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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

Government needs to remember there’s work to do

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With the unexpected pandemic thrust upon us in the late winter it’s easy to forget that parliament had barely begun working in the 43rd parliament at the time.  In fact, MPs didn’t even meet...

Tax breaks aren’t going to pay our pandemic debt

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There is a lot of speculation about how we will pay for our pandemic response these days.  Incredibly, there are still some who are trotting out the tired and predictable mantra of tax-cuts as...

Government sends wrong message to regions struggling for better internet

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I’ve written quite a bit about the challenges we have with internet in the north for good reason.  No other technology has the power to transform our region and level the playing field of...

Government offers temporary fixes for long-term problems

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Federal Programs change over time and not always for the better. One that has needed significant attention in recent years has been Employment Insurance (EI).  As our economy and the nature of how many...

Government looks to re-set as Canadians face too many questions

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As Canadians are struggling in this pandemic the government is lurching from self-inflicted wounds and looking to re-set their footing in parliament. The events of recent weeks have proven too much for their media...

Government looks to re-set as Canadians face too many questions

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As Canadians are struggling in this pandemic the government is lurching from self-inflicted wounds and looking to re-set their footing in parliament. The events of recent weeks have proven too much for their media...

Why are American licensed vehicles in the north?

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Last week I confided how I receive a lot of correspondence on the subject of masks.  While that particular subject has been ramping up as local regulations come into place, another consistent topic has...

Why I (happily) wear a mask

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I’ll be the first to admit I don’t much like wearing a mask.  They are uncomfortable and can be hot too, but the purpose they are meant to serve is compelling enough to make...

Better outcomes across the board with people-first approach

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The House of Commons was busy this week (July 20th) in part due to an arrangement New Democrats negotiated earlier in the summer to ensure sittings over the traditional break period.  The deal was...

Who will pay the piper?

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Who will pay the piper? There’s no doubt that the pandemic has hit finances hard.  That’s true for households and governments alike, so there was little surprise when last week’s fiscal update indicated we were...