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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Legault’s access reforms aren’t going to move Harper government

Now that Access Commissioner Suzanne Legault has come out with fairly complex and technical proposals, Treasury Board President Tony Clement in an election year may be in no hurry to touch her belated proposals.


  
Policy choice on carbon price mechanisms important

The policy will be in place for decades and will be difficult to change once businesses and households have adjusted to it.


  
Will the appointment of government’s new ‘mining counsellor’ change anything? Nope

As competent as Jeffrey Davidson may be, the government has not given him the tools necessary to be an effective regulator of the extractive sector. The proper role of the CSR counsellor deserves further study by government and industry.


  
National pharmacare: let’s get it right

National pharmacare is about improving patient access, care and outcomes, as well as affordability.


  
Thank you, Nancy Ruth, for hastening Senate’s demise

Take heart, enraged Canadians: the Senate will now indeed be killed off, and justly so. And it will be killed off not by us, but by the Senators themselves.


  
‘Lifeblood of democracy,’ access-to-information now an obscenity

It’s long past time we demanded our MPs take action and fix this rotted system.


  
Tory MPs should support a dementia strategy

Three weeks ago, the Conservative government announced it opposes Bill C-356, a bill for a national dementia strategy introduced by NDP MP Claude Gravelle.


  
Too many young Canadians getting off to poor start

While we are rightly focused on the one per cent in income distribution, we should also pay much more attention to the 52 per cent of young Canadians whose future life prospects are in doubt.


  
Canada risks falling behind as world demands antibiotic-free meat

It is fundamentally important we take action to prepare the structure of our livestock industries and the regulation of emerging antibiotic alternatives, says Avivagen president.


  
Canada has a critical opportunity to protect healthy Arctic homeland

With Lancaster Sound, Canada has an opportunity to protect a homeland. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to this region, and to the people and nature who have thrived there in harmony for thousands of years. 


  
Political parties need to have positions on future of health care in Canada, says Romanow

'We need a national pharmacare plan, an active and truly independent Health Council of Canada, comprehensive programs for health and wellness, and a determined enforcement of the Canada Health Act,' says former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow.


  
Conservatives need to take leadership role on temporary foreign workers

Changes to the TFW program put on the table have been driven by a need to hastily resolve a political crisis rather than a willingness to make effective and lasting reforms.


  
Canada’s forest products industry: an environmental leader

For an industry that was admittedly once an environmental offender, the past few decades have been a remarkable journey.


  
In domestic discourse and foreign policy considerations, is our government forgetting Canada’s uniqueness? 

It matters what attitudes Canada mobilizes when approaching other nations.


  
Unprecedented effort to search for viable, Canadian-made, solutions to climate change

To successfully manage climate change, we propose to follow the polluters-pay principle and put a national price on carbon as a key enabling policy.


  
Time to bring health care back to the table

Governments, health-care providers and organizations, and even our communities, need to make changes that keep the really important end goal in mind—the health of Canadians. There is a better way.


  
Canada helping to strengthen public infrastructure

The Harper government’s commitment to infrastructure represents $75-billion over the next decade. No other federal government has made these levels of investment.


  
Will our generation of leaders renew the vision and promise of a great nation?

  
Nation building in the 21st Century: the promise of Canadian cities

  
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Monday, May 4, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom
Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.

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