Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd

Why Medical Marijuana Is Not a Legal Drug in Canada

Tracey Tremayne-Lloyd | February 28, 2015 | Canada Politics
Medical marijuana is not a legal drug in Canada. It is an illicit (illegal) substance and Health Canada's current accessibility policy hasn't changed that fact. Marijuana has not been designated a prescription medication or medication of any kind. Not only does it not currently have a DIN, it looks like it will not have one any time soon. According to the Medical Use of Marijuana section on Health Canada's website, DIN's can only be issued after Health Canada scientists have assessed a drug's safety, efficacy and quality in order to be sure it meets Regulations and the requirements of the Food and Drug Act.
Mark Milke

Why Ontario Should Stop Demanding Money From the Federal Government

Mark Milke | February 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
Instead of demanding more money from the federal government, Ontario could a) cut provincial spending or b) reform everything from labour laws to regulation to tax policy and electricity policy, to unleash the economy and thus produce more at-home tax revenue or c) both. Ontario should not expect continued billions in annual equalization payments. While the exact decline in equalization is unknown -- it depends on how badly the resource economies and their provincial treasuries are hit -- Ontario should face reality and act accordingly.
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Ordering a Woman to Remove Her Hijab in Court Alienates All Muslims

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | February 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
It is mind bogglingly outrageous to learn that a Quebec judge would serve her own religiously discriminatory interests rather than promote the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms under which she governs. As a proud Canadian Muslim woman I firmly believe that we as a society are better than this and we need to speak out against discrimination under the guise of secularism.
Dermod Travis

Vancouver Campaign Spending Contagion Spreading Fast

Dermod Travis | February 27, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
The returns are in and some of the 2014 local election campaign spending in B.C. isn't pretty. How the parties spent their moolah also says something about their campaign approach.
Hélène Laverdière

Now May Not be the Time for a Development Finance Institution

Hélène Laverdière | February 27, 2015 | Canada Politics
In the last few months there has been much discussion about the Canadian government establishing a Development Finance Institution (DFI). DFIs definitely have some potential to work for development. But would it really fill an important gap in Canada's development toolkit? And is this the right time and the right government for this move? I am not yet convinced.
Laurence Cromp-Lapierre

Freedom of Speech and Torture: The Badawi Case

Laurence Cromp-Lapierre | February 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
In 2014, 31-year-old Raif Badawi was sentenced to ten years in prison, a fine of one million royals (230, 000 euros), and a thousand lashes spread over a twenty week period for insulting Islam. This sentence has created controversy all around the world, as it appears incomprehensible that, nowadays, such a harsh, cruel and inhumane punishment can still be imposed.
Andreas Krebs

How Harper's Anti-Terrorism Bill Plays Into Fear Tactics

Andreas Krebs | February 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
Conveniently, the fear appeals being made by ISIS, Al Shabab, and the other myriad terror groups we tend to lump together are quite literally textbook examples of fear appeals. What's more, the terrorists and our own government actually work together for a good part of the process, increasing the fear we feel for their own insidious ends.
Susan Wagner-White

Imagine Getting Through the Day With No Arms. That's My Life Thanks to Thalidomide

Susan Wagner-White | February 26, 2015 | Canada Impact
In 1962 a doctor in Perth, Ontario gave my mother a sample pack of two tablets of the drug thalidomide. She took one pill for her morning sickness, but that one tiny pill made her feel even worse. That one pill stunted the growth of my arms. There are only 95 of us left out of 125, we are dying prematurely due to thalidomide-related injuries. On December 1, 2014, the Canadian parliament stood and voted unanimously 256-0 to support a motion that was tabled by MP Libby Davies to fully support us. We need to get this compensation now.
Cameron Fenton

Canada Needs To Admit It Has No Climate Change Reviews, Plans or Policy

Cameron Fenton | February 26, 2015 | Canada Politics
The bottom-line is that Canada needs to get serious about climate change, and that starts with acknowledging that the emperor has no clothes. It's a reality made even more glaring by recent United States Environmental Protection Agency report that found that the Keystone XL pipeline would have a significant impact on carbon emissions from tar sands expansion. With the NEB application period closing on March 3 and hundreds of people across Canada already having applied asking to speak on climate, the NEB could choose to buck from Harper's agenda and include climate change in the review.
Kirsty Duncan

Will the Minister Personally Attend the Syrian Donor Conference and Pledge?

