Opinion Column

Moving to at-large system would be a step back

Wednesday night, Orillia council will hold a meeting with implications about how we vote in the next municipal election. Aside from some significant changes the province has made to election rules that affect nomination periods, campaign financing and the method of being elected (first past the post, or preferred ballot), a proposal by Coun. Tim La

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Africa slipping in fight against HIV/AIDS

Four years ago optimism was high that AIDS was in retreat, and could ultimately be eradicated. Back then the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) was boldly predicting "the end of AIDS by 2030." Nobody is feeling that optimistic now.

Increase defence spending

Donald Trump recently made headlines about how NATO countries are not carrying their fair share of the defence burden. But even President Barack Obama publicly pointed out, in his address to Parliament no less, that Canada should contribute “its full share to common security.”

Trump can't even satisfy Republicans

Whatever hopes Republicans may have had of their candidate salvaging a vestige of respectability from the charred rubble of his presidential campaign, those are now gone.

Stephane Dion announces the Liberal carbon tax scheme, dubbed Green Shift in Ottawa.(Postmedia Network files)

Trudeau’s carbon plan will make us poorer

Ever since Stephane Dion’s “Green Shift” election platform in 2008, the federal Liberals have spread the myth that, as Dion put it at the time: “Canada will cut megatonnes of emissions, but we will also make megatonnes of money.”

This undated file image posted on a militant website on Jan. 14, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Militant Website, File)

Canada's war with ISIL shrouded in secrecy

As the pivotal battle of the war with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant begins, Canada is deeply implicated, with some 600 soldiers deployed in four countries, more than a quarter of those in ground combat.

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