You probably already know that Canada is no longer the world's boy scout.
Whether it's the environment, foreign relations, peacekeeping or refugee policy, Canada seems to be diminished in the eyes of some in the wider world.
Not all of it can be pinned on Stephen Harper's Conservative government – Canada was fudging its commitment to the Kyoto Accord on climate change long before the Tories took power in 2006.
But the image of a meaner, less altruistic, more self-interested Canada seems to have sharpened in the last few years. And while some will challenge the perception, the evidence keeps piling up.
According to a review by Harvard Law School's immigration and refugee clinic, Canada has become a more refugee-unfriendly place in the post-9/11 world, Toronto Star columnist Carol Goar reports.
“Canada is systematically closing its borders to asylum seekers and failing in its refugee protection obligations under domestic and international law,” the group's report states.
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