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  • Harper: "Truth and Lies on Parliament Hill"Scott Stockdale
    November 27, 2015

    In March 2008, the Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper fulfilled a 2006 election campaign promise by appointing Kevin Page as Canada's first parliamentary budget officer.

  • Settlement Reached in Case of Professor Fired for "Uncivil" Tweetspress@ccrjustice.org
    November 27, 2015

    November 12, 2015, Chicago - Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel Loevy & Loevy announced the settlement of Professor Steven Salaita's case against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for firing him from his tenured position over his personal tweets criticizing the Israeli government's assault on Gaza in 2014. Professor Salaita sued UIUC, the university Board of Trustees and high-level administrators for violating his First Amendment right to free speech and for breach of contract. Salaita's firing became a flashpoint for debates over academic freedom, free speech, and the repression of Palestinian rights advocacy. In exchange for Professor Salaita's agreement to release his claims, the university has agreed to pay $875,000.

  • Mental health problems of today's youthReuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2015

    The Royal Ottawa Hospital, in conjunction with the Ottawa-Carleton District Board of Education and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), held a public educational program at Ottawa's Robert Borden High School on September 30. Children's mental health was the topic.

  • Prevention, not punishmentReuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2015

    In a sermon delivered at Ottawa's First Unitarian Congregation on October 18, Irvin Waller decried the rate of incarceration. His talk was entitled "From Punishment to Public Safety." He called for a shift from policing and incarceration to prevention.

  • Surviving suicideReuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2015

    Suicide not only snuffs out a life. It also leaves wounds on those left behind. This was the concern addressed at a morning seminar in Ottawa on September 10. Jennifer Ward was the keynote presenter at this program sponsored by the Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition.

  • The passing of Dr. Frances Kelsey at 101 Reuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2015

    The recent passing of Dr. Frances Kelsey at the age of 101 in London Ontario is an occasion for remembering her courage in saving families of having seriously deformed children due to pregnant women taking thalidomide during pregnancy.

  • To Prof. Lorne Dawson, on the toxic disinfo he spreads Dr. Anthony J. Hall
    November 27, 2015

    23 November, 2015 Hello Lorne Dawson; I heard you on CBC's The Current this morning.

  • Congratulations Canada, it is 2015 in more ways than oneThe Canadian Charger
    November 26, 2015

    In the October 19 (2015) federal election, Canadians sent a clear message that former Prime Minister Harper's regressive decade of divisive, anti-immigrant, anti-native, anti-Muslim and, for that matter, anti-democratic politics is over; and it appears that it won't be back in the foreseeable future.

  • Better living through MindfulnessThe Canadian Charger
    November 26, 2015

    A meditative technique called mindfulness can be useful in improving the functioning of people with mental health issues. It is also useful for people more generally and even has a role in improving the abilities of therapists in treating their clients or patients. This was the recent message of Canada's Dr. Meshal Sultan at the Royal Ottawa Hospital Grand Rounds. His talk dealt with a definition of the technique, some clinical applications, and the underlining mechanisms.

  • Joseph Boyden shames Harper for using the niqab as a race baitThe Canadian Charger
    November 7, 2015

    Best-selling author Joseph Boyden, whose novels such as Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce, portray First Nations characters and explore Canada's hidden and painful history, said he felt he had to speak up against what he characterized as Stephen Harper's race-baiting during the recent Canadian federal election.

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