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OPINION: Friday the 13th stretches through the weekend

OPINION: Friday the 13th stretches through the weekend

It never pays to tempt fate. Halfway through last Friday afternoon, I realized the date. Long synonymous with bad luck, Friday the 13th hadn’t done so much as wink its long eyelashes in my general direction. I scoffed at the superstitious and continued plowing through the to-do list.
OPINION: Are Canadians learning to distrust Trudeau?

OPINION: Are Canadians learning to distrust Trudeau?

The botched electoral reform initiative and the access-for-cash mess highlight a growing disconnect between voters and the Liberals. If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau doesn't get the message on his current listening tour and in the months to come, he might find in 2019 that his warranty has run out.
OPINION: Lunenburg council's obstructionism comes back to bite dog grooming business

OPINION: Lunenburg council's obstructionism comes back to bite dog grooming business

Jennifer Sinclair and husband Chris Brodka made plans to move to Lunenburg where she would set up a home-based dog grooming business. After months of house-hunting, they were told dog grooming is not a personal service because the service is to the dog and not the human. Jenn was flabbergasted. She explained that the dog does not bring itself. ... The service is to the person. They put their house on the market! Why weren't they ever informed the town changed its mind?
OPINION: Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?

OPINION: Could Trump save the Canadian dairy industry from itself?

The problem is Canada's dairy sector has never really had a strategy — other than protectionism. In today's world, that won't do. Donald Trump might be just what the industry needs to become relevant to our economy. Let's hope it's not too late.
COMMENTARY: Saying no to new ageism -- why we can't dismiss caring for the old

COMMENTARY: Saying no to new ageism -- why we can't dismiss caring for the old

Should medicine be ageist? A young trainee doctor recently proposed to me that it should. Health care is overstretched, she argued. “We can’t do everything for everyone, so why spend money on old people, who have little chance of benefit?”  For her, ageism is not all that bad — in fact, it’s a practical response to limited resources.
OPINION: Why workers over 65 should be entitled to employer health plans, too

OPINION: Why workers over 65 should be entitled to employer health plans, too

Imagine having your private health insurance — dental, vision, prescription drug, life, travel and disability coverage — suddenly terminated by your employer at age 65 while you’re still working for them, and just when you might really need it. That’s what happened to Maureen, a senior executive at a large and profitable computer company. 
OPINION: Tunnel vision in teacher talks — Liberals bypass exit ramp to mediation

OPINION: Tunnel vision in teacher talks — Liberals bypass exit ramp to mediation

Labour Minister Kelly Regan should be held accountable for her refusal to take the teachers dispute to mediation, the next rational step in the bargaining process; she is, after all, entrusted with guiding labour negotiations in this province. Her lack of action has drawn out the conflict, resulted in this impasse as well as created a backlog of other civil-servant bargaining groups that could escalate into a general strike. 
LETTER TO STUDENTS: Work to rule is short-term pain for long-term gain

LETTER TO STUDENTS: Work to rule is short-term pain for long-term gain

'Although it might be difficult to understand right now, in this moment, that the job action we are taking is because we care about you, I am asking you to trust us. It is difficult and might even feel unfair at times; I want you to see the big picture. The changes we are seeking are going to help your younger brothers and sisters. It is bigger than just now.'
REBUTTAL: Autism community needs united front in pushing for reforms

REBUTTAL: Autism community needs united front in pushing for reforms

I work directly with individuals and families touched by autism and I know all too well of their roadblocks and challenges. I felt empathy and compassion reading about Mr. Kavchak’s journey as a parent and caregiver to a child diagnosed with autism. However, I feel equally compelled to address some of the misinformation in his opinion piece to ensure Canadians are being appropriately informed about the CAP project’s mandate and structure. 
OPINION: Ottawa fiddles while families facing autism get burned

OPINION: Ottawa fiddles while families facing autism get burned

Those involved with the working group and their supporters might be excited about the prospects of a new bureaucracy, but many in the autism community — myself included — are shaking their heads in disbelief. The last thing autism families need is more bureaucracy.  What we need instead from the federal government is real leadership on autism — and we need it now.