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Clarification regarding recent media reports

Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 - The unfolding of the secret, vicious and violent life of one of Canada’s most popular radio hosts has dominated the news in Canada this week.  In the course of a fast-moving story, I initially...
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How luck – and bravery – were on our side on October 22nd

Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 - The mood on Parliament Hill remains fraught. It’s a bit hard to describe, but the hugging hasn’t stopped and neither has the need to share and talk about what happened.As details emerge, the...
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Elizabeth May regarding Jian Ghomeshi

Monday, 27 Oct 2014 - I tweeted my support for Jian yesterday before seeing the news reported in today’s Toronto Star. Due to my schedule in Parliament, I did not have a chance to read the Toronto Star story until after...
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“Lock your office door and stay away from the windows...”

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 - Wednesday October 22nd was set to be a typically busy day in the House. From my first meetings in Centre Block on Parliament Hill starting at 7 AM to heading to my Confederation Building office for...
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Counting our Blessings

Monday, 13 Oct 2014 - On this Thanksgiving weekend, I think we are all drawn toward the counting of blessings. As my new book tries to set out, I think of “who we are” as a people and as a nation. And as both, we have...
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The speech I did not get to give

Saturday, 11 Oct 2014 - I had thought that the debate on sending a military mission into Iraq would allow for me to make a 10 minute speech. Due to the motion for closure, I never had that chance. I had some rough notes of...
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Climate Change is a threat to food production—one we are ignoring

Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 - As the multilateral process within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) works toward a new, more inclusive and stronger treaty to limit greenhouse gases to be completed...
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Who decided biotech was a technology winner?

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 - The federal government, regardless of political stripe, has a poor record of picking technology winners.  Canadians essentially lost tens of billions when the giant white radioactive elephant Atomic...
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A $15 federal minimum wage will not solve inequality – but it could help

Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 - I am going to vote for the NDP’s motion on reinstating the federal minimum wage. A federal minimum wage would only apply to federally regulated industries which comprise only a small portion of the...
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The price of cheap shrimp

Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 - The readership of Island Tides is, in my experience, among the best informed and most conscientious about our collective and individual ecological footprint of any people on the planet. However, I...
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