We have an ‘access to justice crisis’ in the U.S. and Canada that is fueled by a yawning ‘legal services gap’. While our legal systems provide “cadillac justice” for the wealthy and corporations able to afford and retain lawyers,[1] a substantial majority of American and Canadian citizens cannot afford to hire a lawyer and cannot…

There is a dangerous anger sweeping Western nations, and the tenor is shifting, becoming “less episodic and more persistent, a constant drumbeat in our lives” creating a fraying at the edges of our society.[1] This anger and frustration is directed at our public and economic institutions, and it is ripping apart our countries’ social fabric…

Across the geopolitical west, public trust and confidence in the institutions underpinning democracy is waning, whether the issue is unrepresentative electoral systems, a failing “rules-based order”, the chronic inability of governments to deliver their promises, or – particularly in the United States – politicized judges fundamentally basing their decisions on a pre-existing ideological determination rather…

In the grand scheme of things, civility is the glue that holds society together – it is the crucial foundation for a successful civil society.[1] A healthy society is dependent on the understanding that citizenship brings both rights and responsibilities, and the fundamental principles and norms of fairness, social and institutional co-operation, and civility where…

Climate change is accelerating the frequency of severe storms, floods, droughts and extreme heat events, to the point that the world is now living through climate change as opposed to watching it draw near.[1] Once-in-a-century heatwaves, storms, floods and fires now happen yearly, affecting every inhabited region across the globe. At this point at least 85…