CAROL HUGHES' COLUMN

Volunteer credit program to flow through WE Charity

Canada is embarking on a huge program designed to create work for students whose employment prospects have been waylaid by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money ($912 million) for the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)...

Canada Day is special no matter the circumstances

It’s sure to be a Canada Day like no other this year.  With limitations on gatherings as a back drop, we won’t be able to come together in the usual fashion.  Many main-stays of...

Front-line workers remain critical to our efforts

With the flurry of activities related to a greater easing of pandemic-related restrictions, it is tempting to think we may have COVID-19 on the run but that’s not the case. We have been successful...

Elements of CERB will have to be extended

The Canada Emergency Response benefit is set to expire at the end of the month.  It was introduced to limit the shock to household budgets and the wider economy with the hope that people...

Uncomfortable is good if we are ever going to make progress on racism

We have arrived at a point where being uncomfortable about discussions on racism is no longer a valid reason to avoid the topic. We have spent too long worrying about the feelings of people...

Report on long term care a shocking wake-up for Canadians

For decades, New Democrats brought seniors issues to parliament explaining that too many are vulnerable or unable live in dignity.  While there was a time people were encouraged to worry more about minor tax...

Anticipating a second wave and limiting its impact

As we enter a third month of physical distancing and learn that our actions have helped us avoid a worst-case pandemic scenario, the challenges are increasing.  While we deserve a big pat on the...

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility must be well defined

There’s no doubt there is an itch to get back to normal, but there are obstacles to that and, of course, questions about how much can and should be restored as we learn to...

Raising awareness during Mental Health Week

There’s no doubt about it, these are stressful times.  Young or old, independent or not, your life has likely taken a significant change of course.  The uncertainty that accompanies upheaval is daunting as schedules...
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Northern internet woes magnified by pandemic

Now we have arrived at a point where we are leaning on this technology to maintain productivity.  Spotty and expensive internet service, which I have long argued is holding our region back from its...