From Grievance to Growth

February 8, 2016 2:19 pm

James Wilson argues that the Maori in New Zealand have created a system we should aspire to emulate. How Indigenous-led business partnerships can lead the way. Moving Manitoba’s Indigenous peoples from the liability to asset column was a topic that consumed some of Manitoba’s most innovative First Nations and mainstream […]

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OLM Editorial: The LeBreton Flats Fiasco and Why Melanie Joly Must Reform the NCC

February 3, 2016 1:55 pm
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A concept image for Rendevous LeBreton.  For years the National Capital Commission (NCC) has been the most inept, closed, secretive, elitist and incompetent organization in the federal government. Their tagline should be “The NCC- We Never Miss an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity.” The NCC board of directors has 15 […]

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What We Need to Learn from the Death of Sammy Yatim

February 1, 2016 1:57 pm

As long as there is something we can learn from the shooting death of Sammy Yatim by a Toronto Police Officer, than the 18-year-old’s passing will not have been in vain.  If you follow the innumerable examples of wrongdoing by police, not just in this province but across Canada, one […]

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The New Health Accord could be Trudeau’s Most Significant Achievement

January 27, 2016 10:00 am
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Photo by Jean-Marc Carisse. Health Ministers Must Spend Smarter and Negotiate Wiser. This week the country’s 14 health ministers have been gathering in Vancouver for a pan-Canadian summit to begin negotiating a new Health Accord. The previous accord saw $41 billion transferred to the provinces over the last decade. This […]

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Toward a True Health Accord

January 25, 2016 10:46 am

This week Canada’s Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Philpott, will meet with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Vancouver. This is no ordinary get-together. In his letter to the Minister, Prime Minister Trudeau tasked Philpott with “engaging provinces and territories in the development of a new, multi-year Health Accord with long-term funding […]

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Ottawa Expertise on Display In Kazakhstan/Central Asia

January 21, 2016 2:59 pm

Downtown Astana, photo by Ken and Nyetta. Kazakhstan is a country on the move. Kazaks are the ancestors of the great Genghis Khan. Today, their diverse multicultural society, with its historical tribes, numerous languages and religions and their international outlook in global affairs has made it one of the most compelling countries […]

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Moving Forward on Health Care Reform

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Why more money for health care is not the answer In the Speech from the Throne and since, the new Liberal government has clearly said it is ready to re-engage with the provinces and territories on health care. This is a welcome development. For most of the past decade, the […]

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Why it’s time for a National Autism Strategy

January 20, 2016 11:55 am

Over a year ago, I was invited to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Parliament Hill.  It was attended by a dozen or more Senators from both major parties, political staffers and invited guests mostly from autism non-profit organizations.  I expected a predictable ‘feel good’ event about how far we’ve […]

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Five Ways We Can Reduce Suicides in Canada

January 19, 2016 11:51 am

Why a suicide prevention strategy needs to include injury prevention Despite recent headlines, Canadian rates of suicide and attempted suicide have remained largely unchanged over the last several decades (11 per 100,000).  What has changed is that we’ve seen increasing rates of suicide in the Canadian military recently, after stable […]

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What Should be Covered by our Publicly Funded Healthcare System?

January 15, 2016 9:44 am

Patients and doctors need to learn the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want.’ All across Canada provincial governments are grappling with ever growing healthcare demands in the face of shrinking resources.  Our enviable publicly funded health system is now well into a downward spiral of unenviable disrepair.  As patients are becoming […]

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Why Ontario Needs to do More About Doctors who Abuse Patients

January 14, 2016 11:12 am

Reforms by Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons are a step in the right direction, but not enough. Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons receives numerous deeply concerning reports of doctors sexually abusing their patients each year despite the adoption of a “zero tolerance” approach to such abuse 20 years […]

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Putting children’s health and resiliency on the national agenda

January 12, 2016 1:48 pm

By Chris Harper Last year, at a camp in southern New Brunswick, I met Evan. Before turning eight, he had bounced from foster home to foster home. He was sent to camp without a bathing suit or sufficient lunch. Regardless, Evan smiled constantly, excelled in school and had a striking sense of compassion. […]

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Three Things the Federal Government Can Do to Improve the Registered Disability Savings Plan

January 8, 2016 3:07 pm

Many of us in the disability community were pleasantly surprised when the Liberal party promised to create a National Disabilities Act that would safeguard disability rights, reduce systemic barriers and establish a foundation of opportunity for those affected by disability.  Canada is an outlier among developed nations for not having […]

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Ottawa Legal The Big Picture: Ottawa Law Firms are Amongst the Best in the World

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It is the trade of lawyers to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour. — THOMAS JEFFERSON From international media coverage of gripping court cases to the dramatic portrayals of lawyers on television and film screens, we love to watch the law. As a city that is home to some […]

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Five Things You Might Not Know About Food Insecurity in Canada.

January 7, 2016 10:30 am

For many Canadians, food plays a central role in the holiday festivities. But for those experiencing food insecurity, a bountiful feast will not be in the cards this year. Over 4 million Canadians, including 1.15 million children experience some level of food insecurity. Food insecurity, also known as ‘food poverty,’ […]

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Why Canada Needs a National Plan to Address Dementia and Alzheimer’s

December 22, 2015 10:47 am

One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in ageing is the loss of cognitive abilities and functional autonomy that are associated with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The projections of the number of Canadians living with dementia are staggering, with over 750,000 individuals affected today, an attendant […]

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Canadians Should Modernize not Privatize Medicare

December 21, 2015 11:27 am

National Medicare Week has just passed, buoyed with optimism as a fresh-faced government takes the reins in Ottawa – elected partly on a promise of renewed federal leadership on health care.  Yet these “sunny ways” are overcast by recent developments at the provincial level that entrench and legitimize two-tier care. Saskatchewan […]

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