CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

Unintended problems from pandemic benefits must be addressed

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When pandemic programs were in their early stages, the overarching message relayed to Canadians who found themselves out of work was that they should apply for the CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit) to offset...

Safe drinking water is a human right not a political football

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If press releases and government announcements solved problems, we would be living in a country with few complaints.  The fact so many issues plague us year after year shows how the best intentions won’t...

With historic steps, change is in the wind

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Anyone paying attention to Canada recently will notice that Indigenous women have been breaking down barriers and setting precedents as they assume high-profile leadership roles.  With Rosanne Archibald winning election as Grand Chief of...

Best tourism fix will be the border

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France wants Canada to open its’ borders to its tourists after they have done the same for ours, while American’s are clamouring to enter Canada to visit their favourite vacation getaway or access their...

Bus service still important for much of Canada

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When Greyhound Canada announced they were cancelling all domestic bus routes this spring, the reaction may have been muted because of circumstance but the decision will have a big effect on those who relied...

Reckoning with the tech giants and a wave of misinformation

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Some of you may have heard of Bill C-10, the bill to update the Broadcasting Act to account for the digital media environment, dominated by tech giants, that has risen in the decades since...

CRTC roll back on bulk internet rates a loss for consumers

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Internet coverage in rural and northern Canada has been a problem for years.  While the telecommunications industry in Canada is dominated by larger players, there are plenty of re-sellers, especially in cities.  Once the...

Canada is always changing

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Last year I wrote how Canada Day is special no matter the circumstances.  It is a sentiment I maintain, but this year will test the idea even more as early summer cancellations confirm we...

There can be no healing without justice | Il ne peut y avoir de...

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The discovery of 215 children buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School has affected Canadians who spent an emotional week struggling with the sad truth about our past. While this...

Making eye health and vision care a bigger priority

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A 2016 survey indicated that eye health is not a top of mind concern for most parents despite the fact that vison loss is the most feared disability in Canada.  The disconnect that can...