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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‘The Time for Smart Policing in Canada’

July 8, 2014 9:36 am
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As the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics indicates that crime is at a twenty year low in Canada, now is the time for rethinking the role of police in Canadian society.  A recent report from the Macdonald-Laurier Institute points out, that police organizations are pricing themselves out of business.  It’s […]

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BC Fails to Improve Primary Health Care After More Than a Billion Dollar Investment

July 7, 2014 9:41 am
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Increased doctor incentives do not improve access to care By Ruth Lavergne and Kim McGrail Since 2006, British Columbia has spent more than a billion dollars to improve primary health care.  So have BC patients benefited from such a massive investment?  Sadly, it appears not. Primary care — access to […]

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Report Card on Wait Times in Canada Omits Important Developments

July 3, 2014 2:15 pm
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By Don Dick and Linda Woodhouse Canadians might have been inclined to take a sedative for an anxiety attack after reading about the Wait Time Alliance’s (WTA) 2014 report card on waits for medical care in Canada. The WTA gives Canada a failing grade on the structural changes it says […]

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Wynne’s Win

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Last week we watched as Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet team were sworn in at Queen’s Park. Now it is time for them to start making campaign promises a reality. Their overall goal is to create opportunities and secure futures for the people of Ontario by leading a transparent […]

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Tulip Chairs – Nature’s Design is Comfortable

June 13, 2014 11:00 am
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From left to right:  Michael Crockatt, Vice President Business Development and Marketing,  Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International  Airport;  Mark Kristmanson, CEO, National Capital Commission; Laura Brown, Executive Director Canadian Tulip Festival; David Luxton, Chairman of the Canadian Tulip Festival; Rochus Pronk, Chargé d’Affaires, Netherlands Embassy. Five bright tulip chairs stand out in […]

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The Conservatives’ Income Splitting Scheme Will Create More Inequity, According to Broadbent Institute

June 12, 2014 12:59 pm
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The majority of families with children under 18-years-old would receive little to no benefit from the Conservative’s income splitting scheme, according to The Big Split, a new study by the Broadbent Institute. Under this scheme, only 4 per cent of Canadian families–some of the wealthiest in Canada—would be eligible for […]

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Liberals and NDP score an “E” as best grade on Ontario Good Government Report Card

June 10, 2014 2:00 pm
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It might not come as a surprise that our political parties are failing a report card based on integrity and keeping promises. Recently, Democracy Watch, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, released its latest Report Card on Ontario Parties’ Democratic Good Government Platforms. The Liberal Party and the NDP scored the highest […]

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Remembering Jim Coutts: Civility in Politic

May 28, 2014 12:10 pm
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 By: Tom Axworthy (from his speech) on May 21, 2014  at the Jim Coutts Memorial Dinner at the University Club, Toronto, Ontario Photo Credit:  V. Tony Hauser “Jim Coutts had political opponents a plenty, but he never thought of them as enemies and he taught all of us that civility.” – Tom Axworthy The joy of working in […]

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Settling for a Greener Ottawa: Ecology Ottawa Puts Federal Efforts On Blast

May 23, 2014 9:53 am
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For the first time in 10 years the City of Ottawa has prepared a new plan to fight climate change.  The Environmental Council passed The 2014 Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan (AQCCM) with only one member dissenting. The 160-page plan will now go on to the Full Committee […]

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Why our Health System Works for Canada: Future of Medicare Depends on our Ability to Change

April 30, 2014 9:09 am
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By Robert McMurtry In the past 18 months I have required two major, but unrelated surgeries, experiencing first hand Ontario’s version of Medicare. The two interventions necessitated down-time and an enforced idleness for reflection on life and what it means to be Canadian. I feel blessed. It is not just […]

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What Problem Do We Believe Private Health Insurance is Going to Fix?

April 17, 2014 10:00 am
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By Mark Stabile Canada is about to face its second court challenge over restrictions on private health insurance when Dr. Brian Day’s case appears before the courts in September 2014.  It is true that there are examples of jurisdictions that value universal health insurance coverage and also allow private insurance […]

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In Honour of Jim Flaherty

April 14, 2014 9:03 am
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(December 30, 1949 – April 10, 2014) Ottawa Life Magazine extends our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the Honourable Jim Flaherty. He was a great Public Servant and a great Canadian.  SUCCESS He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much: who has […]

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Canada Council for the Arts Awards the 2014 Killam Prize to Canada’s Top Scholars and Scientists

April 12, 2014 10:03 am
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Professor D.R. Fraser Taylor, Carleton University   The Canada Council for the Arts has recently awarded the Killiam Prize to five Canadian Scholars and Scientists who have pushed boundaries in their respected fields.  Each winner has been awarded $100,000, made possible through the Killiam Trust fund. This fund, among other […]

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The Embarrassment that is the Ottawa Police Association

April 7, 2014 10:38 am
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Arrogant Attack on Carleton University Academic Freedom Shows OPA Care More About Protecting Members than the Public they Serve I am a proponent of the police. I believe that confidence of citizens in their local police force is one of the most important ingredients in a free and democratic society. […]

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