What Real Inclusion Looks Like
July 25, 2016
Kids with autism are too often systematically excluded from their communities and that costs everyone
Becoming a valued member of their community should be the norm for kids – but for kids with autism, it’s too frequently not the case.
The media is full of stories about parental struggles to get their kids with autism included in the larger community. …
Democratic Reform Requires Democratic Consent
July 24, 2016
When it comes to options like proportional representation, e-voting and lowering the age of voters, we all deserve a voice
Democratic reform is a hot topic these days. And democracy must be a critical part of the decision-making in any reform.
Parliament has drawn up a committee to study changes to Canada’s voting system. Here in the Maritimes, Prince Edward …
Five Ways to Encourage Good Saving and Spending Habits in Your Children
July 21, 2016
How often do you discuss money with your children? If your answer is “not often,” you’re not alone.
There is an opportunity to help your children form strong spending and saving habits at an early age, and doing so can have a concrete impact on their futures. For example, recent research suggests that children with savings – even as little …
The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
July 20, 2016
A Must See Film Review
Be sure to catch this film which is opening at the Park Theatre in Vancouver on July 22nd. http://www.tribute.ca/showtimes/theatre/the-park-theatre/park/ for show times.
The film is directed by Morgan Neville, director of the Academy Award-Winning 20 Feet From Stardom. The film follows an extraordinary group of musicians who have come together to celebrate the universal power …
Only A Referendum Can Dictate Electoral Reform
July 20, 2016
Those who advocate the electoral system, who want every vote to count, don’t want to apply that principle to a yes/no vote
A plank in the Liberals’ election platform aimed to ensure “that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post” electoral system. It was enshrined in the December throne speech. The objective is “to make sure …
Raise Parents’ Income to Improve a Child’s Health
July 20, 2016
Social determinants like education, employment, early childhood development, housing, food security are critical to children’s health
When parents bring a child into a clinic, they seek help for an acute illness or a longer-term problem. They expect the child can get a prescription from their health-care provider that will improve their immediate and lifelong health.
It might be something as …
Clearing The Misconceptions About Independent Schools
July 15, 2016
Independent schools students are more actively involved in the community than their public schools counterparts
Cardus’s Brian Harskamp corrects a few misconceptions Stephen Quinn, a CBC Radio host in Vancouver, has about independent schools
Dear Mr. Quinn,
I was one of the kids who benefited from the annual $358-million “subsidy” for “private” schools you mentioned in your recent Globe and …
A Simple Solution to The High Cost of Housing
July 14, 2016
House prices have grown substantially in recent years, especially in Canada’s biggest cities. Many Canadians are concerned about this trend, and a number of solutions have been proposed.
However, many of these solutions are unlikely to be effective. Taxes on luxury properties might be an easy source of revenue, but likely won’t have a profound effect on the entire housing …
Choosing the Right Project for Your Home Renovation
July 11, 2016
Before the housing market collapse of 2007, all renovation projects – no matter how expensive – seemed like winners. Today, home renovation is a whole new ballgame and why you should carefully research any potential fix-up project you’re planning for your home.
For the past 14 years, Remodeling magazine’s annual Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report (http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2016/) has tracked cost …
Restricting Payday Loans Ineffective in Reducing Poverty
July 11, 2016
Competition within this completely legal industry would ensure reasonable interest rates for marginalized clients
Calgary has restricted the number of payday lenders that can operate in a given area. This new bylaw is not based on evidence or sound economic reasoning, but on the subjective ideologies of councillors.
This policy may seem to benefit “marginalized” members of society by limiting …
Six Basics to Consider Before Investing with a Robo Advisor
July 11, 2016
You’re looking to grow your money, but you’re not quite sure how to get started.
Should you go robo?
Robo advisor, that is. A robo advisor is a digital investment management service that allows you to input your funds, financial data and investment preferences online and designs algorithm-based recommendations based on your responses. While a human advisor may charge one …
Searching For Meaning of Life
July 7, 2016
Given the fact of what is happening around us and the world everyday we need to stop and ask these questions to ourself:
Have we learnt anything as humans from century to century? If not; then when will we learn? What is the meaning of life anyway?
In every given second of every hour in every day or night human …
Hunt of the Wilderpeople
July 6, 2016
Opening July 8 in Vancouver ! A Must See Film !
