Women most affected by pandemic’s "she-cession”

One of the features of the pandemic has been how disproportionately it affects us.  An example of that is how racialized communities have been hit with an inordinate occurrence of COVID-19 cases.  Another is how the economic fallout from the event affects women at a much higher rate than men.  This isn’t limited to employment but reaches into other aspects of life such as mental health.  This should be no surprise since other pandemics have created similar stresses...
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August 10

Why are American licensed vehicles in the north?

Last week I confided how I receive a lot of correspondence on the subject of masks.  While that particular subject has been ramping up as local regulations come into place, another consistent topic has been cars with American licence plates that are popping up in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing.  While there are good reasons to explain the presence of these vehicles, there are valid questions to be asked as well.
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July 30

Why I (happily) wear a mask

I’ll be the first to admit I don’t much like wearing a mask.  They are uncomfortable and can be hot too, but the purpose they are meant to serve is compelling enough to make the exercise worthwhile.  What is difficult to accept is the notion that people are so opposed to this that they are willing to argue to great lengths against the idea as an affront to their personal liberties or see the whole exercise as some form of a conspiracy.  While there are valid medical...
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July 23

Better outcomes across the board with people-first approach

The House of Commons was busy this week (July 20th) in part due to an arrangement New Democrats negotiated earlier in the summer to ensure sittings over the traditional break period.  The deal was struck so that MPs would be able to debate special measures needed to address the pandemic throughout the summer months instead of waiting until late September when the parliamentary calendar would have brought parliament back.  With concessions gained on the legislation the government...
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July 16

Who will pay the piper?

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has hit finances hard.  That’s true for households and governments alike, so there was little surprise when last week’s fiscal update indicated we were on pace for the biggest deficit since the Second World War.  The immediate response from much of the pundit class was that we would have to enter into a period of austerity down the road to make up for the spending. These opinions were offered without any acknowledgement of the role...
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July 13

Exploring your own back yard

Even if many travel plans have been put on hold, the weather is certainly cooperating this summer.  While people wait to see how we will get more people back to work and bring children back to the classrooms, blue-bird days and warm temperatures are inviting us to get out and enjoy summer.  Mercifully, we are blessed with much to do that can be undertaken within social distancing guidelines.  That makes it more compelling to venture out and enjoy yourself in a safe manner while...
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July 2

Volunteer credit program to flow through WE Charity

Canada is embarking on a huge program designed to create work for students whose employment prospects have been waylaid by the COVID-19 pandemic. The money ($912 million) for the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) was announced in April, but the details were only filled in over the last week. 
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June 26

Canada Day is special no matter the circumstances

It’s sure to be a Canada Day like no other this year.  With limitations on gatherings as a back drop, we won’t be able to come together in the usual fashion.  Many main-stays of community celebrations such as parades, concerts, barbecues, and public firework shows will give way to more informal and much smaller celebrations.  With fewer options available, the differences will be stark, but Canadians will find numerous ways to mark the day and make it memorable.
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June 19

 Hughes praises Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing’s pandemic response in parliament 

People in Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing are stepping up to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in their usual, can-do style according to MP, Carol Hughes who represents the area in parliament.
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June 19

Front-line workers remain critical to our efforts

With the flurry of activities related to a greater easing of pandemic-related restrictions, it is tempting to think we may have COVID-19 on the run but that’s not the case. We have been successful in our attempts to limit the worst effects of the first wave which is commendable.  That doesn’t mean the threat has expired, only that we are better prepared to face the next round which experts tell us will surely arrive. When it does, it is guaranteed that we will rely on...
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