Four Things We Can Do to Improve Healthcare in Canada

August 20, 2015 12:00 pm
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What’s next for primary care? Healthcare is the purview of the provinces in Canada, but health leadership–setting big picture goals, helping achieve best practices across the country and providing long-term, sustainable funding models–is the role of the federal government. As the federal election campaign wages, Canadians should be pressing federal […]

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Canada’s Euthanasia Legislation: From the Perspective of Canadians with Disabilities

August 18, 2015 2:00 pm
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By Peter McGrath. On Feb. 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s assisted suicide law, opening the door to physician-assisted suicide. This is an incredibly complex topic, one fraught with moral and ethical issues. Peter McGrath, a Counsel in the Department of Justice, gives his opinion from […]

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Kazakhstan: A Land of Opportunity

August 17, 2015 12:03 pm
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Photo credit: ninara on flickr What Canadians Can’t Miss It’s raining reforms in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh government’s recent economic reforms are preparing the soil for better business conditions. More Canadians should be there, among other nations, seeding their business ideas on Kazakh lands. Since the beginning of this year, foreign […]

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Could This be the Best Campaign Ad Ever?

August 13, 2015 3:06 pm
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In what may be the greatest campaign ad of our time, Wyatt Scott announced his MP candidacy for the new Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon riding by flying on a giant Canada goose and then stabbing a dragon in the head. “My name’s Wyatt Scott, and I’m running for parliament!” he roared just […]

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Is it Finally Time for a Guaranteed Annual Income?

August 7, 2015 10:01 am
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Could the Guaranteed Annual Income–once considered radical notion–now be an idea whose time has come? The Dutch city of Utrecht recently announced it is starting an experiment to determine whether introducing a basic income produces a more effective society. Closer to home, Joseph Ceci, Alberta’s new Finance Minister proposed a […]

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What You Need to Know About the Election

August 6, 2015 9:19 am
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On your marks, get set, go! The race is on. The federal election to determine Canada’s 42nd parliament and leader has begun. Set to end with the October 19 election, this campaign will be the longest in over a century (since 1872), running for a full 78 days. In Canada, […]

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A Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

July 31, 2015 2:00 pm
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The Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications has released a report on the future of the CBC. I was a part of that study, but I could not support the report. Some Conservative members of the committee spent too much time denouncing the CBC and not enough time on […]

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Former PM John Turner and the Arctic Youth Corps

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Should Justin Trudeau’s Liberals revive a 1965 Throne Speech promise? “I really became a Canadian when I got to know Canada north of the 60th parallel… I have never felt more Canadian than when alone with my thoughts in the remote northern vastness.” —Former Prime Minister John Turner Former Prime […]

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Light-Rail gets $1 Billion Boost from Feds

July 28, 2015 3:11 pm
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The existing O-Train passes over the Rideau River. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In a letter to Mayor Jim Watson dated July 22, Orléans MP Royal Galipeau announced his party’s intention to give $1 billion to support Stage 2 of Ottawa’s light-rail plans. That money will make up one third […]

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Will climate refugees in Canada finally spur action on climate change?

July 22, 2015 12:23 pm
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Photo Credit: Eric Wüstenhagen Ryan Meili and Mahli Brindamour A young child arrives at the hospital emergency room in respiratory distress, his asthma worsened by smoke exposure. An elder has uncontrolled blood pressure because there wasn’t time to get her medications when the evacuation orders came through. Scabies and other illnesses related […]

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Mother Canada also about embracing immigrants, not just honouring war dead

July 17, 2015 12:00 pm
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It is not news to point out that Canada accepts more immigrants, per capita, than any other nation in the world, as Globe columnist Jeffrey Simpson recently pointed out. It is a distinction that serves us well as we build a welcoming society, bereft of the deep social turmoil that […]

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The Memorial to the Victims of Communism: It’s Complicated

July 15, 2015 1:00 pm
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There seems to be a general agreement that the Memorial to the Victims of Communism—Canada a Land of Refuge is a worthy project. However, controversy surrounds the current proposed location and design. Canada, a Land of Refuge— More than a Memorial “People are trying to make this political,” says Ludwik […]

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Native History with Pulse: Inspiring Journey of Thousand Years

June 22, 2015 11:06 am
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Global Savages represent the members of the Anishnaabeg family: Debajehmud, Chibiabos, mother Sky Woman and Mudjeekwis (left to right). Photo courtesy of Ron Berti. Have you heard the rowing of canoes? Because Global Savages were here to tell their 18,000 year-old story as a part of Canada’s Magnetic North Theater […]

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Was The Senate Audit Worth It?

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On a cost-benefit basis, probably not Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it’s not for the reason you might think. The auditor general spent $21 million on this investigation, and found less than $1 million in questionable expenses — out of […]

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Canada Skips Dialogue of Leaders of World Religions in Astana

June 9, 2015 10:04 am
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Photos provided by the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions Kazakhstan’s capital Astana is hosting an international conference gathering leaders of world religions and politicians from dozens of countries across the world. Canadian officials, however, will not be present. The Congress of the Leaders of World and […]

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Learning to Walk

June 4, 2015 10:23 am
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What will the lasting legacy of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission be? As Cree youngsters in the north, we are taught the tradition of how to walk on the land and in the bush – with each foot fall carefully and quietly placed so as not to disturb the food […]

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An Exclusive with U.S. Ambassador Bruce A. Heyman

May 12, 2015 2:07 pm
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The United States Ambassador to Canada, Bruce A. Heyman, arrived in Ottawa last summer and has been one of the most active U.S. ambassadors in decades. In less than a year, Heyman has hosted seven senior United States cabinet members in Canada, including several visits by Secretary of State John […]

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