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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. 
OPINION: Soon replacing fossil fuels with clean energy is dangerous fantasy

OPINION: Soon replacing fossil fuels with clean energy is dangerous fantasy

Post-truth nonsense about fossil fuels paints a damaging and distorted picture of Canada's energy use and production, argues retired business leader Gwyn Morgan.
OPINION: Breaking the impasse with teachers -- an outline of the way forward

OPINION: Breaking the impasse with teachers -- an outline of the way forward

How can things between the province's public school teachers and the government work out for the better while setting a template of reason and responsibility that others can capitalize on? Despite its challenges, this is not the proverbial untying of the Gordian knot that some commentators would have the public believe.
COMMENTARY: Three cases put spotlight on troubling problem of domestic violence

COMMENTARY: Three cases put spotlight on troubling problem of domestic violence

Violence against women does not discriminate across class, education, race or religion. Domestic abuse is still a pressing issue in Canada.
ALEX HANDYSIDE: Where in the world am I? 10 signs that point toward dementia

ALEX HANDYSIDE: Where in the world am I? 10 signs that point toward dementia

Forgetting a word or misplacing your keys are of no concern when they occur in isolation. Although dementia is not a natural part of aging, some slight memory loss is. It’s when such instances happen regularly, together with the other signs, that we need to take note.
OPINION: Health-care side deals will drain the life out of national standards

OPINION: Health-care side deals will drain the life out of national standards

As a doctor working in rural Cape Breton — an area with an elderly population and high rates of poverty — I worry that health-care options for patients might diminish due to lack of cohesion between the federal government, provinces and territories .... Several of my patients have moved within the province in order to access health care — and some have considered moving to other parts of the country where certain treatments can be obtained more quickly or affordably.
GRANT FROST: On the education front, 2016 was certainly one for the ages

GRANT FROST: On the education front, 2016 was certainly one for the ages

2017 will undoubtedly be a difficult year. If Stephen McNeil and Karen Casey continue in their blundering ways, I can see any number of scenarios that might result in teachers walking the picket line. However, this strife, if it has done nothing else in 2016, has gotten people listening to front-line teachers on educational issues, instead of quasi-consultants or political pundits.
OPINION: Splurging on heritage hoopla while kids go hungry is obscene

OPINION: Splurging on heritage hoopla while kids go hungry is obscene

Our country will turn 150 years old next July 1. Yes, Canada and this milestone are worth celebrating. No question. But spending $210 million countrywide on excessive revelry — beginning with a New Year’s Eve broadcast from Ottawa on CBC — is gross, especially when there are so many programs and services that could use the cash.
OPINION: National anthem debate drowns out larger concerns about slippage in civics

OPINION: National anthem debate drowns out larger concerns about slippage in civics

We are worrying about semantics when our civic literacy itself is on the decline. Rather than whether the national anthem is gender-neutral, we should be much more worried whether our young people know the words to O Canada or whether they literally stand on guard for the song.
OPINION: From farm to factory to fork, carbon tax could have perverse effects

OPINION: From farm to factory to fork, carbon tax could have perverse effects

The Trudeau government's aggressive carbon-pricing campaign could inspire companies to leave, harming our economy. More than 150 food-processing firms have closed or left Canada since 2008, affecting almost 30,000 jobs. Recently, the Mondelez plant in Montreal eliminated more than 400 jobs.