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Senate plan full of half measures

It’s a matter of history that prime minister Stephen Harper has had problems with the Supreme Court of Canada on various issues — including Senate reform. So you’d think he would take a measured guess as to the court’s reaction before announcing his moratorium on appointing new senators.

My guess, he has taken that measure and that a more rounded plan will be forthcoming before the election campaign becomes formal. READ

Vote buying begins

It’s supposed to be rude to look a gift horse in the mouth. But the $3-billion price tag for the new Universal Child Care Benefit “Christmas in July” gift to Canadian families was paid for by all of us in the first place. READ

Awareness saves lives

It was a hot August Friday in 2013 when Daniel Snider’s 17th birthday celebration with his family at Lake Pleasant near Peoria, Ariz., turned into a nightmare. READ

Striking the colours

Deadly recent racially-charged tragedies in America have been seen to be in the shadow of a both despised — and revered — symbol. Flags of the Confederacy — relics of a bygone, shameful but not forgotten era from American history — have been flying in the winds of controversy, reviled as the colours of hatred and bigotry. READ

An active life’s reward

I read the news story about Red Deer becoming the only Canadian city to get attention for being an international leader in promoting active living with a grain of salt rubbed into old wounds. READ

Ready for the inevitable

Of course, I have no insider’s access and I do not know what is said in cabinet meetings, but I suspect the Harper government already has a team of civil servants drafting a law to allow suffering and dying patients to request the help of a doctor to ease and aid their death. READ

Punishment fits crime

The case of self-admitted “arrogant pissant” Justin Bourque signals a new era for Canada’s criminal justice system, which now has the power to lock up killers and throw away the keys. READ

Profitable pot revolution

When actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper hit the road on their choppers in the counterculture film Easy Rider, they cruised onto the big screen at the heart of the rise of recreational drug use, with marijuana at its epicentre. READ

Canadian workers first

Almost 30 years at her job apparently wasn’t enough to prevent Sandy Nelson from being replaced by the Harper government’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. READ

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