Shachi Kurl

Will Canadians See The Jagmeet Singh Beneath The Turban?

Shachi Kurl | May 23, 2017 | Canada Politics
Canadians can be judgey when it comes to politicians' appearances. Stephen Harper was fat-shamed over his fondness for root beer. Chrystia Freeland takes heat for often wearing the same dress. And if Tom Mulcair's beard was a topic for the last federal campaign, it's certain Singh's beard, tuban, and kirpan -- all tenets of his faith -- will be the subject of discussion at the coffee shop, the ice rink, and on talk radio.
Charlie Angus

We Can Close The Class Divide In Health Care With Universal Pharmacare

Charlie Angus | May 23, 2017 | Canada Politics
Canada has the second-highest drug costs in the world after the United States, and drugs represent the fastest growing category of health expenditure. The Trudeau government's trade deal with Europe will only add to the problem. Pharmacare is a health issue, a class issue and an issue of fairness.

Earlier Access To New Drugs Could Solve Canada's Affordability Crisis

Fred Roeder | May 23, 2017 | Canada Politics
At the heart of Canada's prescription drug affordability crisis are the long approval processes and prospective reimbursement lists. Improving customer choice by allowing earlier access to new pharmaceuticals would be a silver bullet to reducing drug costs per treatment.
James Di Fiore

Could The Age Of Independent Canadian Politics Be Upon Us?

James Di Fiore | May 23, 2017 | Canada Politics
The very concept of public service becomes swallowed inside a mentality that only serves the internal interests of the Liberals, or the Conservatives, or the NDP. It doesn't have to be this way. The time may be upon us for an insurgence of independent candidates to stake their claim inside the political arena.
Thomas Woodley

Abuse Of Prisoners Is Intolerable, Whether In Palestine Or Northern Ireland

Thomas Woodley | May 23, 2017 | Canada Politics
While many Canadians might not realize it, there is a hunger strike going on today that is just as significant as that of Bobby Sands and the other Irish Republicans in 1981. Led by Marwan Barghouti, hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails are five weeks into a hunger strike.
Jasmin Guénette

How Government Can Often Make The Environment Worse

Jasmin Guénette | May 19, 2017 | Canada Politics
Canadian firms spend billions of dollars each year to minimize the environmental and social effects of the manufacture and transport of their products. These investments include money spent on research and development, on building infrastructure and maintaining it, on making sure day-to-day processes are working well, and on complying with regulations.
David Martin

Working-Class America Will Fire Its Horrible Boss Of A President

David Martin | May 19, 2017 | Canada Politics
The vast majority of citizens, particularly those enamored of Trump, have had to deal with difficult bosses, bosses who treat their employees like dirt. And because of those workplace experiences, they have little patience for those who treat their employees with disdain.
Yves Engler

Canadian Colonial Dreams In The Caribbean

Yves Engler | May 19, 2017 | Canada Politics
Proposing Canada acquire Turks and Caicos or rule Haiti may be outlandish, but it's not benign. These suggestions ignore Caribbean history, foreign influence in the region and white wash the harm Ottawa has caused there. Even worse, they enable politicians' to pursue ever more aggressive policies in the region.
Marvin Ross

Ontario's War On Pain Patients

Marvin Ross | May 19, 2017 | Canada Politics
Health Quality Ontario just released a report on opioid use that will do nothing but frighten many doctors into refusing to properly medicate their pain patients. Doctors and dentists prescribe these drugs for post surgical or dental pain; acute pain as the result of a broken bone or other painful trauma; palliative care for terminal cancer; and for chronic pain.
Project Genesis Housing Rights Committee

Sale Of Montreal's Snowdon Theatre Put Private Profit Over Social Good

Project Genesis Housing Rights Committee | May 19, 2017 | Canada Impact
It's a shame. The sale of Snowdon Theatre represents a missed opportunity. We need social housing badly - the city knows that. Rather than considering the needs of the people of Côte-des-Neiges, the City of Montreal has chosen to sell the site to the highest bidder.
Avram Denburg

