Indian Residential School Narratives and Media Complicity

I am sure you will find my article on Dr. Peter Bryce and the Indian Residential Schools at the beginning of the 20th century interesting and informative. The article demonstrates why we need a magazine like Humanist Perspectives to publish that which the establishment media is afraid to touch. Here is the link: Did the […]

The limits of “THE” science of public health

By Yves Gingras Historian and sociologist of science, UQAM Le Devoir, January 17th, 2022 The announcement of Horacio Arruda’s resignation as Quebec’s National Director of Public Health provides an opportunity to revisit the many criticisms of “THE” science to highlight alleged mistakes made at various times over the past two years. While it is to […]

Canada’s « fake news » of the year

The transition to the new year is a time for taking stock. It is a kind of unwritten tradition. We elect the personality of the year, we choose the event of the year. Of course, there is the sporting achievement of the year, the film of the year, the singer of the year. Parliamentary columnists […]

Open Letter to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ)

Concerning the Hijab Worn by Young Girls The controversy continues in the case of the photo of a little girl wearing the hijab, published on the cover of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). The very relevant letter from eminent pediatric surgeon, Dr Sherif Emil, entitled “Don’t use an instrument of oppression as a symbol […]

HIJAB IN SCHOOL

A CASE THAT ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR BILL 21 The author addresses Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh By Daniel Baril, President of Mouvement laïque québécois (MLQ) * La Presse+ , December 16th, 2021 The reassignment of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab to non-teaching duties in a Western Quebec school board […]

The coronavirus and freedom of expression

The following letter from a Vancouver lawyer representing a nurse facing discipline after speaking publically about regulations under the public health mandate to fight Sars-Cov-2 was discussed among members of the NEP board. We affirm the right to freedom of speech and assembly, and no employee should face discipline for voicing views contrary to those […]

Secularism and obscurantism

Jean-François Lisée Le Devoir, December 15, 2021 I found it long. Two years, before the opponents of the Loi sur laïcité de l’État (Bill 21) put a name, a face and a story to their arguments. It was written: as soon as a case was identified that could be made into a cause célèbre, the […]

Call to create an Academic Freedom Act

Marco Fortier, Le Devoir, December 15, 2021 An independent commission set up by Quebec’s Minister of Higher Education recommends the adoption of a law on academic freedom to protect professors from censorship and guarantee students’ “right to learn”. “All ideas and subjects without exception can be debated in a rational and argued manner within universities,” […]