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  • And yet more of Harper's crimes against CanadiansScott Stockdale
    October 22, 2015

    Few understand the axiom "information is power" any better than Prime Minister Harper, thus it's no surprise that a recent episode of the TV Ontario program The Agenda, entitled "The War on Data" is all about the Harper government's policies over its ten years in power.

  • Mental health: The parental roleReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    Parents have a major role in promoting their children’s mental health. That is what Dr. Hazen Gandy, head of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) recently told an audience in Ottawa.

  • Book Review: Bob Rae's What Happened to Politics?Reuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    In his recent book What Happened to Politics? (Toronto: Simon and Schuster Canada, 2015), Bob Rae sets out to explain what has changed in the way we do politics in Canada, sort of. He also throws a lot of other stuff in. "Often-rambling" is how one reviewer put it.

  • Robert Fisk on the Middle EastReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    In the Arab world, history is now. That is the message delivered recently by Beirut-based journalist Robert Fisk to a large audience at St. Matthew's Anglican Church in Ottawa. The lecture was sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East.

  • Illegal European immigrants in North AmericaScott Stockdale
    October 22, 2015

    While the public's attention in Canada and the United States was focused on the hundreds of thousands of people migrating to Europe from Syria and other troubled spots in the Middle East and North Africa, many of those watching the crisis unfold, safely out of harm's way, fail to remember that their forebears once migrated to the land their current-day descendants now claim as their own.

  • The right to dieReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    Physicians and others in the health care field are trying to get their heads around the reality of the coming into effect next February of the Supreme Court decision permitting euthanasia and assisted dying.

  • Crime prevention and homework clubs Reuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2015

    Crime Prevention Ottawa recently presented a panel on homework clubs at the Ottawa City Hall. The work of such clubs in high need areas was, said local United Way chief Michael Allen, a priority for his organization.

  • Back-Talk from the 'Old Stock'Michael Keefer
    October 14, 2015

    Stephen Harper has been talking recently about "old stock" Canadians -- and at the same time stirring up fear and loathing against more recent arrivals in this country, notably those of Muslim faith, in order to mobilize electoral support for his Conservative Party.

  • My Canada is NOTThe Canadian Charger
    October 9, 2015

    I want a government whose ambition is to make Canada better and makes THAT its election platform. My Canada is NOT an election turned into a cultural war - Mike Rilstone, Niagara, Ontario.

  • Harper the Genteel BigotReuel S. Amdur
    October 9, 2015

    In a recent response to a reporter's question, Stephen Harper referred insidiously to "old-stock Canadians." Whether or not he was being openly racist, the message to the subconscious was just that. It's us versus them. More about this in a bit, but first let's look at the context in which his remark was made.

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