Colin Alexander

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Colin Alexander was publisher of the Yellowknife News of the North and the advisor on education for the Ontario Royal Commission on the Northern Environment. He lives in Ottawa and has family living in Nunavut.

Most Recent Articles by Colin Alexander:

Canada’s dumbed-down education system—A social and economic disaster

Jan 13, 2017 — Colin Alexander

Canada’s dumbing down of education never rests. In Ottawa, there’s a debate over whether gifted students should all be educated together, or instead stuck with ones whose interests and aptitude lie elsewhere.

Why’s it necessary to consider whether students learning calculus should be schooled with ones who can’t tell the product of 11 x 12?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as accessory to Aboriginal suicides

Oct 16, 2016 — Colin Alexander

It may seem over the top to denounce Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett as accessories to death. But let’s wake them up! The PM lives by the $500 gourmet dinner on the prime-ministerial airplane, daily photo-ops and acceptance of the ritual headdress from the Tsuut’ina First Nation near Calgary. But like President Obama’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, what’s Trudeau been doing for Aboriginals to justify the honour?

Young people are dying while Trudeau and Bennett shilly-shally. I name them, therefore, as accessories responsible, by implication even criminally, for the recent death by suicide of three girls, aged between 12 and 14, of the Lac La Ronge First Nation in northeast Saskatchewan.

First off, there’s the principle of command responsibility, normally applicable for war crimes but also for anyone holding a senior position of personal or corporate trust. Inherent in the Canadian government’s relationship with Aboriginal peoples there’s still a paternal responsibility. Trudeau more than any previous Prime Minister has gone out of his way to affirm the government’s duty of care, and he’s in command.

Canada’s Apartheid Budget for Aboriginals

Mar 22, 2016 — Colin Alexander

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first budget departs obscenely from his Mandate letter to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett: “We committed to provide more direct help to those who need it… No relationship is more important to me and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples.”

It’s equally impossible to relate it to what he said to world leaders when grandstanding in Davos:

What refugees cost for a family of five: But what about our own people?

Dec 28, 2015 — Colin Alexander

Do refuges get more than our own people in need? Yes! Some are in hotels and getting $61 per day for food. But someone on welfare in Ontario gets just $10 per day to cover food, clothing and everything except accommodation. And tens of thousands of Aboriginal children live in conditions like what refugees are leaving, in remote settlements under boil-water advisory.

Without even considering the immense relocation costs, for 25,000 refugees here’s a pro forma for the annual ongoing costs for a family with three children of school age moving to Ontario:

  • Accommodation—$16,000
  • Cash spending allowance—18,000 (90% more than Ontario welfare recipients get)
  • Schooling for children—36,000 (provincial average per student x 3)

  • Health care—30,000 (provincial average per person x 5)
  • Total annual cost per family $100,000