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  • Democracy issues go beyond Tory election billThomas Walkom
    May 23, 2014

    Yes, the Conservative government's proposed election reform bill is wrong-headed. But take a deep breath. Its adoption will not materially hasten the end of civilization as we know it. There are deeper forces at play.

  • Changes proposed by Canadian Government will make getting citizenship more difficult Edward C. Corrigan
    May 23, 2014

    On February 6, 2014 Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander introduced into Parliament the first comprehensive changes to the Citizenship Act since 1977. Following Conservative government's practice of giving political names to its legislation, Bill C-24, is titled "Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act."

  • Harper's temporary foreign workers' destructiveScott Stockdale
    May 23, 2014

    The Harper government has given employers the right to hire temporary foreign workers even in regions of the country struggling with joblessness, including the Maritimes and southwestern Ontario, and in sectors where there is no appparent lack of domestic candidates.

  • Murdered, missing aboriginal women a national shameTim Harper
    May 23, 2014

    Last week, while aboriginal demonstrators were marching outside the Centre Block on Parliament Hill, New Democratic MP Niki Ashton rose in the Commons and asked the government - again - to convene a national inquiry to provide answers and justice for the families of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

  • Egypt in Canada: Democracy in MotionDr. Mohamed Elmasry
    May 20, 2014

    Last Saturday (May 17, 2014) we drove 6 hours from Canada's University of Waterloo to Ottawa, the nation's capital, to cast our votes in Egypt's presidential election. We were seven in total, aged ranging from 70 (me) to the low 30s.

  • Understanding Ukraine and CrimeaThe Canadian Charger
    April 27, 2014

    There are many things that can be said about the situation in the Ukraine, and more specifically about the Crimea. The first thing to note is that in the international order the big powers do what they will and the small ones do what they must.

  • Canada's new gag order billThe Canadian Charger
    April 27, 2014

    Although a law dictating a lifetime ban on employees working for Members of Parliament, releasing information about the government, is going back for review by the all party committee, which drafted the bill last spring, lifetime gag orders for government employees is nothing new in Canada.

  • Why Egypt Deserves Canadian HelpDr. Mohamed Elmasry
    April 27, 2014

    In the ongoing war against terrorism, it has been rightly observed that Canada could help Egypt by offering advanced technical skills and specialized equipment.

  • The Health Centre Model of CareReuel S. Amdur
    April 27, 2014

    The old fashioned model of medical care, still widely practiced, consists of a single family physician practicing solo. The pattern is now shifting to other arrangements, such as a group of physicians working jointly, with varying degrees of integration and sharing of staff and resources. In 1970, Quebec's Castonguay-Nepveu Commission called for a province-wide rollout of centres locaux des services communautaires-local centres of community services. These centres were to be part of a web of health and social services, they being the front line, providers of primary care. In addition to physicians, the centres wee to employ nurses, social workers, psychologists, and other health professionals, and the focus was to be one of social medicine. It was an effort to move away from a medical model of care to a more holistic approach.

  • Canadian TerroristsReuel S. Amdur
    April 27, 2014

    The Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences held a breakfast meeting on Parliament Hill on March 4 to address the question "Why do some Canadians become terrorists?" The presenter was Lorne Dawson, University of Waterloo professor and Chair of Sociology and Legal Studies. He has a special interest in the sociology of religion.

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