CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

Women should be the centre of our economic recovery

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There’s no doubt the last year has been tough.  What began as reports of a novel virus in late December 2019, snowballed into a full-blown pandemic that defined the entirety of 2020, while testing...

Finger pointing won’t help vaccinate Canadians

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You don’t have to look too far to learn that Canada has fallen behind other countries in our vaccination efforts.  Even when compared against jurisdictions that struggled earlier in the pandemic, we aren’t fairing...

Northerners Helping Each Other Through Pandemic Winter

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Ottawa – Despite the pandemic and lockdown measures, people across Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing have been doing their best to raise spirits and bring a smile to others, according to MP Carol Hughes. Hughes told parliament that residents...

An about face on some CERB repayments and a temporary tax credit for working...

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Last week I wrote about how the government was set to claw back CERB payments from some Canadians including those self-employed who applied for the program in good faith. This was happening after rules...

A tale of two pandemic programs

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When the pandemic hit, the government wanted to use Employment Insurance (EI) to address the sudden loss of income people were dealing with.  Critics quickly reminded them of the significant difficulties workers were already...

Governor General’s resignation only raises questions

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Having recently resigned from her position as Canada’s Governor General, Julie Payette is at the centre of a brisk discussion on the compensation package that accompanies the position and whether she should receive any...

Canadians have a right to know about vaccine supplies

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Production delays are directly affecting Canada’s anticipated delivery of vaccines, calling into question the government’s timeline for distribution, and confirming the belief that we should have negotiated the ability to produce doses domestically.  The...

Changes to long term care overdue

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People in congregate living settings, such as those in long term care residences have every right to wonder why more wasn’t done to ensure their safety in the aftermath of the first wave of...

Turning the page on 2020

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As we turn the page on 2020, we look with anticipation to a new year with the hope that any surprises we encounter in the coming months will be considered good or welcome.  It’s...

A Christmas like no other

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As we prepare to celebrate Christmas in 2020 with the pandemic informing most considerations, it is tempting to think that we are hard done by.  Perhaps we should think of it as a challenge...