Megan Stewart

Megan Stewart is a Vancouver Observer contributing editor and a reporter for The Vancouver Courier.

Tug of war intensifies between Lost Canadian advocate and citizenship minister

Jason Kenney won't meet with Don Chapman, but the Minister challenges the activist in the pages of a student newspaper.

Canadian Press picks up saga of lost Canadians

The Canadian Press today reported on the saga of lost Canadians and focused on the plight of Jackie Scott, whose story was first told in the Vancouver Observer on Canada Day this year.  CP...

Lost Canadian Evi Quaid is "one of us" but still wanted in California

When Evi Quaid pleaded for refugee status in Vancouver last month, she didn't carry a Canadian passport. Her detention surely would have gone differently if she had.  Only when a lawyer began...

Trudeau leads MPs calling for citizenship law reform

Ottawa is waking up to the reality that Canada's citizenship rights are discriminatory and sexist. A Liberal campaigner urges the creation of a citizenship ombudsman to "focus solely on the thorny iss

Canadian citizenship drama broadcast on national U.S. radio

Since the Vancouver Observer first reported the story of Jackie Scott and others like her who are denied Canadian citizenship because of archaic and sexist laws, Don Chapman has not tired. This is a...

Howard Kornblum's fight for Canadian citizenship

If Howard Kornblum was going to prove he is a Canadian citizen, he had to find out where his mother was on January 1, 1947. That was the day (nine years before his birth) that Canadian citizenship...

Minors, lunatics, idiots...and women

The repercussions of gender based discrimination in Canada’s Citizenship Act was under the radar in most circles until the late 2000's, when the United States government declared that Canadians...

Denying the deserving a right to call Canada home

Paul Martin Sr., the father of former Canadian Prime Minster of the same name, minus the suffix, didn’t know he was on a quest for a symbol to represent "the character of Canada", but he found one,...

Canada's most irritating activist gets the job done

By his own description, Don Chapman is irritating. Politicians grow weary of hearing from him, he says.  But he never gives up. His persistence has made him immensely effective in gaining the...

Daughter of Canadian father and war bride, resident in nation for 62-years, but still not "Canadian"

“Bastard,” she says. Denise Tessier, 64, a retired BC Rail administrator living in Quesnel, B.C., makes a sound that could be mistaken for a sob. It’s a laugh. “My sister and I were born out of...