With gratitude and sadness, the Group of 78 acknowledges the passing of Patrick Watson, one of the “original 78” who signed the statement to the Prime Minister on Canadian foreign policy in 1981 that led to the creation of our Organization. Patrick Watson was a pioneering icon of Canadian broadcasting whose creativity and views were an invaluable contribution to Canadian public life over more than 50 years. The Group of 78 is grateful that the vision he shared with others 40 years ago is still strong and active today. We offer our condolences to his family.
April 22, 2014 – Roy Culpeper – Comments in Globe and Mail on “Why is Canada botching the Great War centenary?“
Afghanistan: Pathways to Peace Pathways to Peace – Update April 2013
Afghanistan: Pathways to Peace – Update April 2013 By Gerald Ohlsen Since launching its report on the first phase of its work in June and hosting a discussion of a peace process in Afghanistan at the University of Ottawa in September of 2012, Pathways has focused on planning and fundraising for the next phase of work. … Read More »
Plan B: Bringing Peace to Afghanistan By Gerald Ohlsen, Caitlin Vito and Erica Noordermeer, February 2013, Esprit de Corps magazine
The UN Intervention in Mali – and Canada’s role – is a topic that has generated several commentaries of note by Michael Byers, John Siebert, and Paul Rogers.
In the space of a few years, the international perception of Canada has changed dramatically. Under the Harper Conservatives, Canada has become a country identified with the unilateralism of George W. Bush (even though America has moved beyond Bush), a climate change pariah that has withdrawn from Kyoto and is playing an obstructionist role in attempts to negotiate… Read More »
Newton Bowles was born in China and died in the United States but was thoroughly Canadian. Ottawa thought so, too, evidenced by his 2001 appointment to the Order of Canada, which noted that Bowles was approached by the newly created United Nations in 1945 to head its post-war relief efforts in China – with typically Canadian results. “He… Read More »