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Where to find reliable information about your healthcare professional online

Posted on 03 July 2017

NC) We want our healthcare system to be consumer-focused, and increasingly turn to the internet to find information about treatment options, safety and quality of care. That's one reason why Ontario's health regulators are putting dependable information about regulated health professionals online. The regulators are called colleges, and they oversee 28 health professions, including doct ...

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What are my rights as a patient?

Posted on 03 July 2017

(NC) Ontario has more than 300,000 practising healthcare professionals, which are governed by health regulators called colleges. The colleges enforce standards, like how a provider should relate to patients and how providers should work with one another. The colleges protect the public by holding their members accountable for their conduct and practice — whether it's a doctor treatin ...

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There’s a rise in intolerant language and behaviour

Posted on 04 March 2017

Ever since the election of Donald Trump last November and the Brexit vote last June we have seen a rise in intolerant rhetoric, language and behaviour that wants to see the world divided between the good and the bad. This simplistic view which divides us into us and them, invokes a nostalgic view of a past that never actually existed. Those on the right who celebrate the triumph of Brexi ...

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The OMB Absolutely Stinks of Corruption

Posted on 04 March 2017

But maybe it’s not corrupt. Perhaps it just smells that way. Maybe OMB is just comprised of honourable men and women who aren’t trying to boost developers’ profits and are trying to build a picturesque new sky-high wonderland of cramped apartments and shadowed landscapes. Picturesque. Picture that. This is not to suggest that the members of the OMB which favours the desires of dev ...

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Will President Trump Serve as a Lesson to Students?

Posted on 01 March 2017

After one of the most divisive political campaigns in American history Donald Trump became President Elect on Nov. 8. Pundits have been trying to understand how someone who appealed to the worst in our society; who invoked racism, sexism, misogyny, xenophobia and homophobia came to win the election. Like the Brexit vote in Great Britain, Trump voters were not voting so much for his poli ...

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Why do Liberals Tolerate Influence Peddling?

Posted on 01 March 2017

How did this become a Liberal thing? Selling influence with their government seems so Tory and yet the egregious, bald-faced sale of access to office holders infects Liberals, festering in both Ottawa and Queen’s Park. influence peddlingInfluence peddling It’s so utterly corrupt that it takes real balls for Kathleen Wynne to openly promote meetings between business types who want to i ...

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Viewpoint: A Watery new Museum for Lakefront Toronto?

Posted on 01 March 2017

Museums are again in the wind in Toronto. There has long been a need for a Museum of Toronto to locate large collections about the city’s history. That would attract mostly Torontonians. An even better variant on that would be an “urban museum,” one that gives visitors from everywhere a sense of many actual and possible cities, from the past and into the future, a part of which wou ...

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PR Flaks are Taking Over Journalism and it Shows

Posted on 01 March 2017

The Great Depression of 2007-2017 proceeds unabated in February and journalism has suffered terribly along with many other professional crafts as the business cycle continues to tank. Once-successful businesses are shutting down and those that continue are cutting back. Jobs are scarce. The Internet, including social media, has replaced printed newspapers and magazines as a main source of ...

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Is the CETA free-trade Deal Treasonous?

Posted on 01 March 2017

I can’t help wondering whether it’s treason for a government to support a fascist so-called “free-trade” deal like NAFTA and CETA. I use the term “fascist” advisedly. As WWII Italian dictator Benito Mussolini defined the term, fascism is a merger of state and corporate power. For free-trade deals like NAFTA and CETA, the term surely applies and goes a horrid step further. Tho ...

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Diane Francis: How the Scottish Referendum Smashed the Status quo in the U.K.

Posted on 01 March 2017

The Scottish referendum has smashed the status quo in the U.K. and is the most recent, high profile,  non-violent example of the rise of the consumer-citizen. Globalization and technology have empowered people everywhere. Grievances and injustices find voice and compatriots, often leading to bloody revolutions as in the Arab Spring, mass migrations out of corrupt countries or an ou ...