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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.
COMMENTARY: Dramatic drop in charitable giving will hurt needy Canadians

COMMENTARY: Dramatic drop in charitable giving will hurt needy Canadians

In 2014, Canadians collectively gave 0.56 per cent of total household income to charity, down from 0.78 per cent in 2006, the peak over the past decade. In total, Canadians claimed $9 billion in charitable donations in 2014. Now imagine if Canadians had donated in 2014 at the same rate as in 2006. Canada's charities would have received an additional $3.6 billion.
OPINION: Combination of Trump, Trudeau agendas could hobble Canadian industry

OPINION: Combination of Trump, Trudeau agendas could hobble Canadian industry

Marching to a $50 per tonne Canada-wide carbon price while the U.S. stands pat risks diminishing the competitive vitality of a number of industries that account for the bulk of Canadian exports and play a significant role in sustaining regional economies across the country.
OPINION: Government rationing of doctors creates three-tier health care in Nova Scotia

OPINION: Government rationing of doctors creates three-tier health care in Nova Scotia

Rather than encouraging increased access to primary care, the Nova Scotia Health Authority is using the principle of public administration to promote rationing. Clinics and communities can't hire doctors to meet the needs of the 80,000 citizens who don't have access.