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Slaight family donates $15 million to fund healthcare and education for impoverished women, girls

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, the foundation will distribute the funds among 15 non-profit organizations — including the Canadian Red Cross, Save The Children, World Vision, UNICEF Canada, Crossroads International — all working in poverty-stricken, conflict-affected areas in the Middle East and Africa to mitigate issues affecting women and children… Since 2013, the foundation has been donating to strategic initiatives targeting healthcare, global humanitarianism, youth advancement and Indigenous issues.

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These unfair tax policies are putting a burden on women and seniors and need to be changed now

Friday, February 28th, 2020

Many of the policies are particularly harmful to older women because they hit those who are single/widowed and over the age of 65 — a group that contains a much higher percentage of women than men. As we head into a new decade, and in the spirit of eternal optimism, I am providing a list of four main offending policies in the hope that some political titans vow to fix them

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Capitalism is the greatest force for human advancement that we have

Friday, December 27th, 2019

… four-fifths of starvation-level world poverty had been eradicated since the 1970s… What happened? It was globalization… It was free trade… It was property rights and the rule of law… I am not a radical. I will not tell you that we need no regulations. I will not say that we do not need reform… Find better ways to regulate it. Tax people more… If we let capitalism thrive, if we share it… then we can lift up the next two billion people together.

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Violence against Ontario elementary teachers shouldn’t be a contract issue — it’s too important

Sunday, December 1st, 2019

Over the last decade, it has become the norm to integrate students with complex special needs into regular classrooms. Some boards still offer small, separate classes with more individual help, but that’s not what most parents demand… Students who can’t manage in a regular classroom even with a full-time educational assistant should be given a different type of help…

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Canada’s voting system is functioning just fine

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019

… proportional representation… tends to favour the formation of smaller parties able to exert outsized influence due to the need to win the support to form coalitions. That in turn leads to deal-making, horse-trading and backroom agreements, with the ongoing need to keep smaller allies happy if the coalition is to remain in power. Compromise is not necessarily a bad thing… Yet it can also breed uncertainty.

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Why the Western emphasis on individuals is the ultimate in intersectionality

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

The fact of the endless multiplication of categories of victimization, let’s say (or at least difference) was actually solved long ago by the Western emphasis on the individual… meritocratic selection, where the only difference that was to be considered was the suitability of the person for the specific and well-designed tasks that constituted a given job… works — not perfectly, but less imperfectly than anything else that has been contemplated

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What Don Cherry might not know about all those who fought for freedom

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Their service is rendered even more special by their willingness to fight for the freedom of others in spite of their own exclusion, and the hope that their sacrifice would help our country achieve equality. That fight for equal treatment continues to this day… We need to tell the complete story of the wars, one that includes the sacrifices made by people of all colours and creeds in shaping the Canada we pride ourselves on today.

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We need to talk about this in Ontario. But we probably won’t

Friday, November 15th, 2019

“Because my wife has French-language rights, and because we’re Catholic, I get to choose between four different schools to send my kids to. The other 70 per cent of Ontarians don’t get that choice… They can only go to an English public school. How is that fair for anyone?” … Parents are struggling with all manner of cuts and shortcomings to their children’s education… a lot of people will tell you it’s because we have multiple boards.

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Right Now: Conservatism in Canada is on the edge. We need bold new ideas

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Contrary to popular belief, conservatism is not a political ideology. Russell Kirk, the great American conservative writer, described it as “a state of mind, a type of character, a way of looking at the civil social order.” To make conservatism a winning political force again, we must apply our way of looking at the civil social order in a way that fits with the reality of life in 2019.

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As diabetes rates surge globally, obesity is no longer the sole culprit. It can start in the womb

Sunday, November 3rd, 2019

This work brings the immune system living inside the gut to the centre stage as a new area that really needs to be investigated further.” At the very least, “it reinforces the idea of having a healthy, balanced diet, because it impacts the bacteria and the immune cells in the gut.” Others are exploring whether our personalities, and not just what we eat, may put us at greater risk of diabetes.

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