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Don Chapman is a citizenship rights advocate.
Canada needs to recognize the citizenship of its fallen soldiers
General Rick Hillier recently wrote an op-ed saying that Canadians shouldn't forget the veterans of today. He praised Canadians for "honouring our fallen soldiers with great respect and fervour...
Jun 6th, 2016
No more silence on Remembrance Day
Not embracing our fallen heroes as being Canadian citizens does their memory an incredible dishonour.
Nov 10th, 2013
Women need to show solidarity against gender discrimination in citizenship
Today is International Women’s Rights Day, and sadly, often getting in the way of advancing women’s rights are women themselves. I have fought for decades to correct some historic wrongs...
Mar 8th, 2013
Citizenship Week: Canadians need to stand up to government injustice
The feds say everyone who died in Canadian uniform during the world wars was a non-citizen. Why don't Canadians stand up to this?
Oct 19th, 2012
30th anniversary of the Charter, but Lost Canadians can't celebrate
Today is the 30th anniversary of the Charter, the fourth anniversary of the unanimous passage of Bill C-37, and the third anniversary of C-37’s effective date. What is Bill C-37? It’s better...
Apr 17th, 2012
Vimy Ridge Anniversary: soldiers who died for Canada were not Canadian, according to Harper government
According to a Citizenship and Immigration letter, a Canadian soldier who was born prior to 1947 was a "British subject": what does that mean for all the Canadian soldiers who fought for the country?
Apr 9th, 2012
Canada's Citizenship Week marred by ignorance and injustice
Canada’s Citizenship Week, October 17th through the 23rd, 2011, is intended to encourage all Canadians to reflect on the value of citizenship. –Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website....
Oct 13th, 2011
More equality needed for all in Canada
Today is Canada Day, and on televised ceremonies across Canada our government will be rolling out the welcome mat to thousands of newcomers. Now consider what that feels like to a Canadian-born,...
Jun 30th, 2011
Harper's government, citizenship, and aviation
After months of discussion and speculation, the Federal election is here. The question is, of course, which candidates, if elected, will work for the betterment of Canadians. Too...
Apr 12th, 2011
Harper and Bush, sitting in a tree
Looking back one shakes their head in wonder, how could 50-plus million people have voted for George Bush, Jr., not once, but twice by electing him with huge majorities in both the House and...
Apr 11th, 2011