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We Need Federal Leadership To Tackle Rising Obesity Rates

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 11:06 AM

By Senator Kelvin Ogilvie and Senator Art Eggleton

Almost two thirds of adults in Canada are overweight or obese, according to Statistics Canada -- a dramatic increase that has taken place over the last 30 plus years. Unfortunately the increase in obesity rates has also affected our children....

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It's Time For Canada To Test A Basic Income

(171) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 4:00 PM

Recently I tabled a motion in the Senate calling on the government to create a pilot project that would test a basic income in Canada, also known as a guaranteed annual income.

Canadians face immense challenges. Many families struggle to pay the rent; they can't afford their children's school...

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Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Poverty This Election?

(1) Comments | Posted October 18, 2015 | 10:56 PM

Do you remember the game, "Where's Waldo"? For those that don't, the object of the game is to look at a picture filled with a bunch of images and you have to find Waldo. Waldo is usually wearing his patented red and white shirt and hat. Sometimes finding him is...

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Let's Make Affordable Housing a Federal Election Issue

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 9:30 AM

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 per cent of income going to...

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Here Is a Plan for a Vibrant and Sustainable CBC

(17) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:13 AM

The Senate Standing Committee on Transport and Communications has released a report on the future of the CBC. I was a part of that study, but I could not support the report. Some Conservative members of the committee spent too much time denouncing the CBC and not enough...

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Canada Needs More Transparency in Pharmaceutical Regulation

(5) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 6:14 PM

Prescription pharmaceuticals have saved and improved many lives, but they can also be deadly. How can we make sure Canadians get the prescription drugs they need without causing unnecessary harm?

The federal government plays a vital role in pharmaceutical drug regulation. We have many reasons to be proud of...

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Three Things We Can Do to End Poverty in Canada

(28) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 8:57 AM

"Time to end poverty in Canada" has been the message from the Salvation Army coming across our TV screens this holiday season. A great idea from an organization that fights poverty every day in our country -- but is it realistic?

Yes, it is.

Poverty doesn't just cost the...

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The Case for an Unelected Senate

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 6:57 PM

Canadian Senators frequently express frustration at getting little or no attention for the work they do -- the comprehensive policy studies, and the "sober second thought" of legislation from the House of Commons. And when the spotlight does finally settle on the upper chamber, it is over the alleged misbehaviour...

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Is Canada Really Inclusive?

(12) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Recently, I tabled a study in the senate from the Social Affairs Committee about social inclusion. We wanted to know how significant poverty, homelessness, a lack of affordable housing and income inequality in Canada have affected our cohesion as a society.

Inclusion and cohesion are vital to...

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The Bill That Could Help Solve Homelessness

(3) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 10:06 AM

This week, MPs will vote on whether bill C-400 should be sent to committee. The bill seeks to establish a national housing strategy which I have been advocating for many years.

I think all of us understand intuitively the importance of having decent shelter. A home anchors a person,...

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Tackle, Don't Shackle, the Crime Problem

(6) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 12:20 PM

The Conservative government's crime agenda has been thrown into the spotlight recently with the tabling of Bill C-10 and is likely to be voted on in the Senate this week. The legislation is misguided, ill- advised, will cost billions, and goes against what other jurisdictions have learned. It...

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Hope Still for Grassroots Democracy

(1) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 6:34 AM

As Canadians, we have been told that both our democracy and civil society have become weaker over the past few decades and that Canadian voters have become apathetic and disinterested.

We have been told that young people in particular have turned away from conventional politics and that the bonds...

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An Open Letter to Mayor Ford: Don't Target the Voiceless

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 3:25 PM

Dear Mayor Ford and Councillors,

I feel it is necessary to voice my concerns about a number of the proposed budget cuts currently being looked at by Council. As a former mayor and budget chief, I understand the difficulty that goes into crafting a budget and the tough decisions...

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Canada's Poverty Problem Is Not Going to Fix Itself

(5) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 10:34 AM

It's been 22 years since the House of Commons voted unanimously to eradicate child poverty in Canada by 2000. All parties supported the motion and it appeared that we were finally on the right track to ensuring that no child ever had to grow up hungry or homeless again. However,...

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The Meaning Behind the Occupy Movement

(5) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 10:10 AM

As the first week for the occupy movement in Canada came to a close, it would be unfortunate if we simply disregarded their efforts and causes as pointless. Although the message may be disjointed at times, the issues they are raising are not. They are critically important to the very...

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Balancing the Books on the Backs of the Poor

(33) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 10:14 AM

With fears of a double-dip recession on the rise, some have questioned whether this is the right time for the federal government to begin drastic and hard cuts. Some have even called for a second round of stimulus to ensure that Canada can steer through these troubling economic...

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Balancing Toronto's Books, But at What Cost?

(8) Comments | Posted August 11, 2011 | 9:58 AM

The city of Toronto, and more specifically its budget, has quickly turned into one of the most interesting stories of the year. With a projected budget shortfall of nearly three quarters of a billion dollars -- and less gravy than Mayor Ford promised could be found -- there is no...

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