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  • 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.

  • Planning for Future Health NeedsReuel S. Amdur
    April 27, 2014

    It took a Supreme Court decision to make the ultimate decision on the fate of Hassan Rasouli, on life support at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. The doctors said, pull the plug, the case is hopeless and he is brain dead. The family said otherwise, and the court came down on the side of the family. One wonders if an end-of-life discussion ever took place in the Rasouli family, to determine his wishes in a situation such as this. If not, perhaps such a discussion would have avoided this long and expensive legal battle. Recently, there was an on-line seminar on advance care planning from Carleton Rehab Solutions. The two presenters from VHA Home Health Care were Sue Grant, a nurse, and Jose Medeiros, a social worker.

  • The Central African Republic cries for helpScott Stockdale
    April 27, 2014

    As events are unfolding quickly on the ground, the international community's response to the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR) is hopelessly inadequate: too little too late. Where has the world heard this before?

  • Canadians paying for taxes corporations are avoidingScott Stockdale
    April 27, 2014

    While multinational corporations set up subsidiaries in tax havens such as Ireland, Switzerland and the Cayman Islands and devise ways to transfer profits there from Canada, ordinary Canadian taxpayers have to pay more to make up for taxes corporations are avoiding, according to Dennis Howlett, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness. Moreover, there are no laws to prevent this.

  • Sabotaging democracy in CanadaScott Stockdale
    April 27, 2014

    When the Harper government obtained a majority by fraudulent means in the May 2, 2011 election, it was a turning point for Canada, according to Dr. Michael Keefer, professor emeritus at the University of Guelph, and author of the upcoming book Sabotaging Democracy: Robocall Vote Suppression in the Canadian 2011 Election.

  • Islamophobe Michael Coren is at it againScott Stockdale
    April 27, 2014

    On a recent episode of the Michael Coren Show, host Michael Coren expressed dire warnings about Sharia law encroaching on secular states throughout the English - speaking world, in the wake of the United Kingdom government's decision to allow the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal to make use of Sharia family law to settle disputes. Although not new, limited adoption of Sharia is controversial.

  • For love or money?The Canadian Charger
    March 21, 2014

    Fraud artists find the internet to be a highly useful tool. They use it in many creative ways to bilk people out of money. One approach that is extremely lucrative for them is the romance scam. Those stung suffer not only financial loss but heartbreak as well.

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