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The Indigenous Beat

Every barrel has bad apples

I’m staring at a report about a former Anishinabek Nation chief being sentenced to 60 days in jail for his part in a scheme that defrauded his band of almost $3 million. This type of news always evokes a mixture of emotions in me.

'Tis not the season to be critical

It’s hard to be critical at Christmas. Especially so if your regular job involves writing things that don’t always cast people in the best possible light.

Wampum belt like beaded poppy

It's important that we put to good use that two minutes of silence we observe at 11 o'clock each Remembrance Day. It's not a lot of time for us to sacrifice, considering what thousands of men and women wearing uniforms gave up.

Big Wally and the Canadian Tire caper

Beach sand is a lot like Christmas tree needles – it stays in your stuff forever.

Seeing things differently not so bad

Different people just see things differently. It’s so simple, yet so complicated...and so divisive.

Library will have lots to say about Mike Harris

They say it would be a strange world if everybody held the same opinions, but it can also be pretty weird when we don’t.

Diary of an eldery demonstrator

THURSDAY, APRIL 22, 2010 8.30 a.m. -- Get out of taxi at north side of Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park ; notice wooden barricades, scaffolding surrounding the pinkish sandstone structure.

But I'm not aboriginal!

National Aboriginal Day is itself an example of how the very peoples it is supposed to honour are so often misrepresented.

Trying to own a piece of history

Nobody owns history. But that never stops people from trying. History is often seen by ambitious or greedy people as a commodity, rather than a record of the past that belongs to all of us.

Freedom not really about geography

I spent some time in jail in December – just a couple of hours, actually. An invitation had been extended by a group of inmates at a minimum security facility in central Ontario.