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Urge Trudeau government to restore home mail delivery, as promised

Urge Trudeau government to restore home mail delivery, as promised

A House of Commons committee recently recommended that door-to-door delivery be restored to Canadians who lost this service, retroactively to the federal election call on Aug. 3, 2015. This is welcome news and a step in the right direction. But it’s not fair to the people in Bedford, Lower Sackville, Dartmouth Main (B2Y, B3A and B3B) and other communities across Canada who lost their home mail delivery before the election was called.
Government giving Shell free rein in Canada’s Ocean Playground

Government giving Shell free rein in Canada’s Ocean Playground

Where is this lax attitude toward Shell coming from? Shell made a mistake, but it is just getting a slap on the wrist. What would the government say if Shell caused an oil spill? Nova Scotia has been coined “Canada’s Ocean Playground,” but Shell has come in like the child who claims the swing set is theirs.
Fentanyl crisis: first, do no harm with loaded language

Fentanyl crisis: first, do no harm with loaded language

In the months that people are waiting for opioid replacement therapy, many overdose and die. Instead of blaming sick people — many of whom are seeking help and can't get it — shouldn't we blame our governments and health authority who know that people are dying and still aren’t expanding access to treatment programs?
MIKE SAVAGE: Senate giant Jim Cowan persisted in outlawing genetic discrimination

MIKE SAVAGE: Senate giant Jim Cowan persisted in outlawing genetic discrimination

"Through a tumultuous time in the history of our nation’s Senate, Jim Cowan has proven to be, arguably, one of the most important legislators of Canada’s Parliament and, inarguably, one of the most honourable."
Sexting is selfie-destructive — a senior's perspective

Sexting is selfie-destructive — a senior's perspective

Of course, I recognize that these words probably won’t do anything to stop the terrible practice of sexting. But surely the awful implications of casually sending nude pictures of oneself are so widely known by now that they should have convinced intelligent girls and women to avoid embarking on such a truly foolhardy adventure.
Tolls for highway twinning would amount to yet another tax

Tolls for highway twinning would amount to yet another tax

I believe twinned highways would reduce the number of collisions. But this benefit could be offset by the increase in accidents on the secondary routes as congestion increases when people try to avoid the tolls.
OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

OPEN LETTER: NSSAF dropped ball on cancelling winter sports

"Could you please explain to me why teacher representatives are needed at sports games? What is their role? If this rule weren’t in place, school sports could have continued this year, as many teams are not coached by teachers, but rather by volunteers from the community."
Liberals' Bill 75 will live in infamy

Liberals' Bill 75 will live in infamy

'No matter how the Liberals spin it, Bill 75 was wrong. Wrong for families, students, schools and teachers, to name a few. It will likely be one of the worst decisions the Liberal government has made, for many reasons and for many years. Here come the other unions, and here comes the election.'
By strong-arming teachers, Liberals have roused a hibernating public

By strong-arming teachers, Liberals have roused a hibernating public

'As much as I miss my own adult children and grandchild each day, I feel twinges of guilt if I even suggest that they return to their home province. They would be returning to some of the highest taxes in the country, lower wages, rising home prices, crumbling hospitals and health care, a dysfunctional education system, and a government that refuses to listen to the very people who elected them.'
COMMENTARY: Lack of supports undermines 'no fail' policy, but multi-age classes a success story

COMMENTARY: Lack of supports undermines 'no fail' policy, but multi-age classes a success story

'I have very, very seldom encountered a child who was not ready to move on at the end of their time in a multi-age class. Classroom sizes must be smaller to accommodate this kind of teaching, but more importantly, teachers need to be freed from constantly trying to meet arbitrary outcomes so that they can give each child what they need.'