Intelligence

crrns_control February 3, 2018

I can agree with the Polish idea of renaming Auschwitz and other death camps in Poland as Nazi Death Camps located in Poland rather than Polish Death Camps. Nazi death and work camps existed in many countries besides Germany and Poland. But I sense a guilty conscience here that refuses to come clean. Why make […]

crrns_control December 16, 2017

December 13, 2017: Bahram Ghasemi, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesperson, announced that Canada and Iran will hold an “expert level” meeting to discuss the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Harper’s Conservatives viewed Iran as a significant threat to international peace and security due to the Iranian regime’s nuclear ambitions, its continued support for […]

crrns_control June 1, 2017

For Joshua Ostroff, anti-Semitism was once theoretical, something that happened to his grandparents. Now it’s become a reality he has to explain to his son. There are people saying that we deserve a right to attack people not because of anything they’ve done but because of their religion. It’s time that we acknowledge that what’s […]

crrns_control June 1, 2017

I have been asked several times recently to write about my views on Israel. This has happened even more since this past June, when my first novel was published. Too Much on the Inside explores the intersecting lives of four characters, who are immigrants to Toronto. One of the main characters, Nicki (whose real name […]

crrns_control June 1, 2017

A double standard is a rule or standard of behaviour applied unfairly to two or more people, placing someone at a disadvantage. Since the jihadist terrorist assault on Paris, the most glaring double standard has come into view. It seems that while the victims in France have our sympathy and concern, the Jews murdered by […]

crrns_control June 1, 2017

Many of us in university and interfaith circles uphold safe spaces. We let students know that they are welcome in our spaces irrespective of their religious and political affiliations, gender expression, sexual orientation and other characteristics. Whether they sport traditional religious garb or express themselves with colour as LGBT persons, they are equally welcome. University […]

crrns_control June 1, 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a reminder of horrors too terrible to believe but not too terrible to have happened. This year, it marked the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the most brutal extermination camp of the 20th century. From 1941 to 1944, 1.3 million people were murdered at Auschwitz, and 1.1 million […]

crrns_control June 1, 2017

To the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: “How is this night different from all other nights?” Such is the question we Jews ritually ask the youngest child at the Passover table. Commemorating the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt, the question carries with it resonances of a chosen people – -at once persecuted and graced with sanctity. Remarkably, […]