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December 5, 2021

 
 
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The NHL has never been for Black players like me. And changing the culture starts with the players
 

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The NHL has never been for Black players like me. And changing the culture starts with the players
 

Bernie Saunders

Bernie Saunders is the author of Shut Out: The Game That Did Not Love Me Black and the fifth Black player to play for a National Hockey League team.
 
I love Willie O’Ree, the first Black person to play in the National Hockey League. I can’t imagine the amount of racism that he faced trying to realize his dream of playing in the NHL in the 1950s, and so I am happy that the league has rescued him from obscurity, and that it seemingly finds a new way to recognize him every Black History Month. He is called the Jackie Robinson of hockey, and that is technically correct; when he suited up for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958, he made history, 10 years after Larry Kwong broke the colour barrier with the New York Rangers.
 
 
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The Afghan army has been scapegoated for the fall of Kabul
The Afghan army has been scapegoated for the fall of Kabul
 

Hikmat Noori

 
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Canada’s new airport testing rules are needlessly confusing
 

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Canada’s new airport testing rules are needlessly confusing
 

Ashley Nunes

 
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Lower the voting age? You could make just as good an argument for raising it
 

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  Lower the voting age? You could make just as good an argument for raising it
 

Andrew Coyne

 
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Every Canadian province should implement 10 days of permanent paid sick leave
 

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Every Canadian province should implement 10 days of permanent paid sick leave
 

Jim Stanford

 
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Editorial cartoons
 
Editorial Cartoons for December, 2021
 

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Editorial Cartoons for December, 2021
 
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Globe editorial
 
It’s easy to check your bank account online. Why is it so hard to get your health records?
Think of online banking. You pick up your phone or turn on your computer. You check your savings, your credit card, your mortgage, your investments. All the data is there, and access is always available, wherever you are. And it’s secure.
 
 
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Letters to the editor
 
Dec. 5: ‘One by one, former British colonies are shedding their colonial shackles. Canada should be next.’ Why Barbados left the monarchy, plus other letters to the editor
 

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Dec. 5: ‘One by one, former British colonies are shedding their colonial shackles. Canada should be next.’ Why Barbados left the monarchy, plus other letters to the editor
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Re As Barbados Heads Toward A Republic, Some Wonder Why It Matters (Online, Nov. 28): It matters because Barbadians want their head of state to be Barbadian. Similarly, a majority of Canadians want our head of state to be Canadian: A 2020 Ipsos poll showed 53 per cent of Canadians want to sever ties with the British monarchy after Queen Elizabeth dies.
 
 
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More columns from across The Globe
 
  In Aline, Quebec’s greatest ambassador, Celine Dion, finally gets the big-screen treatment she deserves
 
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  Canada should resist urge to drop the hammer on the unvaccinated – at least for now
 
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Canada’s failure to properly respond to protests threatens democracy and the rule of law
 
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In case you missed it
 
We will never live in a COVID-19 free world again. Accept it
 

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  We will never live in a COVID-19 free world again. Accept it
 

Gary Mason

 
National affairs columnist
 
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