Canadian Kids Need Free Access To Essential Medicines

Avram Denburg | May 18, 2017 | Canada Parents
Canada is an outlier for not having a universal program for prescription drugs for children and for allowing wide inter-provincial variation in how public drug plans serve children. This means that many families can't afford to pay for the essential medicines that their children need to get healthy, stay healthy and grow up healthy.
Stephen Duckett

What Australia Could Teach Canada About Health Care

Stephen Duckett | May 18, 2017 | Canada Politics
A recent conference in Toronto addressed whether Australia has anything to teach Canada about how Canadian medicare might evolve. There are a number of areas where Australia's experience might prove helpful. The first is the public funding of pharmaceuticals.
Jeff Paterson

Step Down, Donald Trump. Things Won't Get Any Better

Jeff Paterson | May 18, 2017 | Canada Politics
How many people, let alone a soon-to-be 71-year-old who has a three-story $100 million dollar penthouse in his own building, do you know that would want to put up daily with what Trump does? I can't imagine if Drumph had a choice of two doors, one his old life and one this one, he'd stay in the present.
Karen Lin

Ontario Has A Moral Obligation To Remember The Nanjing Massacre

Karen Lin | May 18, 2017 | Canada Politics
The Nanjing Massacre saw 300,000 innocent civilian lives killed by the Japanese army within six short weeks. Bill 79 will provide a unique opportunity not only to remember the innocent lives that were lost, it also invites Canadians to become involved in remembrance activities that will help preserve their legacy.
Jerry Dias

It's Time To Stand Up For The Most Vulnerable Workers

Jerry Dias | May 17, 2017 | Canada Business
Labour laws across this country have not kept up with the times. Written when most jobs were full time, and people could stay in one job to build a career and a life for their families, today's laws cannot adequately address the needs of workers in increasingly precarious temporary work and contract positions.
Dermod Travis

B.C. Liberals Post Yet Another Year Of Staggering Political Donations

Dermod Travis | May 17, 2017 | Canada British Columbia
Earlier this month the 2016 donation numbers for B.C.'s political parties were filed with Elections B.C. and, not unexpectedly, it was another bumper crop for the B.C. Liberals. The party raised $13.1 million, more than any other provincial party in Canada and $4.8 million more than the federal NDP and Green Party combined.
Sandeep Prasad

If Canada Really Believes In Equality, Bill C-16 Must Pass

Sandeep Prasad | May 17, 2017 | Canada Politics
Our government has a duty to protect the human rights of all people. Laws that seek to enshrine those rights and protect us from discrimination should be considered without hesitation. If enacted into law, Bill C-16 will protect some of the most marginalized people in Canada and so, it is with all our might that we need to support its passing.
Warren Kinsella

Trudeau Can't Coast On Youth And Charisma Alone In Next Election

Warren Kinsella | May 16, 2017 | Canada Politics
I hereby and herewith, ipso facto, predict Trudeau is going to be facing off in 2018 with two guys who have the very positives that propelled Trudeau himself to power in 2015. The two angry old guys he defeated in that contest are gone, baby, gone.
Surjit Singh Flora

Is Jagmeet Singh Ready For His Great Political 'Close Up'?

Surjit Singh Flora | May 16, 2017 | Canada Politics
Singh, a 38-year-old criminal defense lawyer and fellow turbaned Sikh, seems poised to rock and roll his way to the leadership of the federal NDP party in the hopes he can rock federal politics itself and roll Justin Trudeau in the ultimate charm offensive showdown -- the next federal election.
Kirsty Duncan

Fostering A Culture Of Curiosity With Science

Kirsty Duncan | May 15, 2017 | Canada Impact
As Science Minister, I cannot stress how important it is to encourage this thirst for knowledge in Canada's young population. All young Canadians should be able to see themselves taking part in the wonderful world of science. We need to create and maintain this culture of curiosity so that our population can be inspired to ask bold questions, and seek new knowledge.
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