National Newswatch
Danyaal Raza and Ryan Meili

Health in all Policies approach gaining traction across political spectrum in Canada

Oct 20 2014 — Danyaal Raza and Ryan Meili — When counseling patients on health, physicians often focus on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise or smoking. This kind of advice can be important for the individual, but does little to change underlying drivers of health like income, education and employment. These factors are the ones that have the greatest impact on whether patients will […]

Frances Russell

Canada’s Non-Responsible Parliament

Oct 15 2014 — Frances Russell — “When the government of the day ceases to be responsible to Parliament, responsible government is lost and democracy is imperilled.” So writes former Conservative, now independent, Edmonton St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber in his recent book, Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada. Responsible government is the foundation of parliamentary as opposed to […]


Public funding for education of religious minorities would support multiculturalism

Oct 15 2014 — Stanley Hartt — When Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party blew their collective electoral brains out in the 2007 provincial election with the promise to provide public funding to private confessional schools, any casual observer would have concluded that the issue was beyond hope of revival.  Aside from some continued pressure — well below the radar screen of the mainstream […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Iraq: Robert Fowler vs. Parliament

Oct 8 2014 — Don Lenihan — The situation in Iraq is ugly and as the campaign against ISIS progresses pressure to expand our military involvement will likely grow. Parliamentary debate will be critical to keep things in check; and this works best when no single party has the moral high ground. On this, so far, so good. Of course, the party […]