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Top Canadian Holiday Deal Destinations

Henrik Kjellberg | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Travel
Henrik Kjellberg

Is it really possible to find a good deal on a holiday getaway? Absolutely! I've put together a list of local cities that are seeing the steepest hotel price drops this holiday season, to help you find the best deals. Whether you're visiting family or taking a well-earned vacation, use this as a guide to find the best deals and deepest savings.

New Hospital Funding Method Discharges Patients "Quicker But Sicker'

Karen Palmer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Business
Karen Palmer

Most Canadians probably don't realize that health care in Canada is quietly undergoing a major transformation in funding that could significantly impact patients. Three provinces -- Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia -- are implementing a new funding model for hospitals and other provinces are watching with interest.

Why There Will Never Be Another Jean Beliveau

Anne Lagace Dowson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada
Anne Lagace Dowson

Béliveau was much admired for his fidelity -- to his team, to the church, and to his family. Béliveau was that rare thing -- an athlete who could comfortably rub shoulders with the mucky mucks, the Desmarais' of Power Corporation, the Gillettes and Molsons who owned the team.

Quebecers, Don't Let TransCanada's Sweet Words Fool You Into Supporting the Pipeline

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 12.09.2014 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

Would the spokesmen for TransCanada be able to give a logical explanation as to how mere transshipment of petroleum using automated pumping systems would create jobs or any worthwhile economic activity in our province?

Quebec Should Not Put Age Limits on In Vitro Fertilization

Marina Adshade | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Marina Adshade

Last week, Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette tabled a bill that, if passed, will strictly prohibit women over the age of 42 from having access to in vitro fertilization (IVF). While the purpose of the bill, on the surface at least, is to lessen financial strain on the healthcare system, this particular section of the bill doesn't seem to have been included for that purpose. It seems much more likely that what the Quebec government is trying to save is donor eggs, not dollars.

When It Comes To B.C. Local Elections, Standing Out Isn't A Good Thing

Dermod Travis | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

For the last six weeks, deep in the B.C. legislature, eight MLAs have been toiling away at trying to set spending limits for municipal parties and their candidates in 2018, as well as third parties. It's been an oddly quiet discussion, given that their recommendations might restore a modicum of faith in local democracy. Might.

Subsidizing Electric Cars Is a Waste of Money

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

There's no doubt that electric cars are hot. From the beginning of 2012 to the beginning of 2014, the number of them on the road around the world quadrupled from 100,000 to 400,000. When you look at the numbers, though, it turns out that subsidizing electric cars is an extremely inefficient way of curbing GHGs. In other words, it costs a lot to reduce a little.

Why Energy East Will Fail the Quebec and Ontario Climate Test

Cameron Fenton | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Energy East is the largest tar sands pipeline ever proposed. It would facilitate an additional 650,000 to 750,000 barrels per day of tar sands production. This would mean up to 32 million tonnes of carbon emissions each year, the same as adding 7 million new cars to Canadian roads and a larger footprint than the entire province of Nova Scotia.

Quebec's Proposed Health Care Reform Ignores Scientific Evidence

François Béland | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
François Béland

Scientific evidence does not support the presumption of Bill 10 that there will be a reduction in bureaucracy with the centralization of decision-making. National and international experience has shown time and time again that the proposed reform will not have the desired effects and, in fact, will make healthcare delivery more complex.

Why Canada's Charity System Needs To Consider 'Disbenefits'

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

If the definition of charity can be improved by examining Scotland's law, certainly there is merit in looking to the civil law of Quebec for concepts that could enhance the meaning of charity in Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada has moved away from the common law tradition of enabling courts to evolve new charitable purposes by analogy to previously recognized purposes.

Canada's Top 15 Best Value Cities for 2015

Trivago.ca | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

If you're looking for a fun and affordable vacation it's time to travel domestically and explore one of hotel comparison trivago.ca's 15 Best Value Canadian Cities for 2015. Based on the yearly average price of a standard double room and the destinations' overall hotel reputation on over 200 booking sites, trivago has revealed the home turf cities that are both budget friendly and worth a visit in 2015!

