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
Destruction at ground zero in Lac-Megantic

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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City Must Put Western LRT into Underground Tunnel: Partially Buried Trains Won’t Save Parkway Greenspace

June 10, 2013 11:12 am
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The City of Ottawa must ensure that the Light Rail Transit (LRT) it proposes for the Western Parkway is moved to an underground tunnel, said Lesley Taylor, president of the community group Underground Solution.  “The City of Ottawa’s proposed trenched LRT route will drastically reduce access to the parkland of […]

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On Being a Day-Tripper At 24 Sussex

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By Jean-Pierre Allard  “Just watch him”, I heard Maggie tell the nanny one balmy afternoon in September 1972 while I was slowly making my way upstairs at 24 Sussex. Pierre was at work on the Hill, so I knew she had to be referring to her 10-month old baby Justin. […]

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Sinbads of Kazakhstan

May 29, 2013 5:04 pm
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The Sinelniks team request assistance from the Russian Military Forces to sail through the pirate region. The destroyer Admiral Levchenko escorted the Rusich  through the Horn of Africa for three days. (Photo: Eleanor Wilks)   “There’s nothing better to behold Than for friends to roam around the world And close friends the hardship do […]

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Democracy Watch Unloads on Harper Government for Chronic Lack of Accountability in Series of Cover-ups

May 22, 2013 12:58 pm
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According to Democracy Watch, “biased, lapdog investigations mean cover-up of Senate scandal most likely outcome and public inquiry will be needed – Wright, Duffy should be found guilty of violating ethics rules, and possibly other laws “Ethics Commissioner has covered up twice already for Nigel Wright, Senate Ethics Officer is […]

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“Look at me, not my chair”

May 21, 2013 4:33 pm
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Peter Mackay, Justin Trudeau and Martha Hall-Finley participating in Chair-Leaders, a nationwide campaign with events taking place all across Canada. Life isn’t easy for people living with spinal cord injuries. One of the main issues has been and remains to be their mobility. Several things in today’s society make it harder for […]

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Canadian Red Cross Celebrates World Red Cross Day

May 13, 2013 10:23 am
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Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson helped celebrate World Red Cross Day by officially proclaiming May 8 as World Red Cross Day in Ottawa. Also in the photo is David Fraser, chair of the Ottawa Branch Council of the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross hosted its 2nd Annual Open House on May 8 […]

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Ontario: Is This a Wynne-ing or a Losing Budget?

May 3, 2013 10:21 am
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s 2013 budget was tabled on May 2. Premier Wynne’s minority Liberals have delivered an Ontario budget full of NDP proposals, but it’s unclear whether the New Democrats will support it.The coming days will decide if Premier Wynne’s government stays in power or is forced into a […]

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Fixing the Unfixable: Queen Street “Beautification” Project Is Absurd

April 30, 2013 10:55 am
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The City of Ottawa is now studying design proposals for the transformation of Queen Street into a new “Showcase Street” and pedestrian route. Why do these well-paid planners live in such a dream world? Everyone knows Queen Street is wretchedly ugly (save for a very few architectural triumphs) and the […]

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Light Rail Transit Western Extension: Either Build It Right or Don’t Build It at all

April 27, 2013 5:13 pm
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When one thinks of all the money spent on foolishness by the City of Ottawa, their efforts to keep a lid on LRT costs are baffling. To reduce costs, the City wants to build the western extension of the LRT through an area west of Tunney’s Pasture where few people […]

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