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OTTAWA NEEDS A BRIDGE OR A PLAN? By Bob Brocklebank (Article)

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Bob Brocklebank

Now that the NCC-led study on possible locations for a new bridge across the Ottawa River has decided on the Kettle Island option, all hell has broken loose.

The Mayor of Ottawa has stoutly declared that no new bridge is needed. The good folk of Manor Park are firmly opposed to a bridge in the location preferred by the consultants.

Let's step back a bit. First, is building a bridge across the Ottawa River a big deal? It's hard to imagine that it is an engineering challenge.

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CELL PHONES AND DRIVING - BACKGROUND (Article)

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Brian Northgrave

From some digging in the Internet, it appears that there are about four standard arguments - as set out below - for both the pro and the con of legislating against hand-held cell phones while driving. Where I was unsuccessful in my digging, was finding some generally accepted statistics on accidents that could be attributed to use of cell phones while driving. If anyone turns up some, please let us know.

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REPORT ON MENTAL HEALTH By Michael Kirby (Article)

Two years ago, at the outset of the Committee’s work, the Committee endorsed two major public policy objectives for Canada’s heath care system:

To ensure that every Canadian has timely access to medically necessary health services regardless of his or her ability to pay for those services, and

To ensure that no Canadian suffers undue financial hardship as a result of having to pay health care bills.

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PASSPORTS OF CONVENIENCE by Robin Higham (Article)

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Robin Higham

We need to reflect on the implications of Canada’s legendary easy-access citizenship policies and the suggestion that our passport is becoming the world’s “passport of convenience”, comparable to the Liberian shipping flag-of-convenience – i.e., the flag flown by expatriate and tramp tankers and freighters with dubious credentials to exercise their operations in international waters.

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WHAT I THINK ABOUT SENATE REFORM By Richard Belliveau (Article)

 

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Richard Belliveau

The issue of Senate reform has once again raised its hydra head.  The government in the Throne Speech of October 16, 2007 said that Canada was not well served by the Senate in its present form, and that it would pursue certain aspects of reform.   In the Senate itself, Senator Hugh Segal has put forward a motion calling for a referendum to abolish the Senate.

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CIDA VS. SENATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE By Pierre Beemans (Column)

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Pierre Beemans

CIDA vs. The Senate Foreign Affairs Committee

The Ottawa Citizen ran an article on February 17 on the report of the Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which has been looking at foreign aid and CIDA for the last year or two. The article highlighted one of the options recommended for consideration, which was that CIDA be dismantled, and touched on several others. It also chastised the Agency for being inefficient and ineffective, and criticized it for its excessively high administrative costs.

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THE CURRENT STATE OF IMMIGRATION POLICY By Joe Bissett (report)

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  Joe Bissett

THE CURRENT STATE OF CANADIAN IMMIGRATION POLICY

We are led to believe that Canada’s immigration policy serves the national interest and is essential for economic growth, to fill our labour shortages, and to offset an aging and diminishing population. We are also told that most of our immigrants are selected because they possess the education, trades, skills and training essential to meet our labour force demands. These assertions need to be challenged because they do not bear up under examination. They have become myths, used by governments and pro – immigration advocates to justify unreasonably high immigration levels.

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THE CULTURAL CHALLENGE POSED BY SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & CHANGE By Max Bade (Article)

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Max Bade

 

“And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven:

this travail has God given to the sons of man to be execercised therewith”.

Ecclesiastes I, 13

Essential Evolution and Nature of Science

In its simplest and etymological form, science means “knowledge”; “knowledge gained by methodical study”.

Even though mankind continuously has gathered “knowledge” over time through trial and error at first, and later through precept, “knowledge gained by study and reasoning” is of more recent origin.

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