Quebec's Health Reform Bill 10 Takes Micro-Managing To New Heights

François Béland | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
François Béland

Bureaucrats are not only bureaucrats. They are managers. Establishments are not only bureaucracies, they are at the centre of decision-making. Good managers will make decisions and accept the consequences of their actions. With Bill 10, the Ministerial role becomes much more intrusive.

Where to Enjoy Fine Dining On Montreal's Main Street

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada
Adrian Brijbassi

When I introduce myself to Marc-Alexandre Mercier, he is sprawled on a weathered picnic table at the back of his restaurant, catching a few precious m...

If We Call it "Occupied Kashmir," Why Not Call it "Occupied Hong Kong"?

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

In their TV news reporting, BBC World often says "Indian-occupied Kashmir." And yet, the term "Chinese-occupied Hong Kong" is never heard. Why? "Occ...

The Fur Industry Has a Very Dark Side

Gabriel Wildgen | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Wildgen

In the wake of a shocking investigation into a fox and mink fur factory farm last August by the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks, the fur industry's PR machine has subjected the public to a slew of spin, hoping to obfuscate and isolate the troubling findings.

Scotland's Referendum Smashed the Status Quo in the U.K.

Diane Francis | Posted 11.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London. The Scottish referendum has smashed the status quo in the U.K. and is the most recent, high profile, non-violent example of the rise of the consumer-citizen.

Why Mexico's Ban on Advertising Food to Kids Might Not Work

Bill Bogart | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Business
Bill Bogart

This summer Mexico put in place a ban of food advertising to children. The target is junk. Restricting advertising to children is good policy as one part of efforts to have our kids eat nutritiously right from the start. However, in this increasingly interconnected world it is harder and harder for any one society to effectively constrain such promotions.

Quebec On Path To 'Chaos': Police Union President

CBC | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Politics

The head of Montreal’s police union says the Quebec government is setting the province on a path to ‘chaos’ with its proposed pension reform leg...

Scotland Weighs Lessons From Quebec

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Politics

At first glance, it might seem Quebec and Scotland have little in common. But look a little closer and some similarities emerge. Both are famous for...

Quebec Wants To Get Strict On E-Cigs

CBC | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Living

The Quebec government may soon crack down on the sale of electronic cigarettes, if Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois has her way. Charlebois w...

Harper in Quebec: It's Now or Never

Joseph Soares | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Joseph Soares

If the past is any indication of the future, what could seem politically impossible for Stephen Harper today is in fact possible. Many seem to think that the next election could exclude any input from Québec. Those who think so are making a huge mistake.

Canada's Car Culture Isn't as Bad as the Danish Tourists Think

Mark D. McGuire | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Mark D. McGuire

This week, two European tourists complained about the Canadian car culture after a brief stint in the 10 million square kilometer nation of over 35-million people. The British and Danish complainers now reside in Aarhus, Denmark. While I support criticizing a country, it is also good to have the facts in order. To that end, here are some stats Chabowski should have taken into account before making rush judgments on Canadian society.

'Ole' and Other Montreal Jazz Fest Highlights

Adrian Brijbassi | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Music
Adrian Brijbassi

If you missed this show, he's also performing at Festival d'Ete in Quebec City (July 7) and the Ottawa Bluesfest (July 9). Last year, Woodkid's show at Metropolis on the early days of the festival was the talk of the festival. It earned him a spot on the main stage as the headlining act on opening night. Shorty deserves another invite and hopefully for one of the free outdoor shows too.

The Area Where We Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs

Jeff Begley | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Jeff Begley

I would like to turn to the organization of support services in the health and social services system. Huge savings could be made in this area. Costs for support services have exploded while total payroll went down. How can these costs be brought under better control?

Quebec's Budget Is the Next Step in a Recovery Plan

Sean Speer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Business
Sean Speer

As the saying goes, the first step is overcoming denial and the premier's recent comments suggest he understands the magnitude of Quebec's fiscal problems. The next step requires a bold plan to rein in government debt and improve tax competitiveness. The upcoming budget is a chance to move the province forward.