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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Julian Fantino: 2014 annus horribilis

Veterans have become less amused as Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino’s tenure unfolded. The contrasts with his predecessor, Steven Blaney, are stark.


  
Ukraine therefore needs overt military help

History will not forgive, if Western leaders fail to stand up to terror. Our values, rather than those of a bully must prevail.


  
Site ‘C’ proposal puts treaty commitments to test

Recent court cases are a wake-up call for politicians. When it comes to decisions that could irrevocably affect them, the days of running roughshod over First Nations are over.


  
Canada’s new legislation cannot look like Bill C-36

Canada’s new legislation must guarantee sex workers’ human rights to safe working conditions, to barrier-free access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and information, and to live without fear of violence, stigma, or discrimination.


  
New Brunswick election: lessons for federal parties

For the Liberals, what happened in New Brunswick shows that campaigns matter.


  
Let’s build on Canada’s mental health leadership: PTSD affects us all

A renewed commitment in the 2015 budget to all Canadians suffering from PTSD and their families, as well as a new mandate for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) would build on this leadership and help ensure the training, support and treatment is there to help our loved ones get better.


  
International alignment needed to facilitate smooth trade of agricultural products

It’s important that the Government of Canada continue to advocate for aligned risk evaluations and decisions around the world, particularly with our key trading partners, to minimize unnecessary and costly trade disruptions.


  
Lack of fairness with overseas tax evasion: we pay the price

Our federal government must recognize that without a determined and effective effort to find and prosecute overseas tax cheats, there is no meaningful deterrent against this behaviour. The Australians have learned this lesson, and reaped the rewards. It is time for Canada to follow their lead.


  
Bob Carty, a voice impossible to silence

Bob Carty and I had a 40-year friendship forged around solidarity with Latin America, love for music, and a yearning for a faith that does justice.


  
Climate action will be good for growth

Carbon pricing can create a powerful market for innovation and productivity.


  
Aboriginal-government relations in Canada uncertain

There has to be a new, enlightened approach whereby all parties work together for the greater good. Unfortunately, at this time, without transformative change in approach, or in leadership, this does not seem likely.


  
CRTC vs. Netflix: has Canada’s broadcast regulator started a fight it can’t win?

  
Global economic opportunity important for Canada’s biotech sector

Industry and governments need to continue identifying gaps and working together to ensure Canada’s policy environment is as strategic and comprehensive as it needs to be.


  
Crowdsourcing dignity around the world to end cyberbullying

In support of Global Dignity and the Less More campaign, the leading international peacebuilding organization, Interpeace, launched its own globally—crowdsourced #peace campaign on PlayMC2 during the ‘Geneva Peace Talks’ at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 19, 2014.


  
Canada needs to act now on climate change, follow U.S. lead

The time has come to accelerate the transition towards a low carbon society ensuring that the next generation of Canadians can inherit a productive economy with high social well-being standards, live in sustainable cities and enjoy Canada’s unique wildlife, pristine lakes and ice-capped mountains. For that world to be ours tomorrow, we must act now.


  
Canada needs to act now on climate change, follow U.S. lead

The time has come to accelerate the transition towards a low carbon society ensuring that the next generation of Canadians can inherit a productive economy with high social well-being standards, live in sustainable cities and enjoy Canada’s unique wildlife, pristine lakes and ic-capped mountains. For that world to be ours tomorrow, we must act now.


  
Potential benefits of biomedicine, genomics-targeted health care to Canadians difficult to overstate

From new technologies that will enable doctors to prescribe the right medicine to the right person at the right time, to markedly enhanced cancer diagnostics, treatment and research, the transformation in health care is already in motion.


  
Reaching critical mass for commercialization

Canada has the foundation for a vibrant health sciences industry, but there remains a challenge in translating this world-class research into its full commercial potential, generating new medicines for patients, and realizing the full extent of resulting economic and societal benefits.


  
Who decided biotech was a technology winner?

After squandering billions on nuclear, the federal government, first under the Liberals and now under the Conservatives, have decided to shovel tens of millions into biotechnology.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, October 20, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Movie Night on the Hill: Elephant Song's premiere Sept. 29 in Ottawa Oct. 6, 2014

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Elephant Song, directed by Montreal's Charles Binamé, and film crew at the Movie Night on the Hill pictured with sponsors and host, Heritage Minister Shelley Glover.
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The scene at the NAC.
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Conservative Sen. Don Meredith.
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Heritage Minister Shelley Glover, Telefilm's Michel Roy, and Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau.
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Husband and wife team, Laura Peck and Barry McLoughlin of McLoughlin Media.
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Heritage Minister Shelly Glover and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes' comedian Mark Critch.
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Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé.
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Telefilm's Michel Roy, Elephant Song's director Charles Binamé, Heritage Minister Shelly Glover, Elephant Song's producer Richard Goudreau and Patrick Roy of Les Films Seville, all pictured at the film's premiere on Sept. 29 at the NAC in Ottawa.
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Conservative Senator Don Meredith and Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon.
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McLoughlin Media's Laura Peck.
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CPAC's Colette Watson.
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Conservative Senator Janice Johnson.
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Heather Bradley, director of communications to House Speaker Andrew Scheer.
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Conservative MP Mike Wallace.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch with Elephant Song director Charles Binamé.
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CBC TV's This Hour Has 22 Minutes comedian Mark Critch begins to interview NDP MP Pierre Nantel, his party's culture critic.
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NDP MP Pierre Nantel and CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes Mark Critch.
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And another thing. NDP MP Pierre Lantel and This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Mark Critch.
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And another, extra thing, Nantel.
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Okay, back off, buddy. Mark Critch really gets into his skit with a good-natured NDP MP Pierre Nantel.
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And I really, really like this movie, Elephant Song. Okay? Got it? Do you hear me, Nantel? Yeah, love it.
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And you better love it too, Nantel. Got that?

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE