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Many of us in the disability community were pleasantly surprised when the Liberal Party promised to create a National Disabilities Act that would safeguard disability rights, reduce systemic barriers, and establish a foundation of opportunity for those affected by disability. Canada is an outlier among developed nations for not having one—the U.S. has had theirs for 25 years – so it could not arrive soon enough. But the federal Conservative government did make some positive contributions of their

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Three things the federal government can do to improve the Registered Disability Savings Plan

By Kathleen O’Grady      

The RDSP really is an excellent program and needed as much today as when it was created. The federal government just needs to give it wings to make it fly.

Canada Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier, pictured at Rideau Hall, on Nov. 4, 2015. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
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With hundreds of thousands of new jobs across Canadian industries and billions in economic prosperity on the line, experts say it’s time to act in the transition to 5G wireless networks.
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