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OPINION > OPINION PIECES
Canada’s future as knowledge- based innovative society depends mathematics and science

These are two good reasons to aspire to improve the ways in which we inspire interest and capacities in mathematics.


  
New FedDev Ontario initiatives to strengthen southern Ontario’s economy

Collectively, we must step up our game in each of these areas to create jobs, improve our productivity and ensure the economic prosperity of this country.


  
Military suicides: platitudes and rhetoric not enough

There is a 15 per cent to 20 per cent shortage of mental health professionals in the CAF and quality and consistency of the existing care is found wanting, exacerbated by sending military members to unmonitored outside providers. As well, by merely wiping their hands of those who don’t come forward, DND has perpetuated a profound abandonment of the injured who need new strategies to receive help.


  
Devolution critical, Northwest Territories looks forward to timely passage of Bill C-15

For the first time, the people of the N.W.T. will enjoy a level of self-determination and control over territorial affairs on par with that enjoyed by their fellow Canadians in the provinces and Yukon, fulfilling the implicit promise made 46 years ago and secured through the ongoing development of a fully elected and representative Legislative Assembly that has steadily assumed responsibilities from Canada.’


  
British 1922 Committee: How MPs can take back control without legislation

The average backbencher is going to have to become much more knowledgeable about the philosophy underlying our institutions and courageous in the face of executive power if we are ever going to improve our Parliamentary institutions along the lines proposed by Michael Chong.


  
Problem with assessing Kennedy’s legacy for U.S. history is its incomplete nature

But for ‘Boomers,’ their cataclysmic event in life has been and forever will be Nov. 22, 1963, the day U.S. president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The event continues to redound throughout the decades; it remains the political equivalent of a fascinating text that the author never finished.


  
Why U.S. polls are better at predicting election results

For pollsters, the consequences of ignoring voting behaviour of the 'not likely' voters and underestimating the size of the group creates a fertile ground for producing inaccurate voting projections.


  
Time for Jewish refugees from Arab countries to be equitably represented in Canada’s official Middle East policy

We believe that this development is important not only for the Jewish refugees and their families, many of whom built new lives in Canada, but also for all Canadians who support a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.


  
How to avoid accountability in Ottawa

The Office of the Integrity Commissioner isn’t interested in aggressively pursuing its mandate.


  
Time is now for a carbon fee and dividend

What do you think is going to happen if humanity keeps spewing global warming gases into the Earth’s atmosphere? The future looks bleak if we do not act now, not soon but now.


  
People of Canada taking climate change into own hands

Communities across Canada and the United States are helping to build one of the biggest, and most inclusive, climate change movements yet.


  
Flexibility is key to sea power

For projects like the Canadian Surface Combatant, announced and budgeted in 2008, the impact of further delay is that the project is losing up to $1-million a day in buying power due to defence‐specific inflation.


  
Pension reform big issue in next election campaign: David Crane

Fewer than 40 per cent of working Canadians are covered by a registered pension plan.


  
Canada not doing enough to support transition to a green economy

  
Canada’s mental health: time to commit to what we value

  
Bill C-14 only deals with Not Criminally Responsible Act

  
MPs’ Parliamentary immunity should be re-examined

With modern communications technology, the importance of it has changed. Maybe it should be re-examined and a means to ensure our politicians care about integrity, honesty, and truthfulness should be introduced.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 21, 2014
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK's 'A Taste of the Arctic' shindig on April 7, Ottawa, photographs by Cynthia Münster April 14, 2014

The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A happy crowd at ITK's 'Taste of Arctic' at the NAC gathers for a picture. The annual event, held in Ottawa by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, is meant showcase Inuit culture. Some 350 attend the party, including a number of MPs, Senators, Cabinet minister, lobbyists and journalists.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
National Inuit Leader and ITK President Terry Audla shows off his seal vest to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Environics' Meredith Taylor and Greg MacEachern with ITK's Stephen Hendrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Justice Minister Peter MacKay, his son Kian, and ITK president Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK president Terry Audla and Abbas Rana, assistant deputy editor at The Hill Times and Party Central columnist.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Labour Minister Kellie Leitch, ITK President Terry Audla, Laureen Harper, and local Ottawa photographer Michelle Valberg.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President Terry Audla and Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
A platter of smoked fish.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Conservative MP Colin Carrie.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Seal hash martinis.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
NDP MP Dennis Bevington, who represents the Western Arctic, N.W.T., and Chris Farris.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
ITK President and National Inuit Leader Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by Cynthia Münster
Beatrice Dear entertains the crowd.

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