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We need climate change accountability with new bill before Parliament, says reader

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Imagine you create a budget. You want to eliminate wasteful, unhealthy spending in 10 years.  Maybe it’s omitting the cigarettes, or the weekly case of beer, or the family-sized packs of candy and cookies.  Then you put the kids, the smokers, and the beer drinkers in charge of monitoring your progress toward your goal.

And they don’t have to report on that progress for, oh, say 10 years – the year by which you want to have reached the goal.  And if they miss the target?  They just have to say:  Yup, we missed it.

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Caribbean scandal: An apology is not enough when the premier knew all along

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Former finance minister Rod Phillips was vacationing here in St. Barts while Premier Doug Ford knew about it.

It doesn’t take a political genius to realize that what the public may remember from the Rod Phillips scandal is that Premier Doug Ford, by his own admission, knew much more about his minister’s Caribbean trip than he first let on.

While the rest of Ontario was facing COVID-19 inspired travel restrictions, the premier did nothing to right the public relations disaster before it damaged both he and his government irreparably.

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Schmale announces referendum: Medical assistance in dying bill

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Local MP Jamie Schmale announced that he will hold a constituency referendum – his third – to give every eligible voter in his riding the opportunity to cast a vote on whether Schmale should vote in favour of, or against, Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Medical Assistance in Dying), when it comes to its final vote in the House of Commons.

“I believe the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock deserve to have their opinions heard directly. As such, I am asking the people of our riding how I should vote on this bill through a constituency referendum,” said Schmale.

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Second World War vet returns ‘home’ to Oakwood farm on Remembrance Day

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Second World War veteran, Jim Jenkins, outside his childhood home in Oakwood where he was born. Photo: Roderick Benns.

By his own admission he should have been killed many times during the four-and-a-half years that Jim Jenkins, 96, served King and country as a member of the Canadian forces.

Now, well into the winter of his life, he is on a tour with his wife, Joan, and daughter, Jane Kent, from their home in Toronto. He wanted to once again see the Oakwood farmhouse that he was born in – and where he was based before volunteering to stand up against German fascism.

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Compassion: Is it just too off-brand for 2020?

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Instead of noticing a tree I’m standing next to in an incredible shade of red, I’m staring down at my phone fretting over the latest COVID-19 stats.

Normally I love the fall season. The beautiful colours, the different sights and sounds, the changes in the beautiful area that I am blessed to call home.

But there’s been too much change and upheaval for my taste in the last seven months. I find myself distracted from some natural rhythms that were hitherto hardwired.

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Workplaces must screen workers, volunteers for COVID-19 or else face stiff penalties

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A new COVID-19-screening law has been in effect for workplaces in Ontario for the past five days — but not all employers may realize it.

By order of Ontario health officials, starting Sept. 25, all workplaces in Ontario must screen all workers, contractors, volunteers and outside service providers for COVID-19 as a condition of entry.

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‘Basic Income Plus’ could be even more ambitious

in Letters to the Editor by

I love the policy proposals in your recent editorial regarding Basic Income Plus, although I think it could be even more ambitious.

We must demand it be implemented at the federal level and funded with federal dollars. Canadians should not be burdened with the costs of much-needed reforms that are long overdue – and we don’t have to be.

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Former PM John Turner and the Arctic Youth Corp

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John Turner, Canada's 17th prime minister and avid canoeist.

The South Nahanni River is one of the world’s great waterways. At 563 km long it snakes through the Selwyn Mountains and part of the Mackenzie Mountains in Canada’s vast Northwest Territories.

Along its storied water path you’ll find all manner of hot springs, glaciers, marshes, desert-like landscapes, incredible hoodoos, and bottomless lakes.

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Benns’ Belief: We must resist the U.S. cultural assault

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One of the most irritating things I used to come across regularly in magazines was ads for U.S.-based products with fine print at the bottom that read “Canadian and foreign orders” should add “x” amount of money to cover shipping.

I was never irked at the extra cost; I was dismayed that we were listed separately from foreign orders — as if we were some Puerto Rico-like territory of the U.S.

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Memorial blanket for COVID-19 victims to contain more than 9,000 squares

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There is a long history of Canadians knitting during times of crisis. In the past, knitting provided a very tangible service. One need only think of care packages sent to soldiers during the First World War and Second World War, containing hand-knitted socks for soldiers.

During the current pandemic crisis, a group of local knitters want to use their skills in a way that would be similarly helpful. In this case, however, the end result will be a memorial blanket for all of those who have died in Canada due to COVID-19.

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