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OPINION: Lifetime guarantee? Those are weasel words

OPINION: Lifetime guarantee? Those are weasel words

It seems the significant caveat here is that there are no laws or consumer protection guidelines in place to clarify a uniform definition of the term “lifetime” when it comes to a guarantee. This means companies have the right to make it mean whatever they decide — although, of course, most of us would agree that "lifetime" means “until death do us part."
OPINION: Herald labour impasse cries out for government intervention

OPINION: Herald labour impasse cries out for government intervention

Common sense would suggest our downsized majority government has an opportunity to mend some fences (with the labour movement) ... So surely the strike at the province's largest daily newspaper, The Chronicle Herald, that has lasted more than 500 days, provides just such an opportunity. It is painfully clear that all traditional methods have been exhausted at this point in the work stoppage.
OPINION: In Trump’s wake, a new worldview can inspire us again

OPINION: In Trump’s wake, a new worldview can inspire us again

Western values for Westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands.
OPINION: Liberals’ pre-Primary plan suffers from total lack of planning

OPINION: Liberals’ pre-Primary plan suffers from total lack of planning

The announcement of pre-Primary education was hastily presented by the Liberals, without any real researched evidence, just a price tag of the savings ($10,000) for parents with a four-year-old. There was no consultation with current early-childhood directors and educators with regard to the best implementation of the programming — or with the early elementary and specialist teachers in the school system.
OPINION: Include advance directives for dementia in assisted-dying law

OPINION: Include advance directives for dementia in assisted-dying law

Whether the patient’s life ends by a negative act (withholding nutrition and hydration) or by a positive act (lethal injection), families would experience similar doubts and anxieties. The point of an advance directive is to prevent another’s moral sensibilities or angst from overriding an individual’s preference for euthanasia.
OPINION: Have-not regions penalized by per capita federal health funding

OPINION: Have-not regions penalized by per capita federal health funding

Growth in Canada Health Transfer totals by province in 2017-18 will range from a high of 3.5 per cent for Alberta to a low of two per cent for New Brunswick. ... The rest of Eastern Canada, including Quebec, will see their federal CHT money grow at less than three per cent.
OPINION: To boost value and spur innovation, we must change how we pay for health care

OPINION: To boost value and spur innovation, we must change how we pay for health care

Financial incentives that reward care providers for helping to keep their patients healthy would encourage innovation in valuable areas of health that historically have been difficult to build a business case around, such as health promotion and disease management and prevention.
OPINION: Evoking Nazi era should be fair game when discussing assisted dying for disabled

OPINION: Evoking Nazi era should be fair game when discussing assisted dying for disabled

Doctors, at times, have killed. This is fact. Often, when they have killed or harmed, they have not acted alone, but as agents of state authority. With all of their immense skill and influence, doctors have played indispensable roles in residential schools and asylums in Canada, comfort stations in Southeast Asia, enhanced interrogation facilities at Guantánamo Bay and extermination centres in Nazi Germany.
OPINION: Let’s address staggeringly high drowning peril for kids with autism

OPINION: Let’s address staggeringly high drowning peril for kids with autism

If any other segment of the population had as much as 160 times greater risk for a preventable death, you could be sure it would garner headlines and immediate public health action. 
OPINION: Minimum wage at $15 would upset food-industry apple cart — but not as much as automation will

OPINION: Minimum wage at $15 would upset food-industry apple cart — but not as much as automation will

The $15-an-hour fight is a provisional solution to a complex issue. Some estimates suggest that more than half of the workforce involved in food businesses could disappear within the next 30 years due to artificial intelligence.