.” The group of signatories, who include some of the world’s leading authorities on Chinese politics, law, and modern history, say that the Chinese government’s rule by fear endangers Chinese citizens—and the world. 

That pipeline again

What’s the difference between the 2018 Federal Court of Appeal decision to quash federal approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion and the FCA’s 2020 decision to uphold cabinet’s approval of the project? The heroes and villains have changed places. Read between the lines with legal expert Andrew Roman.

Deng Xiaoping in 1989

On the 30th anniversary of Beijing’s June 4, 1989, Tiananmen Square massacre, Probe International Fellow, environmental activist and China’s best-known investigative journalist, Dai Qing, delves deeper into the events leading up to and following the shocking and brutal crackdown that rocked a country on the brink of massive political reform and social change. A book that works as a retrospective documentary in affect, Deng Xiaoping in 1989 challenges the black-and-white dichotomies of “autocracy vs. democracy” and “government vs. students,” including correspondence from military generals who opposed the crackdown, soldiers’ experiences and eyewitness accounts of the “Tank Man,” the unidentified protester who stared down a column of tanks rolling through Tiananmen Square the morning after troops had opened fire on thousands of civilians – an iconic image of resistance since immortalized as a global symbol of pro-democracy protest.

Asset Recovery in OGP: Peer-learning on recovery, return and monitoring – lessons from the field

The 6th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit begins this week in Ottawa. Probe International’s Patricia Adams will moderate a discussion on identifying good practices and challenges in assets return and the promotion of peer-learning in assets recovery and monitoring. Organized by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and the MacArthur Foundation.