Prostitution and Canadian Society’s Moral Compass

June 27, 2011 9:00 am

The issue isn’t whether or not we subscribe to the idea that engaging in prostitution on either end of the transaction is right or wrong, but rather if everyone deserves a right to protection.

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Canada : In a State of Denial

June 17, 2011 9:00 am

There are so many people even today who have a very negative perception of Canada’s First Nations People. Not only do they have a negative perception, but many times they feel contempt, indifference to their current detrimental predicament, and a sense of unfairness that they glean certain benefits from the federal government that other Canadians do not.

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Wrestling Canadian Cultural Identity

June 7, 2011 9:00 am

Recent cuts to staff at the National Gallery of Canada are a wound on national institutions that present the country’s cultural fabrics. There is always debate about the importance of the arts to this country.

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Is Liberalism Dead in Canada?

May 17, 2011 10:11 am

The post election hand wringing has seemingly only confirmed that the liberal party is adrift with no sense of direction. Although there is constant talk of the need for ‘renewal,’ party members seem deeply uncertain as to what this process might mean.

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Our Shifting Political Landscape

May 3, 2011 10:11 pm
Michael Ignatieff

“Politics,” as Michael Ignatieff graciously acknowledged last night, “offers hard lessons we all must learn.” This is not only a hard truth for defeated politicians and for those who still invest hopes in the political process. It is also the case for prognosticators of the political scene.

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Why Isn’t Health Care A Major Campaign Issue?

9:18 am

Canadians’ commitment to a publicly funded universally based health care system remains as strong as ever. Yet the debate over the future of health care continues to rage on. The competing narratives should be by now familiar. On the one hand, commentators incessantly remind us that our health care system […]

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Public Service campaign defends future of professionals and vital services to Canadians

April 28, 2011 4:07 pm

The stakes are high for one particular group of professionals who create a large proportion of Ottawa’s population and who also deliver vital services to the rest of the people.

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Public Service debate puts heat on Conservatives

April 27, 2011 1:07 pm

The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada in partnership with the University of Ottawa held the Future of the Public Service debate on April 26.

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Greener days are not ahead: Where is Elizabeth May and the Green Party in this campaign?

April 20, 2011 3:34 pm

How we address energy issues and the emerging impacts of climate change will assume a central role in the country’s evolution, yet more than half way through this campaign, the environment merits nary a word from the major parties.

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Ottawa’s new kid on the icon block

April 15, 2011 9:43 am
Convention cntr

Rising out of the east bank of the Rideau canal, just a shadow’s cast from The Chateau Laurier in downtown Ottawa – like a giant B-movie, gently marauding clam – ballooning like the croaking of an amphibious swollen throat and jowl – wedged in like a ‘Day The World Stood […]

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Assessing the English Debate: Who won? Call it a draw.

April 13, 2011 12:49 pm

If it was a boxing match and Stephen Harper was the defending champion, he would win by virtue of it being declared a draw.

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Fear Factor: What is Stephen Harper so afraid of?

April 11, 2011 3:56 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party strike me as relatively unprepared for this election. Or if they are prepared, they certainly seem complacent.

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In Canada is racism a spectator sport?

March 28, 2011 3:42 pm
band-aid racism

Happy to have found a seat near the back of a homeward-bound transit vehicle I did my best to settle into what had all the appearances of a standard rush hour ride.

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The True North Strong and Free

November 16, 2010 11:11 pm

Canada is a northern country. The North has inspired our artists and adventurers. It defines us all as Canadians. And it is more central to our national destiny than ever before. Our Government has recognized this since taking office in 2006. It is the reason that we have has made the North a much higher priority that it had been for many, many, years. This is especially timely, given increased interest by other nations in the Arctic region.

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Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth

September 6, 2010 12:18 am

Juliet B. Schor • The Penguin Press, 2010, 258pp.

Oxygen depletion, the formation of ecological dead zones and the further disruption of the food chain will be among the effects of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In light of such consequences, U.S. President Barack Obama made the prudent decision to impose a 6 month moratorium on all deepwater drilling. Yet a U.S. Supreme Court judge has struck down the moratorium, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.” Not surprisingly, oil companies like Chevron and Exxon are relieved by the ruling, pointing out that they weren’t responsible for the unfolding tragedy in the Gulf. What is surprising is the support for the judge’s ruling on the part of many in local communities devastated by the oil spill. In Louisiana and Florida the accident has thrust tourism, fishing and all of the other industries dependent on healthy ocean ecosystems into steep declines. People remain outraged at BP, to be sure. Yet for the devastated local Gulf communities, stopping deepwater drilling remains a prospect that most are not prepared to entertain.

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G8 and G20: Steph Davidson’s Final Thoughts

July 20, 2010 6:30 am

The headlines beckon to newsstand passersby: “Budget watchdog probing summits’ $1-billion price tag,” “Tories defend $2M fake lake,” “Faux Canada,” “Summit security, $1B; fake lake, $57K; jokes, priceless.” The press, the opposition and public alike have spent the months leading up to June’s G8 and G20 – in Muskoka and Toronto respectively – decrying the growing cost of hosting the world summits while the government defends its decisions down to the last dime.

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Woe Is Ottawa

July 13, 2010 1:33 pm

Weighing in on City Plight Before Going to the Polls

As Ottawa’s population swiftly approaches 1 million, we have a chance to redefine ourselves. Do we want to continue our urban sprawl and house a massive suburban area? Do we want to build up — not out — and increase density by intensifying the downtown core, thus having buildings closer together and become more reliant on public transit?

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