Commentary Archive

  • The hockey community stood in solidarity on April 7 as it mourned the loss of 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who lost their lives in a horrific bus crash in northern Saskatchewan the night before. NHL players on the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks sported the word Broncos on their jerseys instead of their last names and moments of silence were held before puck drop at games across the country. Countless...

    Honouring Humboldt

    The hockey community stood in solidarity on April 7 as it mourned the loss of 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team who lost their lives in a horrific bus crash in northern Saskatchewan the night before. NHL players on the Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks sported the word Broncos on their jerseys instead of their last names and moments of silence were held before puck drop at games across the country. Countless...

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  • BY MIKE TURCOTTE-MCCUSKER When people think about the worst developed countries for police-on-civilian violence, the United States usually tops the list, but not many people would guess that Canada is the second worst offender. This is according to a story in the Newfoundland and Labrador Independent titled: Stop the Killing: Fatal police shootings in Canada. It’s our belief that this issue should be getting more attention in this country. What’s especially troubling is the number...

    Police have to stop shooting people

    BY MIKE TURCOTTE-MCCUSKER When people think about the worst developed countries for police-on-civilian violence, the United States usually tops the list, but not many people would guess that Canada is the second worst offender. This is according to a story in the Newfoundland and Labrador Independent titled: Stop the Killing: Fatal police shootings in Canada. It’s our belief that this issue should be getting more attention in this country. What’s especially troubling is the number...

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  • The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has had a chaotic few months that resulted in Doug Ford being named Tory leader, and thus, becoming a candidate in the 2018 Ontario general election. Already people are showing their distaste for the former city councillor and brother of the late, infamous Rob Ford, by encouraging their fellow Ontarians to vote for “anyone but him.” Anyone but him, even though the current Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is...

    Choose the best candidate

    The Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario has had a chaotic few months that resulted in Doug Ford being named Tory leader, and thus, becoming a candidate in the 2018 Ontario general election. Already people are showing their distaste for the former city councillor and brother of the late, infamous Rob Ford, by encouraging their fellow Ontarians to vote for “anyone but him.” Anyone but him, even though the current Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, who is...

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  • BY MIKE TURCOTTE-MCCUSKER People give today’s younger generations a lot of grief about how much time is spent on cellphones and computers. Most say they hear it at least once a week: “Kids these days and their damn phones,” or something similar. But what if that cellphone and being on social media could result in saving someone’s life? Is this technology really such a bad thing? The Waterloo Region Record recently published a story about...

    Maybe social media isn’t so bad

    BY MIKE TURCOTTE-MCCUSKER People give today’s younger generations a lot of grief about how much time is spent on cellphones and computers. Most say they hear it at least once a week: “Kids these days and their damn phones,” or something similar. But what if that cellphone and being on social media could result in saving someone’s life? Is this technology really such a bad thing? The Waterloo Region Record recently published a story about...

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  • BY PETER SWART Sexual assault allegations have been spreading like wildfire the past six months. And it’s about time. Women have stayed silent for too long. They are taking aim at men in the business world, Hollywood and now the music industry. Recent allegations have even been made against artists who are on tour. In some instances, the tours continued as planned while in others the tour was cancelled. It’s time to put a definite...

    Sexual allegation net widens – Musicians now face accusations

    BY PETER SWART Sexual assault allegations have been spreading like wildfire the past six months. And it’s about time. Women have stayed silent for too long. They are taking aim at men in the business world, Hollywood and now the music industry. Recent allegations have even been made against artists who are on tour. In some instances, the tours continued as planned while in others the tour was cancelled. It’s time to put a definite...

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  • BY AUSTIN WELLS Earlier this month, the Canadian government created a website titled “Responding to Canada’s Opioid Crisis.” The page itself contains a number of links to research and statistics, but its main point is: Canada is embroiled in a crisis. According to statistics, opioid-related overdoses caused over 4,000 deaths in Canada in 2017, up from the 2,600 recorded in 2016. The death count is steadily rising, in part due to the rise in fentanyl’s...

    An opioid crisis

    BY AUSTIN WELLS Earlier this month, the Canadian government created a website titled “Responding to Canada’s Opioid Crisis.” The page itself contains a number of links to research and statistics, but its main point is: Canada is embroiled in a crisis. According to statistics, opioid-related overdoses caused over 4,000 deaths in Canada in 2017, up from the 2,600 recorded in 2016. The death count is steadily rising, in part due to the rise in fentanyl’s...

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  • BY VERONICA REINER   With the opioid blocker naloxone being offered for free over the counter, it is clear that prescription and street drug use is a growing issue. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription opioid overdoses have tripled since 1999. It is thought that because these drugs are more available than they used to be, drug abuse is easier. Online pharmacies make it even easier to obtain opioids....

    Number of opioid deaths alarming

    BY VERONICA REINER   With the opioid blocker naloxone being offered for free over the counter, it is clear that prescription and street drug use is a growing issue. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from prescription opioid overdoses have tripled since 1999. It is thought that because these drugs are more available than they used to be, drug abuse is easier. Online pharmacies make it even easier to obtain opioids....

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  • BY TAYLOR PACE Last month, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig told CTV News that he wants to “make it very clear to the public that from Cambridge’s point of view, we’re not supporting an SIS (safe injection site) in the downtown Galt core area.” He even went so far as to say, “were not going to do that.” But perhaps the mayor should have refrained from making such an impetuous comment so soon, as no decisions...

    No SIS in Galt

    BY TAYLOR PACE Last month, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig told CTV News that he wants to “make it very clear to the public that from Cambridge’s point of view, we’re not supporting an SIS (safe injection site) in the downtown Galt core area.” He even went so far as to say, “were not going to do that.” But perhaps the mayor should have refrained from making such an impetuous comment so soon, as no decisions...

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  • BY AUSTIN WELLS Canada’s driver’s licensing system as it stands has existed for years, but the time for change should be now. The way getting a driver’s licence works at the moment seems simple on paper: A G1 level licence is available starting at age 16 after taking a written test, which gives you limited driving abilities, then a G2 after a year and at least 40 hours of experience, which gives you almost full...

    Our driver’s licence process needs a tune-up

    BY AUSTIN WELLS Canada’s driver’s licensing system as it stands has existed for years, but the time for change should be now. The way getting a driver’s licence works at the moment seems simple on paper: A G1 level licence is available starting at age 16 after taking a written test, which gives you limited driving abilities, then a G2 after a year and at least 40 hours of experience, which gives you almost full...

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  • NEW GUN LAWS NEEDED IN U.S BY Peter Swart Valentine’s Day 2018 will not be remembered for the romance in the air, but rather the day 17 high school students were killed by a gunman in Florida. It’s time for the United States to follow the lead of the rest of the world in restricting gun ownership.. The U.S. has the most guns owned by citizens in the world, about 48 per cent of the...

    New gun laws needed in U.S

    NEW GUN LAWS NEEDED IN U.S BY Peter Swart Valentine’s Day 2018 will not be remembered for the romance in the air, but rather the day 17 high school students were killed by a gunman in Florida. It’s time for the United States to follow the lead of the rest of the world in restricting gun ownership.. The U.S. has the most guns owned by citizens in the world, about 48 per cent of the...

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