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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wipes his eye while he is applauded while making a formal apology to people harmed by federal legislation, policies, and practices that led to the oppression of and discrimination against LGBTQ2 people in Canada on November, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Pride and prejudice: With only 9 LGBTQ criminal record expungements, what’s to celebrate?

The Expungement Act was a centrepiece of the federal government’s apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians. But figures indicate only nine people have successfully had their convictions cleared.
Is ‘expressing regrets’ the equivalent of sticking air quotes around apologies? Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Marjorie Taylor Greene and the death of the public political apology

US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia may have expressed regrets over controversial comments and social media postings. But not to the public, and not in a way that would mitigate harm.
The New IRA apologized for killing investigative journalist Lyra McKee during a riot in Derry. Reuters/Charles McQuillan

Why do rebel groups apologize?

Organizations try to hide mistakes and evade responsibility, studies show. But two scholars analyzing militant and terrorist groups say they are willing to acknowledge their mistakes – sometimes.
Barney Williams Jr., a residential school survivor, hugs Santa Ono, president of the University of British Columbia, during the opening of the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at Vancouver, on April 9. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

A university president apologizes for academia’s role in residential schools

The role of universities in the shameful Indian residential school system needs to be addressed. The president of one of Canada’s leading universities explains why it’s time to apologize.
What does it mean when public figures say sorry? AP Photo/Paul Sancya

The art of the public apology

Public apologies are a type of performance before a larger audience, and they are to be understood in terms that are different from a private apology.

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