Letter to the Editor: Paul Champagne on the Attawapiskat Crisis

April 26, 2016 10:46 am
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This letter to the editor from Baynes Lake resident Paul Champagne outlines a strategy for improving conditions in Attawapiskat, a Northern Ontario First Nation suffering under a recent suicide crisis that has put it in the national media spotlight. You can read the full letter, sent on April 23, below:

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It’s Not Just the Law That’s an Ass Mr. Dickens

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Charles Dickens at his writing desk.  The 19th century novelist and author Charles Dickens, who is famous for such great books as David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol and Great Expectations, once wrote that the ‘Law is an Ass’.  Dickens had a valid reason for saying this because in […]

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OLM Argued the Case Against Mike Duffy was Groundless Back in May

April 21, 2016 3:31 pm
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Update: Today all 31 charges were dismissed against Sen. Mike Duffy. Below you can find an article Ottawa Life Magazine publisher Dan Donovan wrote last May, arguing that Duffy was being unfairly targeted by the media. Today, the judge confirmed this suspicion. 21st Century Lynching and Shakespearean Tragedy Take Centre Stage […]

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The Puzzle of Physician-Hastened Death

April 19, 2016 9:43 am
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Physician-hastened death is a puzzle, and one that, despite its complexity, we as a society have been tasked to assemble. Some of its pieces are so different from one another, and it is hard to imagine how they might fit into a cohesive whole. And yet, by June 6th – […]

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Letter to the Editor from the Philippine Ambassador to Canada

April 14, 2016 1:00 pm
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This letter to the editor from the Philippine Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia is a response to the article “Correcting Misconceptions & Upholding Justice in the South China Sea” from our February/March 2016 print issue. You can find that article here. The letter is included below in full.

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It’s Time for the Federal Government to Enforce the Canada Health Act

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Extra-billing, user fees for health services on the rise across the country. Extra-billing in Ontario, private MRIs in Saskatchewan and user fees in Quebec: violations of the Canada Health Act are on the rise across the country. Canadian doctors are concerned about the impact of this trend not only on […]

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Opinion: Canada Needs Business, Not Busybodies

April 8, 2016 10:49 am
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If you are a federal politician looking for an escape hatch from Bombardier’s controversial request for a billion dollar federal bail-out, one of the company’s vice-presidents recently provided it. Rob Dewar said federal help would be “…an extra bonus that would be helpful but is very clearly not required.”  No helped […]

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Uber and the Accessibility Question

April 7, 2016 2:11 pm
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A user organizing a ride through UberAssist. Photo by Eric Murphy.   Ottawa’s plan to legalize Uber has locals who use accessible taxis concerned that the service they’ve fought for and relied on for years may be drawn-back, or even cease to exist. “In Ottawa I can call West-Way taxi, […]

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Advanced Directives for Assisted-Dying a Dangerous Step

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The moment we are born, our lives take flight; and the longer we are airborne, the greater the chance of encountering turbulence along the way. While every flight is destined to land, some landings are harder to contemplate than others. The parliamentary committee tasked with advising the federal government on […]

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Feds Kill Idea to Erect Cape Breton’s Never Forgotten National Memorial, Sloppily

April 1, 2016 9:15 am
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It was April 2009 and he was on a pilgrimage close to his birth place in Italy. Because he left for Canada when he was only four, he really didn’t remember very much about the area at all. Perhaps the cemetery off to the right was there back in 1950 […]

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Budget Day 2016

March 24, 2016 3:48 pm
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Ever wish you were a journalist working on Parliament Hill? In the slideshow below, celebrated photographer Jean-Marc Carisse captures the excitement of Budget Day 2016.

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Assisted Suicide for Those With Mental Illness is a Risky Proposition

March 15, 2016 12:48 pm
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Who but those who have experienced it can appreciate the soul crushing anguish of mental illness? Afflictions of the mind can be paralyzing and fundamentally change the way we perceive ourselves (I am worthless), anticipate the future (my prospects are hopeless), and experience the world (life is unfair and unforgiving). […]

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When Labels Aren’t Just for Soup Cans & Rolodexes Just Aren’t Enough

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South Carolina is an American state whose reputation for political trench warfare precedes itself. Inside a crowded North Charleston auditorium as he stumped for his brother, Jeb, in South Carolina, former president George W. Bush reminded his audience that, while “There seems to be a lot of name calling going […]

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Young Women Lead the Way for Change

March 14, 2016 10:48 am
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On February 5th, one of the most iconic figures of the feminist movement, Gloria Steinem, insinuated that the young women who supported U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders did so because they were ‘following the boys.’ This statement sparked a backlash and outraged many, especially young feminists. For many of them, […]

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It’s Time for the Federal Government to Take a Leadership Role on Rising Obesity Rates

March 9, 2016 2:53 pm
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Ban advertising of unhealthy foods to kids, tax sugary drinks, revamp food guide, prohibit use of trans fats, among Senate report recommendations.  Almost two thirds of adults in Canada are overweight or obese, according to Statistics Canada – a dramatic increase that has taken place over the last thirty plus […]

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K&A: Our Perspective on Budget 2016

March 7, 2016 12:30 pm
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Kathleen Wynne (right) announced the new Ontario budget late February. Photo by Jason Hargrove under Creative Commons license. As our client base continues to grow so too does their demand for objective insight into events like Budgets. This analysis of Ontario’s Budget 2016 and post discussion strives to provide an objective perspective […]

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It’s Time to Test a Basic Income

March 1, 2016 9:50 am
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Recently I tabled a motion in the Senate calling on the government to create a pilot project that would test a basic income in Canada, also known as a guaranteed annual income. Canadians face immense challenges. Many families struggle to pay the rent, and some can’t afford their children’s school […]

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