Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ontario Needs A New Common-Sense Approach To Social Assistance

How do you determine your budget for rent, groceries and the rest of your basic needs every month? If you have an income and you're one of those admirable people that, out of necessity or good sense, actually sets and sticks to a budget, your process may go something like this: you start with your income, then you subtract your housing costs, and...

Trudeau Botched Playing Both Ends Of The Political Spectrum

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference in Ottawa, Sept. 21, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Wattie)
"The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken in the necessity of the present." -Niccolo Machiavelli
"Sunny ways." The term crystallized Justin Trudeau's victory in 2015. His campaign was well run, and Trudeau...

This Will Make You Think Twice About The Global Economy

Don't think women are getting shortchanged by the global economy? This will make you think twice. Since launching Oxfam's campaign on women and work last week, we've received all kinds of questions and comments about whether women are really being shortchanged by the global economy. Some suggest that gender inequality doesn't exist here in...

Open Letter: Parents Deserve Clarity On Alleged Racism At York Region Schools

Education Minister Mitzie Hunter. (Photo: Nakita Krucker/Toronto Star via Getty Images) Honourable Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education Honourable Indira Naidoo-Harris Associate Minister of Education Dear Honourable Ministers: We write with respect to the saga at the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) over alleged Islamophobic posts by...

Obama’s Legacy Through The Eyes Of One Of His Canadian Volunteers

Barack Obama, Democratic Presidential nominee Senator at the time, speaks at a rally in Progress Plaza on Oct. 11, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo: SHUTTERSTOCK / PAOLO VAIRO) In the shadow of the sad presidency of George W. Bush, the world was introduced to Barack Obama at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Looking to make an...

With CETA, Canada Emerges As Most Preferred Trade Negotiating Partner

The big story with the Canada European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is not that the agreement was finally signed; it is how well Canada has done on all fronts. The bottom line is that Canada now appears as the only 'adult' in the room when it comes to global trade negotiations. Should the U.S. continue to fail and flail...

Americans Should Be Fuming Over FBI Director’s Dubious Letter

Three weeks ago I wrote a post that had nothing to do with U.S. politics. It still hasn't seen the light of day, because every time I turn around something new emerges, something more outrageous, something more shocking, something more disgraceful, something more unbelievable and that poor story ends up getting shelved. I keep thinking it's...

Ontario’s Patients First Act Puts Patients Last

Despite vocal opposition by doctors, the provincial Liberals are barrelling ahead with Bill 41, the Patients First Act, in a misguided attempt to fix Ontario's healthcare woes. The healthcare system is broken, leaving doctors craving healthcare reform. Ontario funds an inadequate number of medical services for an inordinate number of patients....

Euthanasia Activists Have Taken Over Canadian Thought

The Canadian euthanasia issue marks a time of upheaval in medical ethics and the healthcare system which could be compared to events a century ago in Russia. The Bolsheviks were not preordained to take over from the previous government, but their ruthlessness and aggression were unmatched. They demonized competing ideas and purged the social...

Ottawa Must Ask Itself Two Basic Questions About Deficit Spending

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will soon release the government's Fall Economic Statement and the expectation is for more stimulus spending and higher deficits. The surrounding debate in Ottawa has been mostly focused on "how" and "what" of deficit spending and insufficiently on "why" and "when." One increasingly gets the sense that theory and...