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OFF SCRIPT: And the nomination goes .... according to political script, usually

OFF SCRIPT: And the nomination goes .... according to political script, usually

Even though the people who show up to vote at nomination meetings aren’t overly partisan, and even though the results of most contests are unsurprising to the candidates involved, that doesn’t mean nail-biters don’t happen now and then. These contested ones are — from what we have heard — quite rare, and are the stuff of legend.
COMMENTARY: The Undo Crew — why haphazard charity work won’t suffice

COMMENTARY: The Undo Crew — why haphazard charity work won’t suffice

It appears that we don’t need a generous flow of used clothing overwhelming homeless shelters — certainly not as urgently as we need comprehensive solutions. ... More broadly, homeless people and others living in poverty need a type of change that will not come from charity or volunteerism. Even if we improve these ways of helping, they will never address the root causes of homelessness. 
‘Hard times’: On strike 13 months, a daughter follows in her dad’s footsteps

‘Hard times’: On strike 13 months, a daughter follows in her dad’s footsteps

It was 1957 when 400 union members, my dad among them, walked off the job at the gypsum quarry just outside Windsor. Six decades later, I've learned what it was like to be in his shoes as I walk the picket line at the Chronicle Herald. Thirteen-month-long strikes seem to run in my family.
COMMENTARY: Slow death of cooking is gravy for food industry

COMMENTARY: Slow death of cooking is gravy for food industry

Recent surveys suggest the average adult spends more time watching cooking shows than actually cooking. Cooking has become optional for most of us. That means we've relinquished control of what we eat to corporations. And those corporations want to provide us with conveniently served and easily prepared products — both healthy and not so healthy.
COMMENTARY: The parable of the amiable electrician who was wired to help out

COMMENTARY: The parable of the amiable electrician who was wired to help out

Yes, at first the electrician offered this service to his clients because he really enjoyed laying floors and he wanted to help; it made him feel good. He enjoyed giving back. Once it started to be expected, it wasn't giving back anymore. It was an extension of work without pay. Without the thanks.
OPINION: Want to alleviate domestic violence? Enact paid leave

OPINION: Want to alleviate domestic violence? Enact paid leave

Having access to paid domestic violence leave would make it easier for victims to take time away from work to seek and plan to break free from violence. Women have so many other barriers to escaping domestic violence, and fearing for your job shouldn't be another one.
OFF SCRIPT: Picking a political banner often depends on prevailing winds

OFF SCRIPT: Picking a political banner often depends on prevailing winds

“I was inspired by (Pierre) Trudeau. He captured the youth of my generation,” recalls Alexa McDonough. “But then I was really appalled by the shortfall between what was espoused on the election trail and what they actually did with the power that they got.”
OFF SCRIPT: The call to public office — ‘If not me, who?’

OFF SCRIPT: The call to public office — ‘If not me, who?’

If you read the comments section on online news articles or listen to talk radio, it’s not hard to develop a pretty clear image of what certain people think a politician is. They are power-hungry, pension-seeking, moth-like beings — drawn to each and every spotlight they see. That’s the stereotype, but our research hardly bears this out.
COMMENTARY: Costco finds a willing and growing market in Canada

COMMENTARY: Costco finds a willing and growing market in Canada

Paying to spend is an incredible business model. With more than 10 million members in Canada and a renewal rate exceeding 90 per cent, Costco makes millions before selling a single product. Same-store sales for Costco in Canada were up eight per cent this year — higher than in any other country in which the company operates. These are the kind of numbers most retailers would die for and the future looks even brighter.
OPINION: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre stands with survivors

OPINION: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre stands with survivors

Eleven minutes. That’s how long a woman spent in the back of a taxi one May night in 2015. She doesn’t remember the ride, but for the rest of her life she’ll live with the trauma of what she endured in those 11 minutes.