Opinion
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Editorial: Home care needs our help, badly

Posted on 22 August 2018

It’s quite a feat to mismanage an important health care sector in a way that leaves both workers and patients dissatisfied ­– with no real plan to fix it – but that’s the situation in Ontario home care. As Citizen reporter Joanne Laucius recently detailed, it has become difficult to attract and retain Personal Support Workers in the numbers necessary to meet the demands of an agi ...

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Adam: Tall building syndrome – we don't need to let Ottawa Council get away with this

Posted on 22 August 2018

Ottawa Council’s recent decision to approve a 65-storey tower in Bayview is a betrayal of a commitment it made to citizens – and a classic example of why people are increasingly losing faith in their government. But citizens shouldn’t just complain and fade away. Councillors will soon be knocking on doors seeking support for re-election. Mayor Jim Watson is the leader. Take him to ...

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Editorial: Ottawa has no choice but to protect Canadian steel

Posted on 22 August 2018

There is an interesting parallel between Donald Trump's tariffs on Canadian steel exports and what federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced at a Hamilton steel plant earlier this week. At ArcelorMittal Dofasco, Morneau announced a 15-day consultation that will lead up to policy decisions intended to protect the Canadian steel industry from a pending flood of cheap foreign steel diver ...

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Today's letters: City of Ottawa shouldn't ticket these out-of-towners

Posted on 22 August 2018

This past weekend, hundreds of families converged on the soccer park off Bearbrook Road in Blackburn Hamlet to watch and cheer on teams of young women playing in an annual soccer tournament.  Families travelled from all over Ontario and Quebec to support these amazing girls playing a sport they love. Over two days, supporting families pumped a significant amount of money back into t ...

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Ottawa’s contradictory climate policy just wastes money

Posted on 22 August 2018

"Around the world, businesses, governments and experts agree that carbon pricing is the cheapest and most efficient way to cut carbon pollution," Catherine McKenna, Canada's environment and climate change minister, recently tweeted. If what she says is true, it means all other anti-carbon strategies — including regulations and subsidies — are unnecessarily expensive and inefficient. Yet jus ...