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OPINION: The case for levelling the playing field in Canada for newspapers

OPINION: The case for levelling the playing field in Canada for newspapers

'But as we build new business models, we're confronted with certain realities,' writes Bob Cox, publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press. 'We compete against the CBC, which offers 'free news' that taxpayers have already funded ... This is a playing field with a steep incline and newspapers at the bottom.'
OPINION: Forcing eateries to post calorie counts is fighting junk food with junk science

OPINION: Forcing eateries to post calorie counts is fighting junk food with junk science

It seems that those who eat at fast-food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes.
OPINION: Tim Hortons needs a fix as new owners put squeeze on franchisees

OPINION: Tim Hortons needs a fix as new owners put squeeze on franchisees

Providing value to the new multinational parent company's shareholders is superseding the corporate will to empower outlets. Most franchisees invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and, in some cases, millions. What was once considered a licence to print money — a tried and true program — has turned into a nightmare for some of the franchisees.
OPINION: Time to bring epilepsy awareness out of the dark ages

OPINION: Time to bring epilepsy awareness out of the dark ages

This is 2017. We know that people who have epilepsy are not demonically possessed, but the disease remains a mystery for far too many people — with potentially tragic consequences.
COMMENTARY: Our unhealthy tech addictions are mirrored in our children

COMMENTARY: Our unhealthy tech addictions are mirrored in our children

As family counsellor Dorothy Law Nolte put is so beautifully, "Children learn what they live." According to UNCOMMEN.org, the average 30- to 45-year-old man is the highest consumer of pornography, spends 2.5 hours a day on his smartphone, and talks to his children for an average of 3.4 minutes a day.
OPINION: Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

OPINION: Why did Canada Day become such a bummer?

Let's stop this collective guilt trip, if only for a few days. We have the good fortune of living in a prosperous country admired by the rest of the world .... Isn't that worth waving the flag for?
OPINION: Subjecting women to needless procedures costly, possibly harmful

OPINION: Subjecting women to needless procedures costly, possibly harmful

Tracey, an expectant mother, lived in a rural location and had to make several trips to the referral hospital for assessments after her care provider recommended a Doppler study of the umbilical arteries. This caused her a great deal of unneeded anxiety, and wasted health-care (and the patient's own) resources.
OPINION: Clearcutting betrays biases of a culture with blinders on

OPINION: Clearcutting betrays biases of a culture with blinders on

We humans are blessed with a narrow and selective vision that enables us to believe whatever we choose to do is good. We prefer not to see the wider interconnectiveness in our natural world.
JOHN DeMONT: Youth suicide deserves to be a provincewide debate

JOHN DeMONT: Youth suicide deserves to be a provincewide debate

There is nothing sadder than young death—unless it is someone who has barely begun to experience life taking theirs because the option of going on was just too much for them. All of which makes the news of late so incredibly tragic.
OPINION: Trudeau’s tinkering has created a Frankenstein Senate

OPINION: Trudeau’s tinkering has created a Frankenstein Senate

'The sleeping giant has only just started to twitch. If that giant is fully awake, the consequences for Canadian democracy could be disastrous,' writes political science professor Doreen Barrie.