What the Future of American Health Care Means for Canada

November 12, 2013 11:46 am
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Will Obamacare impact Canadian health care policy? It’s among the many questions that were posed to Trudy Lieberman, past president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and press critic for the Columbia Journalism Review. Lieberman recently completed a cross-Canada public speaking tour, as a Fulbright Scholar and guest of the Evidence […]

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Political Power Brokers of the National Capital Region

October 7, 2013 11:50 am
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“It would not take long for a future tax-and-spend government to imperil the economic stability Canada enjoys”: An Interview with Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre (Nepean-Carleton) As told to Harvey F. Chartrand Pierre Poilievre is the 34-year-old Minister of State (Democratic Reform) and four-term Conservative Member of Parliament for Nepean-Carleton. After […]

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Conservation First, Results Later

October 1, 2013 10:52 am
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The rallying cry of many contemporary environmentalists is “conservation” – emphasizing the need for the preservation and restoration of our natural resources. Critics have often accused the Ontario Ministry of Energy of ignoring the importance of conservation. For the Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Ontario’s recently appointed Minister of Energy and current […]

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Interview with Cho Hee-yong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada

September 27, 2013 10:53 am
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                      Interview with Ottawa Life Magazine – Ambassador Cho Hee-yong  OTTAWA LIFE MAGAZINE: What is your background as an Ambassador and when did you first arrive in Canada? What are your impressions of Canada since arriving in Ottawa?  AMBASSADOR CHO […]

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A Good Corporation: “Conscious Capitalism” Is Sprouting in Ottawa

September 23, 2013 10:24 am
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            In early September, Céline Bak drew three bottom lines under her company. From now on, Analytica Advisors – a clean technology consultancy based in Ottawa – officially stands for the triple bottom line of people, planet, profit. Bak has a Benefit Corporation (B Corp) […]

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The Renaissance of Downtown Ottawa Is at Hand… but the Federal Government Is Still a Hindrance to the Process Rather than a Help

September 16, 2013 11:47 am
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Downtown Ottawa is undergoing an architectural renaissance. Unsightly parking lots are gradually being replaced by gleaming condos and office towers. Ottawa Life Magazine spoke to city councillor Diane Holmes, who represents Ward 14 Somerset. “When I first was elected in ’82, I thought I’d never see people from the suburbs […]

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City and YMCA-YWCA partner for successful TRY Supportive Housing Program for Women

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Ottawa Councillor Mathieu Fleury, TRY Program participant Cheryl, President and CEO of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region Deirdre Speers, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Mark Taylor, Councillor Katherine Hobbs and Janice Burelle, Administrator with the City of Ottawa’s Housing Services, cut the cake during a celebration at the Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA on Friday, Sept. 13. 2013. The City joined together with the Y to celebrate the successes of the TRY Supportive Housing Program for Women.

Phase 1 of the TRY Supportive Housing Program for Women  was established in 2011 to provide temporary housing to women 18 years of age or older who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. After hearing feedback about the positive improvements in the residents’ lives, the program was expanded […]

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Bingo Halls’ Profits Plunge due to Online Bingo Sites

September 3, 2013 9:52 am
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With online bingo sites launching left, right and center –  will traditional bingo halls survive?  Unfortunately, this isn’t great news for people who use bingo games as a form of raising money for charity. As well as new bingo sites being launched all the time – there is competition from […]

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Police wrongdoing on rise, changes needed now

August 23, 2013 9:37 am
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There are no easy answers to explain why a Toronto police officer shot a knife-wielding 18-year-old who posed no public threat nine times, but it does raise a red flag that something is seriously wrong with the way police deal with crisis situations. By Darryl T. Davies It would be […]

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Canada sees increase in number of doctors, but at a cost

August 14, 2013 11:13 am
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Physician workloads decreasing while their incomes are rising by Livio Di Matteo Physicians are the second largest component of provincial government health spending in Canada, averaging about 20 percent of overall healthcare budgets – and constituting one of the fastest growing public health sector costs of recent years.  This is […]

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The Real Russia

August 9, 2013 1:11 pm
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Interested in Russia? Interested in what’s really happening in Russia? The Institute of Modern Russia looks to nurture relationships founded on principle and strengthen respect for human rights as well as cultivate Russia’s democratic development. Visit http://imrussia.org/ or more information.

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Time to tackle the rooming-house paradox

July 26, 2013 9:50 am
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More than 30,000 homeless Canadians daily, thousands more part of the ‘hidden homeless’ by Jino Distasio On any given night, thousands of Canadians languish in ramshackle housing, line up at shelters or sleep in our streets and alleyways.  This situation is not limited to our big cities, with the Homeless […]

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Performance Review

July 24, 2013 11:10 am
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This spring, Canadians were astonished to learn that the former head of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal – the federal authority responsible for investigating allegations of discrimination – was fired for “gross mismanagement.” The report filed by the Public Integrity Commissioner, following a two-year investigation prompted by a union complaint, […]

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Tragedy Touches Lac-Mégantic

July 16, 2013 10:20 am
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Just over a week ago, the picturesque Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic entered the public lexicon for all the wrong reasons. On Saturday, July 6, at 1:14 a.m., an unmanned runaway freight train belonging to the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic (MMA) Railway Ltd. derailed in the heart of the town. But […]

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Why Ontario Should Pioneer the Expansion of Prescription Drug Coverage in Canada

June 26, 2013 10:59 am
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New report finds Ontario wastes billions of dollars annually on current pharmacare model By Steve Morgan At a national health policy conference last week, Ontario’s Health Minister Deb Matthews made a few notable comments. Among them was a request that policy experts applaud government officials when they do the right […]

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No More Mudslinging: Deeper Focus on Accountability Needed on the Hill

June 13, 2013 5:39 pm
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 Senate spending scandals shouldn’t be an excuse for pointing fingers, but an opportunity to improve accountability across the board in the Canadian government.  The latest investigations into the expenses of Conservative and Liberal Senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau, Mac Harb and Pamela Wallin, have proven troubling. After being reviewed by […]

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Time for Toronto’s Media Elites to Take a Look in the Mirror

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By Joanna Plucinska All journalists should be concerned about recent decisions taken by the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail concerning the standard of evidence they require in reporting. In their quest to “investigate” the actions of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and his Councilor brother Doug Ford, many in […]

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