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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

To remove such rights would be unfair. But while the reservations have a particular context, self-determination for ethnic minorities is not so unusual. The Native American and First Nation peoples ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

You are looking at this through the eyes of a modern. Time for some history: One of the oldest European settlements on North America was made by Puritans, who were fleeing... government religious ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

From a European perspective: The U.S. has a great deal of influence in the world, so the presidency of the U.S. is quite likely to affect your own country in some way. For example: In the last 20 ...
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Why does Canada require bilingualism in a lot of federal government posts?

Canada is an officially bilingual country, and federal government business can be conducted in either English or French. The government wants to preserve the bilingual nature of the country, and is ...
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What is Canada's case for applying tariffs on US dairy?

It seems that Canada and the US use two different systems to protect their respective domestic dairy producers. In Canada "Under a system called supply management, the Canadian government controls ...
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Why is swatting a thing only in North America?

Lots of people with lots of guns and not a lot of training nor restrictions, plus lots of gun violence, plus an increasingly militarized police force. Guns. Lots of unrestricted, unregistered guns. ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

James K's answer is excellent, but I want to expand further on how tribes are organized presently. However in the 21st century this appears to be quite an archaic concept, since in theory all ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

However in the 21st century this appears to be quite an archaic concept, since in theory all citizens are supposed to be equal rather than receiving certain privileges simply because of their race or ...
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Why is swatting a thing only in North America?

As the answer by o.m. explains, this is no longer a phenomenon that is exclusive to the United States. The reason why it works so well in the United States in particular, is a police force that is ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

I am Canadian. I would challenge your opinion that American Politics "don't have much of an effect on day-to-day life in Canada". Canada and the United States enjoy the largest trading ...
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Why do the Nordics have a low birth rate despite their government providing all parents with free childcare and parental leave?

The main factors that are seen as contributing to a lower birth rate include: Improved educational opportunities for women Lower child mortality Access to effective contraception Social welfare and ...
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Why doesn't Canada build housing to control the price of rent, given the country faces skyrocketing rent prices?

Canada is much different than Singapore, which is a condensed country with a highly centralized government. But urban planning and authority in countries like Canada and the U.S. is delegated at a ...
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What are the benefits for the Canadian government to cede natural resources to the people of Nunavut?

This has been a longstanding aspiration of the Nunavut people. Since the fundamental role of government is not to profit itself, but to profit its people, the benefit to the government is that this ...
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What is wrong with Justin Trudeau (or anyone) masquerading as Aladdin?

Blackface has a history of being a method for expressing racial caricatures and stereotypes. It was intended to be humorous to white audiences and demeaning towards the black people being depicted. ...
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Why do the Nordics have a low birth rate despite their government providing all parents with free childcare and parental leave?

The Nordics have Among the Highest Birth Rates in Europe So it looks like those perks must be working. Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland all have birth rates of 1.7 births per woman. (Norway and Finland ...
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Why can Canada’s parliament vote (on gun laws), but even when a single party controls both the U.S. House and Senate a change is all but impossible?

The biggest single difference is that in Canada the House of Commons is unequivocally the highest power in the land. If the House of Commons votes to do something then it will happen. The Senate can ...
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Political purpose of Canada's prime minister publicly accusing India's government of being involved with killing a Canadian Sikh leader

Basically the same reasons that the U.S. made public the allegations of Saudi Arabia's royal family being involved in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi when he briefly visited ...
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What is wrong with Justin Trudeau (or anyone) masquerading as Aladdin?

Preface: As an Arab I don't particularly see any problem with his costume. I've put on white makeup before as part of a vampire costume. But blackface wasn't really a thing in Arab culture the way it ...
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Appeal process for being designated a "Terrorist Group" (Canada)

The appeals process is set out in part 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (2001), which amended the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and implemented the list. In simple terms, the process is that a ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Up front: Holocaust Denial is not limited under U.S. law. There is an adequate list on Wikipedia of free speech exceptions, that for convenience I will replicate here: Communicative impact ...
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What is Canada's case for applying tariffs on US dairy?

The simplest explanation is that the two systems are not compatible so Canada protects their side via a large tariff wall. Canada uses Supply Management boards to control the price of dairy (among ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

"Obsessed" is rather too strong a term. "Interested in" or "concerned about" might be closer. The big reason is "money", or perhaps "power". The two ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

This is a Canada-specific answer, but one that is likely applicable to the US as well. Anti-discrimination laws (or more generally in Canada, human rights laws, although are some other examples of ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

There is no factual basis for the claim that incorrect pronoun use will lead to negative consequences. The bill does two things: It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes under the ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

Regarding your example of discriminating against a Jew, I think that is a uniquely bad example because there is an ambiguity in that Jews are both a religion and an ethnic group, moreover they have ...
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Why wasn't Point Roberts given an exception to the Canada-US border closure?

This Q has it backwards, the economy of Point Roberts collapsed because Canadians couldn't travel to Point Roberts, not because Point Roberts residents could not travel to Canada... Apparently a lot ...
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Why does Ontario have a quota on milk production?

Canada has an agricultural policy called the Market Sharing Quota, which sets a national yearly milk production target. It's part of their broader framework for controlling supplies of dairy, poultry, ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

In some parts, such as in British Columbia, the First Nations never signed any treaties with the Government of Canada. For example, see this page on the Kitselas Administration. Even if the ...
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