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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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The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

May 02 2016

I’m sorry, but this is no time for panic; it’s a time for celebration and hope, and, most fittingly, raising a glass. Reporters keep asking me whether I think Friday’s ground-breaking court ruling, which threw out the charges against Gerard Comeau for bringing Quebec liquor into New Brunswick, will result

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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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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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Language segregated transportation?

Language segregated transportation?

Feb 23 2016

I spent my first eight years of school in a French immersion program in midtown Toronto. I nonetheless realized, during a grade seven exchange with a school in rural Quebec, that I could understand Parisian French films quite well, while still having little ability to converse with fellow Canadians from

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No one who still smokes cigarettes in 2016 is going to be moved by punitive measures

No one who still smokes cigarettes in 2016 is going to be moved by punitive measures

Feb 18 2016

Smoking is under attack by governments and public health officials. In order to try to minimize the terrible health effects of cigarettes among the small but stubborn portion of the population that keeps lighting up, many experts in the field are now suggesting extreme tactics, including banning smoking for anyone

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Reducing trade barriers at home is best left to the courts

Reducing trade barriers at home is best left to the courts

Feb 09 2016

When it comes to free trade, Canada has done a fairly good job of signing agreements with other countries. Yet when it comes to trade between the provinces, we have a shameful record of protectionism. But now, there’s a ray of hope. “The Liberals have been quick to jettison a

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Reviving the court challenges program is the wrong way to address a real problem

Reviving the court challenges program is the wrong way to address a real problem

Feb 02 2016

The Court Challenges Program of Canada was effectively kaput by the time I took over as executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation. It was the Conservative government of Stephen Harper that stopped the arms-length federal program from accepting new cases in 2006, though the program was partially restored two

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