Opinions & Analysis

As A Dentist, I Know Canada Needs Universal Public Dental Care

As A Dentist, I Know Canada Needs Universal Public Dental Care

Canada’s healthcare system receives a lot of praise. However, dental care in Canada more closely resembles a private United States-style healthcare system than one worthy of applause. 

Many Canadians rely on work related insurance to access dental care, leaving those without to pay the high fees out-of-pocket. This results in dental care being provided based on one’s ability to pay rather than the need for care, which has many consequences. Those who are unable to afford care do not get what they need. 

Dissidents of the Turkish government are living in fear in Canada

Dissidents of the Turkish government are living in fear in Canada

Turkey’s long arm and espionage activities against dissidents living in exile in Canada has become a growing concern. As revealed in a startling recent news report, 15 Turkish-Canadians have been targeted by the Turkish government within the scope of a “terrorism” investigation.

Needless to say, the term “terrorist” has become a commonly applied label in Turkey describing almost all opponents of the Turkish government, in and out of the country. Turkey’s operations in Canada have an impact that goes beyond its immediate targets. Such planned and organized espionage activities could pose a danger to public safety.

Hootsuite Quit Its ICE Deal, but Not the Business of Helping Police Spy

Hootsuite Quit Its ICE Deal, but Not the Business of Helping Police Spy

Sam Anderson, a former senior product trainer for Hootsuite in Vancouver, said Tuesday she’d been fired after publicly denouncing the company’s partnership with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE is the agency, formed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that finds and deports undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

Hootsuite had earlier cancelled its contract with ICE after Anderson and other employees revolted over the relationship.

Breast cancer awareness is not enough: Public health strategies need to be based on prevention

Breast cancer awareness is not enough: Public health strategies need to be based on prevention

I’m tired of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Forgive me, but as a researcher studying how we understand information on links between environmental and occupational exposures and breast cancer, I’ve grown weary of yet another October decorated in pink, promoting the same message of awareness. The message itself has become tired, and awareness-raising alone is an ineffective solution to the breast cancer epidemic.

October Crisis, 1970: Crackdown ignited by authorities’ fear of young people

October Crisis, 1970: Crackdown ignited by authorities’ fear of young people

In the years leading up to the October Crisis in Quebec in 1970, young people in Western countries were engaged in a series of ruthless battles. Civil unrest had broken out in France in May 1968, and in the United States, demonstrations and riots against segregation and discrimination, as well as the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War had gained ground. All of it occurred against a backdrop of political assassinations, major social upheavals and a rush to independence of former colonies.

Ottawa’s quixotic jolt to our electric-battery industry is riskier than it’s letting on

Ottawa’s quixotic jolt to our electric-battery industry is riskier than it’s letting on

Could it be that decisions on where to locate complex manufacturing processes are based on more than just “where the stuff is in the ground”?

It turns out you can ship the stuff from one place to another. So you can make batteries in places that have no large mineral deposits, such as Japan or South Korea, if it makes sense on other grounds.

Should Canadian firms get into the same business? Should Canadian producers of nickel and copper, which now ship most of their output abroad, divert these shipments to Canadian battery manufacturers? Should the makers of products that use these batteries, such as electric vehicles, also locate their factories in Canada?

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