Hélène Laverdière

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Canada Is Failing to Fight the Greatest Health Emergency of Our Time

Hélène Laverdière | October 21, 2014 | Canada Politics
In September, I was granted my request for an emergency debate in the House of Commons to address the Ebola crisis. Unfortunately the Canadian government's response to date has been scattered and slow. Only a fraction of the protective equipment donation announced a month ago has actually made it to Africa, while health workers there are at risk because they have run out of face masks and gloves. What was heralded as a promising Ebola vaccine developed in Canada has taken too long to get to clinical trials and it will be months before it is available in affected communities.
Shahla Khan Salter

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An Open Letter From Some Muslims Who Love Canada and Human Rights

Shahla Khan Salter | October 21, 2014 | Canada Politics
On Tuesday, October 7 the Harper government voted for military action against ISIS/ISIL notwithstanding all opposition parties opposed it. We are concerned that Canada may become further targeted by extremists and that Canadians, including members of our armed forces and our police, may be placed in greater danger as a result of its participation in the war.
Mark Milke

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Cracking the Travel and Hospitality Industry Cartel

Mark Milke | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Basic regulation makes sense. But regulations often proliferate to unnecessary extremes, helped along by special interests that want less competition. The effect of this regulation reality is obvious once again with Uber's entry into the city transportation market, and with predictable opposition from taxi cartels.
Yan Roberts

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Is Canada Protecting At-Risk Species or Risky Industries?

Yan Roberts | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
The St. Lawrence Estuary beluga whale population is listed as threatened and protected under the Species at Risk Act, and has been officially protected by the Canadian Fisheries Act since 1979. We naturally run into concern when those trusted to protect these species are scrubbing their content to make it more friendly for oil interests who are rummaging around for an alternate route to the ocean.
Dr Ryan Meili

Canada Needs To Adopt a 'Health In All Policies' Approach

Dr Ryan Meili | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Beyond Quebec, despite the endorsement of the public health and policy community, a Health in All Policies approach has not found the political will necessary for meaningful change. But the past year offers signs of hope, with governments in Canada from across the political spectrum beginning to see the potential.
Bruce Moncur

Giving a U.S. Company the Contract for Canada's Community Mailboxes Is Insult To Injury

Bruce Moncur | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Queen Elizabeth did not want to be the last monarch of Scotland, Lyndon Johnson did not want to be the first president to lose a war, ergo the postmaster general that has door to door mail eliminated during his tenure will go down in history as the worst to hold the position. If mail delivery to Canadian homes is eradicated on his watch, the postmaster general should be forced to resign.
Daniel Dickin

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It's a Depressing Time for Ontario Politics

Daniel Dickin | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Ontario had a rough summer. Many of us are still feeling the effects of the hangover from the June 2014 election that shamefully saw Kathleen Wynne's Liberals re-elected with a majority government.
Jamey Heath

There's Nothing Smart About Strategic Voting in the Mayoral Election

Jamey Heath | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
At this point in campaigns--especially absurdly long ones--pundits love to obsess about voting for someone you don't agree with to defeat someone else who is disagreeable. Some, oddly, call this strategic, as if it's really smart to vote for things you don't want. I'm with Olivia because I agree with her. And I'm not voting for Mr. Tory because I don't. That's what an election is about. And what's strategic is voting to replace the Ford agenda with something better by electing Olivia Chow mayor.
Romeo Vitelli

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How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

Romeo Vitelli | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
Despite the high rates of exhaustion and cynicism in drone operators, only a very small percentage of drone operators met the formal criteria for occupational burnout or viewed themselves as being ineffective at their jobs. The exhausting schedules that drone operators need to follow are definitely cause for concern due to the increased risk of mishaps during drone missions.
Mark Taliano

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What Happens When Empire Intervenes in the Affairs of Other Countries

Mark Taliano | October 20, 2014 | Canada Politics
In an article entitled "Why Canada And The U.S. Are On The Wrong Side Of Democracy", I describe the shocking downward spiral of Honduras since the illegal coup, and the concurrent loss of economic and political self-determination. This, then, is the consistent pattern when Empire intervenes in the internal affairs of other countries.
Jeff Rose-Martland

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Canadians Need to Stand by the People Who Work Hard to Protect Them Every Day