Kirsty Duncan | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
When I asked in question period on February 20th whether the Minister of International Development would personally attend the donor conference, pledge, and champion 5.6 million Syrian children, Canada's Parliamentary Secretary replied that: "We are still in consideration of whether or not the minister is going to attend that."
Clare Beckton

Female Leaders Do Make a Difference in the Public Service

Clare Beckton | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
Over the years that I spent in various roles, I saw evidence of the impact in changing culture. Transformation of human resource policies made the path for women's advancement less fraught with pitfalls and unconscious bias. Images of women's role and abilities became more positive. I remember being told that I was very "ambitious" as if it was something to be ashamed of as a woman.
John Laforet

Ontario's Sex Ed Changes Made the PCs Look Foolish

John Laforet | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
The provincial government announced it's introducing its proposed sex education changes. As expected opponents pounced, including Progressive Conservative leadership candidate Monte McNaughton. He gave Wynne the moment she needed to not only change the channel on her Sudbury scandal, but also to get the upper hand on the curriculum changes. There just aren't enough Ontarians looking to fight over sex education or who want to stand with folks who are actually homophobic or genuinely believe evolution should not be taught if people don't want it taught. They need to clear those last two issues up, very quickly and clearly.
Harvey Max Chochinov

Why Palliative Care Is Not a Real Choice For Canadians

Harvey Max Chochinov | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
For 70 to 80 per cent of Canadians, palliative care is not available and hence, not a real choice. A dear friend of mine recently died of brain cancer. She spent her final months in hospice, where she received exquisite end-of-life care. How might this kind of scenario play itself out in the many Canadian settings that do not have adequate palliative care?
Steve Morgan

Four Things Needed to Make Pharmacare Work for Canadians

Steve Morgan | February 25, 2015 | Canada Politics
A growing number of health professionals, patients, community groups and even politicians are calling for national pharmacare. But many Canadians likely wonder what pharmacare is and whether Canada is ready for it.
Rebecca Zamon

Why I'm Not Afraid of My Kid Learning About Penises and Vaginas

Rebecca Zamon | February 26, 2015 | Canada Living
Whenever the topic of sex education and children comes up, there's an inevitable outcry from parents, politicians, and religious figures, who either think that (a) this should be taught at home, (b) the topics being taught are "inappropriate," or (c) teachers will do it wrong. All of which, frankly, don't speak to the realities of what's happening with kids right now. There's a reason people joke about kids playing "doctor" -- it's because kids are curious about their bodies, and the feelings they get from them, as much as adults are. They just don't have the knowledge to help them along the way. So hey, wouldn't it be great if they could get that someplace safe and educational, like say, school?
David Himbara

Africa Can Draw Lessons From California's Economic Turnaround

David Himbara | February 24, 2015 | Canada Business
Five years ago California was pronounced a political and economic disaster. Fast-forward to January 2015. A resurgent California has overtaken Brazil as the world's seventh-largest economy. What insights can Africa and other developing countries draw from California's spectacular turnaround?
Jonathan Scott

I Stand By Premier Wynne Despite the Sudbury By-Election Allegations

Jonathan Scott | February 24, 2015 | Canada Politics
Do I wish this scenario hadn't happened? Yes. Do I feel the Opposition is making hypocritical hay out of a situation they've done many times themselves? Yes. Does it bother me that the Premier is under fire? Yes. But I also respect her defiance, her honesty and her insistence that she tackle the issue head on, herself, clearly and in public. She's taking responsibility and sticking to her guns. I'd expect no less.
Jeff Begley

Why Do Austerity Measures Always Target the Same Side?

Jeff Begley | February 23, 2015 | Canada Politics
Tax havens are an even greater cause for concern because they are at the root of a vicious circle that results in workers bearing the brunt of the pressure to keep public finances "balanced", while the real sources of wealth escape us. It's no exaggeration to say that without tax havens, there wouldn't be any austerity!
Rafe Mair

Harper's Exploitation Of Fear Is Wrong And Racist

Rafe Mair | February 23, 2015 | Canada British Columbia
It is sad to observe but I fear that Mr. Harper has found such an evil but effective issue for the coming election, will exploit it, and that many will support him for it.
Justin Beach

Today's Scientists Need an Awards Show as Big as the Oscars

Justin Beach | February 23, 2015 | Canada
Right now, public interest in STEM and scientists is on an upswing. So, it seems to me, that now is the perfect time to continue that upswing by putting some of science's latest and greatest achievements on a big stage once a year. I'm not suggesting that the Nobel prize should be more commercial or should be dumbed down. I'm not even suggesting that the Nobel prize change in any way but there should be another set of awards that is meant for the general public, that is meant to be understood and that helps the people to understand.
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