Thursday, September 19, 2019

Taxpayers Will Shoulder Burden Of Vancouver Natural-Gas Ban

Gregor Robertson's green obsession should be a grave concern for Vancouver taxpayers trying to make ends meet.

Lost in the hubbub over housing prices in the Lower Mainland this summer was the Vision-dominated city council rubberstamping its Renewable City Strategy, committing Vancouver to completely eliminating natural gas within city limits by...

Ontario Needs To Be Honest To Improve Its Transit Infrastructure

Ontario, we need to talk. Let's have an honest conversation how we're going to pay for the kind of province we want. My guess is that like me, you support paying for public services and infrastructure -- things we need like transit and roads. The problem is that our political parties -- at least the status quo ones -- aren't willing to have an...

Private Options Could Only Make Canadian Health Care Better

Dr. Brian Day's legal fight seeks to overturn the province's ban on private health care insurance. (Photo: Canadian Press) A long-awaited trial got underway on Tuesday before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, pitting Dr. Brian Day against the province's Health Ministry. Dr. Day, former head of the Canadian Medical Association, has filed a...

Hope And Loss As World’s Youngest Country Turns 5

By Melanie Gallant, Oxfam Canada Media Relations OfficerJane lost her husband and might have lost her daughter when conflict broke out in Mundri, South Sudan. Now taking care of her grandchildren in Mangaten camp, she mourns her loss and prays that her daughter is still alive: "I hope you're alive. I need you." Photo: Robert Fogarty Last week,...

Athletes Pay The Price For Rampant Olympic Committee Spending

Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil. In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they receive...

I’m Tired Of Living In A World Divided By Fear And Hate

When I recently read about an Alabama teacher giving her eighth grade class a "racist math test," I had to laugh. This couldn't be for real. Do 13-year-olds even know how to quantify an eight-ball of cocaine? Perhaps this teacher was trying to "break bad" and was looking for the Jesse Pinkman to her Walter White. When I realized it wasn't a joke...

From Homelessness To Affordable Housing Advocate

Elisheva Passarello is a social justice advocate, photographer, designer, and entrepreneur in Toronto, Ontario. On October 12, 2012, I was evicted from my apartment and for the very first time in my life I became homeless. That night, there were no beds available anywhere in Toronto so I was forced to sleep on the street. At five o'clock in the...

Eid Greetings Soaked With Bloodshed And Bombs

Today, Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid and sharing Eid greetings. But those greetings are not flying too far this time. They are heavily soaked with the weekend bombing in Iraq that caused more than 250 lives. IS has taken the responsibility. Saudi Arabia got struck by three suicide attacks two days before Eid. One of Muslims'...

Drug-Resistant TB Should Figure Prominently In The Global AMR Response

On 21 September 2016, the President of the UN General Assembly will convene a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York on "Antimicrobial Resistance" (AMR) with the participation of Member States, NGOs, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions. This is timely and welcome, because AMR is a major health...

Building A Fairer, More Sustainable Health-Care System For Canada

More than six in 10 Canadians say that the universality of the health-care system is their greatest source of pride in our country. The idea that people should have access irrespective of means has rightly become a Canadian political axiom. Yet, as the premiers meet this week to discuss the future of Canadian health care and a new accord with the...