Jeff Rose-Martland | October 18, 2014 | Canada
Every day, women and men put on uniforms for the RCMP and RCAF, RCN, and the Canadian Army. Every day, those men and women set out to be the wall of flesh between us and harm. Every day, whether a major catastrophe affecting thousands or just one of us lost in the wilds, we know who to look for, who to trust in.
Bacchus Barua

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How Much "Free" Health Care Really Costs Canadians

Bacchus Barua | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
"Don't touch my free health care," is a common refrain from defenders of the status quo whenever anyone broaches the topic of reforming Canada's health-care system. While politicians and interest groups no doubt share a portion of the blame for perpetuating the myth of a $0 price tag for health care in Canada, their ability to carry public opinion with them stems from the murky manner in which health care is funded.
Kirsty Duncan

Canada Should Not Forget the Humanitarian Crises That Aren't Making Headlines

Kirsty Duncan | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
Will the Government of Canada make a second humanitarian contribution to South Sudan to avoid yet another human catastrophe? Moreover, given that nutrition is one of the key pillars of the Every Woman Every Child Initiative, it is counterproductive to wait until South Sudan is classified as a severe famine before intervening.
Joshua Belick

Young Canadians Are Hurting the Oil Sands Debate

Joshua Belick | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
The typical young Canadian professional's engagement with the oilsands is like this: You pull your smart phone out and skim through your social media feed. You see post after post about the Canadian oilsands and its negative impact on the environment. You see countless re-posts about celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio protesting Canada's poor environmental standards. After a quick read you "like" the post or possibly share it with a short comment to the effect of "This needs to change!" You lock your smart phone and head out the door with a new sense of accomplishment, thinking to yourself "I just effectively contributed to the debate on the oilsands." But what exactly did you really accomplish?
Craig and Marc Kielburger

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How Young Canadians Become Jihadists

Craig and Marc Kielburger | October 17, 2014 | Canada Politics
So many young Canadians are looking to make their mark on the world. Some pick up a shovel to build a school or a ladle in soup kitchens to serve the homeless. A small number choose a different way, traveling to Syria to pick up an AK-47. Where does the road diverge between the youth who choose the path of helping and those on the path of harm? And for those on the road toward extremism, are there points along their journey where they might be set on a positive path?
Russell Williams

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Why Canada Is Looking More Attractive to Global Health Researchers

Russell Williams | October 16, 2014 | Canada Business
As the CETA negotiations have progressed, our community has seen an opportunity to make Canada a more attractive destination for global investment in health research by modernizing our Intellectual Property rules as they pertain to the life sciences.
Romeo Vitelli

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What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska

Romeo Vitelli | October 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
According to the most recent statistics, suicide rates outside Alaska's main cities are four times the national average and among the highest in the world. In 2010 alone, the number of suicide in Alaska's Kuskokwim prompted state and local officials to mount an emergency response. Despite their efforts however, suicide rates in rural Alaska are still high.
Samuel Getachew

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Why I'll Be Voting for John Tory

Samuel Getachew | October 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
Isn't John Tory exactly the kind of mayor we all want after the disaster Ford years? He is a real consensus builder that will actually make an exceptional 65th mayor of Toronto. He is a candidate that is rare and worth supporting. I hope many will.
Derek Taylor

Why I Want the Right to Die

Derek Taylor | October 16, 2014 | Canada Politics
I was completely paralyzed -- I couldn't even scratch my nose or wiggle my toes. I just lay there, staring at the ceiling. But that was many years ago and I had the exuberance of youth -- I just knew I would recover to play football in the autumn. That was after I contracted Polio, some 60 years ago. I am still disabled and I never did play football, but I did recover enough muscle strength to lead a meaningful life with a good profession and a great family. Some 25 years later, my muscles started to weaken due the late effects of Polio. Some even disappeared. When assisted end-of-life becomes the law in Canada, your life can have a peaceful ending.
Lizanne Foster

B.C. Needs To Turn Jobs Blueprint Green

Lizanne Foster | October 15, 2014 | Canada British Columbia
The B.C. Jobs Blueprint has a few worthy goals that, if achieved, will go a long way toward addressing both societal injustices and economic needs: a dramatic increase in young people entering the trades, training opportunities for aboriginal students, and support for education and training for people with disabilities. But where the plan falls apart is that it focuses on an industry that not only spews vast amounts of chemicals into our waterways but also speeds up global warming, the driver of climate change.
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