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The world needs more Greta Thunbergs

Friday, June 28th, 2019

Ms. Thunberg began by offering some sobering perspectives on the greatest plague facing mankind, such as the fact that roughly 100 companies are responsible for emitting just over 70 per cent of our total carbon-dioxide emissions. And the fact that the richest 10 per cent of the world’s population emit about half of the planet’s total emissions and the wealthiest 1 per cent emit more than the poorest 50 per cent… “People who have a lot of power. People who consume enormous amounts of stuff, who often fly around the world, sometimes in private jets.”

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Conservative lies about the carbon tax need to be called out

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Perhaps the most prevalent deceit is the common conservative lament that the federal carbon tax is regressive and hurts the country’s poorest citizens most. Nothing is further from the truth. Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission estimates that 80 per cent of families will receive rebates greater than their carbon costs under the federal program… what’s really immoral is being a leader of a political party in this country with no plan to help fight climate change.

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Why not try after-hours care the Dutch way?

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Feb. 02, 2012
… the Netherlands and France, have created 24/7 physician coverage. Health care is often provided in people’s homes or at a nearby clinic, not at the nearest hospital… You’d think such a system would be prohibitively expensive. Yet, when it comes to chronic illness management, Canada spends far more than either the Netherlands or France.

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The haves and have-nots of medicare

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Jan. 17, 2012
There’s an ominous new meaning for two-tier medicine in Canada: rather than one system for rich people and one for the poor, it will be one system for rich provinces and one for the poor… There isn’t a truly equal level of health care in Canada even now. Wealthy provinces have hospitals and programs that poorer ones can only envy. Wait times for certain procedures can vary widely between jurisdictions… The question is: will Ottawa’s new no-strings-attached funding proposal exacerbate the discrepancies in health care that already exist? And does Ottawa even care if it does?

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Wanted: a government with the will to tackle child poverty

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Jan. 28, 2011
Ms. Turpel-Lafond described the frustration of front-line social workers who have few tools at their disposal to improve the conditions of the families they visit, especially in aboriginal communities. The best hope they can offer for families living in wretched housing environments, for instance, is to put them on a waiting list for better accommodations, which can be 10 years long… Well, the idea isn’t to have a professional friend. A service is not visiting people. A service is taking an active role and taking preventative measures to improve the child’s situation.”

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Bringing smart people to Canada can only make us better

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Nov. 18, 2010
Attracting super-smart foreign students isn’t bad news for our homegrown talent, despite what some say. There’s more than enough capacity in postgraduate programs to supply the demand from Canadian students, with room to spare… “We need an industrial strategy in Canada that creates high-quality innovation and research and development jobs”…

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UVic shows there’s a better aboriginal way

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Nov. 11, 2010
In 2005, the [University of Victoria] began a four-year pilot project aimed at improving aboriginal outcomes. It was hoped the program would entice more to finish their degrees and even go on to graduate school. The endeavour was dubbed Le,Nonet, a Coast Salish term for “success after many hardships.” Graduation rates among those in the program improved by 20 per cent… 73 per cent of the participants said the program helped them become a more integral part of the campus and gave them a better chance of succeeding.

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