Using controversial government decisions

by Shari Graydon

Here’s how two scholars at Queen’s University began their commentary in yesterday’s Globe and Mail:

“The decision not to reappoint the Veterans Ombudsman to a second term has put the spotlight on the New Veterans Charter, federal legislation that determines the programs and services available to veterans injured in the service of their country. Our financial analysis shows that the charter does not adequately meet the needs of veterans who are seriously disabled.”

Before reading the op ed written by Alice Aiken and Amy Buitenhuis, I hadn’t been aware of any news coverage about the New Veterans Charter. But by offering context to a controversial government decision, they effectively found a way to bring attention to this important, but under-addressed issue, adding value through the sharing of their relevant research.