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COMMENTARY: NFL fumbles away viewers with hyped-up, disgraceful display

COMMENTARY: NFL fumbles away viewers with hyped-up, disgraceful display

The next National Football League season is drawing closer with the playing of exhibition games this month. But fans of the 32-team league have seen their enjoyment level drop of late, due to various reasons. And what's to become of blackballed quarterback Colin Kaepernick?
PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: White-coat world — Dal med school weighs best formula to deliver more diversity

PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT: White-coat world — Dal med school weighs best formula to deliver more diversity

“This year, we had six grads of African descent, the highest number ever. We have six that will graduate this coming year. We’ve also had increases in Indigenous students,” says Dalhousie medical school's dean, Dr. David Anderson.
OPINION: McNeil government two-faced about chronic underfunding of universities

OPINION: McNeil government two-faced about chronic underfunding of universities

Our concern is not with Acadia University receiving this additional funding. Obviously, Acadia did need that money, and we are happy they received it. Our concern, rather, is the ad hoc, secretive manner in which the funds were distributed.
OPINION: Behavioural change is not the sole aim of carbon taxes

OPINION: Behavioural change is not the sole aim of carbon taxes

Solar, wind, geothermal and sustainable biomass need to become viable alternatives to fossil fuels. This is where the carbon tax comes in. By using carbon price revenues to invest in Canada’s growing renewables industries, provinces can tip the scales. They can narrow the price gap.
OPINION: Needed — public navigators to shepherd caregivers through health maze

OPINION: Needed — public navigators to shepherd caregivers through health maze

Public navigator services already exist in certain areas of the system, such as in cancer and palliative care, but they are not widespread and readily available to individuals without such clear diagnoses and prognoses. In our experience, it would have made a world of difference to be able to rely on such support.
OPINION: McNeil’s fiscal surplus masks significant social, infrastructure deficits

OPINION: McNeil’s fiscal surplus masks significant social, infrastructure deficits

I suggest that no, there is no surplus. There is a massive, albeit ignored, deficit. Perhaps all those zeros look great on paper. But if we aren’t repairing our infrastructure, are we on the plus side of the ledger? If people are suffering because of poor judgment, should we not be spending to correct this?
COMMENTARY: A remarkable custodian of Nova Scotia’s rich history

COMMENTARY: A remarkable custodian of Nova Scotia’s rich history

Garry Shutlak is a kindred spirit. Like me, his obsession with history dates back to his childhood. In his case, it was dynamically inspired when a junior high school teacher took him and a few other history-minded classmates to the Nova Scotia Archives.
COMMENTARY: Two highland hikes offer poignant perspective on Canada’s birth pains

COMMENTARY: Two highland hikes offer poignant perspective on Canada’s birth pains

As I tried to visualize how these families survived their first winters on this beautiful but harsh coastal region, an intense pride washed over me. In these coves of Cape Breton was established a significant part of the cradle for the birthing of a new nation we proudly call Canada.
OPINION: General ERs suffer from expertise gap when treating kids

OPINION: General ERs suffer from expertise gap when treating kids

Each year in Canada, approximately 1.8 million acutely ill and injured children will visit an emergency department. What most Canadians don’t realize is that approximately eight in 10 of those kids will be cared for in a general ER with various levels of pediatric care expertise. This wide variation across the country can be catastrophic and costly.
COMMENTARY: Kids guzzling junk-food, soft-drink ads at phenomenal rate

COMMENTARY: Kids guzzling junk-food, soft-drink ads at phenomenal rate

Earlier this year, my research team and I set out to discover the extent of online food and beverage marketing to Canadian kids. We expected big numbers, but the results were shocking. Canadian children ages two to 11 viewed 25 million food and beverage ads — over 90 per cent of them for unhealthy items — in a single year from their top 10 visited sites. It's time for that to end.