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Vaccine hesitancy, COVID conspiracies led to thousands of deaths, high cost for health care system, report finds

In the News   |   January 26, 2023

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Vaccine hesitancy, fuelled by misinformation and conspiracy theories, led to thousands of unnecessary deaths and hospital stays and cost the health care system at least $300-million during two COVID-19 waves in 2021, according to a report that... read more

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Cartoons   |   January 26, 2023

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The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says one to two standard drinks a week is considered low-risk, and that only when people have zero drinks a week are there no health risks.

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Hitting children is still legal in Canada. These lawmakers want to change that

In the News   |   January 24, 2023

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Not on the head. Not with a belt, ruler or other object. Not if a child is younger than 2 or older than 12. Not if a child has disabilities that inhibit their understanding. Only... read more

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Another weekend, another mass shooting in America

Guest Column   |   January 24, 2023

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There is something severely wrong – sick, actually – with a culture where mass shootings are so frequent that they only earn a critical mass of attention when there’s a high number of victims or... read more

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Ottawa, provinces close to 10-year deal to fund health care

In the News   |   January 20, 2023

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Ottawa and the provinces and territories are inching closer toward a 10-year funding deal that would provide a hefty increase in federal health transfers, along with bilateral financial agreements in areas such as long-term care.... read more

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China’s economic growth in 2022 among worst in decades as country posts first population decline since 1960s

In the News   |   January 17, 2023

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The Chinese economy grew by 3 per cent in 2022, the second-lowest rate since the 1970s, missing an official target of “around 5.5 per cent,” as COVID controls and other headwinds continued to drag on... read more

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Sports gambling is strangling the beauty of sports

Guest Column   |   January 17, 2023

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Bruce Kidd is a professor emeritus of sports policy at the University of Toronto, and a former Canadian Olympian. Ever since the federal government officially lifted its ban on single-game sports betting in 2021, enabling provinces to... read more

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Canada violating rights of Indigenous peoples, immigration detainees, Human Rights Watch report says

Articles of Interest   |   January 13, 2023

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A new report from Human Rights Watch criticizes Canada for violating the rights of Indigenous people and immigration detainees, and for not doing enough to address human rights issues abroad. The latest edition of the... read more

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Canada, U.S. reach workaround deal on Nexus application backlog, agree to missile deal for Ukraine

Articles of Interest   |   January 11, 2023

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Canada and the United States have reached a workaround deal in a dispute over the popular Nexus trusted traveller system, one of several announcements that came out of Tuesday’s North American Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City.... read more

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The Supreme Court’s winter session started Tuesday. Here are the biggest cases on the docket

In the News   |   January 10, 2023

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The Supreme Court’s influence over Canada’s shape and future as a federation highlights the winter session beginning Tuesday, which also includes major cases on Indigenous rights and sexual assault. The federal government has given itself... read more

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New Canadian laws for 2023 and how they’ll affect you

Articles of Interest   |   January 5, 2023

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A new year brings new rules. As of Jan. 1 and throughout the year, a slew of new laws will come into effect, including changes on who can buy homes in Canada, increases to hourly... read more

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Jan. 6 committee calls for criminal charges against Trump

In the News   |   December 20, 2022

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A congressional committee is recommending the Justice Department pursue four criminal charges against Donald Trump over his bid to overturn the 2020 election result, pushing prosecutors to take legal action against the former U.S. president... read more

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Renting is a personal finance dumpster fire, yet it’s also the hottest trend in housing

In the News   |   December 15, 2022

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For a country that worships home ownership, we have a surprisingly diverse and fast-growing population of renters. The percentage of people renting increased in every age group over the past decade, an RBC Economics report says. While young... read more

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Canadian doctors trained at international medical schools increasingly giving up on their home country for work

In the News   |   December 13, 2022

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Canada’s health care system needs physicians to fill important gaps, but it has also set up barriers for international graduates to practise here instead of the U.S., Britain and Australia. More below • How international med students... read more

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What we learned at Emergencies Act inquiry after six weeks of testimony

In the News   |   December 5, 2022

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Take good notes. That’s what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told his staff as he decided to invoke the Emergencies Act for the first time in Canadian history. Anti-government, anti-vaccine-mandate protests had been gridlocking downtown Ottawa... read more

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