Preventing Radicalization: Two-Decade Social Experiment

December 17, 2014 4:00 pm
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The Assembly of Nations unites all 140 nationalities living in Kazakhstan to promote cooperation and to give them political voice. Nine representatives of the Assembly are elected to the legislative chamber of the Parliament. On Wednesday, October 22, Ottawa woke-up to the sounds of shooting coming from Parliament Hill, the […]

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U.S. and China: Capping Economic and Environmental Controversy

December 2, 2014 2:55 pm
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The United States and China, which are liable for more than one-third of global greenhouse gas-emissions, have agreed to get a handle on pollution. But concerns of potential business restrictions, tax increases, job cuts and inefficiency in planning have created political controversy. The arguments focus on longevity, healthcare costs and sustaining […]

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Federal Government Moves to Strip Power from Top Public Health Scientist

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Demoting Chief Public Health Officer more about politics than promoting health Buried in the current omnibus budget bill being studied by parliament this week is a plan to demote the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada. He will no longer hold a deputy minister rank, he will have no direct […]

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Youth on the Streets: Anything but Hopeless

November 18, 2014 1:01 pm
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Kevin Belisle begs for money and attention. He sits on Bank Street, holding a carton that reads, “Extremely hungry. Please help.” In his backpack: high school equivalency, a criminal record and a dirty jacket. Belisle, 23, doesn’t have a permanent address or a job. For a living, he paints walls, […]

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Why does Canada’s Innovation Government Funding Support not Working?

November 14, 2014 12:00 pm
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In spite of significant tax incentives from many levels of government, Canada continues to lag its Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) peer countries in innovation performance. The Conference Board of Canada report concludes the following: Despite a decade or so of innovation agendas and prosperity reports, Canada remains […]

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How U.S. Midterm Elections might affect Online Gambling Regulations in the U.S.A.

November 13, 2014 2:48 pm
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Last week the U.S.A. saw the holding of midterm elections for represented positions in the United States Senate. The Republican Party had a considerable win and was able to pick up many seats in these elections, and in turn ensured they now command the majority of the voting power in […]

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Quebec Health Reform Bill 10 puts Health Minister at Center

November 10, 2014 10:10 am
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Micro-management of the health system not the answer  Quebec has begun the process of reforming its beleaguered health-care system yet again with the introduction of Bill 10. But will Bill 10 fulfill its promises of reconfiguring the organization and governance of Quebec’s health and social services? There are three clear […]

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Is It Time For Canadians to Demand Action on Child Care?

November 6, 2014 10:05 am
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After years of inaction from Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, it is time for Canadian families to join together to demand high quality, affordable child care. As it stands right now, millions of parents lack access to affordable, quality day care in Canada, with one care space available for every five […]

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Why did Manitoba Students Perform so Poorly on the Latest National School Report?

November 5, 2014 12:00 pm
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Addressing poverty the answer to improving educational outcomes The latest report from the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) will give educators in Manitoba pause for thought: Manitoba performed poorly relative to their peers across the country. PCAP focused on science in this third report, but also measured grade eight student competency […]

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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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