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Stephen Harper and his Conservative government are quietly dismantling Canada’s public health care, according articles appearing in independent news sources such as Briarpatch, rabble.ca and iPolitics. Montreal-based freelance journalist Stefan Christoff notes in Briarpatch that threats to universal health care are largely absent from mainstream media reports and the talking points of major political parties. […]
The National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada – a safety board tasked with deciding which pipelines will and will not be built – is refusing to consider several potentially damaging environmental impacts in its reviews, despite their stated goal to make “energy infrastructure the very safest it can be.” With the Energy East Pipeline in […]
To most Canadians, the history of African-Americans in Canada is that of the Underground Railroad or The Book of Negros, but that is not the whole history. Canadians had African-American slaves just like the U.S., and African-Americans face racism in Canada just as much as other groups. A lot of attention in Canada is paid […]
Drug addiction in Portugal has decreased by 50 per cent 15 years after the country decriminalized the use of substances. To fight the drug problem, the country regularized the possession and consumption of substances like heroin, cocaine and marijuana. The new policy included the offering of services to people with drug problems, adoption of solutions […]
Unlike medical doctors, veterinarians are free to sell over-the-counter antibiotics to farmers, leaving no paper trail. This situation is contributing to antibiotic resistant bacteria that mutate each time an antibiotic is used. Animals consume 90 per cent of antimicrobials sold in Canada. There is a crucial connection between animal and human health. Most severe emerging […]