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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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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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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Is it Time to Allow Assisted Suicide?

October 21, 2014 3:40 pm

Most Canadians do not have access to comprehensive palliative care This week, the Supreme Court of Canada has been hearing an appeal by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. With this impending ruling and the passing of Bill 52 in […]

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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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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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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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Political Profile: Jeff Morrison

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Aiming to innovate, energize and engage downtown Ottawa Innovation, vibrancy, partnership and engagement—these are the key themes of Somerset ward candidate Jeff Morrison’s platform. Ottawa has not been as embracing of new approaches, new building techniques or new forms of development of green innovations, according to Morrison. He wants to […]

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Working to Build a New Ottawa: Martin Canning

August 18, 2014 9:30 am
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There is a change happening in Ottawa, according to city councillor hopeful Martin Canning, and he wants to be a big part of that change. Canning’s campaign began in January with the launch of his website and vision, ‘New Ottawa’. The Somerset ward candidate defines New Ottawa as the most […]

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The Chaos that is the RCMP

July 21, 2014 9:41 am
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I have read in various media reports that the RCMP officers in Moncton who responded to the call of an individual walking down a street brandishing a firearm were only equipped with pistols and shotguns. I was very shocked and dismayed to read these reports because in 2009 I was […]

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Not Malevolence but Massive Mind Numbing Incompetence by City Hall Civil Servants

July 11, 2014 1:45 pm
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Kirkpatrick or the Council–One of Them or BOTH Have to Go Ottawa city Manager Kent Kirkpatrick is (over) paid at $330,000 per year. That he has no shame and has yet to submit his resignation in light of yet another complete debacle under his guidance as the top city civil […]

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To the Editor of Ottawa Life

July 9, 2014 10:55 am
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Re: Report Card on Wait Times in Canada Omits Important Developments (published on July 3, 2014) Doctors Don Dick and Linda Woodhouse quite rightly note the great work Alberta has been undertaking to improve the standardization, collection and utilization of access and other health system performance related data. However, I […]

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