Criminalizing the purchase of sex means that sex workers are still pushed underground, away from safety, unable to work with each other, and unable to screen out potential aggressors posing as clients.
For too long the Canadian government has overlooked the blatant flaws of this country’s cruel and predatory horse slaughter industry and the fact that horsemeat produced in Canada for human consumption poses serious health risks for consumers around the world.
Leaving the reconciling to indigenous peoples alone will not do. Indigenous people recognize the need to heal from the past, but too often some are being pushed to forgive before they are ready—or before the harm is acknowledged. Canada also needs to recognize its own wounds and the scars that have not completely healed.
The emergence of a two-speed economy, or what Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz calls Canada’s ‘hot—and not hot—economy’—the West is hot, Ontario and Quebec are not—could pose big problems for Canada and make us much more vulnerable to future outside shocks.
Canadians will hopefully remember this before they walk into a Canadian Forces recruiting centre.
Incremental improvement beginning with a clear purpose statement for the Senate and specific selection criteria for Senators is where Senate reform needs to go next.
Whatever the reason, to castigate the integrity of Canada’s judicial system, and McLachlin in particular either out of spite, or to gain tactical advantage, or as some convoluted mix of both, is beneath the Office the Prime Minister.
The government is helping caregivers through the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, a 15 per cent non-refundable credit to help provide financial relief for caregivers of infirm dependent relatives, spouses, common-law partners and children.
No one should have to grow old in poverty, insecurity, and isolation. But families are being squeezed and older Canadians are not getting the care and support they need.
Statistics Canada found that 92 per cent of seniors older than 65 lived in private homes while eight per lived in collective dwellings such as nursing homes and other institutional-care facilities in 2011.
Social sciences and humanities research provides insights into pressing challenges and opportunities.
We are now presented with an opportunity to truly make a difference in the lives of today’s seniors. The federal government needs to seize it.
The Ontario government, for example, has seen the necessity to go it alone with plans to develop an Ontario Retirement Security Plan. Inconceivably, Harper has been trying to stand in the way of this, too.
Today, it is estimated that three-quarters of a million people have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in Canada, and costs our economy about $33-billion a year in direct medical costs and lost earnings.
Several government MPs used misleading arguments in replying to their constituents on the federal government’s decision to allow the Health Accord to expire.
It’s hard to separate suicide prevention efforts from mental health promotion. The great majority of suicides are due, at least in some part, to mental illness. Mental illness remains one of the last unreasonable taboos in our society.
Canada is uniquely well positioned to reverse its disengagement, leverage its well-established expertise, credibility, and authority, and lead efforts for peace in Sudan.