Citizenship Week Event Engages Youth

October 16, 2015 1:55 pm

Photo courtesy of Ryan Parent How much do you know about Canada? Historica Canada has celebrated Citizenship Week by engaging youth from across Canada. The event assembled 82 students and encouraged them to reflect on Canada’s history and identity. Taking place from October 12th to 18th, one event saw young […]

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Pharmacare is for Kids Too

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Written by Avram Denburg and Steve Morgan You are the parent of a sick child. You have a limited budget and you must decide to buy the medicine the doctor prescribed for your child or provide food and shelter for your family instead. What do you do? Sadly this dilemma is one too […]

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Donbass Refugees: Unwanted War

October 15, 2015 9:59 am
Olimp hostel in Bor, Russia provides each refugee a bed and a meal three times a day.

Photo courtesy of Valeriy Melnikov / RIA Novosti.  One day residents of Donbass woke up to nothing. People had no jobs. Kids had no school to go to. Banks closed their doors. Food became scarce and expensive. This is how Olga describes life after the war in the eastern Ukraine began. […]

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Saskatoon’s Housing Crisis Is a Health Emergency

October 14, 2015 11:17 am
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Recently, a disturbing photo of five people sleeping in a Saskatoon bank lobby became headline news and filled social media feeds. An earlier photo had contrasted the lush yards on the east side of the riverbank with tents in the bushes on the west side. A few days later, homelessness […]

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What I Didn’t Learn in Medical School

October 13, 2015 10:59 am
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Sometimes doctors can’t fix what makes their patients sick in the first place. I began medical school optimistic about what becoming a physician meant I could do for my future patients. Naively, I presumed my career would involve treating patients’ illnesses so they could return to lead full and fulfilling […]

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Are we finally in a health election campaign?

October 9, 2015 9:57 am
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Why more affordable medications for Canadians should be an all-party priority in this federal election. It’s become almost a matter of faith: health and health care are perennially among the top priorities for Canadians, but are nearly invisible in election platforms and debates. This observation has led health care providers, health care […]

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City Announces New Plan for Safer Streets

October 8, 2015 3:12 pm
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Over are the days of cars ruling the roads, as the City of Ottawa has just put a red light on their 50 year-old practice of automotive domination. On October 7, the Transportation committee unanimously backed The Complete Streets Implementation Framework, keeping the interests of pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users […]

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Some of the Most Complex Needs of My Patients Stem from Poverty and not Disease Alone

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Why Canadian children need a champion. A young girl is referred to a pediatrician’s office for inability to pay attention in the classroom. The child’s teacher is concerned she has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and possibly, a learning disability. I am a second year medical student working in the […]

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Do Canadians Spend Too Much on Taxes?

October 7, 2015 10:05 am
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Here’s why that’s the wrong question “There are lies, damned lies and statistics” is the well-worn phrase, but nothing better sums up the recent Fraser Institute scare mongering about taxes being the single largest budget item of Canadian households.  “Your family’s largest expense may surprise you,” the ideological-driven think tank […]

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Blue Rodeo Slams Harper In New Protest Song

September 30, 2015 2:58 pm
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It’s been merely a month, but yet another anti-conservative diddy has gone viral. Following the controversial suspension of federal government scientist Tony Turner, Superstar country-rock group Blue Rodeo are the newest band of Canadians protesting the Conservative party with their new hit, “Stealin’ All My Dreams.” In a recent trend, […]

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Why Affordable Housing Should be a Federal Election Issue

September 29, 2015 9:54 am
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It’s time to make affordable housing an issue in the federal election campaign. Four million people are struggling to find affordable housing in Canada today.  By affordable, I’m using the Canada Mortgage and Housing (CMHC) standard rule of thumb of about 30 percent of income going to housing that is […]

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Response to Refugee Crisis Must Include Expanding Refugee Healthcare

September 24, 2015 2:50 pm
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The haunting image of Alan Kurdi’s lifeless body lying face down on a Turkish beach, and the subsequent revelation of the Kurdi family’s intention to seek asylum in Canada, have prompted many Canadians to ask what we can do as a country to help Syrian refugees. So far, our search […]

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Bringing Order to Chaos in the Debate on Marijuana?

September 23, 2015 10:01 am
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In the midst of Presidential Primary races in the USA, a federal election in Canada and myriad internationally supported and jurisdictional laws in place on the issue elsewhere on earth, marijuana has quietly dominated the media, political and business landscapes. Yet little, it appears, seems to be understood by the […]

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Should Eye Exams be Mandatory for School-Age Kids?

September 21, 2015 11:06 am
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Most Canadian children never have their eyes examined, yet one in six may have a vision problem. Currently only 14 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six receive professional eye care. Since the measles outbreak in North America a few months ago, more school districts and provinces […]

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Opinion: Something is Rotten in the State of Ottawa

September 16, 2015 1:47 pm

It has been said that the reason nothing changes in the criminal justice system is due to the ‘four horsemen’ of political inaction: inertia, ignorance, apathy and cost. When it comes to the Ottawa Police Services Board and their lackadaisical attitude to the issue of carding, it appears all four […]

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Arrested for Sleeping?

September 11, 2015 10:55 am
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The struggle to occupy public space. As humans, we need to sleep. It is biologically unavoidable. Yet, on both sides of the border, sleeping can be considered a criminal act, especially if you are homeless and have no place to rest your head other than in public spaces such as […]

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Three Things Everyone Should Know About Autism in Canada

September 1, 2015 11:33 am
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Canadian governments have done little to address the crisis faced by autism families across the country. This sentiment was true in 2007 when it was put forward in the cross-party Senate report on the state of funding for the treatment of autism in Canada, aptly titled, Pay Now or Pay […]

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