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  • Politicians reject Quebec Charter but not HarperThe Canadian Charger
    October 8, 2013

    Mary Smith has cancer. Chemotherapy has caused her to lose her hair, so she wears a head scarf. No problem under the Quebec Charter of Values. On the other hand Mariam Mahmoud can't wear a scarf? But suppose she also has cancer? And if she is wearing the scarf, how can you tell whether she has hair or not?

  • Malala, a hero of our timeThe Canadian Charger
    October 22, 2013

    Last week, a year after being shot in the head by the Taliban, Pakistani native, 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai was given an honorary Canadian Citizenship as Canada gave the same honor to such icons like Nelson Mandela. She was also the favorite by millions around the world to become the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Mental health and suicideThe Canadian Charger
    October 8, 2013

    Ottawa's Royal Ottawa Hospital (ROH) arranged an educational program on September 26 to help parents understand their children and to empower them to be effective in promoting their children's mental well-being. The program was triggered by a pair of child suicides which captured public attention.

  • Canada lost Prof. Michael Mandel (1948-2013)The Canadian Charger
    November 5, 2013

    In accordance with Jewish tradition, Michael Mandel was buried on October 28, shortly after his untimely death from a rare heart condition. He leaves a wife, Karen Golden, and five children.

  • Slavery in QatarThe Canadian Charger
    October 22, 2013

    Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera with its deep pockets is the envy of many journalists. It claims to "tell it like it is." Just one little problem: Qatar. Qatar's new emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, runs the show in his country. His father handed power over to him in June (some says it was a palace-coup led by Tamim's mother) and his father gave Al-Jazeera pretty much a free hand to cover events, but only outside of Qatar.

  • Cell phones can kill you and your babyThe Canadian Charger
    November 5, 2013

    As researchers are increasingly finding that radiation from cell phones causes cancer, the cell phone industry is counterattacking with threats of lawsuits and paying researchers to write papers - that can easily get into medical journals - with the message that radiation is harmless to human health.

  • Congratulations to Alice MunroThe Canadian Charger
    November 19, 2013

    I have been reading/writing with Alice Munro for a long time. At first, I was simply fascinated by her characters, people like me, people I knew, as Hugh Garner said, "ordinary people."

  • Canadians: List Egypt's Brotherhood a terrorist groupThe Canadian Charger
    November 27, 2013

    CMC4EGYPT - Canadian Muslims and Christians for Egypt - called on Ottawa to immediately list Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group and ban any of its members from entering Canada.

  • Myths and DepressionThe Canadian Charger
    November 27, 2013

    In a lecture about depression delivered on November 23 at Ottawa's Royal Ottawa Hospital, Dr. Pierre Blier addressed the issue first by tackling certain myths. Blier is the Director of Mood Research at the University of Ottawa and Canadian Research Chair of Psychopharmacology.

  • Fighting crime the right way, not Harper'sThe Canadian Charger
    January 29, 2014

    Reading the first chapter of Irvin Waller's new Smarter Crime Control (Lanham, Maryland, 2014), you will be immediately reminded of the tribulations of Ignaz Semmelweis. Semmelweis was a 19th Century Hungarian physician in Austria and Hungary who identified the cause of women dying in hospital of what was called childbed fever, death after childbirth.

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