Category: Opinion

Money does buy happiness – lots of it

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Money does buy happiness – lots of it

Strong, positive correlation between money and happiness By Robert Roach for Troy Media No one wants to appear shallow, so it’s no surprise that there are countless books and articles out there that go to great lengths to convince us that money does not buy happiness. The problem with the money-doesn’t-buy-happiness theory is that the […]

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Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Clean drinking water should be a human right in Canada

Clean drinking water not available to Shoal Lake, Aboriginal community under boil-water advisory for decades By David Suzuki for Troy Media Canada is among the world’s wealthiest nations, but our wealth is not equitably distributed. Many communities, particularly northern and Aboriginal, suffer from poor access to healthy and affordable food, clean water, proper housing and […]

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Be wary of Xi Jinping, despite recent superficial appearances

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Be wary of Xi Jinping, despite recent superficial appearances

Xi Jinping seems friendlier with world leaders, own people By Fred McMahon for Troy Media China’s newish head honcho, Xi Jinping, appears to be getting friendlier with the world and his own people. At the recent Brisbane G-20 meeting, Xi (pronounced “shee”) even made nice with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, He also […]

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Dr. Gary Bloch prescribes income to treat poverty

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Dr. Gary Bloch prescribes income to treat poverty

Dr. Gary Bloch says poverty is a health issue By Trudy Lieberman for Troy Media Last fall when I visited Canada I met a Toronto doctor named Gary Bloch who has developed a poverty tool for medical practitioners. The tool assesses what patients might need other than prescriptions for the newest drugs. Bloch’s idea was […]

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Canadian land claims policy misguided

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Canadian land claims policy misguided

Canadian land claims title policy under review by federal government Bruce McIvor for Troy Media The federal government, through its Ministerial Special Representative Douglas Eyford, is currently seeking comments on its new Interim Comprehensive Land Claims Policy. The Interim Policy sets out Canada’s position on negotiating with Indigenous peoples over their Aboriginal title and rights. Unfortunately, […]

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Be careful with public sector pension reform

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
Be careful with public sector pension reform

Understanding public sector pension plans and the ripple effects of the benefits they provide By Robert Brown and Craig McInnes for Troy Media Before medical science fully grasped the role of germs, the intervention of a doctor would often hasten death rather than provide a cure. With no understanding of what was wrong, the healers of the […]

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BC resources: demand grows for responsible environmental stewardship

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
BC resources: demand grows for responsible environmental stewardship

Development of BC resources requires us to meet current needs without compromising future generations Barry Wilson for Troy Media We British Columbians have a common vision for our future – one that sees us benefit and enjoy the land, air and waters that sustain us today – but one that also recognizes that today’s use […]

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Oklahoma City: What we can learn from the city that lost a million pounds

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Oklahoma City: What we can learn from the city that lost a million pounds

Oklahoma City raised money to build infrastructure that gave residents alternatives to driving By Steve Lafleur for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy There are two types of people in Canadian cities: people who hate cars, and people who hate cyclists. Or so the perception goes. While it is true that many cities have seen bitter […]

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Harnessing the power of ‘citizen science': Suzuki

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
Harnessing the power of ‘citizen science': Suzuki

Citizen science fills the gaps in government and university-led science By David Suzuki for Troy Media Our ancestors may not have called themselves “citizen scientists” or organized to collect data for scientific inquiry, but they were keen observers of the natural world. Their survival often depended on being able to tease apart nature’s complexity – […]

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Alberta PC party by-election wins: Hope over experience?

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta PC party by-election wins:  Hope over experience?

Alberta PC victories – is Alberta under new management or does the old machine just have a new head mechanic? Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said the PC by-election sweep was “a clear victory of optimism over negativity,” and that “Alberta is under new management.” One wonders. Perhaps the results were more akin to what Oscar […]

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