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Sunday, November 29, 2020

CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

Student loan motion highlights how parliament can work

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It took about a minute of the House of Commons time this week to adopt a motion that will extend the moratorium on repaying student loans from October 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021....

Government must protect tourism and hospitality jobs

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With potential bailouts for airlines being floated this week, there is hope the government is turning its attention to the broader tourism sector which is an important piece of the Canadian economy. It’s no...

Canadians can learn from American experience instead of copying it

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Most of us are wired to believe that we aren’t biased which may be the biggest roadblock to respectful public discourse. But there are numerous factors at play and many fronts on which to...

When will there be a vaccine?

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As the pandemic moved through its early stages, a lot of hope was placed on the development of a vaccine that would enable us to get back to normal.  We were told that it...

The case for strong public investments

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In case you missed it, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with its long history of concern about national debt loads, has encouraged developed countries to increase infrastructure spending in order to spur an economic...

The scourge of plastic waste

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Plastic is everywhere in our lives.  From the straws in our drinks to the fibres that make our clothes stretch, plastic has permeated so many products that it has become a huge environmental problem.  ...

Comparisons won’t change much when it comes to combatting racism

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Anyone who watched the American Presidential debate will recognize the importance of the moment that Donald Trump refused to condemn white supremacism and white supremacists.  To make it even more incredulous, the President then...

Government knows what it will take to pass its throne speech

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The government delivered its throne speech this week and, as expected, it was filled with nice sound bites. While the chattering class in Ottawa speculates breathlessly about whether any opposition party will support it...

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...