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UN millennium goals ignore deeper causes of poverty

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

September 22, 2010
… Millennium Development Goals -a set of eight objectives, ranging from eradicating extreme poverty and hunger to reducing child mortality and achieving universal primary education… are, in theory, to be achieved by 2015… Instead of vowing to support humanitarian objectives and throwing money at poverty’s symptoms, the rich countries must recognize the urgency of removing the obstacles to development that they have the power to address.

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It makes good sense to study native land use

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

September 6, 2010
… the federal Indian Affairs department… has now undertaken a study of 65 of Canada’s most successful native communities-about 10 per cent of the total… The study is to be focused on land-use policy, which seems reasonable but has set off alarm bells among some chiefs and others, who are jealous of their powers and wary of conservative thinkers, in and around the Conservative federal government, who have long denounced collective land use on reserves.

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User fees and higher taxes won’t solve health crisis: coalition ‘Illness is not something we can tax’

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

August 24, 2010
The Canadian Medical Association’s annual report card on health released yesterday is biased toward user fees as a solution to rising costs, says a provincial coalition of health advocates… So who is actually in favour of user fees in the CMA poll? The relatively young, healthy and wealthy, Rancourt said: “They are 35 to 55 years old, with a high income of more than $100,000, healthy and with pension plans. The perfect profile of someone willing to pay user fees.”.. What about pregnant women, those with childhood illnesses, cancer and chronic diseases like diabetes that need close monitoring in clinics and hospitals?

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The Conservatives’ stand on census is an eye-opener

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

July 30, 2010
… it’s not every day that a government dismisses in such a repetitive manner every reasonable and science-based argument by reputable statisticians and academics of all stripes and from all regions… So basically, the consensus is that StatsCan could no longer do the job that earned it its impeccable reputation around the world: producing a scientifically reliable portrait of the demographic, linguistic, sociological and economic evolution of Canada while protecting the confidentiality of the respondents better than most similar organizations.

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