Towards More Secure Borders: An Interview with Joe Volpe, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

April 3, 2005 11:54 pm
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When it comes to immigration policy, does Canada consider its national interest or humanitarian laws of paramount importance? For example, is it possible in our country to deport someone who is accused of crimes against humanity in another country? Joe Volpe: Our immigration policy is based on Canada’s interests — […]

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Western Alienation: Real or Perceived?

April 1, 2005 3:05 pm
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Alienation has taken root in the collective psyche of western Canada. Although often acknowledged, it has never really been addressed by successive Liberal governments. Questions are often asked of federal politicians as to whether this is a real and valid concern. As a Member of Parliament representing the people of […]

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A Tax On All Our Houses

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Between broken promises, higher taxes and the ongoing health care crisis, Premier Dalton McGuinty has managed to infuriate taxpayers across Ontario. Usually, the Premier has a comeback, even if it is just blaming someone else, whether it’s the previous administration at Queen’s Park for failing to balance the books, or […]

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Reg Alcock Navigates by an Ethical Compass

November 1, 2004 10:23 am
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Treasury Board president Reg Alcock has been rocking the boat this past year, but then he always was a bit a monkey. It was a long time ago, when someone gave him a simian as a pet. Alcock needed to establish dominance, so he bit the monkey. He will freely […]

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A Rural Revolution: The Farmers Are Revolting

September 1, 2004 1:47 pm
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Is cutting down a 200-year-old elm tree in the Glebe the same as felling one for firewood to heat a farmhouse in the winter? If the City of Ottawa expropriated the whole front yard of your home, wouldn’t you expect some form of compensation? Would you still pay taxes on […]

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No First Ladies in Retirement, Please

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Teresa Heinz Kerry and Laura Bush may differ in public personalities and the way in which they campaign for their husbands; however, there is no comparison to the obvious lack of action from our Canadian “First Ladies.” These ladies lack the zest, courage and obvious public profile that helped their […]

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Recipient Of Trudeau Fellowship, Dr. Ann Dale, Leads Us To A Green Future

July 1, 2004 11:44 am
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With over $1 million in guaranteed _ research funding and enough ideas to fill a laboratory, academic-activist-policy analyst Dr. Ann Dale jokes that her strong Irish Catholic work ethic will get her through a growing mountain of research projects. The recipient of a $750,000 Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community […]

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The Aboriginal Canada Portal

May 1, 2004 11:14 am
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Treasury Board President Reg Alcock walks into the conference room and a hush descends upon the audience of First Nations leaders and federal government representatives. The Aboriginal Canada Portal – a joint project between six national Aboriginal organizations and several federal departments to link Aboriginals and government to each other […]

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Shaping the Future: The Enlarged European Union and Canada

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According to a wise saying “finding one another is a promising beginning, staying together is a progress; and working together is a success.” Well, Hungary and Europe found each other more than 1,000 years ago. After a painful bypass in history, we can state today that we stayed together. After […]

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The Strong Bonds Between Canada and Taiwan

April 1, 2004 10:21 am
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Dr. Thomas T.P. Chen, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office representative, took some time to talk to Ottawa Life Magazine about his thoughts on Taiwan’s political future, the country’s relationship with Canada and little known facts about a Canadian hero in Taiwan. Q: I understand you were a professor at Queen’s […]

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Iran Wants Closer Ties With Canada

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Situated in Rockcliffe, the Iranian Ambassador’s residence is traditionally designed with ceramics, glass and intricate patterns, using elements of diverse architectural styles (Parsi, Razi, Khorasani, Azari and Isfahani). The residence is a fusion of two very separate cultures, designed by Canadian architect Barry J. Hobin and Persian architect Aliakbar B. […]

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We Must Rouse Ourselves to Deal With AIDS and STIs in Africa

February 2, 2004 10:31 pm
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The West must start dealing seriously with access to care in the context of children orphaned by AIDS, and other children vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). I choose to focus on orphaned children, because they remain perhaps the most intractable of all issues related to care and support. We’ve […]

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Our Unethical Government: The Taxpayers’ Bane

February 1, 2004 12:27 pm
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YOU MIGHT CALL IT ONE HELL OF AN EXPENSIVE WAY TO GET A PAY RAISE. SEVERAL FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS ARE CAUGHT IN SCANDALS COSTING TAXPAYERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS — THROUGH WHAT FORMER AUDITOR GENERAL DENIS DESAUTELS DESCRIBED AS “SLOPPY PAPERWORK.” A YEAR LATER, 96% OF THE MANDARINS (4,039 SENIOR GOVERNMENT […]

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Yadda, Yadda, Yadda: Liberal MP Mauril Belanger Responds to his Constituents’ Woes

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In a story that appeared in our December 2003 edition, Col. (retired) Alain Pellerin examined the unfortunate situation of 350 military families in Rockcliffe whose community is becoming very rundown. While successive ministers of National Defence often claim that the well-being of military families is of paramount importance, this claim […]

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Have You No Shame — The Shocking Expenses Of Our Unelected City Managers

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Shocking. That’s how Auditor General Sheila Fraser described the waste of $100 million of taxpayers’ money in her February 10 report to Parliament on the Liberal government’s sponsorship fiasco in Quebec. But for jaded Canadian taxpayers, the waste of their hard-earned money is nothing new. Ever since former Privacy Commissioner […]

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Paul Martin on Foreign Policy: Be Fair…And Be Firm

December 1, 2003 11:53 am
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The United States is our closest friend. We share a multitude of values with them. But we also have a different perspective on the world, one that says the world working together can solve its problems far better than any kind of individual or unilateral action.”— Paul Martin, in an […]

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Chain of Command Lets Rockcliffe Military Community Go Down The Drain

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One of the outcomes of the recent tragedy that took the lives of two Canadian soldiers and injured three of their comrades just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, was to witness the closeness of a military community as it quickly came to the support of the grief-stricken families. The military is […]

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