Back to the Ballot Box

October 15, 2014 12:14 pm
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What you need to know about the Mayoral Candidates for Ottawa’s 2014 Civic Election Do you know who you will be voting for on Monday, October 27? With the civic election approaching, OLM took a look into what each candidate envisions for the city, should they be elected to office. […]

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Gigabit City Broadband Becomes a Newmarket Municipal Election Issue

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All Canadians need to pay attention to what is happening in Newmarket, Ontario regarding the deployment of gigabit broadband technology. The Town is not waiting around for the incumbent oligopoly Telephone and Cable companies to deploy gigabit broadband and proactively taking matters into its own hands. In the 21st century […]

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Mayor’s City Builder Award Shines Light on Vulnerable Youth

September 24, 2014 11:55 am
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Bill Robinson receives his Mayor’s City Builder Award from Mayor Jim Watson and Councillor Marianne Wilkinson. Image courtesy of City of Ottawa.  When Bill Robinson meets me for coffee, he talks youth at-risk. Who are these children? Robinson replies: It’s a baby born into poverty. It’s a kid facing family […]

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Brutal Farm Killings in South Africa: How do Victims Carry on?

September 18, 2014 12:00 pm
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Statistical analysis shows South African farmers are three times more likely than ordinary citizens to be the victims of violent crime. They also show it is twice as dangerous to produce food than it is to be a policeman. Approximately two thousand farmers and farmworkers have been killed or injured […]

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Child Poverty a Canadian Problem

September 15, 2014 10:00 am
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Almost one million kids living in low income conditions Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough. UNICEF’S most recent report on child well-being in rich countries ranked Canada 17 out of 29 countries assessed, scoring 27th in child obesity, 22nd in infant mortality and 21st in […]

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Letter To The Editor: A Response From The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

September 3, 2014 3:10 pm
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The following letter from Rita Notarandrea, CEO of the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, is a response to our August 27th article Canada Slow to Respond to Prescription Opioid Crisis by Dr. David Juurlink. I agree with Dr. Juurlink’s assertion (in his August 27 article, Canada Slow to Respond to […]

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Canada Slow to Respond to Prescription Opioid Crisis

August 27, 2014 10:00 am
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In my first career as a pharmacist, I worked in more than 30 pharmacies across Nova Scotia, filling more than 100,000 prescriptions between 1990 and 1995. Some of these were for strong painkillers called opioids–drugs like morphine and oxycodone, which are chemically and biologically very similar to heroin. Back then, […]

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Creating a Community: Cohousing at Terra Firma

August 19, 2014 1:10 pm
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On Canada Day, Valerie Gapp baked strawberry and rhubarb muffins. Valerie, her husband Thomas and their 14-month-old twins Audrey and Alexis joined their neighbours across the street for a potluck brunch. They celebrated two birthdays: Canada’s and Terra Firma’s cohousing community. Terra Firma residents have lived together for 17 years, […]

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Political Profile: Jeff Morrison

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Aiming to innovate, energize and engage downtown Ottawa Innovation, vibrancy, partnership and engagement—these are the key themes of Somerset ward candidate Jeff Morrison’s platform. Ottawa has not been as embracing of new approaches, new building techniques or new forms of development of green innovations, according to Morrison. He wants to […]

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Working to Build a New Ottawa: Martin Canning

August 18, 2014 9:30 am
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There is a change happening in Ottawa, according to city councillor hopeful Martin Canning, and he wants to be a big part of that change. Canning’s campaign began in January with the launch of his website and vision, ‘New Ottawa’. The Somerset ward candidate defines New Ottawa as the most […]

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Why Canadian Medicare Should Neither ‘Go Dutch’ or ‘to the Dogs’

August 12, 2014 11:27 am
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By: Ryan Meili Canada’s health care system faced some provocative comparisons recently. First was Sarah Boston’s new book, Lucky Dog, in which she details her personal experience with thyroid cancer and navigating the Canadian health system. Boston, a veterinary oncologist, claims Canadian dogs often have better access to health care […]

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Why Our Governments Need to Address Poverty Now

August 1, 2014 10:00 am
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Canadians might be surprised to learn that 86 families now hold more wealth than the poorest 11.4 million Canadians. Is this a Canada to be proud of? Hardly. According to many studies, the Canadian poverty rate remains high. A recent OECD report shows that the very rich are taking an […]

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Why You Can’t See a Psychiatrist

July 31, 2014 10:00 am
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And why adding more psychiatrists to the mental health system may not be the answer. By Paul Kurdyak and David Goldbloom We are talking openly about mental illnesses and addictions now more than ever–and that’s a good thing. Efforts to address the stigma associated with mental illnesses have made it […]

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The Chaos that is the RCMP

July 21, 2014 9:41 am
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I have read in various media reports that the RCMP officers in Moncton who responded to the call of an individual walking down a street brandishing a firearm were only equipped with pistols and shotguns. I was very shocked and dismayed to read these reports because in 2009 I was […]

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Not Malevolence but Massive Mind Numbing Incompetence by City Hall Civil Servants

July 11, 2014 1:45 pm
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Kirkpatrick or the Council–One of Them or BOTH Have to Go Ottawa city Manager Kent Kirkpatrick is (over) paid at $330,000 per year. That he has no shame and has yet to submit his resignation in light of yet another complete debacle under his guidance as the top city civil […]

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To the Editor of Ottawa Life

July 9, 2014 10:55 am
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Re: Report Card on Wait Times in Canada Omits Important Developments (published on July 3, 2014) Doctors Don Dick and Linda Woodhouse quite rightly note the great work Alberta has been undertaking to improve the standardization, collection and utilization of access and other health system performance related data. However, I […]

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Why Canada Shouldn’t Compete with the U.S. for the Worst Performing Health System in the Developed World: B.C. Court Challenge Looming

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The latest Commonwealth Study ranked Canada’s health care system a dismal second to last in a list of 11 major industrialized countries. We had the dubious distinction of beating out only the Americans. This latest poor result is already being used by those bent on further privatizing health care. They […]

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