The Archive and The Orchard are happy to present the theatrical release of Taika Waititi’s HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE in Vancouver, opening exclusively at the International Village, 88 West Pender Street. (http://www.cineplex.com/Theatre/Cineplex-Odeon-International-Village-Cinemas) on Friday the 8th in Vancouver and then in additional theatres across Canada.
HUNT FOR THE …
CETA On Life Support Because of Brexit
July 5, 2016
If CETA is ratified any time soon, and that is becoming more doubtful every day, agricultural issues will likely be left out
The Brexit vote has left Europe in a mess – and dealt a serious blow to Canada’s trade prospects.
The British pound is dropping, world markets are scrambling and most are wondering how the political establishment will address …
Celebrate Canada Day
July 1, 2016
Canada Day is an opportunity to gather in our communities, from coast to coast to coast, and to proudly celebrate all we have in common. It is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements, which were born in the audacious vision and shared values of our ancestors, and which are voiced in nearly all of the languages of the world through …read the whole story >
Brexit What Took The Brits So Long To Leave?
June 30, 2016
Brexit made one thing perfectly clear: nation-states and support of the national interest are not dead
Having been in the UK for the last 10 days of the Brexit campaign, the victory of the Brexiteers over the Remainians was expected. The debate pitched economics against politics. Maybe, as British journalist David Smith wrote in The Times, “the economics and business …
Working Poverty on The Rise in Most Metro Vancouver Municipalities
June 29, 2016
Study maps trends by municipality and neighbourhood
(Vancouver) Contrary to stereotypes about poverty being concentrated mainly in Vancouver and Surrey, a new study finds the growing ranks of the working poor are spread out across the Metro Vancouver region.
The study looks at working poverty pre- and post-recession, in 2006 and 2012. Rates were highest by 2012 in Richmond (10.5%), …
Brexit Financial Repercussions Will be Felt For Years
June 28, 2016
The referendum has aggravated growing concern about the instability of the global economic landscape
The Brexit referendum result has the makings of a global financial disaster.
Fifty-two per cent of United Kingdom citizens who recently went to the polls voted in favour of leaving the European Union.
It’s a decision that will be felt around the world for years. …
Homebuyer Education: The First Step to Buying a Home
June 24, 2016
How well do you really understand the homebuying process? Taking a qualified homebuying class will do more than teach you how to get a mortgage or pull together a down payment. It will help you determine the amount of home you can afford without endangering other lifetime financial goals.
If you think this training is just for first-timers, think again. …
Health-Care Funding Reform Needed to Address Aging Population
June 23, 2016
Why we need a publicly funded insurance program for home care and long-term care
Funding home care and long-term care is fast becoming the main challenge of our outdated medicare system.
The system was developed in the mid-20th century for a young population that mostly required acute care from hospitals and physicians. But that need is changing rapidly with our …
Expanding CPP Won’t Help Financially Vulnerable Seniors
June 23, 2016
Some low-income seniors could end up with a lower net income because it could result in a reduction in other government-provided transfers
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau will be meeting with his provincial counterparts today to discuss expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) – a move that would involve increasing mandatory contributions (payroll taxes) on working …
How to Research and Reduce Healthcare Costs
June 18, 2016
Whether you’re planning a future procedure or navigating care after a sudden illness or accident, smart consumers have a plan in place to avoid hidden costs and billing errors common to our ever-changing healthcare system. You should too.
The Affordable Care Act (http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/) (ACA) made it possible for all Americans to get some form of healthcare coverage regardless of their …
Free Speech is Essential on Our Public University Campuses
June 18, 2016
The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled that students don’t have the right of free speech on campus
Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not protect university students’ right to free expression on campus, according to the B.C. Court of Appeal. It is a ruling that deserves to be challenged.
The ruling was …read the whole story >
Preparing The Health Workforce for An Aging Population
June 16, 2016
The health needs of seniors are getting more complicated as people live longer, and we need a workforce that can keep up
We know Canada’s population is aging. In 2015, the proportion of seniors surpassed that of youth under 15 for the first time. And the gap will continue to widen over the next 20 years. But who will look …
The Forgotten Ones : Renters
June 16, 2016
With so much of the attention focused on Victoria’s tent city and Vancouver’s skyrocketing home prices in the housing debate, one group is left hollering “hey, what about us?”
Last Sunday, The Province newspaper published “Squeezed out: Renters losing homes as Lower Mainland owners cash in on hot market.”
Good article. What really hit home, though, were the comments posted …