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Why are our governments denying us our constitutional right to get the medical care we need?

Why are our governments denying us our constitutional right to get the medical care we need?

Sep 14 2016

“Access to a waiting list is not the same as access to health care.” This observation from the 2005 Supreme Court case of Chaoulli v. Quebec is probably the most famous judicial statement about Canadian health care. And rightly so. On the surface it is simple logic, but its depths

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Alberta’s beer policy still unconstitutional

Alberta’s beer policy still unconstitutional

Aug 02 2016

There was a brief time when Alberta was a craft beer lover’s paradise. An enlightened combination of open borders and low taxes made for the best selection and cheapest prices anywhere in Canada. And with new local craft breweries opening every year, consumers were spoiled for choice from quality local,

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Ontario’s health ministry should leave the ‘entertainment’ ultrasound business alone

Ontario’s health ministry should leave the ‘entertainment’ ultrasound business alone

May 25 2016

PQ: We need to start seriously thinking about the reflexive tendency to greet every problem with beefed-up licensing and regulation. I kept all the sonogram photos from my pregnancies. No, I didn’t frame these little printouts or create elaborate scrapbooking projects with them. But I did put them in the

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Let parents be parents

Let parents be parents

Apr 25 2016

Winnipeg mom Jacqui Kendrick says that earlier this month, she opened her door to find an unexpected guest: a Child and Family Services (CFS) worker intent on checking on the “well-being” of her three children. Just like when the RCMP scolded a Squamish, B.C., couple last April for allowing their

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Government flip-flops on privacy rights

Government flip-flops on privacy rights

Mar 30 2016

If there’s one thing we know about politics, it’s that you should never expect the players to be consistent. Before last fall’s federal election, several prominent Liberal MPs expressed strong misgivings about Canada’s agreement to turn over the personal financial information of “U.S. persons” residing in Canada to the United

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Saskatoon’s Proposed Anti-Bullying Bylaw Silences Free Speech

Saskatoon’s Proposed Anti-Bullying Bylaw Silences Free Speech

Mar 22 2016

On March 21, 2016, good sense prevailed as Saskatoon City Council sent a controversial proposed anti-bullying bylaw back for review. Legislation of this sort is an ineffective solution to a complicated problem. It should be no surprise when elected officials try to solve problems with new legislation. After all, that’s

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Continuing Ontario’s Campaign Against Vaping Will Cost Lives

Continuing Ontario’s Campaign Against Vaping Will Cost Lives

Mar 16 2016

Ontario’s goal to help people make healthier choices by strengthening smoking and vaping laws is a perfect example of Nietzsche’s aphorism to take care when battling monsters that you don’t become one yourself. Here’s why. The Making Healthier Choices Act — true Orwellian doublespeak — treats vaping as if it

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When the state takes your stuff

When the state takes your stuff

Mar 08 2016

We are getting to the point where the words “civil forfeiture” set off alarm bells with more and more Canadians. And that is a good thing because current provincial civil forfeiture laws pose a real threat to our rights: they allow provincial governments to seize property not only from criminals,

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Offensive opinions shouldn’t be muzzled

Offensive opinions shouldn’t be muzzled

Feb 09 2015

It’s not the nice, respectful commentary that riles up the censors. It’s the offensive stuff, the stuff that makes you cringe, wince or shake your head in disgust, the stuff that surely everyone with a bit of sense would reject. The question is whether we’re better off letting those with

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